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5 year-old Marylander tests positive for COVID-19; Governor orders malls closed

March 19th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced Thursday that a  5-year-old girl in Howard County has tested positive for COVID-19.  On Wednesday night, Hogan announced the state's first death from the disease. The girl is the first child to get the disease in the state, which now has 107 cases of the virus. That marks an 88% increase in the past 48 hours. Hogan has ordered that Baltimore Washington International Airport  close its doors to anyone other than ticketed passengers, those assisting disabled passengers and airport staff.  Effective 5 p.m. Thursday, the governor ordered that all shopping malls and entertainment venues to close. Locally that will not include the Walmart store at the Country Club Mall.  Other executive orders enacted by Hogan include allowing tractor-trailers to exceed their legal weight limit to allow further transportation of goods. Also, he lowered the cap on mass gatherings to only 10 people . Other announcements Thursday, the launch of a new website "Maryland Unites" that will provide opportunities for volunteers in the state to help their communities; and the need for blood donations to the American Red Cross.

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