Visits the new testing site at UM Shore Regional Health in Easton
Opening new locations in Talbot, Wicomico, Garrett, Montgomery, Howard and Anne Arundel counties
Annapolis, MD– Governor Larry Hogan today visited the location of a new state-run COVID-19 testing site at UM Shore Regional Health in Easton and announced the locations of five additional hospital testing sites that will open from by the end of next week. The governor also announced that the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) will begin distributing 20 million free N95 and KN95 masks to Marylanders next week through multiple channels, including local health departments, state-run testing and vaccination sites and nursing homes. .
“We encourage everyone in Maryland to continue doing the things that can keep us safe: getting vaccinated and boosted, avoiding crowds, keeping your distance, washing your hands, and wearing masks or face coverings where appropriate. said Governor Hogan. “We will continue to take all necessary actions, and we urge the people of Maryland to remain vigilant, so that together we can continue to lead the nation with our health and economic recovery.”
Watch the governor’s announcement.
Hospital-based testing sites. Governor Hogan announced a total of six additional locations for hospital-based testing sites, which are on track to be fully operational and open every day, with no appointment required, by the end of the week. next. They include:
- UM Shore Regional Health (Talbot County)
- TidalHealth (Wicomico County)
- Garrett Regional Medical Center (Garrett County)
- Holy Cross Germantown Hospital (Montgomery County)
- Howard County General Hospital (Howard County)
- UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center (Anne Arundel County)
Last week, the governor announced the first 10 locations for hospital-based testing sites. Additional sites will open tomorrow.
Distribution of 20 million N95 and KN95 masks. To make it even easier for Marylanders to have an extra layer of protection, Governor Hogan announced that MDH will begin distributing 20 million N95 and KN95 masks – which provide additional protection against infection compared to cloth masks. and general purpose – next week. The masks will be distributed via several channels including:
- Local Health Services
- All state-run testing and vaccination sites
- The Vaccine Equity Task Force, through partnerships with community organizations such as the NAACP
- Retirement homes
- Maryland State Agencies
According to data from Carnegie Mellon University, Maryland ranks fifth in the nation for mask wearing.
Bi-weekly testing of care home staff, volunteers and vendors, regardless of vaccination status. MDH has issued an order that requires all staff, volunteers and vendors who are regularly in a nursing facility, regardless of their vaccination status, to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week whenever community transmission is high. Additionally, all visitors will be required to provide proof of a negative test or be tested at the facility with a rapid test before entering.
To date, 70% of nursing homes in Maryland are reporting positive cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff.
The order will go into effect Jan. 21, and the state will work closely with nursing homes to make all necessary testing resources available to them.
Read the MDH command.
The Maryland National Guard will distribute Remdesivir to nursing homes. In the coming days, the Maryland National Guard will begin distributing courses of Remdesivir, which is one of the therapeutic treatments believed to be effective against the Omicron variant, to institutional pharmacies that directly service nursing homes.