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MDTA expanding hours at E-ZPass Maryland customer service centers

BALTIMORE, MD—In an effort to enhance customer service capabilities at a time of increased demand, the Maryland Transportation Authority will offer extended hours at all E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Centers (CSCs) beginning Saturday, January 16th. Under the temporary extended hours – which will be in place until further notice – E-ZPass Customer Service Centers will add Saturday service hours from …


Health, Politics

Attorney General’s COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force releases final report

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Monday released the final report of the Attorney General’s COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force. The report, Confronting the COVID-19 Access to Justice Crisis, is the culmination of six months of work by members of the task force and includes 59 significant legislative and policy recommendations to help Marylanders recover from the …


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 …

Governor Hogan announces $1 billion emergency stimulus, tax relief package [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Monday announced the RELIEF Act of 2021, an emergency legislative package that will provide more than $1 billion in direct stimulus and tax relief for Maryland working families, small businesses, and those who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “With the start of a new 2021 legislative session on Wednesday, …

Governor Hogan announces $50.5 million for school construction, economic development projects

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Friday announced $50.5 million for critical capital projects in the State of Maryland, including school construction and economic development projects across the state. “These shovel-ready projects will help create jobs and lay the foundation for the strongest possible recovery,” said Governor Hogan. “In the coming days, we will be proposing a larger economic and stimulus …

WEEKLY ZIP CODE REPORT: Maryland COVID-19 positivity rate, hospitalizations rise

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Friday reported that the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate and total hospitalizations rose over the past week. Previous zip code reports can be viewed here. Overall Metrics As of Friday, January 8, 2021, there have been 299,606 cases of novel coronavirus in Maryland. The state has now conducted 6,029,482 tests, including more than 57,000 …

BCPS updates reopening plan to include option for phased-in hybrid learning

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools has updated its reopening plan to include details about in-person instruction options for all students. Families may now choose to continue virtual learning or to begin hybrid learning, with timing driven by local and state health metrics. The newly added information pertains to three groups of students. In the plan’s new Appendix N, guidance is …

Maryland to receive over $400 million in funding to support expanded COVID-19 testing, vaccination distribution

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday announced two upcoming actions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide more than $22 billion in funding to states, localities, and territories in support of the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as directed by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. The state …