During an emergency press conference held yesterday, Governor Larry Hogan today announced a series of actions to slow the spread of COVID-19. He reported that that most of the important numbers have “worsened considerably” since last week, including Maryland’s positivity rate exceeding 5% for the first time since June, and implemented a number of renewed restrictions related to the Coronavirus in Maryland.

The state’s contact tracing data continues to indicate that family gatherings are the most common activity among those recently infected (Thanksgiving is right around the corner!). There has also been an increase in the number of people infected who choose to dine indoors at a restaurant and among those who have traveled out of state.

Effective TODAY, Wednesday November 11, by 5 p.m. the Maryland Department of Health has:

-Issued a new public health advisory strongly warning against any indoor gatherings of 25 people or more.

-Issued an expanded advisory for all out-of-state travel. All Marylanders are strongly advised to avoid all nonessential travel to any state with a positivity rate above 10%

-Issued an emergency order to activate the next level of our hospital surge capacity planning by adding alternative care site capacity, and providing additional staffing support and clinical care to nursing homes

-Issued updated guidance to slow the spread of COVID19 at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

-Declared the capacity for indoor operations at bars and restaurants will be reduced from 75% back to 50% for seated and distanced service only.

 While Maryland has now crossed over into the “danger zone”, NCIA has been staying ahead of this with the constant implementation of our Safe In All Settings Protocols in all Maryland locations in addition to our VTC program in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NCIA will continue to enforce the healthiest possible measures even if that exceeds city or state requirements.  Our goal is to keep every single program participant, student, staff person and contractor as safe as possible at all times. 

In Baltimore City, just like at NCIA, masks are required at ALL TIMES.

We continue to urge all of our employees to follow this policy no matter where their personal lives take them.

You are not only responsible for protecting yourself, but you are responsible for protecting your individuals, fellow co-workers, and your families at home.