Marcus Dieterle

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Marcus Dieterle is the associate editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He has returned to Baltimore after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Maryland. Before that, he served as the editor-in-chief of The Towerlight. Marcus graduated from Towson University in 2018 with his bachelor's degree in journalism and political science. He can be reached at [email protected]

Maryland confirms more COVID-19 cases in nursing homes, correctional facilities

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Gov. Larry Hogan discusses the latest updates in the state’s response to COVID-19 on Friday. Screengrab from Governor Larry Hogan’s Facebook.

There are 60 nursing homes across Maryland with confirmed cases of COVID-19, Gov. Larry Hogan and other state officials said Friday.

Despite banning visitors, screening staff and other individuals entering facilities, and instituting other protocols to control infections, nursing homes are still experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19, said Fran Phillips, Maryland’s deputy secretary of health.

Phillips said any staff person in any nursing home who has direct contact with patients will be required to wear a face mask at work.

Public defenders petition court to release children from Maryland’s juvenile jails, prisons

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Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center. Photo via Google Maps screengrab.

The Office of the Public Defender is petitioning the Maryland Court of Appeals to release children from the state’s juvenile jails and prisons to protect young people from the coronavirus.

“It is not a question of if, but when COVID-19 will arrive in Maryland’s juvenile jails … In crowded, congregate facilities it is impossible for young people to maintain the recommended distance or take the necessary steps to sanitize the surfaces they encounter,” the public defenders wrote in their petition.

Maryland confirms more than 2,700 cases, 42 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 2,758 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 20,932 have tested negative as of Friday morning, state officials said. The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 427.

A total of 42 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with six additional deaths since Thursday, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

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.

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.

Baltimore Pride postponed, HoCo Pride cancelled due to coronavirus

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Photo by Tedd Henn

Organizers have canceled this year’s Howard County Pride and postponed Baltimore Pride until August or September as the duration of the coronavirus pandemic remains unclear.

The local celebrations of the LGBTQ+ community have joined a growing list of events that have had to be cancelled or postponed amid the spread of COVID-19.

13 more Marylanders die from coronavirus as statewide total of COVID-19 cases nears 2,000

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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.

An additional 13 Marylanders have died from the coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to at least 31 as of Wednesday morning, state officials said.

Maryland has a total of at least 1,985 confirmed COVID-19 cases–325 more than on Tuesday. At least 17,233 people have tested negative for the virus, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Among the state’s COVID-19 deaths are five residents who died at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Carroll County. Pleasant View had 95 residents at the start of the outbreak, 77 of whom tested positive for the coronavirus. The other 18 tested negative.

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