March 12th Update on the Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

This afternoon, the Governor announced additional steps regarding efforts to slow the transmission of the Coronavirus. Those actions include (1) closing Maryland schools starting on Monday, March 16th for two weeks so that all schools can be cleaned and disinfected; (2) banning gatherings of over 250 people; (3) closing senior citizen activity centers, and (4) closing the cruising port at the Port of Baltimore.

This is a rapidly evolving and serious situation. These efforts are primarily preventive in order to try and limit the ability of the virus to spread. As unusual and inconvenient as these measures are, we should remain calm, but also take seriously the warnings that we should continue to wash our hands and practice good hygiene, engage in so-called social distancing, and stay home when possible. This will be difficult for many Marylanders, especially those in specific at-risk groups; are food insecure; need childcare; or lack the ability to work remotely.

The Governor has also activated the National Guard primarily to assist with distribution of food and supplies to vulnerable populations.

If you have a health question or concern, dial 211, the state’s health line.

At the State House, we continue to do the people’s work as we prioritize what needs to get done as part of our annual legislative session. Our staff is now working remotely so please continue to reach out with any questions or needs.

Here are a few useful links regarding the situation:
Maryland Department of Health
Montgomery County Public Schools Coronavirus Information
Governor’s press release and press conference

Please be safe, be kind, and be calm.

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