The latest in Maryland: Gov. Hogan outlines building blocks to recovery

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MARYLAND (WDVM) — Gov. Larry Hogan outlined the building blocks to recovery from COVID-19 in the state of Maryland. He made the announcements at 3 p.m. Wednesday from Laurel Medical Center. Angela Alsobrooks, the County Executive for Prince George’s County, Maryland joined him in the announcements.

Hogan plans to give details on the official recovery plan this Friday. However, he outlined the four building blocks which will lead to recovery:

  • Expanding testing capability
  • Increasing hospital surge capacity
  • Increasing supply of personal protective equipment
  • Robust contact tracing

Expanded testing

On Monday, Hogan was joined by Maryland’s First Lady, Yumi Hogan, in announcing that they have acquired 500,000 testing kits from Yumi’s home country of South Korea. Hogan said over the past month, the state expanded testing capability by over 5,000%. Prince George’s County housed the state’s first drive-thru testing early on, and now drive-thru testing is available statewide, including in Hagerstown, Maryland. University of Maryland was granted $2 million by the state to be able to conduct 20,000 tests per day, Hogan said.

Increased surge capacity

Hagerstown’s correctional facility and the facility in Jessup will have 100 additional beds to treat COVID-19 patients who are inmates and employees of the corrections and detention centers. The state is constructing 22 surge response tents across the state.

Contact tracing

Hogan said they confirmed a contract with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) Wednesday morning, which will “quadruple” the case investigation capability for contact tracing. NORC has offices in Bethesda, Md. There’s also a new contact tracing platform launched by the state Wednesday, called COVID Link.

The governor’s Friday recovery plan announcement will be streamed and broadcasted live on WDVM.

Watch the full press conference here:

The latest coronavirus data in Maryland on April 22, 2020:

The Maryland Department of Health reports the following numbers for statewide coronavirus cases.

  • Confirmed cases: 14,775
  • Confirmed Deaths: 631
  • Number of Negative Test Results: 61,754
  • Hospitalizations: 3,325
  • Released from Isolation: 981

The county breakdown in WDVM’s coverage area is as follows:

  • Washington County: 127 cases, three deaths
  • Frederick County: 658 cases, 29 deaths
  • Montgomery County: 2,868 cases, 110 deaths
  • Allegany County: 58 cases, three deaths

Click here to view the data on the other Maryland counties.

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