The Latest: Md. Logs 774 COVID-19 Cases

    Maryland now has 774 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — an increase of 425 cases over the last three days, state officials announced Friday morning. There are now more than 1,500 confirmed cases in the National Capital Region — in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia — 4.5 times more than there were just one week ago.

    “There is no timetable and no model that can tell us exactly how long this will last or how bad this is going to get,” Hogan said in a statement. But the governor said federal resources will start flowing quickly to the state to help combat the spread of the virus and the big hit to Maryland’s economy.

    “The federal administration’s swift approval of our request for a Major Disaster Declaration will drive more resources to our coordinated response. As chairman of the National Governors Association, I will continue to press for additional federal resources, including a Title 32 designation for Maryland and all the states to fund National Guard missions.”

    Hogan said he will have conference calls with his Cabinet and with his Coronavirus Response Team later Friday to refine the state’s strategy for combating COVID-19.

    “I cannot stress this enough: Marylanders need to stay in place at home to help slow the spread of this deadly virus,” he said.

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    Co-founder and Editor Josh Kurtz is the leading chronicler of Maryland politics and government. He began covering the State House in 1995 for The Gazette newspapers, and has been writing about state and local politics ever since. He later became an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and spent eight years at E&E News, an online subscription-only publisher of news websites covering energy and environmental issues. For seven of those years, he led a staff of 20 reporters at E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill and in national politics. For 6 1/2 years he wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz has given speeches and appeared on TV and radio shows about Maryland politics through the years.