Maryland COVID-19 total jumps by more than 1,100 confirmed cases in one day as labs catch up with backlogged tests, Hogan says

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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the exterior structure of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Image courtesy of CDC.

The number of Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19 jumped by 1,158 on Wednesday–by far the state’s largest one-day increase to date.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday tweeted the dramatic rise in cases is due to an increased number of infections, but also due to the state’s increasing capacity to administer and process COVID-19 tests.

Hogan said that more than 30 percent of the new cases reported today are from testing that was conducted in March, as commercial laboratories are beginning to clear their backlog of tests.

Faith in the Future – How the Baltimore Concert Opera is Coping with Coronavirus

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Julia Cooke, Artistic and General Director of Baltimore Concert Opera, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
We sadly had to fully cancel our final concert opera production of this season, and have postponed two other concerts as well as our major annual fundraising event. However, our staff must continue to work (remotely of course,) maintaining operations and focusing on how to navigate through this unprecedented time as a performing arts organization.

Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
Absolutely — we want to stay connected to our wonderful community while our live productions are temporarily paused. We are digging into our audio archives to create “BCO Moments of Beauty” from several past productions, all with the blessing of the wonderful artists who performed those moments. We are sharing this series of clips via our social media channels, and as a collection on our website which will be added to weekly at http://www.baltimoreconcertopera.com/bco-blog

The Dog Days of Quarantine

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In the face of a bizarre disaster that has derailed daily life everywhere, in the face of isolation, fear, disappointment, and a constant flood of bad news, a spring-green fuse of creative energy is sizzling and popping all over the world. The memes and parodies, the YouTubes and TikToks, the Italians singing to each other from their balconies, the New Yorkers pounding pots at 7 pm. The Getty Museum art challenge, the family in London with their adorable rendition of Les Mis, the spandexed mom doing her Jane Fonda workout to I Will Survive. The Israeli woman in dark glasses ranting in Hebrew about online elementary school.

City hopes to have coronavirus testing site at Pimlico ready by end of week

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Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa provides updates about the city’s response to COVID-19 on Tuesday. Photo via Facebook Live.

Baltimore City hopes to open a coronavirus testing site in the parking lot of Pimlico Race Course by the end of this week, city officials said Tuesday.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said the site is just waiting to receive testing kits.

Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said LifeBridge Health will be providing some of the clinical support for the site, and the Maryland Department of Health will be providing tests.

Hogan announces teams to treat nursing homes, says racial breakdown will be included in data

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Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at a field hospital in the Baltimore Convention Center. Image via Facebook Live.

With cases of coronavirus in 90 nursing homes across Maryland, the state government is creating “strike teams” made up of local and state health officials, members of the Maryland National Guard and health care providers who can test and treat seniors on-site, Gov. Larry Hogan announced today.

BPD releases body camera footage from police shooting, updates COVID-19 response

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison on Tuesday addresses an officer-involved shooting that occurred March 30. Screengrab from BPD livestream.

The Baltimore Police Department on Tuesday released body camera footage from a shooting that killed an East Baltimore man last week and that involved an officer who has been involved with four previous fatal shootings.

Officers Christopher Mumey and Daniel Pevarnik and Sgt. Joe Wiczulis were driving in the same vehicle and working crime suppression in the 1800 block of N. Chester St., at approximately 6 p.m. on March 30, when they responded to shots fired, said Brain Nadeau, deputy commissioner for BPD’s Public Integrity Bureau.

Scott releases plan to use $25M in rainy day funds for coronavirus recovery

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Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

Under a plan released today by City Council President Brandon Scott, the city would use $25 million from its funding reserves to reduce homelessness, help small business, develop workforce training and provide grants for arts and cultural institutions.

Scott also called for taking money from the Children and Youth Fund, which is earmarked for small nonprofits that work with children, to continue providing meals, acquire laptops to help with remote learning and provide aid to organizations that are working with young people during the pandemic.

Maryland confirms more than 4,300 cases, 103 deaths due to COVID-19

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This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. Photo courtesy of CDC.

At least 4,371 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 27,256 have tested negative as of Tuesday morning, state officials said. The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 326.

A total of 103 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 12 additional deaths since Monday, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.