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State officials release Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force Operations Plan [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan and Brigadier General Janeen Birckhead on Thursday announced the release of the Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force Operations Plan (PDF) to ensure fair and equitable access to vaccines for hard-to-reach and underserved communities. They were joined by Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford. “We are announcing the very first vaccine equity operations plan in America to further …


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Maryland Department of Health encourages physicians, patients to consider monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Wednesday encouraged physicians and patients to consider monoclonal antibody treatment, which has been shown to reduce the severity of symptoms and prevent hospitalization in people with mild or moderate symptoms of COVID-19. A new online referral portal through CRISP, the state’s electronic health information exchange, will allow physicians to more efficiently refer COVID-19 …


Governor Hogan announces launch of statewide contact tracing operation to support local health departments

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday announced that Maryland’s statewide contact tracing operation across all 24 of the state’s jurisdictions will be fully operational by next week. To launch this operation, Maryland has more than quintupled its disease investigation capacity, and will have more than 1,400 case investigators statewide. “To support our local health officials, the state has built a …

Baltimore County announces 4th COVID-19 testing site in Dundalk

DUNDALK, MD—Beginning on Monday, May 4, the Baltimore County Department of Health will open a fourth COVID-19 testing site at the Dundalk Health Center (7700 Dunmanway Baltimore, Maryland 21222) to help meet the need for expanded testing. The new clinic will offer 50 slots per day and will be the county’s second walk-up clinic, as well as the first County-operated …

Baltimore County announces two new COVID-19 testing sites

TOWSON, MD—A little more than a week after opening its drive-through testing site at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Baltimore County is opening two additional sites to help keep pace with the demand for testing, as well as provide access in areas with high rates of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Beginning next week, the Baltimore County Department of Health will …

Governor Hogan: Baltimore Convention Center field hospital complete; Maryland to introduce ‘COVID Link’ contact tracing program [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon to address Maryland’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Hogan announced that, on Friday, he would introduce his Maryland Strong Roadmap to Recovery. The plan was developed in consultation with doctors and public health experts and it will be a safe, effective, and gradual plan to allow the …