ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Anne Arundel County will not be joining Governor Larry Hogan and other jurisdictions entering stage three of Maryland's recovery.
County Executive Steuart Pittman says they will remain in stage two citing an increase in COVID-19 cases over the last two weeks.
Pittman says staying put will help the county mitigate more potential spread that could impact goals to eventually open up schools.
“We need to get our schools open, and the State of Maryland has given us an achievable new case rate that makes it safe to do so,” said County Executive Pittman. “We must lower our rate of spread to get there. Unfortunately, cases in our county are increasing right now, and recent experience shows clearly that if we increase activity, our rate of spread will accelerate more. That is the outcome that we must avoid. The data shows us that we are simply not ready to move to Stage Three," Pittman said.
Pittman also asked county residents and visitors to avoid large gatherings during the Labor Day weekend, still urging everyone to wear masks and social distance.
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