The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated its Emergency Operations Center to assist in the response to novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. (Courtesy of CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated its Emergency Operations Center to assist in the response to novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. (Courtesy of CDC)

Maryland has nine new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the state’s total to 26, Gov. Larry Hogan’s office said Saturday.

Hogan spokesman Mike Ricci said those numbers don’t include children and there are no deaths in the state.

Montgomery County Health Officer Travis Gayles said Friday on a video posted on the county’s Twitter account that the first three reported cases in the county earlier this month “have been cleared to go back to their normal, daily-life schedules.”

Meanwhile, the General Assembly reconvened Saturday to work on legislation including the $3.8 billion Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, funding for the state’s four historically Black colleges and universities and the CROWN Act.

Hogan urged state lawmakers to take three actions no later than Tuesday:

• Approve the fiscal year 2021 budget to assure the government remains open and functioning.

• Confirm Col. Woodrow J. Jones as superintendent of Maryland State Police.

• Pass the emergency legislation to address the impact of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic in the state.

“It is impossible at this time to know how long this public health emergency will continue,” Hogan said in a statement. “It is critical for legislators to take these actions immediately in the event that this rapidly evolving situation requires them to immediately adjourn.”

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