ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s governor announced Monday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, but is feeling fine at the moment.
Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted As part of regular routine testing, he had a Monday rapid test that came back positive. Hogan, who is also a survivor from cancer, stated that he had been immunized and received a booster shot.
Over the summer, members of Hogan’s staff tested positive, but Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford was negative.
“As the Omicron variant becomes dominant, I want to urge you to get vaccinated or get your booster shot as soon as possible,” Hogan tweeted.
Hogan said Sunday on “Fox News Sunday” that he is not planning to issue any new lockdown orders despite his concerns about a surge in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. According to him, Maryland’s hospitalizations increased by around 150% during the past week. In light of rapidly spreading omicron virus, the Republican governor stated that the state was trying to increase support for hospitals as well as pushing to have more Maryland residents get vaccinated.
“We are anticipating over the next three to five weeks probably the worst surge we’ve seen in our hospitals throughout the entire crisis, but we don’t expect it to last for long. We’re hoping it starts to taper off fairly quickly, but we’re facing a pretty rough time,” Hogan said.
The state’s health department reportedSunday’s hospitalization saw 1,345 patients, nearly twice the amount of those who had been admitted a month before. The state has not provided data on coronavirus-related deaths and cases since December 1, when it was hit by a cyberattack.
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