What to Know
- Five Maryland residents have been diagnosed with coronavirus to date.
- An additional 18 residents are being monitored for possible exposure after they took cruises in Egypt, and on the Grand Princess.
- The governor advised people age 60 and older to "stay home as much as possible [and] to avoid large crowds and gatherings."
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed $50 million emergency legislation Monday to fund the response to the coronavirus and said 18 additional state residents are being monitored for potential exposure.
Six state residents traveled on the same Egyptian cruise ship, though on different dates, as three Montgomery County residents who previously tested positive, the governor said at a news conference. Two of these six residents were "having symptoms," he said. All six people were in self-quarantine and will be tested for the virus.
Another 12 residents were on the Grand Princess cruise ship that was docked in California. The Maryland residents were being taken for quarantine on military bases in Georgia and Texas.
"We have been told our 12 Marylanders are not currently exhibiting symptoms," Hogan said.
The governor advised people age 60 and older to "stay home as much as possible [and] to avoid large crowds and gatherings."
Five people in the state have been diagnosed with the virus, all linked to international travel.
"All of our cases are related to foreign travel, and so far we have no cases of transmission in the state," Hogan said.
A woman in her 50s and married couple in their 70s, all from Montgomery County, fell ill after taking a cruise in Egypt on the Nile River. These three cases were announced Thursday and were the first in the D.C. area.
Hogan declared a state of emergency on Thursday, following the first three cases.
Hogan announced Sunday that an additional two people had tested positive.
A man in his 60s was the fourth Montgomery County resident diagnosed. He caught the virus while traveling abroad and was hospitalized briefly. He traveled in Thailand and Egypt, Hogan said Monday.
A Harford County woman in her 80s also caught the virus while traveling abroad. She visited Turkey, Hogan said.
In Virginia, three people have tested positive.
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