September 22, 2023

As mask mandates are returning to Baltimore and vaccine mandates are being required for some state employees, the COVID-19 metrics continue to increase.

On Friday, Maryland reported 890 new CVOVID-19 cases, an increase from the 729 reported Thursday, and the highest amount reported since May 1 of this year.

On Thursday, Gov. Larry Hogan announced that state employees working in congregate settings must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination effective Sept. 1, or be subject to regular COVID-19 testing. 

On Thursday, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott also announced he would reinstate a mask mandate for Baltimore starting Monday at 9 a.m., regardless of vaccination status. 

UNITED STATES – MAY 17: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott conducts a news conference with members of the Maryland congressional delegation on the “Reconnecting Communities Act,” which aims to “reconnect and revitalize areas that were harmed by the construction of the Interstate Highway System and reform the long history of inequity in infrastructure, near Franklin and Monroe Streets in Baltimore, Md, on Monday May 17, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Scott told C4 and Bryan Nehman on Thursday that the city’s law department and others are looking into the “ability to mandate vaccines for our employees.”

To date, 7,250,459 vaccines have been administered in Maryland, 3,660,394 people have received their first dose of a vaccine, 3,314,640  people have received their second dose of a vaccine and 275,425  people have received the single-dose vaccine. 

Maryland’s current positivity rate is 3.79% with 345 people currently hospitalized. 

Source: WBAL