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Mayor Young raises watch level for Baltimore City in preparation for coronavirus

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Posted at 4:58 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 17:01:13-05

BALTIMORE — Mayor Jack Young announced that as of 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, the City of Baltimore’s Emergency Operations Center Activation Level would be raised to Level III: Watch Level in support of coronavirus activities.

Mayor Young also announced that the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management would continue working with the Baltimore City Health Department and provide additional coordination of resources as the need arises.

“While we have not experienced any confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Maryland, we must remain vigilant and prepared,” Mayor Young said. “My administration has been in close contact with health officials from the state and federal government.”

The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management remains in coordination with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, which has activated the state’s Emergency Operations Center to Enhanced Watch Level in order to mobilize additional resources across state government.

The City of Baltimore says they are committed to working with local, regional, state, and federal partners during this evolving situation.

The Baltimore City Health Department is the lead agency for coronavirus preparedness and response efforts and continues to closely monitor the virus and prepare for possible cases in Baltimore.

The agency has been actively monitoring the virus since mid-January.