Important COVID-19 Updates & Recaps
COVID-19 Helpful Links
U.S. Small Business Administration
- Paycheck Protection Program Borrower Application Program
U.S. Department of Treasury – CARES Act PPP Sample Application and Guidance:
Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services
Maryland COVID-19 Business Relief Programs:
- M&T Bank Webinar with Kelly Schulz, Secretary of Maryland Department of Commerce, SBA representative, Senator Ben Cardin and Mayor Jack Young Summarizing Maryland Programs: https://youtu.be/JwE_icxCjxM
- Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund
- Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund
- Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund
- COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund
- COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund Fact Sheet
Maryland Executive Orders/Proclamations, Guidance and Press Releases
Maryland Emergency Management Agency
Maryland Department of Health – COVID-19
State of Emergency declared, National Guard activated, 20 new testing sites opening and more COVID-19 updates from Hogan.
Updates from a recent press conference include omicron variant information and surveillance in Maryland, vaccine and booster stats and more.
In Governor Hogan’s press briefing, he outlined the “VAX U” program, which will provide a lottery of scholarships for youth aged 12-17 who get the vaccine.
Beginning July 1st, the State of Emergency in Maryland will be lifted and all government restrictions in place due to the pandemic will be rescinded.
Get your shot for a shot to win! Maryland Department of Health partners with Maryland Lottery for $2 million in prizes for vaccinated residents.
Following the CDC’s updates, Governor Hogan is lifting the mask mandate for Marylanders while indoors and outside, with the only exceptions being public transportation, healthcare institutions and schools.
Governor Hogan announced that capacity restrictions will be lifted on all businesses beginning this Saturday, while the mask mandate continues until 70% of all adults receive their first shot. Kids as young as 12 will now also be eligible to receive a vaccine.
To support our youth, Maryland is launching Project Bounce Back with $25 million in resources, partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs and underscoring mental health support services.
Effectively immediately, masks and face coverings are no longer required outdoors. Hogan notes that 60% of Maryland residents age 18+ have been vaccinated and the state’s case rate has dropped 33% in the past two weeks.
With 4 million vaccinated, Maryland launches “No Arm Left Behind” campaign to reach more. The Vaccine Equity Task Force is is also adding clinics to Morgan State, Bowie State, senior and neighborhood centers.
ALL Marylanders age 16+ can get a vaccine at a mass vaccination site beginning tomorrow. A no-appointment-necessary walk-up line is now available in Salisbury, and coming soon to Hagerstown and additional sites.
Starting today, ALL Marylanders age 16+ can now pre-register for the vaccine, with eligibility phases expected to accelerate; 75% of residents age 65+ have been vaccinated, federal mobile vaccination units and more vaccination sites are coming soon.
The latest vaccine numbers for Maryland: 2 million+ vaccinated (34% of adults), Phase 2B (age 16+ with increased risk) begins 3/30, and 6 more mass vaccination sites coming.
Governor Hogan reports that 25% of Marylanders have received a #vaccine, with Phase 2A (ages 60+) starting 3/23, Phase 2B (16+ with increased risk) beginning 3/30.
Hogan announced Dr. Robert Redfield, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will join Maryland’s COVID-19 team, and provided updates about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and more mass vaccination sites.
Another mass vaccination site set and a pre-registration website coming next month, nearly 30k shots now administered each day, increasing reports of fraud surrounding the vaccine, and additional screening for COVID-19 variants.
Introduced last month and incorporating adjustments made and passed by the General Assembly, Hogan has signed the $1 Billion RELIEF Act.
Now headed to the House of Delegates, the Senate has approved its pandemic RELIEF package with $1.5 billion in assistance for Marylanders.
On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, Governor Larry Hogan live-streamed his State of the State address from the State House in Annapolis.
While supply continues to be limited with only 10,000 doses available each day, Hogan is expanding Phase 1 of vaccine distribution to include those who are severely immunocompromised. Mobile clinics and mass vaccination sites with National Guard support are coming soon.
With experts insisting that in-person instruction does not increase community spread or hospitalizations, and COVID-19 numbers beginning to plateau since introduction of the vaccine, Governor Hogan urges schools to get kids in classrooms no later than March 1.
As Governor Hogan unveils the Fiscal Year 2022 budget, he proposes the $1 Billion RELIEF Act – Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families Act – which includes direct stimulus payments to Marylanders.
Governor Hogan announced an expedited rollout of the vaccine in Maryland – moving Phase 1B up to Monday 1/18 for ages 75+, assisted living residents and adding K-12 teachers, staff and child care providers. Phase 1C (ages 65-74) to begin Monday 1/25.
Governor Hogan provided a status on the vaccine rollout across Maryland to-date, and changes to Phases 1A, 1B, 1C and Phase 2. The National Guard will help local health departments beginning tomorrow and providers must report data within 24 hours.