ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Governor Larry Hogan said national labs must do a faster job of processing coronavirus tests as delays are leaving some people in limbo about their status for weeks.

The governor told CNN Monday night that Baltimore City is seeing a rise in cases “mainly because they weren’t doing enough testing and now they are.”


At a press conference last week, city health commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa disputed that claim.

“We are seeing the number of new cases increase at a rate higher than what we would expect from an increase in testing capacity alone, and have seen an increase for multiple days in a row,” she said.

Over the weekend, the Maryland Public Interest Research Group wrote a letter to Hogan, signed by hundreds in the healthcare community, asking him to “shut down, start over and do it right.”

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The governor has resisted closing down bars and indoor dining statewide.

“We’re in a holding pattern. We have been for the past 30 days,” Hogan told CNN. “We’re continuing to pause. We’re not ready to reopen anything further. Twenty-two states are now rolling things back that they had already reopened. We’re not in that position either.”

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Comments (6)
  1. King Julian says:

    Twenty-two states are now rolling things back that they had already reopened. We’re not in that position either.” Leave the bars open and we will be.

    1. EA says:

      lol bars are fine. The only ones that aren’t fine are the hick ones over the bridge who don’t enforce masks

  2. CJ says:

    The bars have no good reason to be open. Neither do the gyms or indoor dining. At best, i would say dining with reservation if they choose to offer that.These three things are obvious hot spots for transmission.

    Phase 2 can’t be sustained without quick test results and practices and procedures that ensure that Rt stays below 1.00.

    I have little faith Hogan will do what should/needs to be done seeing as he is hesitant to close indoor bars state wide.

    1. jackson says:

      Bars, no. Gyms that follow proper procedure? Sure. My gym had a staff member test positive earlier this month. They followed strict mask protocol and cleaning procedures. The rest of the staff that came in contact with that person also got tested and all came back negative.

      Bars and restaurants are not enforcing mask protocol despite it being proven time and time again to help curb the spread. You’ve got a ton of drunk people falling all over themselves indoors and spreading this disease all over the place. Outdoor dining needs to be the norm until a vaccine along with masks indoors at all times.

  3. Catherine Weber says:

    We’re in a holding patern. And that would be why?

  4. a mom says:

    Bars need to stay closed and also restaurants where you eat there-people can’t wear marks when they eat and drink. You can wear a mask & distance in a gym, store and so on

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