October 2, 2020

Governor’s Briefing on COVID-19: October 1, 2020

October 1, 2020 – Governor Hogan Press Conference


State Metrics

  • For the first time in 187 days, Maryland is reporting zero new coronavirus deaths.
  • Maryland statewide positivity rate is at 2.88% and is down nearly 90% since its peak on April 17.
  • The statewide positivity rate has been under 5% for 98 consecutive days and under 4% for 54 consecutive days.
  • No Maryland counties are in the “red zone”
    • All 24 jurisdictions have positivity rates below 5%
    • 21 are under 4%
    • 14 are under 3%
    • 4 are under 2%
    • 2 are under 1%
  • Hospitalizations are down more than 80% since they peaked 167 days ago.
    • Nearly 88% decline in ICU levels
  • Statewide case rate has dropped by 55% since it peaked on May 7.


Nursing Homes

  • State has provided nearly $102 million in emergency funding for testing and personal protective equipment at nursing homes.
  • Maryland secured 250,000 rapid antigen tests.
  • Next week, all 227 Maryland nursing homes are on track to receive their initial allocations of rapid testing supplies.
  • Have committed $6 million, specifically for testing of nursing home staff.
  • Effective immediately, as a result of new federal and state guidelines, indoor visitation may begin in all nursing homes that are not experiencing a current outbreak or have not experienced any new cases in the last 14 days.
  • Indoor visitation would not be permitted if the local jurisdiction’s positivity rate rises above 10%.


Flu Season

  • Strongly encouraging Marylanders to get their flu shot.
  • In anticipation of flu season, the state transitioned its lab at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, to allow for the use of a “multiplex” assay developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which will be able to detect both the coronavirus and Types A and B of the flu.
  • State’s hospital surge team is currently doing contingency planning for any potential flu and/or COVID-19 surge.


Child Care

  • Child care providers are now able to return to the full teacher-to-child ratios and capacities for which they are licensed.
  • Child care centers can now serve up to 20, 3-4 year olds in a room with a ratio of 1 teacher to 10 students, and up to 30 school-age students with a ratio of 1 teacher to 15 students.
  • Providers must continue to adhere to federal and state guidance on health and safety protocols.
  • Reopened programs will receive a one-time grant of $800 for family child care providers and $1,600 for center-based child care providers. These grants will be available through Oct. 31.
  • Maryland State Department of Education is also providing $1,000 in start-up grants to eligible, new child care providers in an effort to bolster new small businesses.


Sine Die 2024

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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