Hogan announces virus health, economic moves

ANNAPOLIS — Governor Larry Hogan on Dec. 8 announced a series of additional COVID-19 health and economic relief initiatives to help struggling Maryland families and small businesses. He was joined by Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz and Housing Secretary Kenneth Holt. “We continue to take constant actions on a daily basis to fight this virus from […]

Natural gas pipeline gains critical wetlands permit in Wicomico County

ANNAPOLIS — Despite personal feelings against natural gas as a fuel source the Maryland Board of Public Works was unanimous in granting a tidal wetlands permit that allows the Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company to install a pipeline from Salisbury to Eden. This is the first leg of a plan to bring methane into Somerset […]

Franchot says small businesses need help

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has issued an urgent call for action to rescue the state’s small businesses suffering from the impact of the pandemic. In a call to the Dorchester Banner last week, Mr. Franchot praised the efforts of business owners as they continue to find ways to survive in the reduced circumstances […]

DNR reports stripers, perch, spot are biting

ANNAPOLIS — Warm, sunny days continue as we approach the longest daylight hours of the year. Main bay water temperatures warmed considerably to the mid 70s and will continue rise the next week.Some of the deeper waters from Swan Point to Bloody Point are starting to show unsuitable oxygen conditions for bay fish. With rivers […]

Hogan: Stage Two of recovery plan

ANNAPOLIS — Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced that Maryland will begin to move into Stage Two of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ on Friday at 5 p.m. with a safe and gradual reopening of workplaces and businesses, along with additional personal services. This comes after the state’s positivity rate dropped to single digits, […]

Hogan, faith leaders discuss safe public worship

ANNAPOLIS — The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives convened a workgroup of faith-based leaders across the state representing a broad array of faiths and denominations to discuss the Governor’s vision for reopening the economy based on the criteria outlined in his plan, “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.” The Faith-Based Workgroup provided a report with recommendations […]

Sen. Eckardt offers reopening guidance

ANNAPOLIS — Beginning May 15, Maryland entered Phase 1 of reopening. Maryland will move from a “Stay at Home” order to a “Safer at Home” advisory. County leaders will have the power to make decisions on the timing. Retail stores can reopen with 50% capacity. Manufacturing can resume with proper safety precautions.Churches and houses of […]

Hogan: Easter Bunny is essential employee

ANNAPOLIS — Finally, some good news about COVID-19.In a press conference on Friday, flanked by state and national flags and senior Maryland officials, Gov. Larry Hogan declared the Easter Bunny as an essential worker. “He therefore will be able to proceed with his hopping across the state delivering Easter baskets to Maryland children,” the governor […]

Hogan closes non-essential facilities

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday morning announced that all non-essential businesses, organizations, establishments and facilities would be closed at 5 p.m. that afternoon. He said the measure was “absolutely necessary to protect the health of Marylanders and to save lives.” Gov. Hogan said while the state was issuing additional measures to cope with […]

State agencies coordinate Coronavirus response

ANNAPOLIS — Governor Larry Hogan announced last week that Maryland’s State Public Health Laboratory had been approved for testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This means that rather than waiting for test results from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) labs in Atlanta, Georgia, people who are suspected to have COVID-19 may be diagnosed […]