Governor Hogan confirms Omicron variant in Maryland

Heather Jauquet

How will Maryland respond?

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On December 1, Governor Hogan announced three cases of the Omicron Variant are present in Maryland involving individuals from the Baltimore Metropolitan Region. Additionally, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Public Health Laboratory has confirmed the COVID-19 Omicron variant’s presence in collaboration with partner laboratories. 

Our highest priority is to continue keeping Marylanders safe—Governor Hogan

Governor Hogan details Maryland’s preparedness efforts

  1.  Closely monitor the situation. The state entered into agreements with Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland to more than double the already aggressive real-time variant surveillance.
  2. The Maryland Board of Public Works approved an emergency procurement to acquire additional special reagents and supplies to expand further the capacity to track and detect variance of COVID-19.
  3. The Board of Public Works is extending the state’s sequencing agreements with the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. They are looking for variants, keeping track of them, and keeping on top of them. Sequencing will assist health officials in knowing which form of the virus is circulating. 
  4. Health officials are encouraging lab partners to “ramp up” surveillance efforts.

Hogan further encourages Marylanders to get a PCR test when feeling ill, making travel plans, or returning from travel. It is one of the essential things Marylanders can do to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Rapid antigen testing available across the state

Governor Hogan says that Maryland will distribute half a million Abbott BinaxNow Ag At-Home COVID-19 test kits across the state. In addition, Marylanders can find Test kits in local health departments, libraries, and community centers.

BWI will have rapid tests available for the nearly 7,000 international travelers who arrive each week. A new urgent care center at BWI offers COVID testing, vaccines, and boosters to any traveler.

Maryland by the numbers

As of December 1st:

  • 9.4 million COVID-19 vaccines were administered to 99.9% of Marylanders 65 and older.
  • 88.9% of all adults 18 and over have been vaccinated
  • 118,000 five to 11-year-olds have been vaccinated
  • Less than 1/10 of one percent of remaining seniors to be vaccinated
  • 11.1 percent of eligible adult Marylanders have not been vaccinated.
  • 1 million booster shots administered by the State of Maryland

The numbers were taken from the press conference on December 1, 2021

What are your thoughts on the Omicron variant? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

This article is for information purposes only. It should not be considered health advice. Please consult a doctor before getting vaccinated or making any decisions that could impact your health.

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