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Maryland Reverts To Stage 2 Restrictions Friday

Governor Larry Hogan announced during his 2pm press conference Tuesday that Maryland will be reverting to Stage 2 restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19 statewide.

 

BARS AND RESTAURANTS: Effective 5 p.m. Friday, all bars, restaurants and facilities where food and/or alcohol are served will be required to close by 10 p.m. Takeout and delivery services are encouraged to continue, but in-person dining operations will not be permitted between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

 

RETAIL AND RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS: Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, all retail businesses and religious institutions statewide will revert back to the Stage Two 50% capacity restrictions. This includes reatail businesses, organizations, religious institutions, personal services, bowling alleys, poll and bingo halls, skating rinks, fitness clubs and social clubs.

 

STADIUMS AND RACETRACKS: Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, fans will no longer be permitted at any professional or collegiate stadiums or racetracks.

 

Also, special emphasis is being put on the vulnerable population in the state.

 

HOSPITAL VISITATION: The Maryland Department of Health has issued an order to restrict hospital visitation statewide until further notice, with the exceptions of compassionate care, parents or guardians of minors, obstetrics, and support for patients with disabilities.

 

NURSING HOMES: Until further notice, the state is limiting visitation at all Maryland nursing homes. Indoor visitation will generally be limited to compassionate care visits, and all visitors must have proof of a negative COVID test result within 72 hours prior to visit.

The MDH order institutes mandatory, twice-weekly testing for all staff at Maryland nursing homes, and mandatory weekly testing for all nursing home residents, effective no later than Friday.

Harford County Executive Glassman Acts to Protect Public Safety in Response to COVID-19 Surge

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman is taking action to protect public safety and maintain county government services following a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 the county government will reactivate its pandemic response from earlier this year until metrics improve, including the following.

 

All county facilities will be closed to the public. Drop boxes for documents and payments will be reactivated at the county administration building at 220 S. Main Street in Bel Air.

 

All indoor parks & recreation facilities and programming will be suspended. Selected programming has been moved online at http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/2822/At-Home-with-Parks-Recreation.

 

Organized outdoor activities on county fields, including tournaments, are also suspended. County parks will remain open with social distancing requirements in place.

 

Following the governor’s advisory, county government employees who are authorized to telework will do so until further notice. This is to guard the county workforce while maintaining government services and operations. Harford County government will remain open for business.

 

Harford Transit will return to a modified service. Details will be posted at http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/213/Harford-Transit-LINK.

In addition, County Executive Glassman has ordered 1,500 rapid COVID-19 tests to support a rapid response to potential cases in county government and allied agencies, including the Health Department, Harford County Public Schools, Volunteer Fire Companies and law enforcement.

 

Harford County’s positivity rate began to spike on October 31, and has risen above 7% for the first time since June. The county’s November 12 positivity rate was 7.36%, according to the Maryland COVID-19 Data Dashboard.  

 

Similarly, Harford’s seven-day moving average case rate per 100K people began a surge in late October.  The case rate rose to 7.27 on October 30 and, within two weeks, rose to 25.28 on November 12. 

 

Since March, both metrics have largely tracked or been below the state averages, but have now risen above. 

 

As of today, Harford County’s total cases are 4,329, an increase of 57, with 81 deaths.

Although hospitalizations are a lagging indicator, Harford County hospitalizations reported by University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health are at 28, with nine in critical care.   

“Public safety is my top priority in responding to this recent surge and my long term goal is to keep our economy and government services open for business,” County Executive Glassman said. “I understand the inconvenience, but I believe these actions will put us in a stronger position with COVID-19 cases on the rise in Harford County and beyond. As the pandemic wears on and we head into colder weather, I also want to remind folks to continue handwashing, social distancing and wearing a mask when required. These three simple steps can save lives.”

Harford County Schools Go Back to Virtual Learning This Week

Maryland, and specifically Harford County, is seeing a rise in Coronavirus cases. With that in mind,  students in Harford County Public Schools will return to virtual learning this week.

 

"We will return to virtual learning effective this Friday, Nov. 13," Superintendent Sean Bulson announced Monday.

 

Instruction will be 100 percent virtual, with schools closed to students. In addition, officials said Learning Support Centers would be closed.

 

Bulson said the move came because Harford County had reached a daily new case rate of at least 15 per 100,000 and its positivity rate was above 5 percent, two metrics established by the Maryland Department of Education.

 

In addition, meal kids will be provided from noon to 1pm on Friday. Sports and conditioning schedules are on hold and tech support for families will continue.

 

"There are many details to work through, but as the county COVID-19 metrics have met our threshold, we must take action to ensure the health of our students and staff," Bulson said Monday.

 

 

Gov. Hogan Imposes New COVID-19 Restrictions Statewide

During this evening's press conference, Governor Larry Hogan has expressed his concern with the current COVID-19 surge. Due to the surge, he is imposing new orders statewide to slow the spread.

 

Effective Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 5pm, indoor capacity for restaurants and bars is being reduced from 75% to 50%. All customers must be seated in order to be served and all tables must be disinfected between customers.

 

Also, telework is mandatory for all state employees effective immediately and the Goveror is uring businesses to provide their employees with the opportunity to telework.

 

The MD Department of Health is urging Marylanders to get tested for COVID-19 prior to visiting loved ones at nursing homes in the state.

 

 

Harford County Election Results

Here are the Harford County election results:

 

President and Vice President of the United States

(100% election day results reported)

Name Party Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Donald J. Trump and Michael Pence
Republican 45,623 18,918 4,927 0 69,468 60.0%
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
Democratic 22,216 6,701 14,464 0 43,381 37.5%

Representative in Congress

District 1

(100% election day results reported)

Name Party Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Andy Harris
Republican 36,202 14,581 4,684 0 55,467 71.4%
Mia Mason
Democratic 10,509 3,053 8,469 0 22,031 28.4%
Other Write-Ins
  89 53 37 0 179 0.2%

 

District 2

(100% election day results reported)

Name Party Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Johnny Ray Salling
Republican 9,837 4,807 1,138 0 15,782 44.0%
C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger
Democratic 11,317 3,666 5,076 0 20,059 55.9%
Other Write-Ins
  31 23 8 0 62 0.2%

 

Judge, Court of Special Appeals At Large

E. Gregory Wells
Vote Yes or No
For continuance in office

(100% election day results reported)

E. Gregory Wells Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Yes 48,290 18,882 14,653 0 81,825 80.4%
No 12,553 4,946 2,460 0 19,959 19.6%

Cecil County Election Results

In Cecil County, there is a new County Executive, while incumbants are keeping their seats in Congress.

 

President and Vice President of the United States

(100% election day results reported)

Name Party Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Donald J. Trump and Michael Pence
Republican 11,161 12,852 2,054 0 26,067 66.0%
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
Democratic 4,408 3,156 4,912 0 12,476 31.6%

Representative in Congress

District 1
Vote for 1

(100% election day results reported)

Name Party Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Andy Harris
Republican 11,176 12,762 2,409 0 26,347 68.6%
Mia Mason
Democratic 4,313 3,218 4,495 0 12,026 31.3%
Other Write-Ins
  16 28 11 0 55 0.1%

County Executive

(100% election day results reported)

Name Party Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Danielle Hornberger
Republican 10,852 12,318 2,347 0 25,517 66.8%
Jeff Kase
Democratic 4,605 3,543 4,427 0 12,575 32.9%
Other Write-Ins
  26 54 25 0 105 0.3%

 

County Council

District 1
(100% election day results reported)

Name Party Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Bob Meffley
Republican 12,624 13,974 3,856 0 30,454 97.4%
Other Write-Ins
  375 235 215 0 825 2.6%

 

District 5

(100% election day results reported)

Name Party Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Jackie Gregory
Republican 12,534 13,789 3,534 0 29,857 97.2%
Other Write-Ins
  386 224 265 0 875 2.8%

 

Judge, Court of Appeals

Appellate Circuit 1
Brynja M. Booth
Vote Yes or No
For continuance in office

(100% election day results reported)

Brynja M. Booth Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Yes 10,696 10,816 4,351 0 25,863 81.5%
No 2,484 2,558 829 0 5,871 18.5%

 

Judge, Court of Special Appeals At Large

E. Gregory Wells
Vote Yes or No
For continuance in office

(100% election day results reported)

E. Gregory Wells Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Yes 10,908 11,127 4,461 0 26,496 83.5%
No 2,209 2,254 767 0 5,230 16.5%

 

Judge, Court of Special Appeals

Appellate Circuit 1
Christopher B. Kehoe
Vote Yes or No
For continuance in office

(100% election day results reported)

Christopher B. Kehoe Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Yes 10,693 10,930 4,370 0 25,993 82.3%
No 2,365 2,392 848 0 5,605 17.7%

 

Board of Education

District 1
(100% election day results reported)

Name   Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Sam Davis
  5,905 6,394 1,406 0 13,705 44.1%
Dianne Racine Heath
  6,848 6,850 3,512 0 17,210 55.3%
Other Write-Ins
  74 79 35 0 188 0.6%

 

District 2
(100% election day results reported)

Name   Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Tierney Farlan Davis
  11,115 11,637 4,234 0 26,986 98.8%
Other Write-Ins
  138 140 56 0 334 1.2%

 

Decision 2020: Voting Locations

It's Election Day and the polls open at 7am in Maryland. As of this morning, over 2 million Marylanders have already cast their vote. If you are heading to vote in person, here is where you can do so in our area.

 

Harford County:

Location Address
Aberdeen Activity Center 7 Franklin Street
Aberdeen High School 251 Paradise Road
Bel Air High School 100 Heighe Street
C. Milton Wright High School 1301 N Fountain Green Road
Dublin Elementary School 1527 Whiteford Road, Street
Edgewood High School 2415 Willoughby Beach Road
Edgewood Recreation Center 1980 Brookside Drive
Fallston High School 2301 Carrs Mill Road
Forest Lakes Elementary School 100 Osborne Parkway, Forest Hill
Harford Tech High School 200 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air
Havre de Grace High School **Old Gym** 700 Congress Avenue
Jarrettsville Fire Hall 3825 Federal Hill Road
Joppatowne Elementary School 407 Trimble Road
McFaul Activity Center 525 W MacPhail Road, Bel Air
North Harford High School 211 Pylesville Road, Pylesville
Old Post Elementary School 2706 Philadelphia Road, Abingdon
Patterson Mill Middle/High School 85 Patterson Mill Road, Bel Air
Riverside Elementary School 211 Stillmeadow Drive, Joppa
   

 

Cecil County:

Location Address
Bohemia Manor High School 2755 Augustine Herman Hwy, Chesapeake City
Cecil County Government Adm. Building 200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton
Elkton High School 110 James Street
North East High School 300 Irishtown Road
Perryville High School 1696 Perryville Road
Rising Sun High School 100 Tiger Drive

 

Polls close at 8pm, but if you are still in line when they close, you will still be allowed to vote. Remember, masks are required statewide.

Early Voting Locations

Early voting is now underway in Maryland. Here are the locations you can cast your early vote in Harford and Cecil Counties.

 

HARFORD COUNTY

The Aberdeen Activity Center

7 Franklin Street, Aberdeen

 

The McFaul Activity Center

525 West MacPhail Road, Bel Air

 

The Edgewood Rec Center

1980 Brookside Drive, Edgewood

 

CECIL COUNTY

Cecil County Administration Building, 200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton 

 

What to bring:

If you've voted in Maryland before, you don't need to provide ID to vote.

 

If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn't provide a copy of your Maryland driver's license, state or federal ID card, MVA ID card, student, employee, or military ID, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you registered, you may need to show one of these documents to vote. If you're a first time voter and unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.

 

For your ballot to count, you must provide ID to your local board of elections before 10 am on the 2nd Wednesday after election day.

Cecil County Expands Restaurant Capacity of 75%

- Effective at 5:00 p.m. on September 21, 2020, restaurants in Cecil County increased indoor capacity from 50% to 75%, per Governor Hogan's latest executive order.

Face covering requirements for customers and staff remain in place, as well as the following Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines:

  1. Floor plans must be modified to ensure that customers are seated at least six feet apart, except for households or groups seated together.
  2. No more than six people per table.
  3. Facilities with indoor booth seating must close every other booth to ensure six feet of distance. Facilities with outdoor booth seating may use a plexiglass-type shield or similar physical barrier as an alternative to closing every other booth.
  4. Buffets or self-service are not permitted.

For the complete list of requirements, please visit:

https://commerce.maryland.gov/Documents/2020.09.18.01%20-%20MDH%20Order%20-%20Amended%20Food%20Service%20Establishments.pdf

Harford County Restaurants Can Expand Capacity

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement from Gov. Larry Hogan allowing restaurants to expand their capacity for indoor operations from 50% to 75%, effective 5 p.m. Monday, September 21, 2020:

 

“Harford County will continue to safely reopen to the extent permitted by Gov. Hogan and follow today’s announcement allowing restaurants to expand their capacity for indoor operations to 75% starting on Monday at 5 p.m. We support Harford’s great restaurants and encourage all Marylanders to visit during Maryland Restaurant Week and beyond.”

Maryland Moves Into Phase Three of Reopening

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced during a Tuesday evening press conference that the state is moving into Phase Three of it's reopening plan. 

 

This means that retail and religious facilities can increase capacity from 50 to 75 percent.  Movie theaters and live entertainment venues can reopen at 50-percent capacity, with up to 100 people allowed at indoor venues and 250 at outdoor venues.  As the Labor Day weekend approaches, Governor Hogan reminds Marylanders that contact tracing data indicates that family gatherings are the most common thread among recent COVID-19 cases.

 

 

Gov. Hogan: MD Schools Can Safely Reopen

Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference Thursday afternoon to address the upcoming school year. 

 

"I am announcing that as a result of our improved health metrics, every single county school system in the state of Maryland is now fully authorized to begin safely reopening," Hogan said. "There is broad and overwhelming agreement ... that finding a way to begin safely returning children to classrooms must be a priority ... There is no substitute for in-person instruction."

 

"In order for us to keep moving forward and to keep making progress, it is absolutely critical that we begin the process of getting our children safely and gradually back into the classroom," Hogan said.

 

State school Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon said she strongly encourages local school systems to reevaluate their mode of instruction at the end of the first quarter.

 

 

Maryland Tax Free Shopping Week

Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week is running through Sunday, August 15. Any single qualifying article of clothing or footwear priced $100 or less, regardless of how many items are purchased at the same time, will be exempt from the state's six percent sales tax. The first $40 of any backpack purchase also is tax free. There are a few excluded items that include hats, costumes, clothes, coats, flip flops and some sports items like football pants and baseball gloves.

 

Although commonly associated with back-to-school shopping, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot noted that the tax-free savings apply to shoppers of all ages.

 

Find out more HERE

Governor Hogan Expands Mask Orders and Out of State Travel Advisory

Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference Wednesday to address the state's COVID-19 precautions. The uptick in cases and conditions in other states signal the need for a pause in further reopening plans in Maryland, Hogan said. The governor said Maryland will not begin to enter stage three of the recovery plan until the numbers stabilize.

 

Hogan said the state is closely monitoring the public health metrics and spiking coronavirus numbers in states across the country.

 

Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Maryland is expanding the statewide mask order, requiring face masks in public spaces of all businesses and in outdoor public areas whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing, Hogan said.

 

"Wearing a mask is the single-best mitigation strategy that we have to fight the virus, and the science and the data are very clear: It's the best way to keep you and your family safe, to keep people out of the hospital and to keep Maryland open for business," Hogan said.

The state is strongly advising against out-of-state travel to states where the positivity rate is above 10%, which, as of Wednesday, includes Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and Texas.

 

"I directed the Maryland Department of Health to issue a public health advisory for all out-of-state travel. We are strongly advising against any travel to or from states with positivity rates of 10% or higher," Hogan said. "We are very concerned. We can't stop people from crossing the borders. Things are pretty much out of control in some of these states."

 

This public health advisory applies to personal, family or business travel. Anyone traveling to or from these states should get tested and self-quarantine.

Cecil County Schools Will Start the New Year Virtually

Cecil County Public Schools announced that school will resume in a ‘Virtual classroom model’ beginning September 1, 2020.

 

The school system posted a letter to parents and students on their website.

"On September 8, 2020, the school system will begin providing face to face instruction for small groups of students in each school based on the needs of children. After one month of this face to face service delivery model, the performance of this ‘Small group model’ will help us determine if the model can be expanded incrementally.
School and community stakeholders have worked tirelessly in the past several weeks to create a plan for re-entry that we believe is safe and provides optimal services for our children. We fully understand that the community’s opinion on how and when to re-enter our students and staff varies tremendously, but we believe beginning in small and deliberate steps provides the best outcomes possible. Our full plan will be finalized and made available to the public later this week.
During the time of re-entry, we will implement a rigorous safety protocol for our staff and students that has been generated with information from The Center for Disease Control, The State of Maryland, and The Cecil County Health Department. Our complete set of safety protocols can be found HERE. Please understand that our Safety Protocols are a "living document" that will be addressed by our stakeholders weekly and will likely change as we move through these uncertain times. We will continue to keep the most updated version on our website.
It’s important for families to understand that a fully-virtual option will remain available even as we eventually begin to expand in-person instruction. We will also begin to provide direction to schools as to identifying students who will have the option of returning face to face. Finally, we would like to thank the many school system stakeholders who provided input to school system leadership and our Board of Education to help us make this very important decision."

Harford Students to Start the New School Year With Virtual Learning

Harford Countu students will begin their 2020-2021 academic year through a virtual model of learning. Harford County Public Schools officials announced Thursday that the first two quarters of the upcoming school year will be held virtually.

 

Superintendent Sean Bulson made the announcement in a letter sent to parents, which also included the fact that a limited number of students will have access to school facilities during the first semester, when they will be provided internet access and supervision by district employees.

 

Before Thursday's announcement, the district was considering three options for learning. The first involved a completely in-person model of teaching, a second made provisions for distant learning to take place while giving parents the option to send their students to school and the third was a hybrid model where students would attend school for a portion of each week and learn remotely the rest of the week.

 

Bulson announced that the entire first semester will rely on remote learning but that the district will provide a safe, supervised place for students during the school day. While attending the HCPS Learning Support Centers, county students will receive virtual instruction from their teacher working from a remote location.  According to the letter, these students will have access to bus transportation and Food and Nutrition services.

 

Read the letter to parents here

Two Harford County Deputies Injured Thursday

Two Harford County Sherrif Deputies were injured Thursday afternoon during a traffic stop and pursuit. One of the officers was helicoptered to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, while another was taken by ambulance to Upper Chesapeake. Both were being treated for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, the sheriff's office reported.

 

 

The location of the incident has not been released, but Old Joppa Road was closed between Whitaker Mill Road and US 1 around 3 p.m. due to police activity.

Indoor Dining Can Resume Friday

Governor Larry Hogan laid out additional plans for Phase 2 of the Roadmap to Recovery Wednesday.

 

Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, indoor dining can resume at 50% capacity with distancing and following strict public health requirements. Also, outdoor amusements and rides, miniature golf, and go-kart tracks tracks may resume operations with appropriate health and safety protocols. 

 

Additionally, capacity restrictions at outdoor pools will increase to 50% with the same safety guidelines in place Friday.

 

Next Friday, June 19th at 5pm, indoor gyms and other indoor studio fitness activities such as dance studios and martial arts, may begin to safely reopen at 50% capacity with strict health, distancing, and sanitization measures. Also, casinos, arcades and malls will be able to begin resuming operations.

 

Gov. Hogan Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions on Non-Essentail Businesses Effective Friday

Governor Larry Hogan announced Wedneday that the state will move into Phase 2 of it's reopening plans.

 

At 5 p.m. Friday, the state will lift the order requiring the closure of non-essential businesses. Nail salons, tanning salons and massage parlors in the state will be able to reopen at 50 percent capacity.

 

Retailers, offices, financial institutions, car dealerships and insurance agencies will also be able to re-open with public health guidelines in place. Manufacturing facilities, construction, specialty vendors, warehouses and technology firms are also included.

The state Department of Education will continue with its plan to reopen child care centers as more people head back to work.

 

State agencies such as the MVA will move into a "ohased reopening," offering services by appointment only.

 

Restaurants and gyms, though, are not included in the plan.

 

 

 

Gov. Hogan: MD Restaurants Can Open For Outdoor Dining Friday

Wednesday, Governor Larry Hogan said the state is ready take the steps to safely move forward with the completion of Stage One of the recovery plan.

 

Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, restaurants and social organizations (eg American Legion/VFW/Elks) may begin safely reopening for outdoor dining following strict public health requirements.

Restaurant patrons must be appropriately distanced, with no more than six people seated at a table. Restaurants must use single-use disposable menus or sanitize reusable menus between each use.

 

Restaurants must sanitize outdoor tables and chairs, and begin screening procedures, including daily temperature checks of staff. Masks must be worn when interacting with employees or patrons.

 

Also, effective Friday, safe youth sports activities may resume, following CDC guidelines with limited, low contact, outdoor practices; as well as youth day camps with capacity limitations. Also, outdoor pools may reopen Friday at 5pm with strict safety guidelines including: 25% capacity restrictions and strict physical distancing and sanitization measures. Pool visitors will be required to sign-in and sign-out, and pools will be required to post signage warning anyone who is sick not to enter.

Area Independence Day Celebrations Cancelled

Today (May 13th), two area jurisdictions announced the cancellation of July 4th celebrations.

 

Bel Air

The Bel Air Independence Day Committee canceled the town's Fourth of July parade for 2020, citing public health. In addition, the 2020 Miss Bel Air Independence Day was selected, and officials said Chiamaka Ezeonyebuchi would keep her title through 2021 and compete in the Miss Maryland pageant, which will be held June 20 to 27, 2021. Her successor will be picked in 2022, organizers reported.

 

Havre de Grace

The Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission announced that this year's celebrations have been cancelled. This includes the parade and fireworks.

 

Maryalnd Moves Into Phase 1 of Reopening

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced the stay-home order will be lifted 5 p.m. Friday and the state will move to a safer-at-home advisory.

 

Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, retail stores in Maryland may reopen with up to 50% capacity; manufacturing may resume operations; personal services (barber shops and hair salons) may reopen at up to 50% capacity and by appointment only.

Pet groomers, animal adoption shelters, car washes and art galleries will also be able to begin reopening.

 

Churches and houses of worship may begin to safely hold religious services. Outside services are strongly encouraged, but inside services may be permitted at 50% capacity or less with appropriate safety protocols.

 

Businesses are encouraged to take the "Maryland Strong: Back to Business Pledge" to assure customers that they are adhering to best practices and strict safety guidelines.

Gatherings larger than 10 people remain prohibited.

 

Read the entire re-opening plan here

County Executive Glassman Orders Harford County Flag Lowered May 4 - 6 for Longtime First Responder Andy Snakovsky

County Executive Barry Glassman has ordered the Harford County flag lowered in honor of longtime first responder and county employee Andy Snakovsky, whose many duties included lowering the flags at county office buildings. The Harford County flag will fly at half-staff from sunrise Monday, May 4 to sunset on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
 
Andy Snakovsky began his nearly 50-year career as a first responder in the U.S. Air Force. He later served in the Annapolis and Baltimore City police departments before becoming a special police officer and security liaison for Harford County government. He passed away on April 29, 2020 from an illness unrelated to COVID-19.
 
“Andy dedicated his life to public service, most recently as an important member of the security team for county buildings,” County Executive Glassman said. “Our hearts go out to his family. He will be greatly missed.”  

Governor Hogan Unveils His Roadmap to Recovery

Today, Governor Larry Hogan unveiled his three steps to re-open Maryland. The “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” has been developed based on the recovery plans issued by the federal government, the National Governors Association, and premier institutions like Johns Hopkins and the American Enterprise Institute; shaped by the expert advice of the scientists and public health officials on Maryland’s Coronavirus Response Team; and tailored to our situation here in Maryland. The result is a responsible, gradual, safe path forward for our state.

 

Read the 4 Building Blocks to Recovery HERE

 

Read the Roadmap to Recovery Plan HERE

 

Get the latest statistics from the MD Department of Health HERE

Governor Hogan Orders Marylanders to Wear Face Masks In Public

Starting Saturday, Marylanders will have to wear face coverings when patronizing essential businesses or using public transportation. The latest executive order takes effect Saturday at 7am.

 

Face coverings can be made from common items, including old T-shirts and bandanas. Willfully failing to comply can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor carrying up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

 

However, Hogan said, hospitalizations and deaths are far lower than they would have been without drastic actions to close businesses and restrict travel.

 

You can find out how to make your own facemask here

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