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Coronavirus Cases in Maryland Now at Five, Hogan Says

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced that two more cases of the coronavirus have been identified in the state, bringing Maryland’s total to five.

Hogan said in a statement Sunday that a woman from Harford County in her 80s contracted the virus while on travel overseas and is currently hospitalized. The other person from Montgomery County, a man in his 60s, also traveled overseas, but he was briefly hospitalized.

Both cases appear to be of no major concern and risk to the community and have no connection to the three previous positive cases, according to the statement on the coronavirus strain, also known as COVID-19.

As of Monday morning, the number of negative coronavirus cases stands at 73.

“Our state health department team has been working seamlessly with local health departments, and our emergency management teams are engaged with our local and federal partners to limit the spread of COVID-19,” Hogan said. “We continue to hope for the best, and actively plan for the worst. I encourage all Marylanders to remain calm, but to take this seriously and continue to stay informed.”

Hogan plans to hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Annapolis. During that time, he will be joined by House Speaker Adrienne Jones and Senate President Bill Ferguson to sign emergency legislation for the governor to use $50 million from the state’s rainy day fund to mobilize additional resources to combat the virus.

The three previous cases from Montgomery County announced last week contracted the coronavirus while on an Egyptian cruise ship on the Nile River.

The Maryland residents with the coronavirus are a married couple in their 70s and another person in their 50s.

Various news outlets reported that 12 employees aboard the M.S. Asara, which Hogan named as the cruise ship the three Montgomery County residents traveled on, have been quarantined after testing positive but are “asymptomatic,” or displaying no signs of illness.

Reuters reported the 12 cases were diagnosed after a Taiwanese American woman on the cruise ship tested positive for the coronavirus upon her return home.

Maryland residents with any health issues should contact their health care provider or the Maryland Emergency Management Agency call center at 410-517-3720.

For more information, go to health.maryland.gov/coronavirus.

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