ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — Limited visitation will resume at hospitals and nursing homes across Maryland, state officials announced Thursday.

Gov. Larry Hogan cited lower COVID-19 metrics, including hospitalization levels over the last four weeks, dropping by 34% from nearly 2,000 to now 1,272 as of Thursday morning. It’s the lowest level since November 22.

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“We are pushing back against this invisible enemy, and we are making great progress,” Gov. Hogan said. “However we need to remain cautious and vigilant.”

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This will begin March 1. Each hospital will set its own policies, which the state says must be compliant with CDC guidelines.

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Nursing homes will be able to allow limited visitation as long as they have no active cases and have the proper testing protocols.

“The restricted visitation policies put in place were necessary to protect patients, families and hospital staff with a hard, limited understanding of the evolving COVID-19 threat. But we’ve always recognized this is yet another stressor on someone who needs hospitalization,” said Dr. David Marcozzi from the University of Maryland Medical System.

He added family members and care partners are a “critical component” to a patient’s recovery.

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CBS Baltimore Staff