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Coronavirus Latest: Events With More Than 10 People Banned As Maryland COVID-19 Cases Grow

ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) -- There are now over 100 cases of coronavirus in Maryland, with the official count at 107, the state said Thursday.

One of the newest cases is a five-year-old girl in Howard County.

In the latest sweep of new mandates, Gov. Larry Hogan said that events with more than 10 people are no longer allowed. 

As he spoke at a press conference Thursday morning, he lamented that some people are treating this pandemic like a vacation, like spring break, having cookouts and large gatherings outside.

"Despite all of our repeated warnings for weeks and despite the rapid escalation of this virus across our state, the region, the nation and the world, some people are treating this like a vacation, or a spring break with parties and cookouts and large gatherings at some of our parks," Hogan said. " Let me be very clear: if you are engaged in this type of activity, you are in violation of state law and you are endangering the lives of your fellow Marylanders."


He also has enacted an executive order directing the Maryland Department of Health to conduct an immediate assessment to open closed hospitals across the state and take other measures necessary to immediately increase their capacity by an additional 6,000 beds.

Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore City is adding a new floor to increase capacity; that new floor is expected to allow for 32 more beds.

By early April, he said they expect to have an additional 1,400 beds as they work to reopen closed floors at hospital facilities.

"I want to thank those hospitals who have stepped up and have been a large part of this massive undertaking," he said.

The governor is also signing an order allowing for delivery and carry-out sales of alcohol.

A number of distillers are now producing hand sanitizer instead of alcohol for the local communities.

The Red Cross has implemented more precautions to keep donors and staff safe, but still are seeing a dramatic drop in donations.

"If you're healthy and you're feeling well, please consider donating blood," Gov. Hogan said.

He also said that they will not be releasing prisoners from their state prisons.

"They're safer where they are," he said.

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department's website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ's coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

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