“People are looking for certainty,” he said at Wednesday’s press briefing in Annapolis. “But the truth is we simply don’t yet know how bad it’s going to get or how long it’s going to last, or how successful social distancing actions are going to be in flattening the curve. What we do know is that it’s not going to be over in a matter of days or even weeks.”
He said the number of cases would “rapidly and dramatically rise” and that is was “critically important every single person remains vigilant in doing their part by staying in place in their homes as much as possible–so we can break the back of this virus.”
Quarantine in place for those Marylanders who’ve traveled in the New York Tristate Area
Hogan said any Marylander or anyone visiting Maryland, who has spent time in the Tri-State Area of New York, New Jersey of Connecticut, must quarantine in place for a minimum of two weeks and avoid all contact with others.
Hogan announced his formal request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for funds to help state and local governments and nonprofits deal with the crisis in areas of disaster mitigation, emergency preparedness and unemployment.
When asked if he would issue a “Shelter in Place Order” he responded that the state was getting tremendous cooperation from citizens. He said there were only 14 reported incidents in the state of gatherings over 10 people–and they cooperated when asked to disburse.
“Everyone immediately cooperated,” he said. “So we’ve had no real incidents of people ignoring the directives.”
He reiterated that non-essential businesses found operating would be shut down.
Extending School Closures
Maryland School Superintendent Karen Salmon extended school closures another four weeks through April 24. She said she was in contact with county school superintendents in the state to provide “the continuity of learning to all of our students in every jurisdiction.”
“While it is too early to definitively say exactly when schools will reopen, we will continue to reassess the situation as we move forward,” She said. She said there was a possibility of extending the school year.