BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Baltimore County’s indoor county executive will expire on Tuesday and its state of emergency will be lifted on February 7, County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced Monday.
Emergency declarations and public health orders requiring face coverings in indoor public spaces are issued at the end of December in response to growing COVID-19 infectionswhere the district’s hospitals are crowded.
Since then, the county has seen promising signs in its fight to contain the spread of COVID-19, including a 50% reduction in hospitalizations since January 11 and an 80% reduction in positivity rates. since January 3.
“We are strongly encouraged by the progress we have seen in recent days and remain cautiously optimistic that we are emerging from this omicron wave,” Olszewski said Monday in a prepared statement.
COVID-19-related hospitalizations across the state spiked when the order was issued. At Baltimore County hospitals, there were 13 ICU beds staffed at the time, according to county data.
“We’re really proud of where we’re hospitalized,” said County spokesman Sean Naron. “WI hope to continue that progress. “
Mask regulations require residents and visitors to wear masks indoors in any public space — restaurants, businesses, houses of worship, among them — where physical distancing is not possible society.
Even if the mandate is set to expire on Tuesday, county employees and members of the public will still be required to wear face coverings inside all county buildings and facilities.
The county is also reminding residents to continue doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing, getting tested, and washing hands often.
Olszewski encouraged people to get vaccinated and stay healthy if they haven’t already, saying it’s an important step in protecting themselves and their loved ones from serious illness.
“The best way to continue our progress is for every citizen to protect themselves, their loved ones, and our community with vaccinations and boosters as soon as possible,” Olszewski said. “Going forward, we will continue to closely monitor key indicators and stay prepared to take whatever steps are necessary to protect public health.”
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ONE Similar mask requests in Anne Arundel County will expire Tuesday, officials said. Harford County will lift the requirement for masks inside government buildings.
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