May 14, 2021

Governor’s Briefing on COVID-19: May 14, 2021

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Governor Hogan Press Conference – May 14, 2021

Given change of policy by CDC, and in consultation with health department and medical experts:

  • Now also lifting mask mandate in conjunction with other measures
    • Only exceptions:
      • public transportation
      • healthcare institutions
      • schools
  • If not vaccinated, masks are still highly recommended
  • If 2 weeks have passed since final shot, you should feel safe to resume activities without a mask
  • Businesses free to set their own policies
  • No legal mandate from the state
  • If not vaccinated, you are strongly advised to do so – the easiest way to be protected is to be vaccinated right away
  • 3,000 different locations offering the vaccine: pharmacies and 13 mass vaccination sites open with appointment or walk-up/drive through
  • Numbers clearer than ever that vaccines are working
    • 5.5 million shots in arms of Marylanders
    • Amazing declines in all health metrics across the board and across the state
    • Cases have dropped 68% per 1,000 – the lowest level since last July
    • Hospitalizations below 700 for first time since November
    • 1.91% positivity rate — 2nd lowest during pandemic
  • Now 10 million tests per day
  • 11,400 people across the state administering vaccines
  • 87% of the most vulnerable citizens have received the vaccine
  • The day we’ve been waiting for and working toward is here–the light at the end of the tunnel
  • Thank you to healthcare heroes, National Guard citizen soldiers, and every single Marylander who has gotten the vaccine
  • We will never forget the 8,716 Marylanders who were taken by this invisible killer
  • Remember to be kind and respectful of one another
  • State of Emergency is still in place; some easing of restrictions to help businesses recover are still in place and allow continued utilization of the National Guard
  • Unemployment: the work search requirement has been reinstated, businesses have not been able to staff up


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Legislators in the Maryland General Assembly have spent the final days working on The PORT Act and other final pieces of legislation.

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