CVS launching 17 drive-through coronavirus testing sites across Maryland

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The CVS Pharmacy on W. Franklin Street in Baltimore City is one of 17 CVS locations in Maryland that will offer drive-through coronavirus testing. Screengrab via Google Street View.

Maryland will launch 17 new drive-through coronavirus testing sites at CVS Pharmacy locations across the state, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday.

Hogan on Tuesday began allowing pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests in an effort to increase access to testing.

Starting on Friday, Marylanders will be able to schedule a testing appointment at one of 17 CVS locations.

Democratic candidate Erik Powery answers our questions on resources for young people, transit and more

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The third in a series of questionnaires answered by candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor.

Property manager Erik Powery says he is running for mayor to improve Baltimore’s schools and increase opportunities for the city’s young people.

Q&A: Brandon Scott on his Park Heights roots, his vision for ‘transformational and generational change’ and more

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Courtesy: Brandon for Baltimore

The third in a series of interviews with the top-polling contenders for the Democratic nomination for mayor.

At 36 years old, City Council President Brandon Scott is the youngest contender in the race for mayor. But he also ranks behind only Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and former Mayor Sheila Dixon in the number of years holding elected office in Baltimore, having first joined the council in 2011.

Following the resignation of Catherine Pugh last year, Scott was elevated to council president, the position previously held by Young. He’s able to rattle off what he sees as some of the accomplishments the council has made in that short time: a series of ethics reforms in the wake of the “Healthy Holly” scandal that brought Pugh down, income-based water billing and bans on styrofoam and plastic bags, to name a few.

Baltimore County to allow reopening of retail stores, barbers, salons; maintains restrictions on religious gatherings

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The Baltimore County Courthouse. Photo by James G. Howes, via Wikipedia.

Baltimore County retail stores, barber shops and hair salons will be allowed to reopen with limited capacity, effective 9 a.m. on Friday, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. announced Thursday.

The move comes after Gov. Larry Hogan lifted the statewide stay-at-home order last week and allowed certain businesses and other places to reopen, while leaving it up to local leaders to determine to what extent their jurisdictions would participate in the first stage of the state’s recovery plan.

City closes streets around Patterson Park to allow local traffic only, provide more recreational space

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Credit: Patrick Gillespie, via Flickr.

The city is allowing local traffic only on select streets around Patterson Park to give walkers, runners and bicyclists more space to practice social distancing.

The move is the latest addition to the city’s Slow Streets pilot program, which previously modified traffic conditions around Druid Hill Park and Lake Montebello.

Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations decrease for fifth straight day

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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 coronavirus-related hospitalizations decreased for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday, state data show.

On Saturday, 1,500 Marylanders were hospitalized due to COVID-19. That decreased to 1,460 on Sunday, 1,447 on Monday, 1,421 on Tuesday, 1,410 on Wednesday, and 1,374 on Thursday, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

At least 43,531 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 176,702 have tested negative as of Thursday morning, according to state data. The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 1,208, an increase of about 2.9 percent.

Jewish Baltimore Eats: Seven Can’t-Miss Recipes

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The coronavirus has changed the way we now eat. With restaurants closing to sit-down business, we are cooking and baking more than ever. In fact, flour, vanilla and yeast are becoming some of the hottest commodities – often as hard to find as toilet paper.

While staying at home means less outings to the grocery store and much less spent at restaurants, it gives us an opportunity to show off our inner foodie. There are countless old recipes to recreate and even new ones to try.

Our staff and community members have been putting their culinary skills to good use. Here’s what we’re cooking up in our kitchens:

Gypsy Queen adding location at Whole Foods Market in Harbor East, will begin delivery tomorrow

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Gypsy Queen on Thursday will begin delivery from their new Harbor East cafe location. Photo via Facebook.

The Gypsy Queen Cafe Food Truck, which also has a “truckstaurant” in Hampden, is adding a third member to its family of eateries: a cafe in Harbor East.

The Gypsy Queen Cafe has set up shop inside the new, soon-to-open Whole Foods supermarket in Harbor East.

Located at 711 S. Central Ave., the eatery will offer delivery through GrubHub from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting Thursday.