Hogan claimed that the 30-day state of emergency will help prevent further hospitalizations and deaths in the state after it hit a record-high of 3,057 concurrent COVID-related hospitalizations. This represents a more than 500 percent increase from the state's number of coronavirus hospitalizations last year.
"The truth is that the next four to six weeks will be the most challenging time of the entire pandemic," said Hogan during a briefing with reporters. He pointed to projections that suggest the state will experience more than 5,000 COVID-related hospitalizations in the coming days. This is 250 percent more hospitalizations compared to the previous peak.
Dr. Ted Delbridge, executive director of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services, said that many hospitals in the state are already postponing non-urgent surgeries and therapies, and nine hospitals so far are already operating under crisis standards of care.
"While we can't manufacture doctors and nurses who don't exist, we have continued to do everything we possibly can do at the state level in order to help our hospitals withstand this surge and to save lives," said Hogan." (Related: Maryland governor expands snitch line, says there is "no constitutional right" to refuse wearing masks.)
The surge comes despite the fact that Maryland is one of the country's most fully vaccinated states. According to the latest data, around 93 percent of all adults and 33 percent of children between the ages of five to 11 in Maryland are fully vaccinated.
Despite this clear fact, Maryland health officials continue to claim that most people requiring hospital care for COVID-19 are unvaccinated. They are also continuing to encourage everybody in the state to get the experimental and dangerous vaccine, asserting that it is the best way to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.
Along with the declaration of a state of emergency, Hogan signed two new executive orders along with it. The first order authorizes the secretary of Maryland Department of Health to direct and expedite the transfer of patients between hospitals and establish additional alternate care facilities to deal with the influx of COVID-19 cases.
This executive order also allows out-of-state healthcare practitioners to work in the state and inactive practitioners to return to work without needing to reinstate their expired licenses. Furthermore, the order allows graduate nurses to work at any healthcare facility and provide full nursing services and allows practitioners to do work outside the scope of their license.
The second executive order expands the state's Emergency Medical Service workforce by providing it with 1,000 members of the Maryland National Guard. They will be assigned to healthcare facilities around the state to help state and local health officials with various COVID-19 efforts, including assisting at coronavirus testing facilities and helping transport patients to hospitals and clinics.
"Our Guard members are always ready to help their neighbors, families and friends in their communities where we live and work," said Major Gen. Timothy Gowen, Maryland's adjutant general.
"All of the emergency actions that we're taking today are to keep our hospitals from overflowing, keep our kids in school and to keep Maryland open for business," said Hogan.
In line with these executive orders, Hogan and his Health Department have also authorized injecting COVID-19 booster vaccine doses for children ages 12 to 15.
The governor has also called on the administration of President Joe Biden to increase the distribution of monoclonal antibodies, which he described as a very effective and life-saving clinical treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients. He also wants the federal government to expedite the production of new COVID-19 antiviral medication.
Finally, Hogan urged Marylanders to get back to taking stronger precautions against COVID-19 due to the emergence of the post-vaccine omicron variant by "avoiding crowds, keeping your distance, washing your hands and, yes, wearing the damn masks."
Watch this short clip from the "Health Ranger Report" by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, as a nurse from Maryland talks about how the state's mass vaccination program has caused a catastrophic surge in adverse effects and deaths.
This video is from the Health Ranger Report channel on Brighteon.com.
Learn more about the tyrannical policies implemented by authorities to deal with post-vaccine COVID-19 outbreaks at Pandemic.news.