A group of Maryland senators charged with assessing the state’s vaccine rollout will meet against Monday, its first session since the General Assembly ended the 90-day session on April 12.
The meeting also comes on the same day the state health department reported the lowest number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases at 212. It marked the lowest figure since March 30, 2020, the same month the pandemic forced the closure of schools and dozens of businesses.
The positivity rate decreased to 2.51% and only one person was hospitalized in a 24-hour period.
As of Monday, roughly 66% of Maryland adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, higher than the national average of 60%.
Although three more people died from the virus to increase the statewide death toll to 8,740, the two-week daily average decreased from 16 deaths earlier this month to 11.
“From the very beginning of this crisis, we Marylanders truly have been all in this fight together,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement. “Today’s key health metrics show that, after a long, hard-fought battle, we are nearing the end of this pandemic as we finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. Those who have not yet been vaccinated are strongly advised to immediately do so.”
Hogan announced the lifting of the mask mandate Saturday, based on the CDC guidelines.
Counties are allowed to implement their own local regulations, such as Prince George’s County lifting its mask mandate and expanding capacity for businesses and activities starting at 5 p.m. Monday. Nearly 33% of the population received either of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the one-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.
With 50% of its population fully vaccinated, neighboring Montgomery County will match the state’s status May 28.
The percentages could increase statewide with adolescents ages 12 to 15 now permitted to receive the Pfizer vaccine.