Maryland COVID-19 respnose

Jun 10, 2020

Hogan announces indoor dining can resume Friday

Maryland could see an additional easing of restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Jun 10, 2020

Pandemic cited as Md. opioid fatalities inch up

Opioid deaths in Maryland increased slightly in the first three months of 2020 from the first quarter of last year, a finding that may reflect the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, state officials said Wednesday. In the first quarter of 2020, there were 561 opioid-related deaths in Maryland, a 2.6 percent increase from the first […]

Jun 9, 2020

State employees, department leaders at odds over PPE distribution

Members of the General Assembly Tuesday called for more oversight of how state departments are protecting employees from the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers from both the House and Senate called for more hearings and complained that testimony given by four state agencies was contradicted by state employees. One Republican lawmaker expressed anger at the conflicting testimony […]

John A. Olszewski Jr.
Jun 9, 2020

Baltimore County plans eviction prevention initiative

Baltimore County is launching a $1 million effort to prevent evictions caused by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak. Residents who lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic and meet the criteria for assistance, such as income limits, will be eligible for assistance through the federally funded program. The average award to residents is […]

Jun 8, 2020

Eastern Shore businesses implore Hogan to speed up reopening

GRASONVILLE — Owners of more than a dozen businesses from Kent Island to Ocean City called on Gov. Larry Hogan to further ease restrictions that would allow them to return to operating closer to where they were before the COVID-19 pandemic. Owners of businesses in the wedding industry, hotels, Ocean City amusement parks and arcades, […]

Jun 4, 2020

Baltimore Health Corp. to hire jobless to fight COVID-19

Baltimore plans to hire 300 jobless residents to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the neighborhoods hardest hit by the deadly disease. Jason Perkins-Cohen, director of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, said Tuesday the new Baltimore Health Corp. initiative aims to tackle the duel economic and health crisis created by the coronavirus’ outbreak. “We […]

May 29, 2020

Maryland delivers COVID-19 aid to heritage tourism nonprofits

Maryland is delivering more than $600,000 in COVID-19 relief funds to nonprofits promoting heritage tourism in the state. The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority said Friday it is furnishing grants to 59 organizations supporting tourism in the state’s 13 Certified Heritage Areas. The tourism industry has suffered some of the harshest financial setbacks stemming from measures […]

May 28, 2020

Md. counties continue to ease pandemic restrictions

Several of Maryland’s largest counties Thursday announced a variety of steps to ease pandemic restrictions as the state continues its slow crawl toward normalcy. Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said Thursday she will lift a stay-at-home order starting June 1 as she eases restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. Prince […]

May 27, 2020

Hogan lifts restrictions on outdoor dining, some recreation activities

Gov. Larry Hogan has authorized the easing of more restrictions that had been imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, restaurants and social organizations may open for outdoor dining, following strict health requirements. “We love the idea of closing streets for outside seating in Little Italy and Fells Point in […]

May 26, 2020

Howard County to ease some pandemic restrictions on businesses

Businesses and some limited religious gatherings will be open in Howard County starting this Friday. Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced the easing of restrictions Tuesday during a briefing with reporters. Ball made his announcement in advance of a rally called by Reopen Howard County to demand that shutdown rules be eased or eliminated. “While […]

May 21, 2020

UM researchers testing therapy to ease COVID-19 respiratory distress

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine  have begun testing an experimental stem cell therapy to see whether it will help COVID-19 patients who are on ventilators with moderate to severe respiratory distress breathe more easily. The trial, which is being conducted at the University of Maryland Medical Center and additional sites across […]

May 19, 2020

Wen warns Baltimore business leaders COVID lockdown lifting too soon

Former Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen said she believes orders to reopen businesses throughout the nation are coming too soon and could negate gains made in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. The purpose of stay-at-home orders, Wen told members of the Greater Baltimore Committee, was to provide the nation, and states, sufficient […]

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