Harford County Enters Phase 2: What That Means

Elizabeth Janney

HARFORD COUNTY, MD — Harford County moved into stage two of the state's reopening plan at 5 p.m. Friday, according to County Executive Barry Glassman.

In stage two, most businesses that were deemed nonessential can reopen, such as nail salons, real estate offices and law offices, among others. In addition, Harford Transit will begin taking requests for on-demand service.

"This is a gradual step forward for businesses with specifics posted on the governor’s website," Glassman said in a statement.

As additional businesses open and services become available, Glassman said he and health officials were tracking the data around the coronavirus. Cases in Harford County are "relatively low," Glassman said Friday.

"Locally, new cases and fatalities are trending downward; testing is increasing; hospital and ICU capacities appear adequate in case of a surge, and contact tracing is expanding," Glassman said. "I continue to work closely with the Harford County Health Department as we monitor key metrics that guide our reopening to the extent permitted by Gov. Hogan."

There are 939 confirmed cases of the virus in Harford County, according to state health officials. A total of 48 people have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and three others are believed to have died from the virus, with test results pending.

"Two nursing homes continue to represent more than half of reported fatalities," Glassman said. There have been 26 resident deaths in congregate living facilities. He advised those of all ages to continue to keep 6 feet between one another.

"Everyone is encouraged to continue social distancing and wearing face masks inside public places," Glassman said. "While some employees can return to work, the governor has urged those who can telework to continue doing so."

Harford Transit will accept applications for on-demand services starting Monday, according to Glassman, in accordance with the state's plan for gradually reopening public transportation. Fixed-route service remains suspended until further notice.

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This article originally appeared on the Bel Air Patch