State health officials taking additional actions
According to the Maryland COVID-19 Data Dashboard, Maryland has surpassed 2,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations. Governor Hogan shared with Marylanders that state health officiations are using “…every tool at our disposal to help Maryland hospitals…” as they respond to this and future hospital surges.
What is Maryland doing to address the stress on hospitals?
Governor Hogan shared how Maryland will address the hospitalization surge in a press release. Maryland’s plan for addressing COVID includes increasing the nursing workforce across the state.
- To maximize hospital bed capacity, Maryland hospitals are directed to update their emergency plans by December 15, 2021.
- Balance patient admissions and capacity by maximizing all regional hospitals and alternate care sites.
- Maximize available staffed medical-surgical and ICU bed capacity.
- State health officials will work with Maryland’s Board of Physicians, Board of Pharmacy, and Board of Nursing to advance emergency regulations to enhance and expedite healthcare staffing needs by allowing temporary licenses for retired Maryland healthcare professionals. State officials are looking to simplify the process to allow interstate compact or out-of-state health care providers to practice in Maryland at licensed healthcare facilities.
At home rapid kits distribution
It cannot be stressed enough that getting vaccinated and getting boosted are your strongest possible defenses against this virus and its variants.--Governor Hogan
As cases continue to rise across the state, Maryland has distributed more than 500,000 at-home rapid test kits through local health departments and BWI Airport. However, before Thanksgiving, Montgomery County residents have been hard-pressed to find rapid test kits finding only long lines and disappointment.
As people prepare to return to work and schools, residents are concerned about what awaits them in terms of exposure. In response, the governor continues to encourage all eligible Marylanders to get a COVID-19 vaccine, a booster, and flu shot as soon as possible.
“Again, this is not March of 2020. It’s important to use common sense and take precautions, but we have the tools, resources, and strategies in place to protect ourselves. We are closely monitoring this surge, and will continue to provide updates as additional actions are taken.” —Governor Hogan
How are the numbers in your area? Have you been able to find an available testing appointment or a testing kit? What are your concerns about returning to work? Let me know 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.