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Governor Hogan announces immediate authorization of COVID-19 booster shots for seniors, high-risk individuals in Marylander

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Friday issued the following statement after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave final approval for Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots: “While this action was long overdue, I am glad that the federal government has finally approved booster shots for seniors and high-risk individuals. It is a significant step toward providing additional protection for …


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Maryland Department of Health receives $1.8 million grant to support community-based COVID-19 response in vulnerable communities

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Wednesday announced a three-year, $1.8 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to strengthen community-based COVID-19 response in three underserved jurisdictions. The award provides $600,00 annually in financial support and technical assistance for MDH community health workers in Allegany, Dorchester and Somerset counties. “Community health workers are on the frontline …


Maryland Department of Health launches Suicide Prevention Toolkit [VIDEO]

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Friday announced the launch of a new resource to raise awareness about suicide for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The 2021 Suicide Prevention Month Toolkit: Stories of Hope focuses on raising awareness, reducing the stigma around suicide, spreading hope, building resiliency and encouraging well-informed action. “The COVID-19 pandemic has been a collectively trying time …

Maryland Department of Health announces official launch of door-to-door vaccination campaign

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Thursday announced the launch of the Community COVID-19 Vaccination Project, a community-based, door-to-door canvassing effort to directly engage Marylanders living in areas with low vaccination rates. Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, introduced the campaign in his Wednesday press conference.  Officials say canvassing will begin in mid-September and will continue through June 2022. “We …

Governor Hogan announces new vaccination protocols for Maryland nursing home, hospital workers [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—As the State of Maryland continues to prioritize reducing COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths among the most vulnerable residents, Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced new vaccination protocols for all nursing home and hospital staff. Effective immediately, all employees of the state’s 227 nursing homes and all employees of Maryland hospitals will be required to show proof of vaccination, or …

Avanti Frozen Foods expands shrimp recall due to Salmonella risk

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Avanti Frozen Foods Pvt. Ltd, is voluntarily expanding a prior recall issued on June 25, 2021 to include certain consignments of various sizes of frozen cooked, peeled, deveined, shrimp (with some packaged with cocktail sauce) sold in various unit sizes, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The frozen shrimp products were distributed nationwide from November …

Baltimore County to require face coverings in government offices, facilities

TOWSON, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Thursday announced that Baltimore County employees and the general public will be required to wear masks inside all local government offices and facilities, effective Friday, August 13th. “This common sense step will help limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our workforce and visitors to our buildings and facilities,” …

Serenade Foods recalls frozen chicken products due to possible Salmonella contamination

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Serenade Foods, a Milford, Ind. establishment, is recalling approximately 59,251 pounds of frozen, raw, breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced this week. FSIS issued a public health alert in June related to these products. The frozen, raw, breaded and pre-browned, …