Governor Hogan Announces Significant Progress On Building Blocks For Recovery Plan; Will Introduce ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap To Recovery’ On Friday COURTESY PHOTO

Governor Larry Hogan today officially reopened the Laurel Medical Center in Prince George’s County as part of the state’s COVID-19 hospital surge plan, and announced an expansive contract tracing initiative that will be able to track up to 1,000 cases per day. With significant progress on the four building blocks that are necessary to begin the recovery process for the State of Maryland, Governor Hogan will introduce the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ on Friday.

“Our entire team has been working hard and making incredible progress on all four of these necessary building blocks so that, as our numbers start to look better, we will be in a position to safely reopen our state and get people back to work,” said Governor Hogan. “With these crucial components now firmly in place, on Friday we will be introducing our ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ which will lead us safely out of this pandemic and into a brighter more hopeful future.”

The governor was joined for today’s announcement by Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and Dr. Mohan Suntha, the president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS).

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ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today officially reopened the Laurel Medical Center in Prince George’s County as part of the state’s COVID-19 hospital surge plan, and announced an expansive contract tracing initiative that will be able to track up to 1,000 cases per day. With significant progress on the four building blocks that are necessary to begin the recovery process for the State of Maryland, Governor Hogan will introduce the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ on Friday.

“Our entire team has been working hard and making incredible progress on all four of these necessary building blocks so that, as our numbers start to look better, we will be in a position to safely reopen our state and get people back to work,” said Governor Hogan. “With these crucial components now firmly in place, on Friday we will be introducing our ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ which will lead us safely out of this pandemic and into a brighter more hopeful future.”

The governor was joined for today’s announcement by Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and Dr. Mohan Suntha, the president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS).

Below are Governor Hogan’s announcements regarding the four building blocks for Maryland’s recovery plan:

EXPANDING TESTING CAPACITY. The most critical part of Maryland’s recovery plan and the reopening guidelines recently released by the White House is the capability to do widespread testing. Successful testing advancements in Maryland include.

The State of Maryland has successfully expanded its testing capability by over 5,000% in the past month, and more than 76,000 COVID-19 tests have been completed to date.