Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Announces State Response To COVID-19;

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Announces State Response To COVID-19; New Testing Site In Glen Burnie 

Glen Burnie, MD (Arundel.News & AAFA)- Anne Arundel County will be the location for two of Maryland's 12 new hospital based COVID-19 testing sites. The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center was named as the second of those testing sites expected to be operational in Anne Arundel County by next week. Anne Arundel Medical Center opened it's COVID testing facility, last week, in Annapolis. Each testing site will be open daily for walk-ups, with no appointment necessary. The announcement about Maryland's next steps to combat the pandemic came during a COVID update from Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday. 

“We are encouraging all Marylanders to continue doing the things that can keep us safe: getting vaccinated and boosted, avoiding crowds, keeping your distance, washing your hands, and wearing masks or face coverings when appropriate,” said Governor Hogan. “We will keep taking whatever actions are necessary, and we urge Marylanders to remain vigilant, so that together we can continue leading the nation with our health and economic recovery.”

We learned more about the role those active Maryland National Guardsmen will be taking on to assist the statewide effort to fight the spread of the virus, from the governor. Hogan says troops will be handling the distribution of the controversial drug Remdesivir to pharmacies that serve nursing homes. 

Nursing homes statewide will also be under several new COVID-19 protocols per the Maryland Department of Health. Those rules are designed to protect the most vulnerable. Anyone who works in a nursing home will need to be tested for the virus twice per week under that state health order. Visitors to nursing homes will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before being allowed to see their loved ones. 

In addition, the state plans to give out 20 million N95 and KN95 masks to residents, free of charge, starting next week. Distribution sites for those masks will be at the following locations: 

  • Local health departments
  • All state-run testing and vaccination sites
  • The Vaccine Equity Task Force, through partnerships with community organizations such as the NAACP
  • Nursing homes
  • Maryland state agencies

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