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Baltimore County conducts enhanced bacterial monitoring, provides update on Back River

TOWSON, MD—In response to recent public health concerns about water quality in sections of Back River, County Executive Johnny Olszewski has directed Baltimore County’s environmental health specialists and natural resource specialists to coordinate enhanced bacterial monitoring of Back River in the areas adjacent to and downstream from Baltimore City’s Back River Wastewater Treatment plant. In addition to routine seasonal sampling …


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HEALTH ALERT: Residents advised to avoid contact with water in Back River

BALTIMORE, MD—Due to contaminants in Back River that can cause illness, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Department of Health on Friday issued an alert advising residents to avoid contact with the water. The advisory contains the following recommendations: Avoid contact with Back River water Do not drink stream water Do not swim or wade in the …


BCPS: External vendor to discontinue optional COVID testing at schools

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools officials on Tuesday announced that, due to low student and staff participation across the system, CIAN Diagnostics, the school system’s external testing vendor, cannot support continued optional COVID-19 testing in schools and offices. CIAN has made the decision to end optional testing in BCPS effective immediately. This change does not impact school-based testing that is …

Baltimore County Public Schools officials provide update on when masking requirement might be dropped

UPDATE: Masks will become optional at Baltimore County Public Schools on March 1st. Original story below… ——— TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools officials on Wednesday provided an update on when school masking requirements might be eliminated. On February 10, 2022, Baltimore County’s COVID-19 case rate dropped below 100 cases per 100,000 residents, moving the county out of the CDC’s high …

Baltimore County Public Schools officials announce new COVID-19 isolation, quarantine guidelines

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools officials on Friday announced new COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidelines. Effective Tuesday, January 18, 2022, BCPS will follow the new procedures below, which they say are in alignment with updated state and county guidance. ISOLATION PROCEDURES Student/Staff has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19: Students and staff must stay home for at least five …

County Executive Olszewski announces distribution of 100,000 rapid at-home COVID-19 test kits, county testing expansion

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Friday announced updates on Baltimore County’s ongoing efforts to expand access to COVID-19 testing, including plans for the distribution of 100,000 rapid at-home COVID tests for residents and the expansion of county-run testing sites. “Expanding Baltimore County’s testing availability will help ensure residents can take every precaution to protect themselves and their loved …

BCPS to resume in-person learning on January 3, Councilman Marks applauds decision

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools will resume in-person learning on January 3, Superintendent Darryl Williams announced on Thursday. With cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant rising across the state, the Maryland State Department of Education had, this week, urged schools to resume in-person learning after the holiday break and Baltimore County Councilman David Marks issued a statement echoing this sentiment. “With …

Olszewski declares State of Emergency in Baltimore County, issues indoor mask mandate

TOWSON, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Monday declared a State of Emergency in Baltimore County due to the rapid rise in cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. County officials say the new local State of Emergency will give Baltimore County the ability to quickly adopt emergency public health measures to protect the safety and well-being of residents, assist the county …