Health, Police/Fire, Sci-Tech

Maryland Department of Health launches virtual mental health first aid training for first responders

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health this week announced the launch of a new virtual form of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Maryland, which will be offered to firefighters, emergency medical technicians and police, in partnership with the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System (MIEMSS). MHFA Maryland has trained over 40,000 individuals and professionals in identifying the signs and …


Events, Politics

Governor Hogan: Maryland finishes in top ten for 2020 Census response

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Friday announced that Maryland finished ninth in the nation for response to the 2020 Census. More than 2.2 million households were counted, representing a total of 99.9 percent of the state’s population. “Our administration is proud that even amid all of this year’s challenges, Marylanders stepped up with one of the country’s leading response rates …


Governor Hogan announces new attendance record for Maryland state parks

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Monday announced that the Maryland Park Service is reporting a total of 17.1 million visitors to date in 2020, already surpassing the previous record of 14.9 million total visitors in 2019, with three months still remaining in the year. During peak season in July, state parks attracted 3.4 million visitors, compared to 2.5 million during …

Gov. Hogan encourages full participation from all Marylanders with less than 30 days until 2020 Census deadline [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday announced that Maryland remains in the top 10 in the United States for the 2020 Census, and continues to encourage all Marylanders to complete their form at 2020Census.gov. With the deadline less than 30 days away, the governor is urging all Marylanders to complete their Census form and be counted. Maryland now has a …

Maryland observes International Overdose Awareness Day, Recovery Month 2020 with message of commitment

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford announced that Maryland would continue its tradition of observing International Overdose Awareness Day (IODAD) on Monday and National Recovery Month in 2020 this September. Maryland’s theme for both IODAD and Recovery Month 2020 is “Recovery: Pass It On, Keep It Going!” “International Overdose Awareness Day and Recovery Month provide us with opportunities to pause …

Governor Hogan issues proclamation for ‘Buy Maryland Seafood Days’

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan has proclaimed Saturdays in the month of September as “Buy Maryland Seafood Days,” encouraging all Marylanders to support the state’s iconic seafood industry. Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford presented the proclamation today to Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder and Natural Resources Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio during a virtual meeting of the Board of Public Works. “The Chesapeake Bay …

Board of Public Works approves funding for clean water, Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved more than $16 million in grants to reduce pollution and improve water quality. The board is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford chaired Wednesday’s meeting. “These are smart investments to protect public health and prevent water pollution in …

Opioid, heroin, and fentanyl-related deaths continued to decline in 2nd quarter

ANNAPOLIS, MD—The Maryland Department of Health and Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) has released its 2019 second quarter report, which shows that Maryland has experienced its first six-month decline in the total number of opioid-related fatalities in at least a decade. Release of the report comes during National Recovery Month, a time to raise awareness of substance use disorders and …