Governor Hogan Calls on State Board of Education to Rescind School Mask Policy
ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today called on the Maryland State Board of Education to rescind its school mask policy, citing the state’s dramatically improved health metrics, the widespread availability of vaccines for school age children, and the growing consensus among medical professionals, parents, and bipartisan state officials.
“A growing number of medical professionals, parents, and bipartisan state officials throughout the nation are calling for an end to school mask requirements,” writes Governor Hogan. “In light of dramatic improvements to our health metrics and the widespread availability of vaccines, I am calling on you to take action to rescind this policy.”
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop Below 1,000. In addition, the governor announced today that COVID-19 hospitalizations in Maryland have dropped below 1,000—another major milestone as the state continues to emerge from the Omicron wave faster than just about any state. Overall, hospitalizations have dropped by 71% since peaking last month just below 3,500. The state’s COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped by 82% to 5.12%. In addition, the state continues to report the lowest COVID-19 case rate in the country.