Because Maryland has yet to hit its Covid-19 peak and cases are still on the rise, the state is not ready to open back up for business, Gov. Larry Hogan said at a news conference this afternoon.
Hogan said that the federal guidelines issued by President Trump last week called for states to meet specific gating metrics before considering lifting restrictions, including a 14-day downward trend in key numbers.
“Here in Maryland we took some of the earliest and most aggressive actions in the nation to slow the spread of Covid-19, because of those efforts of everyone, we have far fewer cases, hospitalizations and deaths than all of the models were calling for," Hogan said.
Maryland has not seen a “spike” in Covid-19-related illnesses and it is not ready to open, Hogan said.
“We have been successful in flattening and lengthening the curve in our state, and we have not had the very high spikes that you have seen in other states. But that is also why we are several weeks behind those other states who spiked earlier, and the number of new cases of Covid-19 is still rising here in Maryland and throughout the Maryland, DC, and Virginia region, and by the federal standards instituted last week, and under the guidance given in the studies and reopening plans that we cited Maryland is not yet able to lift our restrictions," Hogan said.