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Maryland public school to remain closed for four weeks, Hogan announces additional actions in response to coronavirus

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Gov. Larry Hogan announces additional actions in response to the coronavirus on Wednesday inside the State House. Image via Gov. Larry Hogan’s Facebook Live broadcast.

All Maryland public schools will remain closed for at least the next four weeks as the state attempts to limit the spread of COVID-19, State Schools Superintendent Karen Salmon announced Wednesday during a press conference with Gov. Larry Hogan.

“We do not make this decision lightly. However, with the challenges facing our state and our country, we have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our school communities and the communities at large,” Salmon said.

Salmon said state school personnel are working with local school systems to “resume the continuity of learning” next week. Schools will be closed until at least April 24.

Hogan issues guidance for businesses, gatherings that must close under executive order

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Gov. Larry Hogan’s Office of Legal Counsel issued guidance Tuesday detailing how certain businesses and gathering places fit into recent executive orders the governor enacted to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

On Monday, Hogan prohibited gatherings of more than 50 people and ordered all bars, restaurants, gyms and theaters to close. Eateries can still offer carryout and curbside pickup under Hogan’s order.

Shopping malls are not required to close, but any type of business within the mall that has been ordered to close–such as bars, restaurants, gyms and theaters–must comply, according to the legal guidance.

Hogan orders bars and restaurants to close, issues other actions to limit coronavirus spread

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Gov. Larry Hogan ordered all bars, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms in Maryland to close, effective 5 p.m. Monday, to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Food service establishments will be allowed to continue drive-through, carryout and food delivery operations under that order, Hogan said.

Essential services, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and banks, will remain open, he added.

Six new Maryland confirmed coronavirus cases bring state total to 18

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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the exterior structure of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Image courtesy of CDC.

Maryland health officials have confirmed six more cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 18.

Following the announcement Thursday the state identified its first case of community transmission of COVID-19, Gov. Larry Hogan said today officials have “moved on from testing” and are now focused on treating people who contract the virus and slowing the spread of the disease through social distancing.

“Quite frankly, at some point, we’re not going to be arguing about testing. We’re going to be taking care of sick people,” Hogan said during an interview on MSNBC on Friday.

City Schools will distribute meals, provide at-home learning packets for students

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Right, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises addresses school closures, food distribution, disinfecting buildings, and other steps City Schools is taking in response to the coronavirus. Santelises was joined by Baltimore City Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa during a press conference Friday morning. Screengrab from Baltimore City Public Schools’ Facebook.

As public schools across Maryland prepare to close for two weeks to limit the spread of coronavirus, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Brookins Santelises outlined how the system will provide meals for students and educational packets while they are at home.

All Maryland public schools will be closed from Monday, March 16, to Friday, March 27, State Schools Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announced Thursday afternoon during a press conference in which Gov. Larry Hogan announced a list of “major actions” the state is taking to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Hogan, state officials close schools, prohibit large gatherings, take other steps in response to coronavirus

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Gov. Larry Hogan announces a series of major actions he and his administration are taking in response to the coronavirus outbreak in Maryland. Screengrab from Governor Larry Hogan’s Facebook.

School closures, visitation recommendations and restrictions for hospitals and prisons, prohibitions of gatherings of more than 250 people, and delegating all non-essential non-crisis gubernatorial duties to Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford are among a series of “major actions” that Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday in response to the spread of the coronavirus in Maryland.

“For Marylanders, the actions that I have announced here today will be disruptive to your everyday lives and they may sound extreme and they may sound frightening, but they could be the difference in saving lives and helping keep people safe,” Hogan said during a press briefing Thursday at the State House.

State officials OK up to $50M for coronavirus response, Hogan convening expert response team

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Gov. Larry Hogan gives updates on the coronavirus Monday afternoon, including federal, state and local officials’ responses to the virus. Photo courtesy of the Governor’s Office.

The state can now transfer up to $50 million from its rainy day fund to put toward an emergency response to the coronavirus after Gov. Larry Hogan, Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones and Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson signed emergency legislation into law permitting the transfer Monday afternoon.

Hogan said in a press conference that the legislation, which was passed unanimously, is indicative of government officials’ unified response to COVID-19.

“It shows that government at the federal, state and local levels are working together to respond to this threat in a cooperative and coordinated manner,” he said. “We are continuing to hope for the best while we’re also actively preparing for the worst.”

Poll: Marylanders support school improvements, but don’t want to pay with increased taxes

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William “Brit” Kirwan discussed school improvements on March 5, 2019, with Strong Schools Maryland representatives in Annapolis, Maryland. Charlie Youngmann / Capital News Service

The majority of Marylanders recognize the need for improvements to various aspects of the state’s public schools, including teacher salaries, facility repairs, vocational training and spending accountability. But most residents do not want taxes to increase in order to pay for state services, a recent Goucher College poll finds.

Hogan, Young, Democratic state legislators continue back-and-forth comments about violent crime in Baltimore

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Gov. Larry Hogan announces the redesignation of the bills in his violent crime package as emergency legislation Thursday. Photo courtesy of Governor’s Office.

Frustrated with the lack of movement on proposals he submitted to combat violent crime in Baltimore, Gov. Larry Hogan redesignated the four bills as emergency legislation today, saying “there can be no more excuses or delays” for not taking action.

“We need to stop playing politics,” he said at a press conference today. “Pass these bills, get them to my desk so I can sign them and we can begin. Stop the killings and get these violent shooters and murderers off the streets and behind bars so that the people of Baltimore can take back their communities once and for all.”

Young fires back at Hogan’s comments over violent crime in Baltimore

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In a press conference Wednesday, Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young discusses recent comments made by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan regarding violent crime in Baltimore. Image courtesy of Charm TV Baltimore.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today pushed back against recent criticism from Gov. Larry Hogan over violent crime, saying the city is still waiting for state resources the governor promised to help police.

“We’re still waiting on some of the resources that the governor promised us to help us fight crime,” Young said at a press conference on Wednesday. “Instead of the governor talking about the crime, give us the resources we asked for.”

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