Anne Arundel officers recommending masks in sure circumstances, no plans so as to add restrictions as of now
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Bob Costantini, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
Maryland’s COVID-19 positivity price is now above 6% and is predicted to rise. However, well being officers preserve pointing to hospitalizations being simply above 300, statewide, nicely beneath what they have been for the surge earlier this yr.
Local officers have mentioned hospitalizations are what’s most necessary.
In a convention, Anne Arundel county government Steuart Pittman mentioned that politically, he is aware of residents can be upset if a masks mandate is revived, which he mentioned is a good distance from that within the county.
“It’s a disaster on this neighborhood when our hospitals are overwhelmed and can’t settle for sufferers,” Pittman mentioned.
Health officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman urged residents who may be extra prone to COVID-19 and people who are available in contact with them to put on masks, once more.
“It’s a recommendation,” Kalyanaraman mentioned. “It’s not going to be a requirement. That requirement is predicated on when hospitals have declared disaster requirements of care.”
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Anne Arundel county are nowhere close to the extent that prompted earlier masks and digital faculty mandates.
As of Tuesday, there are not any plans for brand spanking new restrictions within the county.
“We are going to have to do a little bit more around masking,” Kalyanaraman said. “Particularly those who are at higher risk of disease, those with chronic conditions, those who are older should be masking indoors in public settings; and those who are coming into contact with them should do it as well.”