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First human case of West Nile virus this year confirmed in Baltimore metro area

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Wednesday announced that an adult living in the Baltimore metropolitan area has tested positive for the West Nile virus – the first confirmed human case of the virus in Maryland this year. The West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes who have been infected by feeding on birds who have the …


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Bird illness reports decrease, DNR lifts recommendation to stop feeding

NOTTINGHAM, MD—As of mid-August, reports of a strange illness affecting many local birds have decreased in many jurisdictions. On Tuesday, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources lifted its previous recommendation to stop feeding birds. In late May, wildlife managers in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and other states began receiving reports of sick and dying birds. Several …


Baltimore County Public Schools drops masking requirement in schools, offices

TOWSON, MD—As of July 1, masks will no longer be required in the schools and offices of Baltimore County Public Schools, in alignment with state guidelines. Masks are still required on school buses unless the driver and bus attendant are alone, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The BCPS mitigation plan has been updated with additional …

Maryland reports zero COVID-19 deaths for first time since October 2020

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Sunday announced that the State of Maryland is reporting zero new COVID-19 deaths for the first time since October 18, 2020. The Maryland Department of Health reported 42 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday—the first time under 50 since March 23, 2020 The state is also reporting a record-low 7-day positivity rate of 0.72%—down …

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Maryland drop below 200

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Saturday announced that COVID-19 hospitalizations in Maryland have dropped below 200 for the first time since March 2020. The state is also reporting record lows in its daily and 7-day positivity rates. The state is reporting 192 COVID-19 hospitalizations—down 20 on Saturday, and down 85% since mid-April. The Maryland Department of Health is reporting another …

Wildlife officials investigating mysterious bird illness in Maryland, Virginia, DC

UPDATE: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is lifting its previous recommendation to cease feeding birds. Original story below… —— NOTTINGHAM, MD—Wildlife officials in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. are investigating a mysterious illness that has been affecting local birds. In late May, wildlife managers in the tri-state area (and West Virginia) began receiving reports of sick and dying birds …

Maryland’s statewide COVID-19 positivity rate drops below 1 percent, hits new record low

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced that, for the first time, Maryland’s 7-day positivity rate dropped below 1%. The state is reporting a record-low 7-day positivity rate of 0.95%—down 84% since mid-April. Last week, the state reported a single-day positivity rate under 1% for the first time. Overall, 19 jurisdictions are reporting a positivity rate under 2%. Official data …

Maryland’s COVID-19 daily positivity rate drops below 1 percent for first time

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday announced that, for the first time, Maryland’s daily COVID-19 positivity rate fell below 1 percent. The state’s daily positivity rate is a record-low 0.74% as of Thursday, bringing the 7-day statewide positivity rate to a record low 1.39%. The positivity rate has dropped by 76% since mid-April. After reporting 134 cases on Thursday, the …