“When I presented the roadmap for recovery, I said that if the Marylanders continued to stay at home and continued to practice social distancing, I was hoping that the key figures that we tracked the rate of hospitalizations and the number of intensive care patients could potentially cap, perhaps as early as early May, “said Hogan. “Fortunately, we are starting to see these encouraging numbers. “
“Over the past seven days, we have seen a good trend and hospitalizations, with five consecutive days of decline. And then a little bump yesterday. But overall, we’re a little behind what we were a week ago, “said Hogan. “Even more encouraging is that our intensive care numbers have been fundamentally stable at a plateau for eight consecutive days. “
If these trends continue next week, Hogan has said he will be ready to lift the order to stay home and begin the first phase of the state’s recovery plan.
Although the order to stay at home is maintained, Hogan announced that starting at 7 a.m. Thursday morning, restrictions will be lifted on certain low-risk activities such as golf, tennis, boating, fishing and camping and participate in other outdoor activities.
The state will also reopen its state parks and beaches.
The governor also announced that certain elective surgeries and procedures will be allowed, at the discretion of local hospitals.
“Many Marylanders may have postponed important procedures, screenings and other things they really need to attend to, if there is something that you had to delay like PET or biopsy, angioplasty or orthopedic procedure, you should now be able to take care of these important and sensitive procedures now, ”said David Marcozzi, COVID-19 incident commander for the University of Maryland medical system.
However, schools in Maryland will be closed for the remainder of the school year.
“It is thanks to all of you and your incredible sacrifices that we are making great progress, we are flattening the curve,” Hogan told Marylanders.
According to the state health department, 28,163 cases have been confirmed in the state, 1,046 since Tuesday. Currently, 1,338 people have died from the virus, with 99 probable deaths reported.
More than 115,000 Marylanders tested negative for the virus and 1,903 people were released from solitary confinement.
Hospitalizations have experienced a slight plateau in new cases, up only 14 since Tuesday. There are currently 1,707 people hospitalized for the virus, including 1,123 in acute care and 584 in intensive care.
During the coronavirus pandemic, 5,497 people were hospitalized.
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