Governor Hogan gives COVID-19 update, Maryland hits lowest positivity rate since October

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WDVM) — Governor Larry Hogan delivered a COVID-19 update on Tuesday. He carried a positive tone for the future, stating that there are significant improvements in all of the key COVID-19 metrics as well as new collaborations and vaccine outlooks that

“In the past seven weeks, the positivity rate has dropped by 58 percent to 3,90 today, the lowest level since October 31,” Hogan said.

Hogan announced new agreements with Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland to increase the state’s COVID sequencing. He said this collaboration will increase the state’s surveillance capacity greatly, allowing Maryland to do 300% more than the nation as a whole.

“If Maryland were a country, it would rank as sixth in the world,” Hogan said.

As of Tuesday, Maryland has given out over 1.1 million vaccines. Hogan stated that they have administered 99.6% of the vaccines received from the federal government. The state currently averages at 290,096 vaccines each day.

Another vaccine may be added as well – Hogan stated that he recently spoke with the White House regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Hogan said during the conference that federal officials said that states may see allocation of this new single-dose vaccine as early as next week.

He spoke about instances of fraud, especially over phone calls. Hogan emphasized that nobody can sell you a vaccine or charge you for one. A list of providers and information can be found on the state’s website, and Hogan stated that any fraudulent activity should be reported to law enforcement.

The nation recently passed 500,000 deaths. 7,580 Marylanders have died due to COVID-19 since it first emerged almost a year ago. The Maryland Department of Health reported 377,628 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Tuesday.

Hogan also announced an executive order requiring that anyone over the age of 5 wear a mask in school settings where they may interact with others, such as cafeterias or classrooms.

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