Events, Family, Health

Baltimore County highlights suicide prevention resources with courthouse dome lighting

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County is lighting the iconic dome atop its historic Courthouse in yellow to help bring awareness to the importance of suicide prevention efforts. The dome, first lit at dusk on Thursday, September 8, will remain lit through Sunday, September 11. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The glowing tribute will honor those affected by suicide and cast a …


Health, Sci-Tech

Maryland Department of Health launches human monkeypox data dashboard

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Department of Health on Friday announced the launch of a human monkeypox data dashboard containing demographics on human monkeypox case counts and vaccination numbers in the state. “This tool will further help health care providers deliver the care that is needed to Marylanders affected by human monkeypox,” said MDH Secretary Dennis R. Schrader. “The dashboard …


Governor Hogan issues update on state’s response to monkeypox outbreak

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Health have issued an update on the state’s response to the recent monkeypox outbreak, including efforts to make testing, vaccination, and public health resources widely available for high-risk populations.  To date, there have been no deaths attributed to monkeypox in the U.S. “Since before our first monkeypox case was identified, the …

Maryland Department of Health receives 1-year, nearly $700,000 HHS grant to enhance telehealth services in family planning sites

BALTIMORE, MD— The Maryland Department of Health has been awarded a one-year, $699,987 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support statewide efforts to improve health equity by expanding telehealth services in family planning and preventive care service sites. MDH will use the funds through May 31, 2023, to provide telehealth capacity-building training and technical …

First case of presumed human monkeypox virus identified in Maryland, risk of transmission remains low

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Thursday identified the first presumed case of human monkeypox virus infection in an adult Maryland resident from the National Capital Region. The individual is currently recovering in isolation and is not hospitalized. The initial testing was conducted at the State Public Health …

FDA investigating hepatitis outbreak potentially connected to organic strawberries

BALTIMORE, MD—The FDA, along with CDC, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, state, and local partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A infections in the United States and Canada potentially linked to fresh organic strawberries branded as FreshKampo and HEB, purchased between March 5, 2022, and April 25, 2022. Currently, the potentially …

MDOT announces masks now optional at BWI Marshall Airport, on MTA Transit Systems

HANOVER, MD—The Transportation Security Administration has rescinded the security directives requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs that were scheduled to take effect on Tuesday. Effective immediately, masks are now optional in the terminal and on flights arriving and departing from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Masks also are now optional on all Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland …

Attorney General Frosh calls on EPA to strengthen protections against childhood lead poisoning

BALTIMORE, MD – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh this week joined a coalition of 19 state attorneys general in calling on the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen protections against lead poisoning. In comments on the EPA‘s “Draft Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in U.S. Communities,” the coalition called the draft strategy a “strong starting …