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Baltimore County’s indoor face mask order will expire Tuesday and it will not be extended, county officials told 11 News.The county’s COVID-19 state of emergency that was tied to the mask order will expire as scheduled on Feb. 7.Video above: Experts now recommend N95 masks to combat omicronWhile the county’s mask mandate will expire Tuesday, Baltimore County Public Schools issued a statement saying face masks will still be required inside all school buildings and offices as required by the Maryland State Department of Education. Additionally, the Baltimore County Public Library announced masks are still required at its branches.County Executive Johnny Olszewski released a statement Monday afternoon citing declining COVID-19 metrics, saying: “We are strongly encouraged by the progress we’ve seen in recent days and remain cautiously optimistic that we are emerging from this omicron wave.Olszewski further urged residents to get vaccinated.”The best way to continue our progress is for every resident to protect themselves, their loved ones, and our community by getting vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible,” Olszewski said. “Moving forward, we will continue to closely monitor key metrics and remain prepared to take whatever steps are necessary to protect public health.”When enacting the order last month, officials said the omicron variant was challenging efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, and that’s why putting masks on makes such a difference.According to the county executive’s office, Baltimore County has seen decreases in recent weeks in major COVID metrics, as follows.Since Jan. 3, Baltimore County’s positivity rate has decreased by nearly 80%. Since Jan. 3, Baltimore County’s average positivity rate has decreased by nearly 80%. Since Jan. 11, the average number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Baltimore County has decreased by nearly 50%.County employees and the general public will continue to be required to wear masks inside all county offices and facilities.Anne Arundel County’s mask order expired Monday.In Harford County, County Executive Barry Glassman announced Monday that he will lift the mask requirement for visitors in county government buildings and for county employees who interact with the public starting Tuesday.

Baltimore County’s indoor face mask order will expire Tuesday and it will not be extended, county officials told 11 News.

The county’s COVID-19 state of emergency that was tied to the mask order will expire as scheduled on Feb. 7.

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Video above: Experts now recommend N95 masks to combat omicron

While the county’s mask mandate will expire Tuesday, Baltimore County Public Schools issued a statement saying face masks will still be required inside all school buildings and offices as required by the Maryland State Department of Education. Additionally, the Baltimore County Public Library announced masks are still required at its branches.

County Executive Johnny Olszewski released a statement Monday afternoon citing declining COVID-19 metrics, saying: “We are strongly encouraged by the progress we’ve seen in recent days and remain cautiously optimistic that we are emerging from this omicron wave.

Olszewski further urged residents to get vaccinated.

“The best way to continue our progress is for every resident to protect themselves, their loved ones, and our community by getting vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible,” Olszewski said. “Moving forward, we will continue to closely monitor key metrics and remain prepared to take whatever steps are necessary to protect public health.”

When enacting the order last month, officials said the omicron variant was challenging efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, and that’s why putting masks on makes such a difference.

According to the county executive’s office, Baltimore County has seen decreases in recent weeks in major COVID metrics, as follows.

  • Since Jan. 3, Baltimore County’s positivity rate has decreased by nearly 80%.
  • Since Jan. 3, Baltimore County’s average positivity rate has decreased by nearly 80%.
  • Since Jan. 11, the average number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Baltimore County has decreased by nearly 50%.

County employees and the general public will continue to be required to wear masks inside all county offices and facilities.

Anne Arundel County’s mask order expired Monday.

In Harford County, County Executive Barry Glassman announced Monday that he will lift the mask requirement for visitors in county government buildings and for county employees who interact with the public starting Tuesday.

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