Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore Business Journal, b and others. Prior to joining Baltimore Fishbowl, he was an editor at City Paper from 2012 to 2017. He can be reached at [email protected]

City, medical providers announce partnership on COVID-19 response; testing site to be built at Pimlico

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young speaks outside City Hall on April 3. Image via the mayor’s office.

As the city braces for a likely surge in COVID-19 cases, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced a public-private partnership with a group of prominent local medical providers to coordinate resources during the response to the virus.

Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said the partnership will conduct testing, expand call center operations, develop messaging to inform the public about COVID-19, share data on medical supplies and hot spots for infections, and support vulnerable populations such as the homeless, seniors and people in detention centers.

Preakness InfieldFest canceled, new date for race still being determined

The crowd gets hyped up for a musical performance at the 2019 Preakness InfieldFest. Photo courtesy of Stephen Bondio.

With the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it’s still not known when the Preakness Stakes will run at Pimlico Race Course. But there will officially be no InfieldFest this year, the Stronach Group announced today.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced today the Maryland National Guard is going to build a drive-thru testing site on the racetrack’s parking lot. The site will also provide other health resources during the city’s response to COVID-19.

Rapper DaBaby and EDM artist Marshmello were two of the headliners scheduled to perform at the concert, which draws thousands to the track’s infield during the running of the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

The beat goes on at An die Musik with streaming concerts

Image via Google Street View.

Social distancing and restrictions on crowds have forced live music venues around the country to shut down. But An die Musik, a jazz club located downtown, is trying to keep a regular calendar of sorts, having musicians appear onstage and streaming the performances online.

Artists such as Michael Joseph Harris and Sami Arefin, Warren Wolf Trio and Caleb Stine have already taken part in what the venue is calling the Quarantine Concert Series, and the Christian Hizon Quartet is set to perform this Sunday.

Under Armour announces temporary layoffs for retail, distribution center workers

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.

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

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

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.

City’s revenue down $68.7 million due to the pandemic, officials say

Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

Baltimore’s revenue is expected to decline $68.7 million in the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, and the city is forecasting revenue will decline by $103 million in the next fiscal year due to the coronavirus’ crippling effect on the local economy.

Officials anticipate a budget deficit of $42.3 million due to the decrease this year.