Maryland confirms first coronavirus death, first child case as statewide total surpasses 100

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The first Marylander has died from COVID-19, and the state surpassed 100 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

The statewide total has risen to at least 107 as 22 new Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, including the first child case in a 5-year-old Howard County girl, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday.

Hogan also announced the first COVID-19 death in Maryland on Wednesday night.

A Prince George’s County man in his 60s who suffered from an underlying medical condition became the first person in Maryland to die from the disease.

“It is with profound sadness that I announce the first death in Maryland as a result of the coronavirus pandemic,” Hogan said in a statement. “I ask all Marylanders to join me in praying for his family and loved ones during this difficult time. As we pray for his loved ones, I ask that we continue to pray for each other, for our state, and for our nation as we face this crisis together. We must use every possible resource at every level of government to save lives and keep people safe.”

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said on Twitter that the county is “heartbroken” over the death of the man.

 

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 33 confirmed cases in Montgomery County; 23 in Prince George’s County; 16 in Howard County; 12 in Baltimore County; eight in Baltimore City; five in Anne Arundel County; three in Harford County; two each in Carroll and Charles counties; and one each in Calvert, Frederick and Talbot counties, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Of the state’s confirmed cases, 76 have been people between the ages of 18 and 64, 30 have been people age 65 and older, and one has been a person younger than 18.

Nationwide, there have been at least 9,415 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including at least 150 deaths and 106 recoveries, as of 10 a.m. Thursday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Hogan announced on Thursday the latest actions his administration is taking to limit the spread of the coronavirus throughout Maryland.

Hogan prohibited events and gatherings of more than 10 people, tightening previous executive orders he had instituted regarding the maximum number of people allowed in close proximity to one another during the state of emergency.

Hogan directed the Maryland Department of Transportation to restrict access to the BWI terminal to ticketed passengers and credentialed employees only. He added that exceptions will be made for visitors assisting disabled passengers, but nobody else will be given access.

Hogan urged people not to board a MARC train, Metro, Amtrak train or bus, or any of other transportation assets unless they are an emergency personnel, frontline healthcare provider or other essential worker.

Hogan also ordered all enclosed shopping malls and entertainment venues in Maryland, effective 5 p.m. Thursday.

Maryland confirmed its first three cases of the coronavirus just shy of two weeks ago on March 6, at which time Hogan declared a state of emergency.

A week ago on March 12, Hogan’s administration implemented its first set of major actions in response to the coronavirus as it closed all Maryland public schools, activated the National Guard, closed cruise ship access to the Port of Baltimore, suspended visitation at Maryland state prisons, recommended stricter visitation policies at hospitals throughout the state. Hogan also delegated non-essential, non-crisis gubernatorial duties to Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford.

Then on Monday, Hogan ordered all bars, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms to close. Eateries can still offer carryout and curbside pickup under Hogan’s order.

Also on Monday, Hogan prohibited any events or gatherings with more than 50 people during the state of emergency. He also sought to increase the state’s healthcare capacity by 6,000 beds with the potential opening of closed hospital facilities.

On Tuesday, Hogan postponed the April 28 primary election until June 2. The special election to fill former Rep. Elijah Cummings’ 7th Congressional District seat will go forward on April 28 with a mail-in ballot.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young declared a local state of emergency for Baltimore City on Wednesday, saying the order would allow the city to more quickly secure goods and services to respond to the pandemic and give first responders the equipment they need to safely do their jobs.

Since the closure of schools, the state has opened meal distribution sites throughout Maryland. Those sites can be viewed at mdsummermeals.org.

Baltimore City also posted a map of meal distribution sites specifically within the city, including a list of sites at Baltimore City schools.

A group of Baltimore residents have also created a virtual document in which people can sign up to receive support or volunteer to help those in need of assistance by buying groceries, picking up prescriptions and accomplishing other tasks during the coronavirus pandemic.

As Baltimore bars, restaurants and clubs temporarily close, community members are also creating a “virtual tip jar” to help Baltimore service industry workers during the pandemic.

Marcus Dieterle


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