Hot Plate: Bottoms Up Bagels opens, new Whitehall Market vendors, al fresco dining expands and more

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Guinness Open Gate Grewery has reorganized its outdoor area to make social distancing and safe enjoyment of the space easy.

Though the reopening of the Baltimore restaurant scene hasn’t been all smooth sailing, the past few weeks have brought some good news in terms of openings, collaborations and upcoming events.

Here’s a look at what’s happening locally:

Van Hollen, Cardin and Va. senators call for relief for oyster and clam businesses

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Workers in Cambridge, Maryland cull oysters ready for market at Choptank Oyster Co (J.F. Meils/Capital News Service.)

Maryland U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin joined Virginia U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner in calling on the USDA to send $16 billion in aid to oyster and clam farms along the Chesapeake Bay to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Waterfront Partnership launches self-guided walking tour of Inner Harbor plant gardens

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The Waterfront Partnership on Wednesday launched their “Waterfront Walks” series to help people learn and connect with Baltimore’s nature sites. The series will begin with a self-guided walking tour of native plant gardens around the Inner Harbor. Map courtesy of Waterfront Partnership.

The Waterfront Partnership is giving people another way to enjoy Baltimore’s Inner Harbor with a self-guided walking tour of native plant gardens along the waterfront promenade.

The organization on Wednesday announced the “Waterfront Walks” series, which aims to help residents learn and connect more with Baltimore’s natural scenery in a “social distance-friendly” way.

‘Design for Distancing’ guidebook provides ‘tactical concepts’ for reopening local businesses

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Baltimore’s leaders have joined with designers and public health officials to help restaurants, stores and other businesses find ways to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and others on Monday released the “Design for Distancing Ideas Guidebook,” a free online resource created to show business owners and communities how they can use streets, sidewalks and vacant lots to reopen and improve their own properties while complying with public health guidelines for social distancing.

Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to increase slightly after more than a month of declining

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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.

Maryland’s coronavirus hospitalizations increased for a third day after previously falling for 32 straight days, according to state data released today.

After Maryland’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations reached 446 on Sunday, its lowest point since early April, the number of patients rose by one on Monday, five on Tuesday, and nine more today.

Of those currently hospitalized, 307 are in acute care and 154 are in intensive care, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

At least 67,918 Marylanders have tested positive for coronavirus and 474,686 have tested negative as of Wednesday morning.

Of Maryland’s total number of COVID-19 cases, 10,902 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including 461 who are currently hospitalized.

Maryland has reported 9,565 COVID-19 tests results in the past 24 hours, with the state having completed at least 662,266 tests since the coronavirus pandemic began.

On average, 4.72 percent of the state’s coronavirus tests over the past seven days came back positive.

An additional 15 Marylanders have died due to COVID-19 since Tuesday, bringing the total to 3,077. There are also 128 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 18,645 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 14,803 in Montgomery County; 8,040 in Baltimore County; 7,605 in Baltimore City; 5,134 in Anne Arundel County; 2,568 in Howard County; 2,493 in Frederick County; 1,399 in Charles County; 1,136 in Carroll County; 1,127 in Harford County; 1,070 in Wicomico County; 697 in Washington County; 639 in St. Mary’s County; 480 in Cecil County; 415 in Calvert County; 320 in Caroline County; 289 in Worcester County; 230 in Queen Anne’s County; 205 in Allegany County; 200 in Kent County; 188 in Dorchester County; 137 in Talbot County; 87 in Somerset County; and 11 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed coronavirus cases, 2,042 cases have been people age 9 or younger; 3,508 have been people ages 10-19; 10,056 have been people ages 20-29; 12,692 have been people ages 30-39; 12,054 have been people ages 40-49; 10,683 have been people ages 50-59; 7,619 have been people ages 60-69; 4,791 have been people ages 70-79; and 4,473 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 35,207 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 32,711 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for coronavirus, 19,463 have been Black, 18,283 have been Hispanic, 13,377 have been white, 1,314 have been Asian, 3,344 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 12,137.

Nationwide, there have been at least 2,636,856 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 127,457 deaths and 720,631 recoveries. More than 32.2 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Featured Hot Listing: Award-Winning Architectural Gem in Vibrant Charles Village

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