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Maryland coronavirus total surpasses 300 with 61 additional cases Tuesday

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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.

Maryland surpassed 300 coronavirus cases on Tuesday after 61 more Marylanders tested positive, bringing the statewide total to at least 349.

Montgomery County surpassed 100 coronavirus cases with a total of at least 107 confirmed cases as of Tuesday morning.

Only three of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions have yet to report any confirmed cases of COVID-19: Allegany, Dorchester and Kent counties.

Scott releases map for coronavirus resources in the city

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Photo via Councilman Brandon Scott/Facebook

City Council President Brandon Scott has released a map of his own to provide information on coronavirus resources in Baltimore, adding information on primary care clinics for the uninsured and grocery stores with special services for seniors to the list of food sites the city is tracking with a separate map.

CDC says ‘no’ to clearing encampments during coronavirus outbreak

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Tents line the sidewalk on 2nd Street Northeast in Washington, D.C., on October 15, 2019, as city workers prepare to clean the adjacent tunnels where the tents are normally erected. The District of Columbia frequently clears encampments temporarily so streets can be cleaned. Workers typically throw away anything left behind. (Photo by Julia Lerner/Howard Center for Investigative Journalism)

By Ryan E. Little
Howard Center for Investigative Journalism

People living in outdoor homeless encampments should not be evicted during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus unless they can be moved to individual housing units, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended late Sunday.

Living outside for prolonged periods of time has long been associated with greater health risks. But the recommendations posted on the CDC’s website said the short-term impact of clearing the tents and temporary structures would likely increase the risk of spreading the virus because people would scatter to other parts of the community.

Gov. Hogan closes all non-essential businesses due to COVID-19

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Gov. Larry Hogan speaks inside the State House flanked by Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz, left, and Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson, right. Image via Gov. Larry Hogan’s Facebook Live broadcast.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday closed all non-essential businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic, once again stressing the importance of social distancing and chiding residents who were not following crowd restrictions implemented by the state government.

The governor said the state used federal guidelines to decide which businesses could remain open. Those sectors include: healthcare, grocery stores, liquor stores, agriculture, energy, public works, community government, public safety, transportation, manufacturing and banks.

Restaurants can reportedly still do carry-out and daycare centers may remain open under the order. Among commercial businesses, home repair companies, cleaning companies, hardware stores, and laundromats and dry cleaners can also stay open, according to state guidance.

Following today’s order, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City said all licensed establishments “are considered essential businesses and thus not required to cease operations as per this Executive Order.”

The order takes effect at 5 p.m. Monday.

Maryland confirms 44 new coronavirus cases, bringing state total to 288

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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.

Another 44 Marylanders have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the statewide total number of confirmed cases to 288. Three Marylanders have died due to the coronavirus.

Only three counties in Maryland have not reported any confirmed cases of COVID-19: Allegany, Dorchester and Kent counties.

Maryland National Guard arrives in Baltimore to respond to coronavirus

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Maryland National Guard Humvees parked at the Camden Yards sports complex. Credit: Tedd Henn.

The Maryland National Guard on Friday evening began setting up operations in Baltimore City to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

H&S Bakery hiring more than 50 workers to keep up with increased demand amid COVID-19

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Photo of the bakery via Google StreetView

As households stock up on basic kitchen staples during the coronavirus pandemic, the Baltimore-based H&S Bakery is hiring more than 50 new employees to keep up with the increased demand for bread.

The bakery said it is planning to increase production and distribution in response to COVID-19.

Hampden merchants offer same-day home delivery during pandemic

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DoubleDutch Boutique is one of the Hampden merchants offering same-day delivery of their products amid the coronavirus pandemic. Screengrab from DoubleDutch Boutique’s website.

As Gov. Larry Hogan increases the types of Maryland businesses ordered to close amid concerns over COVID-19, many bars, restaurants and other establishments have offered carryout and delivery options to their customers. But eateries are not the only ones trying to navigate doing business during the pandemic.

A group of Hampden merchants, including a yarn store, florist’s shop and others, will begin same-day home delivery of their items March 23.

Creative Alliance helps artists adapt to pandemic with mini concerts, online storytimes, kite sales

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As the spreading coronavirus pandemic causes event cancellations in Baltimore, Creative Alliance is helping performers continue sharing their art. Photo courtesy of Creative Alliance.

Recent statewide restrictions on crowds during the coronavirus pandemic have resulted in event cancellations left and right. For working musicians and other performers who rely on gigs for their main source of income, no audiences means no money.

But Creative Alliance is working to ensure that performers and audiences practice safe social distancing while not distancing themselves from great art.

Maryland coronavirus total grows to 149 with 42 new cases, including two more child 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.

An additional 42 Marylanders have tested positive for the new coronavirus, including two more children, bringing the state’s total number of confirmed cases to 149 as of 10 a.m. Friday.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Maryland rose by 39 percent from Thursday to Friday.

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