MD Governor Makes More Orders to Slow Pandemic

(Thursday, March 19, 2020) – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has laid out a new set of directives for Marylanders to help usher the state through the crisis.  Hogan is now calling for all malls to shutdown.  He also wants colleges and universities to end their Spring semesters.  “We are in a fight against time.  We now have 107 confirmed cases, an 88 percent increase in the past 24 hours,” said Hogan.

Among the new cases, a five-year-old girl from Howard County .  It’s the first case of a child in Maryland contracting the virus.  Last evening, Maryland reported its first death.  A man in his 60s from Prince George’s County died yesterday.

Hogan says he’s convening a regional meeting to help stop the spread around the DMV.  He plans to meet with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam later today and will also host a conference call for all county executives in Maryland.

In the meantime, Hogan is calling for restricted transportation in the state.  He says residents should refrain from using the Marc Train, Ride-On Buses, Metro, Amtrak unless they are essential workers.  He’s also limiting access to BWI Marshall Airport to ticket holders only, with some exceptions.