Baltimore County residents now able to schedule COVID-19 tests online

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

Baltimore County residents can now schedule a free COVID-19 testing appointment by visiting the county’s website.

The county is currently offering appointments for June 4 through June 9 at walk-up and drive-through sites, and new dates will be added every Wednesday, according to a news release.

Maryland’s seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests dips below 10 percent

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.

Over the past seven days, an average of 9.5 percent of coronavirus tests in Maryland have come back positive, putting the state in line with a testing benchmark set by health experts for the first time.

The statewide rate of positive tests has decreased for six consecutive days since reaching 12.8 percent on May 26, and has been trending downward for about a month and a half, state data show.

During that month and a half of declines, Maryland continued to ramp up its testing capabilities.

District 1 printing error caused election results snafu, board says

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

Just after 2 a.m. this morning, as voters and observers eagerly refreshed the Maryland State Board of Elections’ to see who might become the next mayor of Baltimore City, the results were completely wiped from the internet.

Mayor Young says he sees no need for a curfew, citing peaceful protests

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At a press conference called to laud the peaceful demonstrations from protesters and “restraint” shown by police, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said he hasn’t seen a need to institute a curfew in Baltimore.

Baltimoreans share why they protest the death of George Floyd

Baltimore demonstrators march on the Jones Falls Expressway on Monday as they protest police brutality and white supremacy. Photo by Jaisal Noor.

Darlene Cain’s son, Dale Graham, was killed by Baltimore City police in 2008.

Twelve years later, Cain is continuing to fight for justice for families who have lost their loved ones to police brutality and other forms of violence, and to ensure that others do not meet a similar fate.

“There are men and women, young and old, who lost their life to police, been beaten down,” she said. “We’re just tired and we’re just ready–ready to take action and to get laws changed.”

Cain, 59, joined thousands of protesters in Baltimore on Monday for a youth-led march against police brutality and white supremacy–the fourth day of local protests in the city as part of a nationwide movement that was sparked by the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, who died in police custody after an officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.

Luke Broadwater is heading to The New York Times to cover Congress

Photo by Brandon Weigel.

Luke Broadwater, a journalist who has reported on local and state politics at The Sun for most of the last decade, is leaving the city’s daily newspaper to cover Congress for The New York Times.

Broadwater, who wrote the first in a series of stories on former Mayor Catherine Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” scandal that earned the paper a Pulitzer Prize earlier this year, says he starts at the Times’ D.C. bureau on June 8, joining a team of four other reporters covering Capitol Hill.

Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations decrease for sixth day

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 from coronavirus has decreased for the sixth consecutive day, state data show.

After rising to 1,338 on May 27, COVID-19 hospitalizations are now at 1,148 as of Tuesday morning.

At least 54,175 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 261,640 have tested negative. The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 848, an increase of about 1.6 percent.

Maryland’s primary election is tomorrow. Here’s where to vote or drop off your ballot.

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

The Maryland primary election is only a day away, and this year will mark the first full-scale election that the state will conduct predominantly by mail due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In March, Gov. Larry Hogan postponed the Maryland’s primary election, originally scheduled for April 28, until June 2 due to concerns over COVID-19.

The Maryland Board of Elections has encouraged people to mail in or drop off their ballots if possible, although the state has also set up in-person voting centers for those who need them.

Pratt Library to start offering sidewalk service at eight locations on June 15

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Eight locations of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will start offering a contact-free pickup service for books and other items starting June 15, the library system announced.

The Central Library and Brooklyn, Northwood, Orleans Street, Roland Park, Southeast Anchor, Walbrook and Waverly branches will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday to fulfill orders.

Maryland sees four-day decline in confirmed coronavirus cases

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The number of newly confirmed cases has decreased for four consecutive days, state data show.

Starting on May 28 with 1,286 newly confirmed cases, the state reported 1,279 new cases on May 29, 1,027 on May 30, 763 on May 31 and 549 today, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

At least 53,327 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 255,403 have tested negative as of Monday morning.