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Nearly two dozen Marylanders have now died from the new coronavirus, and Gov. Larry Hogan has issued an executive order requiring all residents to stay at home except for essential activities as the Capital Region braces for a wave of cases similar to the one in New York, where nearly 1,000 have died.
Outbreaks have been reported at a Carroll County nursing home and in the state’s prison system.
A lot of news happened over the weekend and early this week. To keep Marylanders up-to-date, here are five key points from The Baltimore Sun’s coronavirus coverage.
Stay-at-home order in effect; ‘quarantine parties’ lead to arrests
Not much actually changed with the governor’s stay-at-home order Monday, given that state officials already had been encouraging anyone who could avoid going out to do so.
Gatherings of more than 10 people had already been banned, and schools, colleges, sit-down restaurants, malls, casinos, gyms, theaters and nonessential businesses already had been ordered closed over the past few weeks.
While the restrictions aren’t really different, the new order and its blunt language was meant to get the attention of residents who didn’t take earlier directives seriously.
Violating the order is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Deadly outbreak at the Pleasant View Nursing Home foreshadows possible issues in senior living
Five residents have died in a COVID-19 outbreak that infected at least 66 people at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy, Carroll County, over the weekend, officials said. Twenty-seven staff members are expected to be tested, Hogan said Monday.
COVID-19 death count now at 22; Hogan wants more testing
Twenty-two Marylanders have now died of the coronavirus.
Hogan, a Republican who chairs the National Governors Association, has pressed President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and others involved with the federal government’s response for more testing and more protective supplies for health care workers.
“Without the tests, we really are flying blind," Hogan said on CNN on Tuesday morning. “We are really guessing where the outbreaks are.”
Cases reported in psychiatric hospital, prison system, first responders
The Mount Airy nursing home isn’t the only Maryland institution hit by the pandemic.
More testing sites opening — but only for those with a doctor’s orders
Maryland will offer drive-through coronavirus testing at Motor Vehicle Administration vehicle-emissions testing sites in Bel Air, Glen Burnie and Waldorf, as well as at FedEx Field in Landover, Hogan said Monday.
But you can’t just drive up and get tested. Tests will be offered only to those patients referred for a COVID-19 test by their doctor.
State protocols say testing should be offered to hospitalized patients with symptoms, and symptomatic people outside the hospital who are considered high-risk, include those in nursing homes, in long-term care facilities or who have underlying health conditions.
Medical personnel, health care workers and first responders with symptoms also are being tested.