Calvert County extends local state of emergency 30 days

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Calvert County will follow Maryland guidance with the lifting of the state’s stay-at-home order, but the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners voted to extend the county’s emergency declaration by 30 days.

The move Thursday came as a previous extension of the emergency declaration was set to expire Friday.

Commissioner President Kelly McConkey initially executed the declaration of a local state of emergency March 17.

Under the local state of emergency, Calvert County government buildings had closed for three weeks last month. Though county buildings reopened to employees late last month, they remain closed to the public under the emergency declaration.

The county government has no control over the reopening of businesses.

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In addition, Calvert County has committed roughly $1.5 million to its coronavirus response.

The last time that Calvert extended the declaration, McConkey said, “This action enables us to remain at a heightened state of readiness, with the flexibility we need to respond swiftly as this crisis evolves.”

Calvert County has virtual COVID-19 resources available online.

In announcing the gradual lifting of statewide coronavirus restrictions, Hogan gave local jurisdictions the go-ahead to move more slowly at easing the restrictions.

“We are providing for a flexible, community-based approach, which empowers individual county leaders to make decisions,” Hogan said Wednesday.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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