Under Armour announces temporary layoffs for retail, distribution center workers

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Under Armour’s headquarters, photo via Wikimedia Commons

Under Armour today announced temporary lay-offs for all the workers at its retail and outlet stores and about 600 employees in distribution centers to mitigate the economic slowdown brought on by COVID-19.

The cuts take effect April 12. Employees who get to keep their jobs at the apparel company’s distribution centers will receive a bonus as they process orders during the crisis.

10th District council candidates band together to support Baltimore Clean Air Act

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Photo by Artondra Hall, via Flickr.

They may be competing for the same position, but five of the 11 candidates running for the District 10 seat on the Baltimore City Council have joined forces to urge Baltimore’s top attorney to support the Baltimore Clean Air Act after a federal judge overturned the law last week.

Candidates Bill Marker, Natasha Guynes, Ray Conaway, Kerry Hamilton and Bob Cockey–who are all vying for the city council seat currently held by soon-to-be-retired Councilman Ed Reisinger–sent the letter to Acting Baltimore City Solicitor Dana P. More, calling on the city to appeal the judge’s decision.

City, BDC set up $50K grant for local manufacturers making protective gear

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A maker at Open Works shows off dozens of face shields produced at the makerspace. Image via Open Works’ Facebook page.

The city and the quasi-public Baltimore Development Corporation have established a $50,000 grant fund for local manufacturers and makers who begin producing personal protective equipment for medical personnel on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus.

The Maryland Historical Society wants to hear your pandemic story

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A flier posted in the Remington neighborhood asking residents if they need assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society.

While there is no end date in sight for the coronavirus pandemic, each day that passes is historic, with new losses of life, developments, fears and disruptions to everyday life.

The scale of the devastation is still to be determined, but scientists are concerned the virus’ spread and the mortality rate of those who get it could make this the worst public health crisis the U.S. has experienced in more than a century.

Tips for HomeSchooling: Keeping Children with Learning Differences on Track During COVID-19

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To say that the coronavirus has impacted many, if not all, aspects of our lives would be an understatement – with our children’s education being no exception. Rachel Turniansky, director of disability and inclusion services at the Macks Center for Jewish Education (CJE), and SHEMESH staff, have put together a list of tips and tricks you can use to make sure your child with learning differences can still learn effectively from home.

1. Keep To A Schedule (But Remain Flexible)

It’s important to keep to a schedule as much as possible. You can even consider creating a visual schedule, using pictures found online. Use images to represent each activity, even for kids who are reading, to add interest and make it easy to reference. Set goals and celebrate accomplishments. Remain flexible in case things don’t go according to plan. Give yourself some more time for activities and be ready to put things aside even if they aren’t completed – turn it into a teachable moment.

Volunteer network hopes to address mental health needs for vulnerable people amid pandemic

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Image courtesy of Baltimore Neighbors Network.

A new volunteer network aims to connect Baltimore seniors with mental health resources during the coronavirus pandemic.

Baltimore City Councilmembers Zeke Cohen and Kristerfer Burnett, along with various community organizations, on Wednesday launched the Baltimore Neighbors Network to help people grapple with increased loneliness and isolation as Marylanders are asked to stay in their homes to slow the spread of the virus.

Maryland confirms more than 2,300 cases, 36 deaths due to COVID-19

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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.

At least 2,331 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 18,890 have tested negative as of Thursday morning, state officials said. The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 346.

A total of 36 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with five additional deaths since Wednesday, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

All 24 jurisdictions in Maryland now have at least one confirmed case of COVID-19.