"If they cared about people, they'd put people back to work by getting the companies electricity," said Jacobs, who represents Harford and Cecil counties.
Harford County, is among those affected by the power outage. She has not paid her 45 employees in days because the hotels are closed and the 150 rooms empty.
"These are people who work paycheck to paycheck," Hess said. "Beyond the economic impact on our business, it is really starting to hurt people substantially."
There were brighter signs in other parts of Maryland.
The Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plants were gearing up to run at full capacity again, after one unit was knocked out by storm damage, according to Constellation Energy Nuclear Group LLC, which operates the plants. A gust of wind blew a chunk of metal siding into one transformer, triggering an automatic shutdown.
Full electric power was restored Wednesday afternoon to the Randallstown Center nursing home and to the Advanced Dialysis Center, which share a building in the 9100 block of Liberty Road.
The nursing home, with 147 residents, had been using a generator since the power went out at 4 a.m. Sunday, said Jeanne Moore, spokeswoman for Genesis HealthCare, the Randallstown Center's corporate parent.
It was one of six nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in Maryland still on generators Wednesday afternoon "and doing well," according to Nancy B. Grimm, director of the state Office of Health Care Quality, which oversees 10,000 health care facilities in Maryland.
The other five homes were all in Baltimore City or Baltimore County. They included Rock Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Baltimore City; St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Catonsville; Milford Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore County; Holly Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Towson, and Springwell Senior Living Community, in Baltimore's Mt. Washington section.
When the Maryland Emergency Management Agency reported it had no more generators to offer, Genesis appealed to one of its vendors, who sent one by truck from Charlotte, N.C.
While they waited, Moore said, Advanced Dialysis staffers "did have to transport four dialysis patients to a location in Rockville for treatment. … Then they were able to care for all dialysis patients on site."
Asked about the nursing home's appeals to BGE for quicker restoration of service, Moore said, "There was some frustration. We felt we had exhausted all efforts, contacting local delegates, state officials to try to help us have power restored more quickly," she said.
Grimm said nursing facilities in Maryland "have reported appropriately to us that they were on generators," Grimm said. "No one has been harmed as a result. We're keeping an eye on all the facilities, and they are reporting when they go back on full power."
Across the state, about two dozen schools planned to stay closed Thursday due to power outages. Baltimore County has the most with 16; Baltimore City is set to close nine and Anne Arundel County will shut seven. All Harford County schools will be open.
One Baltimore County resident losing patience was Jerome Ferguson, 37, of Pikesville.
He and his wife haven't had electricity at home since the weekend, so they sent their two children to his mother's house, which had power. He was particularly concerned about the health of his 2-year-old son, who suffers from asthma and is supposed to wear a mask at night that plugs into the wall and delivers vaporized medications.
"It is a horrible situation," said Ferguson, who spent most of Wednesday camped out with his wife at a Panera Bread in Catonsville to take advantage of the free WiFi and working bathrooms. He said his son missed days of his medication and has been coughing.
Ferguson said BGE has "failed their customers."
He added: "BGE is not looking at us as a priority as far as getting our electricity back on. It shows how unorganized and unprepared they are for things that happen in the state of Maryland."
Baltimore Sun reporter Frank D. Roylance contributed to this article.