FCC moves to online only
The rest of the semester at Frederick Community College will be delivered digitally, the college announced.
The college will use remote instruction the rest of the spring semester, which goes until May 20. Students and non-essential personnel should not be on the main campus or the Monroe Center. Students and employees should monitor their College email and the FCC COVID-19 webpage. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-846-2469.
Hogan announces closure of all non-essential businesses
All nonessential businesses in Maryland will be closed at 5 p.m. to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday.
Hogan enacted the closure after criticizing some Marylanders for not adhering to previous orders of avoiding gatherings. Hogan specifically said the order is not a statewide shelter in place order. He called the closure of all non-essential businesses "absolutely necessary."
Hogan said the state would engage in more aggressive enforcement of the guidelines to avoid gatherings. He also called on the federal for more resources.
Hogan also announced additional major steps to support small businesses and workers. The state is launching a $175 million comprehensive business relief program as of today, he said.
The Maryland Department of Commerce and Maryland Department of Labor are partnering on the program to help small businesses get through this period. Also the unemployment insurance benefits have been ramped up, so those who got laid off can immediately file claims to help meet their needs.
Additionally, Hogan announced the launch of the COVID19 layoff aversion fund. An additional $7 million is available to help small businesses retain employees during this crisis. Businesses can apply for $50,000 to help keep employees on payroll.
Hogan also announced an order to protect families from price gouging.
The closure of all nonessential businesses is the most recent step is a series of sweeping actions taken by the governor to combat the new coronavirus. Over the weekend, the governor expressed frustration that Maryland residents had not been following the social distancing warnings he had put in place.
Two new COVID-19 cases in Frederick County
The Frederick County Health Department announced two additional cases of COVID-19 Monday morning.
The cases are both in women, one in her 30s, one in her 20s. Both are cases of community spread, which means the origin of disease is unknown, as neither had travel history or known connection to other known cases.
The two women are recovering at home and were not in any public places, said Rissah Watkins, director of Planning, Assessment and Communication with the health department.
This makes four cases in Frederick County.
The Maryland Department of Health also announced an additional 44 cases, bringing the state total to 288. These do not include the two new Frederick County cases, which would bring the state to 290, a jump of 100 since Saturday.
The majority of the case are in Montgomery County, which has 94, and Prince George’s County, with 47.
At this point, all but three counties in the state have cases.