Roadmap to Recovery Will Be Slow Process

By Garrett County Joint Information Center Team

Garrett County leaders will follow Governor Hogan’s guidance to determine the time to implement his ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ plan which he released on Friday.

“The Governor’s plan isn’t designed to open everything at once,” said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens. “The recovery plan is a series of three stages, first allowing “Low Risk” activities to begin and moving into “High Risk” activities as benchmarks are achieved. This safe, effective, and gradual approach to reopening the state is the only way we can reopen while still combating the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The governor noted that four building blocks need to be firmly in place before the state can consider lifting restrictions. Those include expanding testing capability, increasing hospital surge capacity, acquiring more personal protective equipment, and a robust contact tracing operation.

Maryland is expected to continue to see an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, since the state is increasing the number of tests being completed. Because of this, the main gauge officials will use to determine when the first phase of recovery can begin is the statewide rate of hospitalizations and the number of pat