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County Executive Angela AlsobrooksPress Release
OFFICE OF THE PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EXECUTIVE
ANGELA D. ALSOBROOKS
For Immediate Release:
June 11, 2020
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Prince George’s County
COUNTY EXECUTIVE ALSOBROOKS ANNOUNCES MODIFIED PHASE TWO REOPENING FOR PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY ON JUNE 15
LARGO, MD – Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced today that the County will begin a modified phase two reopening on June 15, 2020 at 5:00 PM. This decision was made under the advice of public health officials and the data that the County has been monitoring, including continued downward trends in the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations.
“The past several months have been a trial, but due to the strong efforts of our community to contain the spread of COVID-19, we are now ready to move to the next phase of our incremental reopening of Prince George’s County,” said Alsobrooks. “As we slowly recover from this virus and adjust to our new normal, I want to remind residents that we must all continue to take certain precautions to protect ourselves and others, including wearing face coverings and practicing physical distancing.”
As part of the modified phase two reopening, residents are still encouraged to exercise caution and limit non-essential trips. A number of non-essential businesses and services will be able to reopen with modifications that protect the health and safety of employees and residents, including the following:
Some restrictions currently in place will remain. Gyms, fitness centers, and other indoor physical activities will remain closed. Amusement parks, casinos and enclosed shopping malls must remain closed. Gatherings of 10 or more people that are not outlined in the modified phase two reopening above are still prohibited.
For County Government, buildings will remain closed to the public. County Government will return a limited number of employees, increasing some additional services. However, we are encouraging employees to continue teleworking. The County Government is still open and operational, adding a number of virtual services in our agencies to ensure that we can still serve our residents.
The decision to move forward with a modified phase two reopening was made based on the latest COVID-19 data and trends within Prince George’s County. Looking at case numbers, the high for the County was the week of April 26 with 2,370 new cases. The most recent data from last week, starting May 31, shows 1,432 new cases.
The rate of death from COVID-19 is going down. The week of April 26, over 70 residents a week were dying from COVID-19. For the week ending May 30, there were 50 total deaths with an average of 7.1 deaths per day, a slight decrease from the previous week of 7.6. For hospitalizations, on May 9, there were 262 COVID-positive patients in County hospitals. The County has stayed below 150 patients in County hospitals since June 1.
Finally, the County’s positivity rate is at a record low since a high of 43.1% the week of April 19. Last week, the positivity rate was at 14.1%, which was a 5% drop from the previous week of 19.1%. All of this data is public through the County’s COVID-19 dashboard, available online here.
For the latest COVID-19 updates and resources in Prince George’s County, please visit mypgc.us.
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