By CBS Baltimore Staff

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Some good news as Maryland begins to emerge from more than a year of pandemic-related restrictions: all the mask-wearing, social distancing and lockdowns apparently have worked.

Maryland was ranked second of all states in fighting Covid-19 and keeping residents safe, according to a study released Friday from Sykes, a provider of multichannel demand generation and customer engagement services for Global 2000 companies.

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Only Hawaii was ranked higher.

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The study examined factors like weekly test positivity rates, hospital admissions, vaccine distribution. Maryland was among the earliest states to adopt a mask mandate as of April 18, 2020, and the study lauded Maryland’s firm policies, such as a stay-at-home order, as being effective. Even as infection rates have slowed, Maryland kept its mandate in place until this week.

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The study can be read online at Sykes’ website.

CBS Baltimore Staff