BALTIMORE (AP) – Maryland’s state of emergency from COVID-19 fully expired on Sunday. House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne Jones wrote Gov. Larry Hogan asking him to reverse course and keep the emergency in place due to case increases from the highly contagious Delta variant. Hogan and his staff have said the state remains well-positioned to weather the pandemic without a formal emergency designation, which began in March 2020. Hogan announced in mid-June that Maryland would end most of the state’s pandemic restrictions on July 1, but the actual emergency designation has remained longer.