ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Governor Larry Hogan offered a message of hope and thanks as Maryland struggles through a surge in cases of the coronavirus.

“While the way we celebrate Thanksgiving this year may be different, we still have so much to be thankful for,” Hogan said in a prepared video statement.

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Many spent time outside with sunny skies over Baltimore Thanksgiving afternoon.

 

The Maryland Department of Health recorded another 2,319 new infections and 29 new deaths Thursday. That is the sixth-highest number of new cases since the start of the pandemic.

 

The positivity rate is down slightly to 6.38 percent.

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State police have joined enforcement efforts of COVID restrictions across Maryland. Troopers reported making no arrests on the first night of increased patrols.

There is a fear family gatherings could lead to a significant rise in cases.

“The thing that I’m generally worried about right now is what happens as a result of the holidays and that could potentially be like a super spreader event in multiple different pockets across our state because multiple different people get together and then spread this virus even further so there is a chance that this could get significantly worse through December and January,” said Dr. David Marcozzi of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS).

A UMMS survey of 525 people between November 16th and 23rd found 44 percent of Marylanders are not changing or canceling their Thanksgiving plans because of COVID-19.

More than 4,000 people in Maryland have died since the pandemic began.

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