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Winter weather across the country affects federal vaccine shipments to Maryland, other states

BALTIMORE, MD—Health officials say severe winter weather across the United States is affecting the federal government’s shipments of COVID-19 vaccines to providers in Maryland and other states. This may have a significant impact on providers’ ability to hold clinics as scheduled. The Maryland Department of Health has directly shared with local leaders and vaccine providers the following updates from CDC …


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CDC: Listeria outbreak tied to Hispanic-style fresh, soft cheeses

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked a Listeria outbreak to various Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses. On Tuesday, February 16, Connecticut officials found Listeria in samples of El Albuelito brand queso fresco cheese collected from a store where a sick person bought Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses. Investigators are working to confirm if the Listeria …


Governor Hogan announces identification of new coronavirus P.1 variant in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan has announced that state health officials confirmed a case of COVID-19 in a Maryland resident caused by the new P.1 variant of the coronavirus, which is commonly known as the Brazil variant. The variant’s presence in Maryland was confirmed by the Maryland Department of Health in consultation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. …

Baltimore County Public Schools to begin hybrid school reopening on March 1

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools on Monday released a phased-in reopening timeline for students whose families chose hybrid learning, as well as for all employees. Hybrid learning includes two in-person learning days and three virtual learning days per week. Families who chose hybrid learning will receive their child’s group assignment of Cohort A or Cohort B prior to their child’s …

Governor Hogan: South African COVID-19 variant detected in Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Saturday announced that state health officials had confirmed a case of COVID-19 caused by the new B.1.351 variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a Maryland resident. The new variant’s presence in Maryland was confirmed by the Maryland Department of Health in consultation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The B.1.351 variant has …

Maryland to launch six mass COVID-19 vaccination sites

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon to update Marylanders on the state’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Governor Hogan stated that, While the speed of vaccinations is increasing, supply from the federal government remains extremely limited. Maryland is only allocated roughly 10,000 doses per day for the 2 million people in Phase 1 of the state’s vaccination …

Governor Hogan: COVID-19 UK variant found in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that UK variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Maryland. The strain is commonly known as B-117. The governor stated that two individuals (a couple) from Anne Arundel have been diagnosed with the variant.  One of the individuals had recently returned from travel abroad. The two individuals are now in isolation and contact …

Maryland Department of Health launches Operation Courage mental health program for frontline workers, first responders

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Monday announced Operation Courage, a new support services program designed to address the growing and long-term mental health care needs of frontline workers and first responders amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The program launched with a new website and an online assessment designed to encourage workers to get needed help. “We are grateful for …