In a recent interview with the Kent Pilot on the public health and economic challenges from COVID-19, Kent County Commissioner Ron Fithian said the question of downsizing or shuttering inpatient beds at Chester River Hospital, or any other rural hospital, has been answered by the rapidly expanding pandemic that is exponentially showing a rapid rise in new cases in Maryland.

“One thing that has been settled is the argument over whether it’s a good idea to close or downsize these rural hospitals,” Fithian said.

In the 6-minute interview, Fithian praised the response of Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot and said the commissioners would follow suit to ease the financial burdens of Kent residents–and extend the deadline for property tax payments this year.

He said the Commissioners would also return to conducting four meetings a month after an experiment to hold bi-monthly meetings made him feel disconnected from his constituents.