Tag: COVID-19

‘It’s like opening a restaurant all over again.’ Baltimore eateries push on despite reduced business amid coronavirus pandemic

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A pasta dish from Amicci’s restaurant in Little Italy. Photo courtesy of Amicci’s Instagram.

After Gov. Larry Hogan ordered all bars and restaurants in Maryland to close March 16 to limit the spread of the coronavirus, allowing only carryout and delivery services to continue, Baltimore eateries have had to figure out how to do business during the pandemic.

Terrence Dickson, owner of the Terra Cafe in Charles Village, saw an opportunity to spread joy and promote his restaurant at the same time.

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.

Maryland confirms 194 new COVID-19 cases, including fifth death, as state total climbs to at least 774

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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 has a total of at least 774 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Friday morning after 194 additional Marylanders tested positive. Five Marylanders have died from COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the United States has passed China and Italy to become the country with the greatest total number of confirmed coronavirus cases–86,012–according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Council President Scott to hold COVID-19 telephone town hall Thursday afternoon

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Photo via Councilman Brandon Scott/Facebook

Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott will hold a telephone town hall meeting Thursday afternoon about the coronavirus pandemic with former Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Joshua Sharfstein.

People can call into the town hall starting at 6:15 p.m. by dialing (855) 756-7520 and entering the pin 57975#.

Talking to Our Children about Coronavirus

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In a modern age of constant contact and sensationalized news broadcasting, we, as parents, not only have to find ways to deal with our own feelings about scary news stories, but also the inevitability of our children’s encounters with them. The recent outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as the Coronavirus), is no exception.

COVID-19 is quickly threatening to significantly impact our day-to-day routines and decisions within our families and homes. So, how do we prepare our families and our children for these real and potential changes?

The answer to this question is complicated. If you are like me, you find yourself involuntarily inundated with news headlines that toggle between hysteria and dissociation. You will feel torn between the choice of becoming a “doomsday prepper” and taking a “worry when there’s reason to worry” approach.

City launches website with COVID-19 resources

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Baltimore City has launched a new website at coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov where people can access COVID-19 resources. Screengrab from website.

As Baltimore City works to slow the spread of coronavirus, it is also trying to limit the spread of misinformation with a new website containing resources to help people navigate the pandemic.

The website, which can be accessed at coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov, includes information about food distribution sites, clinical guidance for healthcare providers, shareable infographics with information about the coronavirus, ways people can help others through volunteering and donating, and other resources.

With no start to baseball in sight, Camden Yards workers ask O’s for relief

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Oriole Park at Camden Yards during a July 16 game against the Washington Nationals. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

On what should have been Opening Day for Major League Baseball, baseball players are all at home and fans are watching replays of their favorite team’s classic games as part of #OpeningDayAtHome.

Earlier this month, MLB suspended the start of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic, joining every major sports league in either delaying or cancelling games and tournaments.

For Orioles fans, that means the absence of a rite of spring and summer: taking in a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards or following along at home on TV or the radio. But for the workers who staff the stadium–pouring beers or selling food–the lack of baseball means a loss of critical wages.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra launches trove of online videos, podcasts

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Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The 2020-2021 season will be her last as music director. Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Unable to open up the doors of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for concerts, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is taking its performances online.

Earlier today, the orchestra launched BSO OffStage, a collection of videos and podcasts that feature recital performances by the orchestra’s musicians, archival footage, masterclasses, interviews and discussions of classical works by some of the masters.

Maryland public school to remain closed for four weeks, Hogan announces additional actions in response to coronavirus

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Gov. Larry Hogan announces additional actions in response to the coronavirus on Wednesday inside the State House. Image via Gov. Larry Hogan’s Facebook Live broadcast.

All Maryland public schools will remain closed for at least the next four weeks as the state attempts to limit the spread of COVID-19, State Schools Superintendent Karen Salmon announced Wednesday during a press conference with Gov. Larry Hogan.

“We do not make this decision lightly. However, with the challenges facing our state and our country, we have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our school communities and the communities at large,” Salmon said.

Salmon said state school personnel are working with local school systems to “resume the continuity of learning” next week. Schools will be closed until at least April 24.

Maryland surpasses 400 confirmed coronavirus cases, one day after passing 300-case mark

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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 400 confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, just a day after crossing the 300-case mark.

An additional 74 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total number of coronavirus cases to at least 423. Four Marylanders have died due to COVID-19.

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