ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WDVM) — Governor Hogan announced effective Friday, November 20 at 5 p.m., all bars, restaurants, and facilities where food and or alcohol are served will be required to close by 10 p.m. Along with this all retail businesses and religious institutions statewide will revert back to Stage Two 50% capacity restrictions statewide.
“We are in a war right now and the virus is winning.” This is not the flu,” said Gov. Larry Hogan (R) Maryland. “It is not fake news. It is not going to magically disappear just because we are tired of it and we want our normal lives back.
As of Tuesday, November 17, The Maryland Department of Health reports 2,149 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and 13 straight days of over 1,000 positive cases.
“We have lost more Marylanders to COVID19 then we lose each year to a car accident, gun violence, and the flu combined,” said Gov. Hogan.
A new order has been issued by The Maryland Department of Health to restrict the visitation of hospitals in the state. This new order will restrict hospital visitation statewide until further notice, with the exceptions of compassionate care, parents or guardians of minors, obstetrics, and support for patients with disabilities.
“The way we acre for people now and it is completely different,” said Physician-in-Chief, Shock Trauma Unversity of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Thomas Scalea.”That doesn’t mean everyone lives though. It means we are a lot better. We got a bunch more weapons. We understand how to use them, but they are not universally successful.”
Nursing homes will also be limited to visitors. Those visitors must show proof of a negative COVID test result within 72 hours.
Hogan encouraged all college students that are considering coming home for the holidays or visiting grandparents to get tested. Click here to find a local COVID-19 testing center in your area.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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