Governor Larry Hogan Updates Maryland's COVID-19 Response

New Actions Announced On Elective Surgeries, Safe Outdoor Activities And Schools Under Stay At Home Orders And Social Distancing

May 6, 2020
Governor Larry Hogan

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In a press conference this afternoon, Governor Larry Hogan announced the most recent developments in Maryland's COVID-19 response including the latest on elective surgeries, safe outdoor activities and schools. Hogan was joined by Maryland Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon and Dr. David Marcozzi, COVID-19 Incident Commander for the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS). 

First, it is important to note that Maryland's Stay At Home Order Remains In Effect While Continuing Safe Social Distancing Guidelines, including the use of face masks to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and continuing to practice good personal hygiene like frequent hand washing and covering coughs in your sleeve, not in your hands. 

The Governor announced several new actions on May 6th including: 

The Maryland Department of Health will issue guidelines to allow for elective procedures at the discretion of hospitals and health care providers.

Effective at 7 a.m. on May 7th, safe outdoor activities will include golf, tennis, recreational boating, fishing and camping. 

Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. Online and distance learning will continue. 

The Governor tweeted these important updates and also included a YouTube link to watch the press conference: 

Dr. Karen Salmon said, "Graduation ceremonies will be left up to local superintendents."

Governor Hogan also tweeted and said, "We are indeed flattening the curve, and we are preparing to launch our Maryland Strong: Roadmap To Recovery in order to safely get people back to work, to safely get our small businesses back open again, and to get our economy back on track:" 

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