(BALTIMORE, MD) Maryland has now had 19 straight days with more than 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus.
As of Monday morning, the Maryland Department of Health is reporting 183,797 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state. An increase of 1,658 since Sunday morning.
Currently, more than 1,200 people are hospitalized due to the virus.
Officials say, 14 more people have died from COVID-19, bringing Maryland’s death toll to 4,293.
Governor Larry Hogan held a news conference on Monday in regard to the surge in COVID-19 cases.
The governor announced some hospitals in Western Maryland are already at capacity, and 29 hospitals across the state are at more than 90% capacity.
Beginning on Thanksgiving-eve, state troopers will assist local authorities with compliance checks. They will educate the public about existing orders and protocols, help prevent super-spreader events, and assist in enforcement actions when necessary.
Also happening Wednesday, Maryland Emergency Management will be sending a wireless emergency alert to cell phones across the state to remind Marylanders of critical COVID-19 prevention measures and to provide information about state and local law enforcement actions.
Stricter restrictions for restuarants, shops, hospitals and nursing homes went into effect November 20.
Bars, restaurants and businesses serving food and alcohol must close between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., except for carryout and delivery.
Retailers, religious institutions and other spaces have been reduced to 50% capacity.
For a full list of the new restrictions, click here.
To help stop the spread of the coronavirus, health officials are urging people not to travel this holiday season.
Marylanders who see unlawful behavior are encouraged to report it by calling 833-979-2266 or email Prevent.Covid@maryland.gov.