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Friday, February 28, 2020

Governor Hogan Announces Additional Steps to Protect Marylanders From Coronavirus

Governor Hogan Announces Additional Steps to Protect Marylanders From Coronavirus

Feb. 27, 2020

Will Include $10 Million in Emergency Funding in Supplemental Budget, Details Statewide Preparedness Efforts Underway, Encourages Marylanders to Use 2-1-1 Hotline for Questions and Concerns, Discusses Coordinated Response with Vice President Pence

ANNAPOLIS, MD—At a press conference today at the State Emergency Operations Center of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Governor Larry Hogan provided an update and announced additional steps the state is taking to protect Marylanders from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and prepare for any potential outbreak. Prior to the press conference, Governor Hogan convened a meeting with senior Cabinet officials and spoke to Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the federal response.

“While there is currently no immediate public health emergency here in Maryland, based on the latest guidance from the CDC and our federal partners, we want our citizens to know that all levels of government are working together proactively and taking every possible precaution to respond to threats of public health,” said Governor Hogan. “We will continue to track this and will be receiving almost constant, up-to-the-minute information. The public should be assured that our state’s preparedness builds on decades of planning, experience, and expertise gained from previous and ongoing public health events. I would encourage all Marylanders not to panic, but to take this seriously and to continue to stay informed.”

Joined by senior Cabinet officials, the governor announced that he will submit a supplemental budget that will include $10 million for emergency coronavirus preparedness expenses. While there are still no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Maryland at this time, two patients have met the criteria for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) testing. The governor stressed the importance of heeding the CDC’s guidance that local schools, businesses, and communities should be prepared for closures and disruptions to daily life.

In addition, the governor encouraged Marylanders to visit for the most up-to-date information, and to dial 2-1-1 to talk to experts about any questions or concerns.

The governor also announced that in addition to convening his full Cabinet tomorrow, administration officials will provide a detailed briefing to members of the General Assembly, as well as the Comptroller, the Attorney General, and the Treasurer.

Statewide Preparedness Efforts Continue

In January, Governor Hogan directed all state agencies to take every precaution and mobilize whatever resources are necessary to address COVID-19. Pursuant to his direction, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) continues to coordinate with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and all state, federal, and local partners to lead response efforts, all with the goal to minimize risk to the public.

MDH is engaged in regular communications with clinicians and health care providers across the state, working with local hospitals to develop comprehensive hospital surge plans to be activated if necessary. The department’s preparedness and response team is inventorying available resources at hospitals, local health departments, federally qualified healthcare centers, long term care facilities, dialysis centers, and other healthcare partners. MDH’s infectious disease experts are providing weekly briefings to all local health departments and healthcare facilities across the state.

MDH has worked with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to provide guidance to school systems across the state, and is coordinating with colleges and universities to address concerns with student and faculty populations. In coordination with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), MDH is actively engaged with travelers to ensure they have the information they need and are following CDC guidance to protect the safety of these travelers and the public.

Potential alternative housing, support, and transportation are being developed should some Marylanders impacted by the virus not be able to recover at home. 

Additionally, state agencies are participating in daily briefing and coordination calls with federal partners at the CDC, the U.S. Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and the Department of Defense. Frequent calls are held with neighboring states to coordinate case surveillance, investigation, and response activities (including senior health officials, epidemiologists and public health emergency preparedness directors).

What can Marylanders do to prepare?

Though the public health threat here in Maryland and across the United States remains low, you can take very basic steps to help keep yourself and your loved ones healthy.

Stay informed — Visit for the most recent general updates and for the latest information on COVID-19 in Maryland.

Practice everyday actions to promote good health and prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19:

Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water

Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

If you are sick, stay home from work or school

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth

Build a preparedness kit for your home in case you are sick with any respiratory virus and need to stay at home. See for details.

Examples include:

Pain relievers, fever reducers, decongestants, and cough drops

Alcohol–based hand sanitizer


Facial tissues, paper products

Nonperishable food

Extended supply of prescription medications

Diapers or pet supplies if needed

There is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but you should get a flu shot — it’s not too late. It will not prevent COVID-19, but getting a flu shot will help keep you and your loved ones healthy as we continue to see widespread flu.

Visit for up-to-date information and resources, including the latest information on COVID-19 status in Maryland.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Bikes - yikes. Front Street, Key West, Florida.

Bikes - yikes. Front Street, Key West, Florida. 14Feb2020.

The pelicans of Key West

The pelicans of the historic Key West harbor. 14Feb2020

Caroline and I are in Key West checking-out boats for the Westminster Fire Department

Caroline and I are in Key West checking-out boats for the Westminster Fire Department, to use on the Westminster Community Pond. I think we have decided that this one might be the best – except we are not quite sure of the colors. What do you think?

Monday, February 10, 2020

At the annual Carroll County Delegation legislative breakfast

Together with good friends at the annual Carroll County Delegation to Annapolis legislative breakfast. 8Feb2020

Best wishes go out to Lt. Will Valentine

Best wishes go out to Westminster Police Department Lt. Will Valentine upon the occasion of his well deserved retirement. Folks packed the FOP Lodge #20 to wish him the best.8Feb2020

Carroll Hospital, Westminster, MD

Carroll Hospital, Westminster, MD 9Feb2020

Westminster City Hall

Westminster City Hall at night in the rain. 10Feb2020

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Attending the memorial service of Dr. Dean Griffin

Attending the memorial service of Dr. Dean Griffin. He will be greatly missed. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH of Westminster. A Service of Witness to the Resurrection In Loving Memory of Dean H. Griffin, MD. JanuaryJanuary 13, 1935 – February 1, 2020.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

CDC confirms first human-to-human transmission of coronavirus in US

HEALTH AND SCIENCE CDC confirms first human-to-human transmission of coronavirus in US


UPDATED FRI, JAN 31 20201:43 AM EST Berkeley Lovelace Jr.@BERKELEYJR William Feuer@WILLFOIA

KEY POINTS: The CDC confirmed Thursday the nation’s first person-to-person transmission of the coronavirus that has already killed at least 171 people in China.

The transmission makes the U.S. at least the fifth country where the infection is now spreading through human-to-human contact.

First US case of human-to-human coronavirus transmission: CDC

U.S. health officials confirmed on Thursday the nation’s first person-to-person transmission of the coronavirus that has already killed at least 171 people in China and infected more than 8,200 since emerging less than a month ago.

The new patient is the husband of the Chicago woman who brought the infection back from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, CDC and Illinois health officials said during a press briefing. Health officials said the man, in his 60s, has “some underlying medical conditions” but was in good condition. His wife was doing well but remained in isolation at a local hospital, they said.

Public health officials are also monitoring 21 patients in Illinois for possible infections.

[To see the latest updates on the coronavirus, visit CNBC’s live blog here.]