Hogan Seeks Disaster Declaration for Maryland

    With confirmed cases of COVID-19 now recorded in 22 of Maryland’s 24 political subdivisions, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan (R) has requested that President Trump declare the state a disaster area.

    The request, sent Wednesday, would qualify state and local governments and Maryland non-profits for “disaster unemployment insurance, hazard mitigation and emergency protection measures,” Hogan said during a State House news conference.

    As of Wednesday morning, the state had 423 cases, up 74 from the day before, the biggest one-day jump since the count began.

    Given the health crisis facing New York City, Hogan ordered that any Marylander who has “recently” visited the Tri-State area “must quarantine in place and limit all contact with others for at least 14 days.”

    Maryland’s congressional delegation sent Trump a letter supporting Hogan’s request for the disaster designation.

    “We agree that the federal government must immediately bring the full weight of its resources to bear… to protect Marylanders during this public health crisis,” the lawmakers wrote.

    They said that assisting Maryland was of prime importance to the federal government because of the number of state residents who work for various government agencies.

    “Federal assistance in this case would help preserve the continuity of government by protecting the health of all Marylanders, including those who are putting their lives on the line every day working to combat COVID-19 and safeguard the well-being of all Americans,” the members of Congress said.

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    Bruce DePuyt spent nearly three decades on local television, including 14 years as executive producer and host of News Talk on NewsChannel 8 in the Washington, D.C., area. He has served as reporter, anchor and producer/host of 21 This Week in Montgomery County and as reporter/anchor at NBC affiliate WVIR-TV in Charlottesville, VA. He's a regular contributor to WTOP (103.5 FM) and frequently moderates community and political events.