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Maryland Hospital Association calls for reinstatement of public health emergency

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Posted at 3:15 PM, Dec 28, 2021

The head of the Maryland Hospital Association called on Governor Hogan today to declare a limited public health emergency.

In a statement, Bob Atlas, said, "The statewide number of COVID inpatients at Maryland hospitals is spiking quickly. It’s now up to 1,826; up 112 from Sunday. We are soon likely to surpass the all-time high number of 1,952 COVID inpatients reached on January 11, 2021."

He said he is not asking for a full public health emergency but just one that would apply to healthcare workers and hospitals.

He said the state had a public health emergency in place for a year and a half when "conditions were not as dire as they are now."

WMAR-2 News has reached out to the Governor's office on this and is waiting to hear back.