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]
Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday said that Maryland is in a better position to deal with the coronavirus than most other states, but he reminded that the pandemic is not over.
“As we continue to safely reopen, it is important to remember that this crisis is still not behind us,” Hogan said. “More than 65,000 Marylanders have been infected, and more than 3,000 Marylanders have now lost their lives to this deadly virus. We mourn each and every loss.”
There have been 65,777 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, while 433,182 people have tested negative as of Thursday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.
A nine-week series of livestreamed conversations about trauma and healing will launch tonight as part of an effort to help Baltimoreans recover from racial injustice, the coronavirus pandemic and other traumatic events.
Councilman Zeke Cohen (District 1) has partnered with Dr. Melissa Buckley, a social worker and Coppin State University professor, and the organization Healing City Baltimore to create “Truth and Healing: A Conversation Series.”
The number of Marylanders hospitalized for coronavirus has gone down for four straight weeks, decreasing by more than half over the past month, state data show.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, 10,648 Marylanders who tested positive were hospitalized at some point, including 544 who are currently hospitalized. The number of hospitalizations has decreased for 28 straight days since reaching 1,338 on May 27.
Of the COVID-19 patients who are currently hospitalized, 331 are in acute care and 213 are in intensive care.
A pandemic may not be ideal circumstances for opening a new restaurant, but New Orleans-based chain Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria is moving forward with a new location at the Shops at Kenilworth in Towson.
“The restaurant industry has always been known for literally taking lemons and making lemonade,” Charles Arinder, a manager at Felipe’s home office, said in a statement. “And it is our hope that the Towson community and Baltimore County neighbors see our resilience and dedication to being a true part of the community, even when it’s hard.”
As demonstrations across the United States draw attention to police brutality and racial injustice, many protesters have reignited the debate over the historical figures the country chooses to memorialize.
Some protests in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and others have included people toppling or defacing monuments for Confederategenerals and soldiers who fought the Civil War to preserve slavery. Those post-war tributes are associated with larger systems of white supremacy, protesters have argued, and that’s why they have to come down.
In some cases, memorials to some of the country’s most significant figures, like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, have been targeted because those men were slaveholders.
Against the backdrop of those ongoing and overlapping discussions, Councilman Ryan Dorsey (District 3) last night introduced a bill to rededicate one of three monuments in the city for explorer Christopher Columbus–an obelisk in Northeast Baltimore’s Herring Run Park– as the Police Violence Victims Monument.