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MDTA expanding hours at E-ZPass Maryland customer service centers

BALTIMORE, MD—In an effort to enhance customer service capabilities at a time of increased demand, the Maryland Transportation Authority will offer extended hours at all E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Centers (CSCs) beginning Saturday, January 16th. Under the temporary extended hours – which will be in place until further notice – E-ZPass Customer Service Centers will add Saturday service hours from …


Health, Politics, Sci-Tech

WEEKLY ZIP CODE REPORT: Maryland COVID-19 positivity rate, hospitalizations rise

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Friday reported that the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate and total hospitalizations rose over the past week. Previous zip code reports can be viewed here. Overall Metrics As of Friday, January 8, 2021, there have been 299,606 cases of novel coronavirus in Maryland. The state has now conducted 6,029,482 tests, including more than 57,000 …


Maryland to receive over $400 million in funding to support expanded COVID-19 testing, vaccination distribution

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday announced two upcoming actions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide more than $22 billion in funding to states, localities, and territories in support of the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as directed by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. The state …

Superintendent Williams: No data was stolen during BCPS ransomware attack

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darryl Williams on Wednesday issued an update on the ransomware attack that plagued the school system back in November. In the statement, Dr. Williams states that “there is no evidence that any data was accessed or stolen.” The full statement from Dr. Williams is below: “Dear BCPS Community, As we head into the …

Governor Hogan announces statewide actions to accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday evening announced a series of actions to accelerate the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in the State of Maryland. “While the initial distribution of vaccines does offer a glimmer of hope, we still have a long way to go in this fight,” said Governor Hogan. “Distributing and administering vaccines throughout 2021 will be without question …

Maryland Department of Labor begins accepting claims, issuing payments for extended pandemic unemployment insurance programs

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that the Maryland Department of Labor had begun accepting claims and issuing payments for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Unemployment Emergency Compensation (PEUC), and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) unemployment insurance programs extended by the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act. “Just one week after the federal COVID-19 relief package was signed …

Baltimore County eliminates monitoring fees for residents on home detention

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Monday announced the elimination of home-monitoring fees charged to pre-trial and sentenced individuals, effective January 1, 2021, after the COVID-19 pandemic cast a spotlight on the significant burden that these fees can present for individuals placed on home detention. “This is an issue of simple fairness. Individuals on home detention, most of whom …

MDTA: Standard video toll rates now in effect throughout Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD—On Friday, January 1, 2021, standard Video Toll rates resumed statewide at all Maryland Transportation Authority toll facilities. The MDTA is reminding motorists that getting an E-ZPass® gives them access to the lowest tolls in Maryland on every trip. Transponders are free, there’s no monthly fee for Maryland addresses, and sign-up is available 24/7 at ezpassmd.com. Marylanders are asked …