Trends in cases:
- Over the past seven days we have seen a good trend in hospitalizations with five-straight days downward and then a little bump up yesterday, but overall, we are down slightly from where we were a week ago.
- Our ICU numbers have been basically flat, level at a plateau for eight-straight days. If these trends continue into next week, we will be ready to lift the stay-at-home order and to begin stage one of our recovery plan.
- Laurel hospital is opening another wing.
- The state has exceeded its goal of adding 6,000 beds.
- The state now has an additional 8,100 surge beds, including 2,400 ICU beds statewide.
- The Maryland Department of Health will issue guidelines, effective immediately, to allow for elective procedures at the discretion of local hospitals and health care providers.
- The state has expanded testing capacity to cover outbreaks and hot spots.
- The state has surveyed all nursing homes and universal testing of residents and staff is underway.
- Crews tested 2,300 people at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury last weekend in response to an outbreak at poultry processing plants.
- Universal testing will be conducted shift by shift at both processing plants to ensure that every poultry worker is tested.
- Recently acquired 4.5 million KN95 masks, 600,000 N95 masks, 150,000 medical gowns, 1.1 million face shields, and 3.5 million surgical gloves.
- The state has launched the “Maryland Manufacturing Network Supplier Portal” to connect Maryland suppliers with buyers.
Safe outdoor activities:
- Effective at 7 a.m. Thursday, the list of safe outdoor activities will be broadened to include golf, tennis, boating, fishing, camping.
- Closed functions at state parks will be reopened, including all state beaches for walking and exercise, and playgrounds.
- Local governments will have the flexibility to take similar actions at their discretion.
- However, it is critical that Marylanders continue to follow public health guidance and practice physical distancing.
Disease investigation and management:
- The state recently is ramping up its disease investigation capability and hiring is underway with more than 900 applicants.
- A surge tent is being built at Easton Memorial Hospital to prepare for a spike in patients from that outbreak.
- The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has crews there to assist with contact tracing.
- The first patients in the U.S. were given a test vaccine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine as part of a global coronavirus vaccine development program.
- Maryland public schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year.
- Online and distance learning opportunities will continue, and the Maryland state Department of Education is releasing “Maryland Together: Recovery Plan for Education,” a comprehensive plan for long-term recovery.
- Decisions regarding graduation will be made by each local superintendent.