HOGAN TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID: Gov. Larry Hogan, who is fully vaccinated and received a booster, tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday. Ovetta Wiggins and Erin Cox/The Washington Post.
- Hogan received his first two doses of the Moderna vaccine in January and February, then said in August that he had received a third dose. Pamela Wood and Meredith Cohn/The Baltimore Sun.
- “This morning, as part of my regular testing routine, I received a positive rapid test for COVID-19,” Hogan posted on his Twitter account. “I have been vaccinated and boosted, and I am feeling fine at the moment.” Bryan Sears/The Daily Record.
HEALTH DEPT COVID DASHBOARD BACK UP; COUNTY DATA MISSING: State officials Monday provided some additional details about a cyberattack that has crippled some websites operated by the Maryland Department of Health but shed no further light on what caused the incident. Bryan Sears/The Daily Record.
- For the first time in two weeks, the Maryland Department of Health updated its main COVID-19 surveillance dashboard at coronavirus.maryland.gov Monday. Staff/The Cumberland Times-News.
- The updated data showed that the state has seen an increase of 28,541 cases since Dec. 3. During the same time frame, the statewide seven-day average testing positivity rate nearly doubled from 5.43% on Dec. 3 to 10.27%. Danielle Gaines/Maryland Matters.
- It remains unclear, however, how many new cases are currently being reported in Montgomery County or other jurisdictions. The state has removed any reference to a breakdown for each county, which had previously been posted on the state dashboard. Steve Bohnel/Bethesda Beat.
- The number of COVID-19 deaths in Maryland also remains unavailable. Chip Stewart, the chief IT security officer for Maryland, explained that, as the investigation into the cyberattack continues, IT staff will continue to go step-by-step to restore data functions in different areas. Kate Ryan/WTOP-FM.
STATE ED OFFICIALS BACK CONTINUED IN-PERSON SCHOOL: As COVID-19 cases continue to rise around the state, Maryland State Department of Education officials announced Monday that they would only support a local school system’s transition to online learning “under the most exigent of circumstances.” Lillian Reed/The Baltimore Sun.
PG VIRTUAL SCHOOL DECISION FACES STATE PUSHBACK: Officials from the Maryland State Department of Education and Gov. Larry Hogan pushed back against Prince George’s County’s decision to transition to virtual learning amid rising COVID-19 cases. Glynis Kazanjian and Brad Bell/WJLA-News 7.
- Appearing on Fox News Sunday, before he tested positive for COVID-19 the following morning, Hogan called Prince George’s shift “a terrible mistake, and something we’re very opposed to.” Elizabeth Shwe/Maryland Matters.
OFFICIALS: SOME MO CO SCHOOLS MAY CLOSE: Montgomery County school district and county officials said Monday it’s a priority to keep the district open, but individual schools might close as COVID-19 spreads. Steve Bohnel/Bethesda Beat.
PROPOSED GENERAL ASSEMBLY REDISTRICTING MAP ERODES CITY POWER: The Maryland Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission released a proposed legislative redistricting plan Monday evening that would further erode the political power of Baltimore City, shore up vulnerable Democrats, and create a few opportunities for Democrats to go on offense — even though they already hold supermajorities in both the House of Delegates and Senate. Bennett Leckrone/Maryland Matters.
PG DEMS TO SEEK REPLACEMENT FOR DERECK DAVIS: The Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee will hold a public hearing on Jan. 4 to recommend a replacement for former Del. Dereck E. Davis, who recently vacated his seat in the 25th Legislative District to become the state treasurer. William Ford/The Washington Informer.
HOUSE REPUBLICANS BATTLE FOR LEADERSHIP: The top Republican in the Maryland House of Delegates is facing a leadership fight from the man who only a year ago was his running mate. In a letter Monday to the Republican caucus, Del. Chris Adams, an Eastern Shore Republican, announced his resignation as minority whip. At the same time, Adams said he will team with Matt Morgan, a St. Mary’s Republican, to seek to wrest the caucus leadership away from his former ally, Del. Jason Buckel, R-Allegany, in the coming session. Bryan Sears/The Daily Record.
DISMISSALS AT PATUXENT RIVER COMMISSION HIGHLIGHT DISAGREEMENTS: Some members of the Patuxent River Commission, whose 34 members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate, feel they’ve been muzzled again, this time for good when they were recently informed that they were not reappointed to the commission, without explanation. Scott Dance/The Baltimore Sun.
EX DEL. ANGEL TO SEEK 4th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SEAT: One month after opening a federal fundraising committee, former state Del. Angela M. Angel (D-Prince George’s) formally announced Monday that she’s joining the open-seat 4th District race for Congress. Angel released a video describing her journey from homelessness and victim of domestic violence to her election to the House of Delegates in 2014. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.
RASKIN TAKES UP CAUSE QUESTIONING SUICIDE ‘RULE’ IN LIFE INSURANCE: The rule in life insurance policies that states that a payout won’t be made if the insured commits suicide is being questioned by U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin and a Takoma Park resident whose husband died by his own hand. Jeff Barker/The Baltimore Sun.
MO CO POLICE PROBE ANTI-SEMITIC FLIERS: Montgomery County police Monday were investigating weighted-down fliers that residents said were distributed around multiple blocks in Silver Spring, Md., and directed people to an antisemitic website. Michelle Boornstein and Dan Morse/The Washington Post.
DOLLAR HOUSES MAY RETURN TO B’MORE: Housing advocates expressed concerns about a proposed revival of Baltimore’s popular Dollar House program as Baltimore City Council kicked off its discussions about the legislative proposal Monday. The program would target people who are already renting but want to own. Emily Opilo/The Baltimore Sun.
B’MORE SETTLES DOL OT DISPUTE: Baltimore city’s Scott administration has agreed to pay $119,839 in back overtime wages to eight current and former employees at the comptroller’s office as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor. The payments will end a DOL investigation into violations of the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act under Joan Pratt, whose 25-year tenure as Baltimore’s elected comptroller ended in December 2020. Mark Reutter/Baltimore Brew.