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DNR announces closure of Maryland State Park beaches

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Department of Natural Resources on Saturday announced the closure of all Maryland State Park beaches due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Following Governor Larry Hogan’s emergency actions to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, all Maryland State Park beaches are now closed,” DNR said in a statement. Story continues below All Maryland State Parks remain open, with the …


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Baltimore County first responders test positive for COVID-19

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County officials announced on Friday that a member of the Baltimore County Police Department and a member of the Baltimore County Fire Department have tested positive for COVID-19. These are the first Baltimore County public safety personnel to test positive for the virus. “I am grateful for the dedication of the brave men and women serving on the …


Bloomberg Philanthropies, state of Maryland to fund Johns Hopkins University-led COVID-19 treatment research

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Bloomberg Philanthropies, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and Johns Hopkins University announced on Friday a joint effort to fund research into the potential therapeutic uses of COVID-19 convalescent plasma, led by Arturo Casadevall, an infectious disease expert and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor who holds joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School …

Maryland receives Major Disaster Declaration from federal government

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan announced on Thursday night that the State of Maryland had received a Major Disaster Declaration from the Trump administration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier on Thursday, Maryland reported 580 confirmed cases of COVID-19—an increase of 157 new cases, the largest one-day increase to date. The number of confirmed cases in the National Capital Region …

Baltimore County expands grocery drive-and-go distribution during COVID-19 pandemic

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County on Thursday announced plans to expand grocery distribution to food insecure families by distributing boxes of groceries at 11 sites around the county on Saturday, March 28, for residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The distribution will include various grocery items, including fresh produce supplied by Maryland-based Keany Produce & Gourmet, bread from H&S Bakery, and other items …

Councilman Marks activates Fifth District Community Advisory Council

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks on Thursday announced the reactivation of the Fifth District Community Advisory Council, a panel of neighborhood and business leaders to discuss issues across the Fifth District. Councilman Marks formed this group of neighborhood and business leaders earlier, but there was poor attendance and it was decided to reevaluate how to share information across communities. …

Maryland reports 157 new COVID-19 cases, largest one-day increase to date

ANNAPOLIS, MD—The state of Maryland now has 580 confirmed cases of COVID-19—an increase of 157 new cases, which the largest one-day increase to date. There are more than 1,200 confirmed cases in the National Capital Region—in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday issued the following statement: “We are only at the beginning of this crisis, in …

Governor Hogan requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Maryland [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—At a Wednesday press conference, Governor Larry Hogan announced that he has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the State of Maryland. Governor Hogan is specifically requesting: (1) the Individuals and Households, Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training, and the Disaster Unemployment Assistance programs under the Individual Assistance Program statewide, (2) Debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal …