(DCWatchdog.com) – Breaking Now: Just moments ago, Baltimore County Maryland’s Executive, Johnny Olszewski, declared a State of Emergency for the populous county just a short distance away from the nation’s capital of Washington DC due to his concerns with the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
As per a written statement concerning the declaration by Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski:
“The new local State of Emergency will give Baltimore County the ability to quickly adopt emergency public health measures to protect the safety and wellbeing of residents, assist the County in requesting additional resources from the state and federal governments to support response and recovery efforts, and quickly procure materials and supplies necessary for protecting public health.
“We’ve made undeniable progress in our fight against this deadly virus, but it is clear the omicron variant significantly challenges our efforts to combat the pandemic. Renewing Baltimore County’s state of emergency ensures we have every tool in our toolbox to keep our residents safe and keep our children where they belong: inside the classroom.”
Olszewski has also ordered all individuals ages five and over to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces as part of his declaration.
Reports indicate that since November 26, 2021, “Maryland’s average positivity rate has increased over 264 percent. Over that same time, the average number of Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients in Baltimore County has increased over 188 percent.”
What do you think? Do you believe the Omicron variant warrants states of emergency being declared and further mandates on what the public can and cannot do? Why or why not?