Hogan to allow elective surgery, ease some restrictions

Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announces that Maryland’s public schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year due to the coronavirus during a news conference on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Marylanders may only have to wait one more week until the stay-at-home order, put in place by Gov. Larry Hogan in March, is lifted. But students won’t be returning this school year.

Hogan announced Wednesday afternoon during a press conference that due to a downward trend in the number of hospitalizations from the previous week, and ICU numbers plateauing, the state may be able to enter Stage One of the recovery plan.

“If these trends continue into next week, we will be ready to lift the stay-at-home order and to begin stage one,” Hogan said. “That would mean the reopening of certain types of businesses and lower risk community, religious, and quality of life activities.”

State Schools Superintendent Karen Salmon announced during the same press conference that all Maryland Public Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year.

“I am convinced this is the appropriate decision in order to continue to protect the health and safety of our students, educators, staff and all members of school communities throughout Maryland,” Salmon said.

Distance learning will continue and the Maryland State Department of Education will release “Maryland Together: Recovery Plan for Education,” a comprehensive plan for long-term recovery that will offer guidance to local school districts on various topics including how to begin reopening school buildings.

Salmon said it is unlikely at this point that the reopening of schools will be included in the first stage of the governor’s plan. However, different scenarios of reentry could be included in the second or third stages.

Salmon also touched on graduation for high school seniors. Decisions regarding commencement ceremonies will be made by local superintendents and school boards, Salmon said, but reiterated that school districts must follow and remain in compliance with the governor’s executive orders regardless of how and when they decide to honor the class of 2020.

The governor did announce an ease in restrictions on some outdoor activities on Wednesday.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, the list of safe outdoor activities will be expanded to include golf, tennis, boating, fishing and camping. State parks will also be reopened, including all state beaches, for walking and exercise, and playgrounds.

Hogan warned though that it is important that residents continue to practice social distancing and follow public health guidance.

“Marylanders have made incredible sacrifices in recent weeks, and because of that, thousands of lives have been saved,” Hogan said. “However, it will remain critical ... that you continue to take actions to keep yourself and your fellow Marylanders safe.”

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(37) comments

mrnatural1

On May 7, 2020 @ 4:54pm, vodalone wrote:

"That's the going rate my friend. $500 per week from state UI plus additional $600 per week from CARES Act federal program. If a household has two full time working adults, that's $114k/year per household. That's not including the one time stimulus of $1200 per person and $500 per child.

Any surprise some are not so keen on getting back to work?"

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Here's a good article that confirms that many people are making more on unemployment that they were when working:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/04/23/business/economy/unemployment-benefits-stimulus-coronavirus.html

Quote:

"Why $600 a week?

When you add $600 to the national average unemployment payment — $371.88 a week at the end of 2019 — the replacement rate goes from 38 percent to almost exactly 100 percent. In other words, that amount is what it would take for Congress to replace what the average American worker receiving unemployment would have earned."

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The maximum benefit in Maryland appears to be about $430 -- and again, that's the *max*. So many unemployed people are probably getting significantly less. Still, even the $600/week alone is over $31,000 per year. Not 'serious money', but that's about $15 per hour, not bad. The MD unemployment benefit is icing on the cake.

OK, so how does a poor retiree get hooked up? ;-)

vodalone

So funny to see so many here who first supported Hogan in the early days now attacking him for slowly and cautiously opening things up. I'm curious from those who are not in the vulnerable population, how long do you expect to stay in quarantine away from everything and everyone? When is a "good" time to start a recovery process? Do we have to wait until a vaccine is found and until then we all hide away in our basements?

awteam2000

I would guess an environment where most people feel they aren’t at risk of exposing, themself, their family members or others at risk.

To reopen the economy safely without a vaccine, would requiring testing enough people that we can quickly detect emerging hotspots and intervene early, social distancing, and appropriate prophylactic measures (PPE). We don't want to wait until the hospitals start to fill up, more people are sick and the number of daily fatalities increase.

Question for you... Why do so many people hide in their basements? There’s no restriction in going upstairs or getting outside, as long as you practice social distancing.

Dwasserba

Who is in their basement?

vodalone

Neither vaccine or abundant amount of testing will be coming anytime soon. Do we still let the unemployment numbers climb and enter a depression where many more will die from suicide, hunger, other diseases, etc? Most hospitals around the country are empty right now, same goes for doctors offices. Life didn't just stop in 1918 with the Spanish Flu, and today we have many more measures to keep people alive during an outbreak. More and more I'm seeing people wanting to stay on unemployment because they're making more. $1100/week x 52 weeks = $57,200. Take a family where both adults worked that's $114,400/ year per household. Not too bad.

mrnatural1

$114K/year?! Where do I sign, vodalone?

Seriously, who is making that kind of change on unemployment?

mrnatural1

Excellent question awteam.

From what I've read and heard, many people seem to think they cannot set foot outside.

Granted, those of us who live in rural or semi-rural areas can do that more easily, and probably do not have to wear masks (because there are few, if any, people) but people can go for a walk almost anywhere (wearing a mask if social distancing cannot be observed).

vodalone

That's the going rate my friend. $500 per week from state UI plus additional $600 per week from CARES Act federal program. If a household has two full time working adults, that's $114k/year per household. That's not including the one time stimulus of $1200 per person and $500 per child.

Any surprise some are not so keen on getting back to work?

Reader1954

I haven't seen anything about all the grocery, walmart, target workers coming down with the virus. They have been working from the beginning. Just let us put our mask on and go about our business

awteam2000

27-Year-Old Maryland Giant Grocery Clerk Leilani Jordan died from the Coronavirus.

Of COVID-19

https://www.marylandmatters.org/2020/05/07/opinion-we-must-protect-workers-who-put-food-on-our-table/

A second Walmart in Massachusetts has closed after cluster of coronavirus cases among employees.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/05/05/business/how-walmart-worcester-became-coronavirus-hot-spot/

Target employee tests positive for COVID-19

https://newschannel20.com/news/coronavirus/target-employee-tests-positive-for-covid-19-in-champagin

steelersfan2005

all retail establishments should have never been closed. If Walmart and the likes could remain open, all the others could have as well.

LADYBUG419

If someone flys in from out of state are they required to quarantine for 14 days? How is that enforced?

Obadiah Plainsmen

“Marylanders have made incredible sacrifices in recent weeks, and because of that, thousands of lives have been saved"

The victory laps are starting and we now have a baseline of daily acceptable deaths when the next pandemic hits. And when the next one comes your daily lives and economic future will depend solely on the person/s who inputs the data and interprets what prediction models tell them. That person/s will become the most powerful person or people in America/world.

bosco

We can camp. State parks will be open for walking etc. How about camping at state parks?

Jleftwich

Here is the official MD guidance on outdoor activities: https://bit.ly/2W9hoqd. Since you ask about camping in particular:

"CAMPING

Effective Thursday, May 7, at 7 a.m., DNR will begin accepting reservations for overnight tent and RV camping in state forests, parks, and other campgrounds, however:

Campers must be with immediate family members or people with which they reside.

Guidance on social distancing must be followed.

No parties or reservations for more than 10 people will be granted for any one site.

Reservations for cabin rentals will not be accepted at this time, however DNR will begin to consider protocols for accepting reservations again in the near future.

Reopening will likely proceed on a gradual or regional basis based on guidance from the Maryland Department of Health."

bosco

Many thanks, Jleftwich. I watched the news conference and was confused. Next step is to break out my camping gear, take the Harley off the trickle charger, and head for "that s house of an eastern shore". (quote from Willie Don)

bosco

Wait a minute. If I "head out on the highway, lookin' for adventure" am I violating the stay at home order?

mrnatural1

Not if you're born to be wild Bosco -- then you're exempt.

bosco

mrnatural1...[thumbup][pirate]

Greg F

Parks have been opened for walks before...trails were overrun.

steelersfan2005

they are referring to "bathroom", and such that are on the parks grounds.

Greg F

No vaccine....mutated version out there, too many idiots that simply cannot do the right thing. This will not end well.

vodalone

Life is for living my friend, you take risks everyday. Just take the proper precautions and follow health officials. Staying in quarantine will kill many more, the stay at home order was never intended to last until a vaccine is found, only to flatten the curve and avoid healthcare facilities and resources from being overburdened.

Jleftwich

Fingers crossed that people can police themselves.

phydeaux994

You can’t take proper precautions if ALL don’t take proper precautions and are running around undiagnosed and without wearing a mask, invading your space. Almost half of those infected are not 80 years old as my wife and I and others over 60 are. And one lung full or touch is all it takes. You may not care if you or your family and friends get infected but I and 70% of American citizens do.

rbtdt5

Glad to see you agree with reason for once. He said live life if you are following the rules. Don't live in the basement, get out and back to supporting the economy but keep a safe distance, wear a mask for now, and be nice. It's not that hard

vodalone

So the vulnerable population such as yourself stay home, someone has to keep things going.

Dwasserba

People tell us, just stay home, and my concern is all our same age peers who are routinely relied on for grandchild care. This didn't stop entirely for some as it is, with people working less or whatever.

Learch

👍🏻

Greg F

Oh just shut up staying home will kill more. How? Are you an expert? I work with experts who all think what you say is bunk.

vodalone

A study just released yesterday in NY showed that over 66% of the cases are from people staying at home, not traveling or working. And that's just in the short term. Long term many more deaths due to economic blight, depression and suicide, starvation, etc. Here I did some HW for you. Enjoy.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lisettevoytko/2020/05/06/majority-of-new-coronavirus-cases-in-new-york-are-from-people-staying-at-home-not-traveling-or-working/#6672e3e51655

chesapeakecountry

You have a 99.7% chance this won't affect you negatively. Relax.

phydeaux994

About 5% have been effected, 95% left to go. It won’t stop spreading until a vaccine is available and/or herd immunity is reached, which is 70% minimum so I’ve heard.

rbtdt5

I heard that we can say what we want without saying anything, or did I just read that?

steelersfan2005

"and so I've heard".

steelersfan2005

you're the kind of person who think it wont affect them, till they get it, then they'll whine.

Dwasserba

It affects you negatively when others are affected and you can't visit. It's not relaxing at all.

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