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.
Reopening Status in Maryland’s Jurisdictions
This map is updated daily during the 9 a.m. hour with the most recently available data. The details provided here are non-exhaustive; Marylanders are advised to seek full details regarding permitted activities and reopenings from their local governments and county leaders.
Update: May 27, 2020
Governor Larry Hogan today announced that due to successful Stage One reopenings across the state and improvements in key data and metrics, the State of Maryland can now safely move forward with the completion of Stage One of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ which includes the resumption of outdoor dining and outdoor activities such as youth sports and youth day camps, and the reopening of outdoor pools and drive-in movie theaters.
Stage One will continue to be implemented with a flexible, community-based approach that empowers individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopenings. As of today, 23 of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions have entered or announced their plan to begin entering Stage One.
4 BUILDING BLOCKS TO RECOVERY
EXPANDED TESTING CAPACITY
Maryland has successfully expanded our testing capability by over 5,000 percent in the past month. In addition to the ongoing acquisition of tens of thousands of tests and the creation of drive-thru testing sites throughout the state, on April 20, Maryland received a payload of LabGun COVID-19 test kits from South Korea that will give Maryland the capability of performing half a million coronavirus tests.
STATUS: ON TRACK
INCREASED HOSPITAL SURGE CAPACITY
On March 16, Governor Hogan directed the Maryland Department of Health 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 is on track to exceed that goal and reach a surge capacity of more than 6,700 beds.
STATUS: AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
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.
STATUS: ON TRACK
ROBUST CONTACT TRACING OPERATION
On April 22, Governor Hogan authorized a contract with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) which will quadruple the state’s present disease investigation capability to contact up to 1,000 new cases per day, in conjunction with a new, state-of-the-art contact tracing platform called ‘COVID Link.’