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Tuesday has declares local state of emergency covid cases Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. The local state of emergency is set to end on Aug. 31, but the county council will hold a vote regarding continuing it past next Tuesday.
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“Despite our best efforts to combat COVID-19 and vaccinate our residents, the continued spread of the delta variant is deeply concerning and I applaud the County Executive’s leadership in declaring this local state of emergency,” Council Chairman Julian Jones said. “I am certain my colleagues will agree that we must take every step to protect our residents by ensuring our government has all the tools to protect the public’s health, and I will convene an emergency council meeting to extend the local state of emergency within the next week.”
According to the news release, 74% of county residents aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
"Since July 30, 2021, the seven-day case rate in Baltimore County has increased 376 percent, pushing Baltimore County within the CDC's substantial transmission zone (50-99 cases per 100,000 residents) as vaccination rates vary from community to community," the release said.
The new local state of emergency is said to help the county better deal with the increase of COVID-19 cases, ensuring the wellbeing of its residents, " requesting additional resources from the state and federal governments to support response and recovery efforts and quickly procure materials and supply necessary for protecting public health."
Olszewski previously declared a local state of emergency on March 13, 2020, which remained in effect until July 9, 2021. He told C4 and Bryan Nehman earlier today that after the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer vaccine, that vaccine mandates for Baltimore County employees is something being looked into.
"Government has an obligation to do all we can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents. While we’ve made undeniable progress in our fight against this deadly virus, the rapid emergence of the delta variant has made
it clear that we need access to every tool in our toolbox to be able to respond to it,” Olszewski said in a news release. “We remain committed to doing whatever is necessary to keep our residents as safe as possible and to ensure that when our children go back to school next week they can remain where they belong: inside the classroom.”