Assembled County Leaders gather to discuss looming "dire" COVID-19 situation (Release)
Updated: Dec 17, 2020
READOUT FROM BRIEFING ON COVID-19 SURGE BETWEEN LEADERS OF MARYLAND’S LARGEST JURISDICTIONS
Leaders call for Immediate Action to Protect Public Health
ANNAPOLIS – Today, in a show of unity, the leaders of Maryland's seven largest counties and newly sworn-in Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott conducted a virtual press conference to urge Marylanders to adhere to strict COVID-19 safety guidelines in their jurisdictions and across the State.
As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths mount, and expected to worsen during winter months, the leaders warned of dire consequences if precautions are not immediately taken. This is the first such meeting of the State’s top City and County leaders.
Angela Alsobrooks, County Executive for Prince George’s County
Calvin Ball, County Executive for Howard County
Marc Elrich, County Executive for Montgomery County
Jan Gardner, County Executive for Frederick County
Barry Glassman, County Executive for Harford County
John A. Olszewski, Jr., County Executive for Baltimore County
Steuart Pittman, County Executive for Anne Arundel County
Brandon Scott, Mayor of Baltimore City
Each of the Executives spoke about the impact of COVID-19 on their jurisdictions, recent data along with actions they are taking to address COVID-19. The overarching theme between the leaders is that COVID has no borders.
In addition to the top officials, other participants included:
Dr. Tom Inglesby, Director, Center for Health Security, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Peter Hill, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Johns Hopkins Health System
Dr. Gail P. Cunningham, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center
Dr. Fermin Barrueto, MBA, Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health
Dr. Josh Sharfstein, Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement
The press conference has been recorded and is available here. Zoom link.
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FOR COUNTY-SPECIFIC CONTACT INFORMATION:
Anne Arundel County: Roz Hamlett, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Baltimore City: Stefanie Mavronis, email@example.com
Baltimore County: Dory Henry, firstname.lastname@example.org
Frederick County: Vivian Laxton, email@example.com
Harford County, Cynthia Mumby, firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard County: Scott Peterson, email@example.com
Montgomery County: Barry Hudson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prince George’s County: Gina Ford, email@example.com
Optional Holding statement:
STATEMENT FROM LEADERS OF MARYLAND’S LARGEST JURISDICTIONS ON COVID-19 SURGE ANNAPOLIS – Governor Hogan has been outspoken in encouraging the State’s residents to protect themselves and others by taking necessary precautions to guard against contracting COVID-19.
With rising cases, hospitalizations and deaths, leaders of the Big 8 (the State’s largest jurisdictions) are urging the Governor to work more closely with them. Working more closely means meeting regularly with the leaders so that our residents fully understand that we are, indeed, all in this together and that we all - regardless of party affiliation -- are one team with one purpose.
Governor Hogan has a standing invitation to attend the County Executives’ weekly meeting.
We believe the time has come to coordinate more closely than ever with the Governor’s Office because COVID-19 sees no boundaries.
--from Anne Arundel County Press Release