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Maryland grocery stores set aside shopping hours for seniors

BALTIMORE, MD—As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold around the world, some grocery store chains in the state of Maryland have set aside special shopping hours for seniors. Since those over 60 years of age are most susceptible to COVID-19, designated shopping hours help those who may be most vulnerable get the groceries they need with a reduced risk of …


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Baltimore County first responders test positive for COVID-19

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County officials announced on Friday that a member of the Baltimore County Police Department and a member of the Baltimore County Fire Department have tested positive for COVID-19. These are the first Baltimore County public safety personnel to test positive for the virus. “I am grateful for the dedication of the brave men and women serving on the …


Bloomberg Philanthropies, state of Maryland to fund Johns Hopkins University-led COVID-19 treatment research

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Bloomberg Philanthropies, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and Johns Hopkins University announced on Friday a joint effort to fund research into the potential therapeutic uses of COVID-19 convalescent plasma, led by Arturo Casadevall, an infectious disease expert and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor who holds joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School …

Maryland COVID-19 cases continue to rise, fifth death reported

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan announced on Friday that the state of Maryland now has 774 confirmed cases of COVID-19—an increase of 425 cases over the last three days. A fifth Maryland resident has died from coronavirus complications. The victim was an Anne Arundel County man in his 80s. Additionally, Maryland has been hit particularly hard by influenza this year, with a …

Md. child care centers ordered to close by Friday evening

BALTIMORE, MD—Child care centers in Maryland have been ordered to close by Friday evening due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday afternoon, Dr. Karen B. Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, announced that all child care providers would need to close by the end of the day on Friday, March 27, except for those serving essential personnel. Licensed child care programs …

Md. Department of Labor receives ‘unprecedented’ 42,000 new unemployment claims

BALTIMORE, MD—The coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on the state’s workforce. The Maryland Department of Labor reported on Thursday that, in just one week, their office had received over 42,000 new unemployment insurance claims. “This is truly unprecedented,” the department said on Twitter. “As many customers face longer wait times than usual and have difficulty accessing our website, we …

Governor Hogan requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Maryland [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—At a Wednesday press conference, Governor Larry Hogan announced that he has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the State of Maryland. Governor Hogan is specifically requesting: (1) the Individuals and Households, Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training, and the Disaster Unemployment Assistance programs under the Individual Assistance Program statewide, (2) Debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal …

Attorneys general call on Amazon, Whole Foods to provide paid leave to employees during COVID-19 pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday joined a group of 15 attorneys general in calling on Amazon and Whole Foods to provide paid sick and family leave to their employees during the COVID-19 public health emergency. In a letter sent to the companies, the attorneys general ask them to provide paid sick and family leave as required …