ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Howard County Executive Calvin Ball on Thursday announced the county is reimplementing its indoor mask mandate effective at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26.
Masks will be required indoors in all businesses and facilities open to the public, as well as public transportation in the county.READ MORE: 1 Man Killed, 2 Wounded In Trio Of Baltimore Shootings, Police Say
“With the rapidly multiplying number of COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron and Delta variants, positivity rates in double digits, and increases in hospitalization, this is a necessary step to further protect our residents,” said Ball. “Being vaccinated, getting a booster, and wearing a mask are the three best ways to protect yourself and those around you.”
Maryland saw a record single-day high of 6,869 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, and hospitalizations surpassed 1,500, triggering pandemic plans at hospitals statewide.READ MORE: Weather Cancellations: Maryland Schools, Businesses & Government Offices
Maryland’s testing positivity rate has climbed to 12.8 percent.
While Howard County leads Maryland counties in percentage of residents vaccinated at nearly 87%, only 74% of its seniors 65 or older are vaccinated.