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Bay Bridge lane reopens, construction project nearly complete

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Credit: Ben Schumin, via Wikimedia Commons

The right lane of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge’s westbound deck has reopened after an extensive project to repair and repave a deteriorating portion of the road, Gov. Larry Hogan announced today during an appearance on Eastern Shore radio station WGMD.

Work was completed one year ahead of schedule, a welcome bit of good news during the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

A third Baltimorean dies from COVID-19, Young urges residents to stay home

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Mayor Young speaks outside City Hall on March 31. Image via the mayor’s office.

A third Baltimore resident has died from coronavirus, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced Tuesday afternoon.

The woman was in her 70s. On Saturday, the Maryland Department of Health announced a Baltimore woman in her 60s and another in her 80s, both of whom had underlying conditions, were the first in the city to die from the virus.

Baltimore County launches fund to assist COVID-19 response

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

Baltimore County on Tuesday launched an emergency response fund to assist its response to the coronavirus pandemic, County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said.

The announcement came after Baltimore County recorded at least 227 confirmed COVID-19 cases, as of 10 a.m. Tuesday. It has been less than three weeks since the county confirmed its first case of the coronavirus.

Under Armour manufacturing face masks, other protective equipment for health care providers

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An Under Armour team member works on one of the face masks that the Baltimore-based athletic company is developing for health care providers across Maryland. Photo courtesy of Under Armour.

As health care workers face a dwindling supply of protective equipment to treat the coronavirus outbreak, Under Armour has started manufacturing and assembling face masks and face shields.

The athletic apparel company headquartered in Tide Point announced Tuesday that it is producing the gear and specially equipped fanny packs for the University of Maryland Medical System’s 28,000 health care providers and staff.

Maryland confirms at least 1,660 total positive COVID-19 cases and 14,868 negative results

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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 1,660 Marylanders have tested positive for coronavirus, while 14,868 have tested negative as of Tuesday morning, according to state health officials.

The state’s total number of confirmed cases grew by 247 additional cases Tuesday. Eighteen Marylanders have died from COVID-19, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

First three confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Maryland prisons

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The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Google Maps screengrab.

One inmate and two non-correctional contract employees have tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Maryland state jails and prisons, according to multiple reports.

The individuals were located at two different facilities–one in Baltimore and one in Jessup.

Gov. Hogan issues ‘stay at home’ order that allows for ‘essential’ trips and exercise

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Gov. Larry Hogan issues a “stay at home” order on March 30. Image via Facebook Live.

To slow the spread of coronavirus, Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday ordered Marylanders to stay at home unless they are conducting essential trips to get food, medicine or to a job at an essential business.

“People are not locked in their homes. We’re just telling people that they need to stay in their homes, except for essential and necessary things,” Hogan said.

Maryland confirms at least 1,413 total positive COVID-19 cases and 13,316 negative results

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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 1,413 Marylanders have tested positive for coronavirus, while 13,316 have tested negative as of Monday morning, according to state health officials.

The state’s total number of confirmed cases grew by 174 additional cases Monday. Fifteen Marylanders have died from COVID-19, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and state to fund JHU research on COVID-19 treatment

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Photo by Keith Weller, via Hopkins Hub

The state of Maryland and Bloomberg Philanthropies are jointly funding a Johns Hopkins-led study to develop a possible treatment for COVID-19 using blood plasma from survivors of the virus, Gov. Larry Hogan’s office announced today.

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