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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.

Read the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery here.

November 17: Governor Hogan Announces Hospital Surge Measures, Statewide Capacity Restrictions

With widespread community transmission across the state and surging COVID-19 metrics across the country, Governor Larry Hogan announced immediate actions to prevent overburdening the state’s healthcare system and to keep more Marylanders from dying.

    • 10 PM closure of bars and restaurants. Effective Friday, November 20, at 5 p.m., all bars, restaurants, and venues serving food and alcohol must close between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., except for the purposes of carryout and delivery.
    • Limited capacity for retail, religious facilities. Capacity at retail establishments and religious facilities will be reduced to 50%, bringing them into line with indoor dining and personal services businesses, as well as bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, roller and ice skating rinks, fitness centers, and social and fraternal clubs.
    • Hospital surge measures. State health officials have issued an emergency order to prohibit all hospital visitation until further notice with some exceptions—including end-of-life care, obstetrics, parents or guardians of minors, and support for people with disabilities. Officials have issued an order allowing hospitals that are either full or nearing capacity limits to transfer patients to hospitals that are equipped to provide them with the care they need. Hospitals and other medical facilities are also warned to avoid any elective procedure admissions that are not urgent or life-saving—especially if they are likely to require prolonged artificial ventilation, ICU admissions, or may have a high probability of requiring post-hospital care in a skilled nursing facility.
    • Nursing home measures. Until further notice, indoor visitation at Maryland nursing homes will generally be limited to compassionate care, and all visitors must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to their visit. State health officials have issued an order instituting mandatory twice-weekly testing for all staff at Maryland nursing homes, as well as mandatory weekly testing for all nursing home residents—effective no later than Friday, November 20. To tackle acute outbreaks, Governor Hogan is doubling the number of rapid response teams deployed to provide an extra level of triage and supplement local staffing needs.

Read the full announcement from November 17 here.

November 10: Maryland Takes Action to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

    • Indoor dining. The governor issued an emergency order reducing indoor operations for bars and restaurants from 75% to 50%, effective November 11 at 5 p.m. Bars and restaurants are permitted to be open for seated and distanced service only, with strict capacity restrictions.
    • Indoor gatherings. With contact tracing data showing an uptick in cases resulting from family gatherings and house parties, state health officials have issued a public health advisory strongly discouraging indoor gatherings of 25 people or more.
    • Travel advisory. Marylanders are strongly advised against traveling to any state with a positivity rate above 10% or any state with average case rates above 20 per 100K. Anyone traveling from these states should get tested and self-quarantine while awaiting results. This applies to personal, family, or business travel of any kind. Marylanders are advised to postpone or cancel travel to these areas until their positivity and/or case rates decline.
    • Telework. Governor Hogan has directed the Maryland Department of Budget and Management to immediately execute a period of mandatory telework across state agencies, except for essential direct public-facing services and other essential personnel. State officials strongly encourage all businesses to take immediate steps to expand telework.

Read the full announcement from November 10 here.

Updated November 17 at 6:15 p.m.

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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Maryland has surpassed the goal of conducting more than 20,000 tests in a day, and has completed more than 4 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.

TIMELINE: View a timeline of COVID-19 testing in Maryland

MAP: Use the interactive map of COVID-19 testing sites

PHOTOS: COVID-19 Testing at Baltimore Convention Center



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.

On November 17, Maryland’s total COVID-19 hospitalizations surpassed 1,000 for the first time since June 7 and hospital capacity increased by 100% since November 1. The number of ICU patients reached their highest level since June 19.

NEWS: Governor Hogan and Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center Announce New ICU Inpatient Wing to Care for COVID-19 and Critical Patients 

PHOTOS: Governor Hogan tours the field hospital site at the Baltimore Convention Center 

DASHBOARD: View COVID-19 hospitalization metrics for Maryland



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 more than 78 million units of PPE to hospitals, state agencies, local health departments, and front line workers.

NEWS: Maryland Has Distributed More Than 50 Million Units of Personal Protective Equipment



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 November 14, contact tracers have entered nearly 97,000 cases and over 147,000 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 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.

NEWS: Governor Hogan Announces Launch of Robust Contact Tracing Operation to Support Local Health Departments

FAQ: The Maryland Department of Health’s Guide to Contact Tracing