March 25, 2020 at 11:15 pm EDT | by Michelle Siegel
Md. takes additional steps to fight coronavirus
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Maryland State Superintendent Karen Salmon announced at a press conference on Wednesday the closure of all public schools in the state through April 24, a four-week extension of her March 12 order.

“With the challenges facing our state and our country, we have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our school communities and the community at-large,” Salmon said. “I am working in concert with all local school system superintendents, including multiple calls per week, in order to provide the continuity of learning to all of our students in every jurisdiction across the state of Maryland during this time. We plan to resume the continuity of learning next week, and we will be working closely with local superintendents, school administrators and our teachers to activate that plan.”

At the same press conference, Gov. Larry Hogan announced that “any Marylander, or anyone visiting Maryland, who has recently spent time in New York or visited the Tri-State Area, must quarantine in place and limit all contact with others for at least 14 days.”

“People are looking for certainty, but the truth is, we simply don’t know yet how bad it’s going to get, how long it’s going to last, or how successful these social distancing actions are going to be in flattening the curve,” Hogan said. “What we do know is that this will not be over in a matter of days or weeks. As I have been saying over and over since day one, the number of cases will continue to rapidly and dramatically rise. It is critically important that every single person remains vigilant and continues doing their part by staying in place, in their homes, as much as possible so that we can break the back of this virus.”

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