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Baltimore City rent support program to begin July 1

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Baltimore City renters who have lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic can apply for rent support from July 1 through July 10 on the city’s website.

The COVID-19 Temporary Rent Support program is available for tenants who rent an apartment or house in Baltimore City.

Hogan directs $210M in federal funds to education as state cuts loom

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Gov. Larry Hogan is directing $210 million in federal funds toward improving remote learning and targeted tutoring, days before the Board of Public Works is scheduled to take up more than $100 million in education cuts his administration is proposing.

Baltimore City has tested more than 10 percent of residents for 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.

Baltimore City has tested 10.2 percent of its residents for coronavirus, according to state data.

The city joins seven other Maryland jurisdictions that have completed COVID-19 tests for at least 10 percent of their populations, including Somerset, Washington, Kent, Dorchester, Wicomico, Allegany and Talbot counties.

State health officials on June 18 called on local leaders to ramp up their jurisdictions’ testing efforts to test 10 percent of their populations.

Hogan announces $30M in funding to prevent evictions, but advocates say more is needed

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Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday announced that Maryland would commit $30 million to prevent renters from getting evicted, including $20 million for local governments and $10 million for a housing relief assistance program.

But immigrant advocacy organization CASA criticized Hogan for not doing more to stave off evictions.

Mayor Young ends limits on outdoor gatherings, eases restrictions on indoor spaces

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Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Photo by soomness.

Effective at 5 p.m. today, Baltimore City will lift restrictions on many large, outdoor gatherings to slow the spread of coronavirus, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced.

The mayor also loosened restrictions on events in large indoor rooms, such as hotel ballrooms, banquet rooms and meeting halls, allowing them to open at 50 percent capacity.

COVID-19 rapid testing site opens at Mondawmin Mall

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The former Target at Mondawmin Mall in March 2017. Photo by Eli Pousson, via Flickr.

A new COVID-19 rapid test site has opened in the parking lot outside the former Target store at Mondawmin Mall, officials announced today.

CVS Health, through its licensed provider MinuteClinic, is staffing the site, which is run out of a tent in the lot. Patients do not have to pay any money for a test and should receive results on-the-spot.

Maryland’s rate of positive COVID-19 tests dips below 5 percent for first time

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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.

Less than 5 percent of COVID-19 tests conducted over the past seven days came back positive for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, state data show.

A total of 66,115 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 440,282 have tested negative as of Friday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Maryland surpasses 3,000 coronavirus deaths as hospitalizations continue to decline

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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.

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.

Cohen partners with trauma experts for livestream series on healing

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“Truth & Healing: A Conversation Series” will be livestreamed on Healing City Baltimore’s Facebook page every Wednesday at 7 p.m. for the next nine weeks, starting tonight. Image courtesy of Healing City Baltimore.

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.”

Starting tonight, the conversations, hosted by Cohen and Buckley, will be livestreamed on Healing City Baltimore’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. every Wednesday for the next nine weeks.

Maryland’s coronavirus hospitalizations decline for four straight weeks, down more than half in past month

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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 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.

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