He says the state is making progress on vaccinations against COVID-19.
Annapolis, Md (KM) The state of Maryland could be reopened by the end of this month. That’s according to Governor Larry Hogan who spoke to reporters on Tuesday. “The President said he wanted to get things back to normal by the 4th of July so football season obviously starts after that,” he said. “My plan is to get things back to normal by Memorial Day which is coming up pretty soon.”
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Hogan put a number of restrictions in place last year to keep the virus from spreading, which included the closures of most retail outlets and other businesses, and requiring the wearing of masks. .He has since lifted some of those restrictions.
The Governor says progress has been made in vaccinating Marylanders against the coronavirus. His office says as of Wednesday, 4,996,199 total vaccinations have been reported in Maryland. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 62.5% of Marylanders 18 and over, and those 65 and older, have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The President anticipates having 70% of Americans vaccinated against the coronavirus by July 4th. “We’ll be way ahead of that,” Governor Hogan says. “Some states may have difficulty. We will not.”
On Wednesday, the Governor also announced that 13 mass vaccination centers in Maryland will be offering walk-in vaccinations for those 18 and older. One of them is the vaccination clinic at 800 Oak Street in Frederick.
By Kevin McManus