Recreational outdoor activities will be allowed to resume Thursday morning.
The disparity is due to a variety of factors, including higher rates of poverty and lack of access to nutrition, one professor said.
The plan's first stage shifts the stay-at-home order into a recommendation.
Laurie Locascio, UMD's vice president for research, will head the group.
Gov. Larry Hogan said his wife, the country's first Korean American first lady, championed the operation.
Protesters in Maryland joined others in state capitals such as Austin, Texas, and Carson City, Nevada.
The University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore is accelerating their program so students can join the workforce.
Maryland counties had already announced similar orders requiring face-coverings.
Black residents made up nearly 50 percent of patients whose race was recorded.
The designation means the county needs “urgent federal attention,” Gov. Larry Hogan said.