COVID-19 Update

We in the General Assembly are still in Annapolis, working hard on behalf of Maryland residents and businesses. The Governor, the legislature, and all state agencies are working together to keep residents safe in the wake of this public health threat. I am committed to transparency during this situation. I would like to express that we don’t need to panic but to take warnings and precautions seriously.

Please continue to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer regularly and continue to cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve, or your elbow. Please, consistently clean and disinfect touched objects with standard cleaning practices, and please make sure to stay home if you are sick unless you are seeking medical care. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, please check the Maryland Department of Health websites and follow their Twitter and Facebook pages for real-time updates. However, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at
Thank You,
Sheila Ruth
Delegate 44B

Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 Resources…/Novel-coronavirus.aspx
Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions…/coronavirus_FAQ.pdf
COVID-19 Information for Older Adults…/FAQ_covid19_older_adults…

We encourage all residents to remain calm and take preventative steps to protect yourself and your families.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MDMEMA) has fully operationalized to mobilize all state resources.
• Beginning on Monday, March 16, all schools throughout Maryland will close through Friday, March 27, 2020
• A mandatory telework policy for all non-essential state employees is effect.
• Access to the House and Senate Office buildings and Legislative Services will be restricted to credentialed personnel.
• Mass gatherings and events of 250 or more people are cancelled or postponed.
• Senior activity centers will be closed.
• The cruise ship terminal at the Port of Baltimore will be closed in the coming days.
• The National Guard has been activated to respond to if the need arises.