Politics & Business

BPD has a ‘contingency’ for protests over George Floyd’s death, city announces mental health effort for COVID-19

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Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

The Baltimore Police Department has a “contingency” for protests in Baltimore over the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd in police custody, and has been in touch with Maryland State Police, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said.

Hogan extends moratorium on utility shutoffs, late fees through July 1

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Gov. Larry Hogan today extended his order prohibiting utility companies from shutting off services for residents or charging them late fees through July 1.

The order stops electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable TV and internet service providers from shutting off services at residences or charging households a late fee for lack of payment.

Maryland surpasses 50,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

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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 50,988 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 233,530 have tested negative as of Friday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Baltimore restaurants allowed to have outdoor dining on Friday

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today announced that restaurants with outdoor dining permits will be allowed to begin serving customers outside starting at 5 p.m. on Friday in accordance with new guidance from Gov. Larry Hogan.

Restaurants that do not have an outdoor dining permit can apply for a temporary permit online starting at 9 a.m. on Monday.

Rate of positive COVID-19 tests down from when Maryland lifted stay-at-home order two weeks ago

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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 average percentage of positive tests over the past seven days is down from two weeks ago when Maryland began the first stage of its recovery plan.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced that, starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, the state would move forward with additional measures to reopen businesses and resume activities, including allowing outdoor dinning at restaurants and reopening outdoor swimming pools at 25 percent capacity, as part of phase one of the state’s recovery plan.

State officials would look at the seven-day average percentage of positive coroanvirus tests, in addition to the previously announced metrics of coronavirus-related hospitalizations and patients in intensive care units, to inform their decisions on easing restrictions, Hogan said.

Outdoor dining, limited capacity outdoor pools allowed to resume this week, Hogan says

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Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced the reopening of outdoor dining restaurants, outdoor swimming pools with limited capacity, and other measures as part of the state’s coronavirus recovery plan. Screengrab via Facebook Live.

Effective 5 p.m. on Friday, restaurants will be allowed to reopen for outdoor dining, outdoor swimming pools will be allowed to open at limited capacity, and youth camps and sports leagues can start up with certain restrictions, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday.

Hogan said Maryland has seen a decrease in its positivity rate, coronavirus-related hospitalizations and COVID-19 patients in intensive care units.

And while Maryland is not yet ready to start the second phase of the state’s recovery plan, it may be able to begin if those metrics show positive trends into next week, Hogan said.

Maryland to open coronavirus testing site at Six Flags America on Friday

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Gov. Larry Hogan announced today that Maryland will open a new coronavirus testing site at Six Flags America on Friday. Screengrab via Google Street View.

Maryland will open a new drive-through coronavirus testing site at Six Flags America in Prince George’s County on Friday, Gov. Larry Hogan announced today.

People do not need a doctor’s order or appointment to be tested at the Six Flags location in Bowie, and there will be no out-of-pocket cost to patients.

Baltimore Fishbowl’s guide to the 2020 mayoral election

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A mail-in ballot for the primary election on June 2. Credit: Brandon Weigel

The upcoming primary election on June 2 is already one of the most unique elections in modern Baltimore history. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the statewide primary be moved from its original April 28 date and conducted by mail-in ballot.

If someone other than Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young wins the top job, he or she will inherit a government that may still have to deal with the spread of coronavirus and will absolutely have to deal with the pandemic’s effects on the local economy.

And, lest we forget, the mayor will run a city that is still grappling with the fallout from the “Healthy Holly” scandal that ousted former Mayor Catherine Pugh and face persistent problems such as violence, inequity and police reform.

There are 24 Democrats and seven Republicans listed on the ballot for mayor. Baltimore Fishbowl reached out to every campaign at the start of April using the email on file with the Maryland State Board of Elections and later called the phone number associated with the campaign on the board’s site.

Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations increase for second day in a row

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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.

The number of Marylanders hospitalized for COVID-19 has increased for the second day in a row after previously decreasing for nine consecutive days, state data show.

After reaching a high of 1,500 people hospitalized for COVID-19 on May 16, hospitalizations decreased the next nine days, getting as low as 1,279 on May 25. But that decline ended yesterday with 1,315 people hospitalized, which increased again to 1,338 today, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Baltimore to allow curbside pickup for retail stores

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young on Tuesday announced that Baltimore City will allow retail businesses to do business via curbside pickup. Screengrab via Facebook Live.

Retail stores in Baltimore City will be allowed to begin curbside pickup, effective 9 a.m. Wednesday, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced today.

While the city’s retail businesses must remain closed to the public, they will be able to request temporary pick up and drop off zones for customers and delivery drivers to use.

“These zones will enable residents to quickly and safely pick up purchases while ensuring frequent parking turnover so the location remains reliable and available for use,” Young said.

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