Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced during a Wednesday afternoon press conference that the state will pause any further reopening.
The Governor said despite the state not being identified as one of 21 “Red Zone” states, he is concerned by a slight up-tick in the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate.
Governor Hogan says the increase in hospitalizations has triggered a “STOP SIGN” in the Roadmap to Recovery. This means there will be no further reopening “until it is safe and backed by the data.”
The Governor continued to tout what he said was the importance of adhering to COVID-19 prevention recommendations and orders including mask wearing, social distancing and other measures.
Governor Hogan urged Marylanders to take advantage of the state-run COVID-19 testing sites, which can render results in 1-2 days.