Maryland Public Schools To Remain Closed Through April 24, Governor Hogan Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration For Maryland
Office of Governor Larry Hogan | 3/25/2020, 5:26 p.m.
REQUEST FOR PRESIDENTIAL DISASTER DECLARATION. Governor Hogan has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the State of Maryland. The Governor is specifically requesting: (1) the Individuals and Households, Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training, and the Disaster Unemployment Assistance programs under the Individual Assistance Program statewide, (2) Debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance Program statewide, and (3) Hazard Mitigation measures statewide. If approved, the presidential declaration will provide funding for state and local governments as well as certain private nonprofits
DIRECTIVE TO EXPAND AVAILABILITY OF MEDICAL PERSONNEL. Governor Hogan directed the Maryland Department of Health to immediately institute a program to allow medical students, nursing students, and medical technician students from Maryland universities and colleges to assist the COVID-19 response effort. The Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps is currently nearly 8,000 members strong. Marylanders are encouraged to volunteer at mdresponds.health.maryland.gov.
PROGRESS ON HOSPITAL SURGE PLAN: The governor announced that 2,400 beds have been made available through the state’s hospital surge plan, which is weeks ahead of schedule. Yesterday, the governor toured a field hospital and alternate care site at the Baltimore Convention Center.
SERVICES FOR SENIORS. Governor Hogan announced that the State of Maryland has received $4 million in federal funding to help communities provide at-home meals for older adults. The governor also reminded Marylanders that the Maryland Department of Aging has a free senior call check program, the first of its kind in America, to ensure the wellbeing of seniors living at home alone.
For health resources regarding COVID-19, including case counts and clinician guidance, Marylanders should visit coronavirus.maryland.gov.