Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery
Maryland took early, aggressive, and unprecedented actions to contain and slow the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to these efforts, and the incredible sacrifices of Marylanders who stayed home and practiced physical distancing, we have successfully flattened and lengthened the curve.
The “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” has been developed based on the recovery plans issued by the federal government, the National Governors Association, and premier institutions like Johns Hopkins and the American Enterprise Institute; shaped by the expert advice of the scientists and public health officials on Maryland’s Coronavirus Response Team; and tailored to our situation here in Maryland. The result is a responsible, gradual, safe path forward for our state.
Latest Vaccine Announcements
As the nation moves forward with COVID-19 vaccination distribution, Governor Hogan will continue to update Marylanders on the state’s phased approach to deliver and administer safe, effective vaccines.
ELIGIBILITY PROTOCOLS FOR COVID-19 VACCINES. Consistent with federal guidelines, Maryland is in Phase 1C of the vaccine distribution plan, including residents 65 and over, as well as critical workers in high-risk settings. Supply remains very limited: while federal guidelines make 2 million Marylanders eligible, the state is only receiving 12,000 first doses per day. Learn more about vaccine eligibility here.
MASS VACCINATION SITES. The state’s first mass vaccination sites are now open at the Baltimore Convention Center and Six Flags America in Prince George’s County. The M&T Bank Stadium mass vaccination site will open in mid-February. Locations for mass vaccination sites in Western Maryland, Southern Maryland, and on the Eastern Shore are being finalized.
To receive updates on appointments for mass vaccination sites, text ‘MdReady’ to 898-211.
ONLINE VACCINATION SITE LOCATOR. Marylanders who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination can now visit covidvax.maryland.gov and enter their address, ZIP code, or location to view vaccination providers available within a 50-mile radius. Due to limited supply, vaccinations will take place by appointment only at this time.
Getting Maryland’s Children Safely Back In School
Based on recommendations of America’s leading medical experts and support from President Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Governor Hogan and State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon called on all Maryland school systems to return to hybrid instruction—a combination of in-person and virtual learning—no later than Monday, March 1.
SCHOOL REOPENING PROTOCOLS. State health officials are providing school systems with additional school reopening school guidance and educational design options. State health officials recommend daily in-person learning for students with disabilities and special learning needs, phased daily in-person learning for elementary students, and hybrid learning for secondary students.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS. Dr. Salmon announced another $780 million in federal relief for school systems to address the effects of the pandemic, and a total of more than $1.2 billion has been made available. The governor’s FY 2022 recovery budget also provides a record $7.5 billion for K-12 funding. The state has provided school systems with 2 million masks and 200,000 face shields, as well as hand sanitizer, gloves, and gowns, and has made testing resources widely available to local jurisdictions.
EDUCATION STAFF PRIORITIZED FOR VACCINES. Based on the recommendations of America’s leading medical experts, Maryland has prioritized teachers and education staff to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. School systems have already begun implementing plans to vaccinate staff.
Recovery Resources from Local Governments
State law grants local leaders the authority and the flexibility to implement more restrictive policies than the state orders if they deem them necessary based on the changing conditions in their individual jurisdictions.
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4 BUILDING BLOCKS TO RECOVERY
EXPANDED TESTING CAPACITY
Maryland has surpassed the goal of conducting more than 40,000 tests in a day, and has completed more than 7.2 million COVID-19 tests statewide. With the state’s expanded testing and tracing capacity, Maryland is able to take a closer and more accurate look at positivity rates—an important indicator of recovery and a key metric to track COVID-19 containment.
INCREASED HOSPITAL SURGE CAPACITY
On March 16, Governor Hogan directed the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) to develop a plan to immediately increase the state’s hospital capacity by an additional 6,000 beds. Thanks to the quick response and close collaboration between multiple state agencies, federal partners, and Maryland’s health care systems, the state remained ahead of schedule in its hospital surge efforts, and continues to partner with our world-class health care systems.
On November 10, the MDH issued an emergency order to activate the next level of Maryland’s hospital surge capacity by adding alternative care site capacity and to provide additional staffing support and clinical care to nursing homes in the event of further outbreaks. On November 17, the MDH issued an emergency order allowing hospitals that are either full or nearing capacity limits to transfer patients to adequately equipped hospitals to help alleviate over crowded hospitals and place patients in hospitals where beds and medical staff are available.
RAMPING UP SUPPLY OF PPE
In Maryland, a multi-agency task force has been working around the clock to ramp up our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), with large deliveries of N95, KN95, and surgical masks; beds and bed packages; face shields; gloves; and other critical resources coming into the state’s warehouses on a daily basis. The State of Maryland has distributed millions of units of PPE to hospitals, state agencies, local health departments, and front line workers.
ROBUST CONTACT TRACING OPERATION
At the start of the crisis, the state had a total of 250 case investigators working at local health departments. On April 22, Governor Hogan announced a contract with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), the nation’s oldest and largest university-based research firm, to hire and train additional case investigators. From June 15 through January 2, contact tracers have entered over 277,000 cases and nearly 350,000 contacts.
On November 10, the Maryland Department of Health launched MD COVID Alert, a contact tracing app for Marylanders to opt into COVID-19 exposure notifications on their smartphones. MD COVID Alert uses Bluetooth to notify users who may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus. As of November 19, more than 1.6 million Marylanders have opted in to the app.
Contact tracing data is one of our most powerful tools to find and fight the virus. Marylanders should answer and/or return any calls from “MD COVID” or (240) 466-4488 to provide information to contact tracers.