ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – The governor of Maryland announced Monday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus but is comfortable right now.
Governor Larry Hogan tweeted that he received a positive rapid test on Monday morning as part of his regular test routine. Hogan, a cancer survivor, said he had been vaccinated and had a booster shot.
Over the summer, Hogan employees tested positive, but Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford tested negative.
“As the Omicron variant is becoming dominant, I would urge you to get vaccinated or get your booster vaccination as soon as possible,” tweeted Hogan.
Hogan said on Fox News Sunday on Sunday that, despite his concerns over spikes in COVID-19 infections and hospital stays, he does not want to issue new lockdown orders. Hospital stays in Maryland have increased about 150% in the past two weeks, he said. The Republican governor said the state is trying to give more support to hospitals and is pushing for more residents to be vaccinated amid the fast-spreading omicron variant of the coronavirus.
“We expect in the next three to five weeks what is likely to be the worst surge we’ve seen in our hospitals during the entire crisis, but we don’t expect it to last long. We hope it wears off pretty quickly, but we are facing a pretty difficult time, ”said Hogan.
State Health Department reported 1,345 people were hospitalized on Sunday, more than double the number of people hospitalized a month earlier. But the state has not reported any data on coronavirus cases or deaths since early December when a cyber attack hit its health department.
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