ANNAPOLIS (AP) — Faced with surging COVID-19 cases, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced measures to boost the number of available health care workers and plan for more hospital beds. The governor announced Tuesday the launch of an initiative called MarylandMedNow to recruit people with clinical backgrounds to work at state hospitals, nursing homes, testing sites and vaccination clinics. Hospitals across the state will be required to submit a patient surge plan. Also, if hospitalizations reach a total of 8,000 hospitalizations or more, hospitals will be required to expand their staffed bed capacity by 10% of each hospital’s physical bed capacity within seven calendar days.