Health Care

As COVID-19 cases decline, Maryland hospitals see return to normal operations

A 2016 heart surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Maryland hospitals are now seeing a return of non-COVID patients to pre-pandemic levels. (AP File Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Not only are COVID-19 hospitalizations in Maryland down to nearly the lowest levels of the entire pandemic, but the numbers of non-COVID-19 patients at hospitals are returning to pre-pandemic levels, some hospitals are reporting.   This shift is significant because many patients were reluctant to visit doctors or hospitals during the pandemic due ...

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Free beer, other new incentives for Biden’s ‘vaccine sprint’

In this May 6, 2021 photo, George Ripley, 72, of Washington, holds up his free beer after receiving the J & J COVID-19 vaccine shot, at The REACH at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Free beer is the latest White House-backed incentive for Americans to get vaccinated for COVID-19. President Joe Biden is expected to announce a “month of action” on Wednesday to get more shots into arms before the July 4 holiday.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — Dangling everything from sports tickets to a free beer, President Joe Biden is looking for that extra something — anything — that will get people to roll up their sleeves for COVID-19 shots when the promise of a ...

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