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As of Friday, there are now 774 positive cases of coronavirus in Maryland.

That’s according to the state health department. They announced a fifth death on Friday.

Gov. Hogan said this on Friday:

“Over the last three days, the number of COVID-19 cases in Maryland has more than doubled. Cases in the National Capital Region have more than quadrupled over the last week alone. There is no timetable and no model that can tell us exactly how long this will last or how bad this is going to get.

 

“The federal administration’s swift approval of our request for a Major Disaster Declaration will drive more resources to our coordinated response. As chairman of the National Governors Association, I will continue to press for additional federal resources, including a Title 32 designation for Maryland and all the states to fund National Guard missions.

 

“Later today, I will convene conference calls with my full Cabinet and our Coronavirus Response Team of Maryland’s top doctors and public health experts to continue to address this crisis. I cannot stress this enough: Marylanders need to stay in place at home to help slow the spread of this deadly virus.

 

“Our state has already faced and overcome daunting challenges before, and we will do so again.”

Schools will remain closed through April 24th, according to the state Department of Education. A reopen date will be announced after that date. Childcare facilities are allowed to remain open to accommodate children of essential work personnel, but all other facilities must close by Friday.

“Let me be clear, we are not issuing or ordering a ‘shelter in place’ directive or forcing people to stay home,” the governor said Monday. However, we are telling all Marylanders to follow all the directives we’ve already issued to follow state law against crowds of more than 10 people. And we are telling you unless you have an essential reason to leave your house, then you should stay in your homes.”

Penalties for breaking the order include up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Gov. Hogan also said during Wednesday’s press conference that Marylanders who visited NYC should quarantine for 14 days.

The U.S. Government classifies essential businesses as:

  • Health care and public health workers
  • Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders
  • Food and agriculture workers (grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants (including delivery drivers), etc.)
  • Energy employees (utilities, telecommunications staffers, natural gas/propane workers, etc.)
  • Water and wastewater
  • Transportation (Mass transit workers, auto repair, trash collectors, postal workers, etc.)
  • Public works
  • Communications and information technology (call centers, IT, etc.)
  • Other community-based government operations and essential functions
  • Critical manufacturing
  • Hazardous materials
  • Financial services
  • Chemical workers
  • Defense industrial base

Here’s a breakdown of the cases across the state by county:

  • Anne Arundel – 63
  • Baltimore City – 88
  • Baltimore County – 103
  • Calvert – 9
  • Caroline – 1
  • Carroll – 9
  • Cecil – 9
  • Charles – 17
  • Frederick – 15
  • Garrett – 3
  • Harford – 18
  • Howard – 62
  • Kent – 2
  • Montgomery – 208
  • Prince George’s – 148
  • Queen Anne’s – 1
  • St. Mary’s – 4
  • Somerset – 1
  • Talbot – 1
  • Washington – 5
  • Wicomico – 5
  • Worcester – 2

According to state numbers, 382 women and 392 men tested positive for the virus.

Cases by Age Range and Gender:

  • 0-9: 4
  • 10-19: 11
  • 20-29: 107
  • 30-39: 136
  • 40-49: 161
  • 50-59: 149
  • 60-69: 110
  • 70-79: 75
  • 80+: 21

Find out how to help your neighbor and other folks in need: gov.maryland.gov/marylandunites

You can find a  map tracking cases in the state here.

Source: CBS Baltimore

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