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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.

City, medical providers announce partnership on COVID-19 response; testing site to be built at Pimlico

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young speaks outside City Hall on April 3. Image via the mayor’s office.

As the city braces for a likely surge in COVID-19 cases, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced a public-private partnership with a group of prominent local medical providers to coordinate resources during the response to the virus.

Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said the partnership will conduct testing, expand call center operations, develop messaging to inform the public about COVID-19, share data on medical supplies and hot spots for infections, and support vulnerable populations such as the homeless, seniors and people in detention centers.

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.

City, BDC set up $50K grant for local manufacturers making protective gear

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A maker at Open Works shows off dozens of face shields produced at the makerspace. Image via Open Works’ Facebook page.

The city and the quasi-public Baltimore Development Corporation have established a $50,000 grant fund for local manufacturers and makers who begin producing personal protective equipment for medical personnel on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus.

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.

City’s revenue down $68.7 million due to the pandemic, officials say

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Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

Baltimore’s revenue is expected to decline $68.7 million in the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, and the city is forecasting revenue will decline by $103 million in the next fiscal year due to the coronavirus’ crippling effect on the local economy.

Officials anticipate a budget deficit of $42.3 million due to the decrease this year.

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.

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