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.
While the way we celebrate Thanksgiving this year may be different, we still have so much to be thankful for. Most of all, I am grateful to the people of our great state for staying #MarylandStrong. pic.twitter.com/mhUdkGqjmr
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) November 26, 2020
Many spent time outside with sunny skies over Baltimore Thanksgiving afternoon.
— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) November 26, 2020
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 statewide positivity rate is now 6.38%
— Maryland Department of Health (@MDHealthDept) November 26, 2020
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.