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Zero COVID deaths reported in MD; first time since late March

October 2nd, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced that the state is reporting zero new coronavirus deaths for Wednesday, which is the first time since March 28, 187 days ago. The statewide positivity rate (2.88%) is down nearly 90% since its peak on April 17. It has been under 5% for 98 consecutive days and under 4% for 54 consecutive days. No Maryland counties are in the "red zone," as designated by the federal government. All 24 jurisdictions have positivity rates below 5%,. As a result of the encouraging numbers,  Hogan announced that effective immediately indoor visitation may begin in all nursing homes that are not experiencing a current outbreak or have not experienced any new cases in the last 14 days. In addition, Hogan announced staffing levels at child care centers can begin to return to normal. In regards to kids returning to the classrooms- the governor says given the positive trends, there is no reason to keep kids from receiving in person instruction at this point. He says although teachers unions are strongly opposed to a return to the classrooms- most teachers are supportive…