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Governor Hogan announces acquisition of 250,000 rapid antigen tests from Becton Dickinson through compact with Rockefeller Foundation

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday announced the acquisition of 250,000 rapid point-of-care antigen tests, which will be deployed to nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and correctional and juvenile detention centers across the state. The purchase makes Maryland, the founding member of the bipartisan interstate testing compact with the Rockefeller Foundation, the first state in the compact to move forward with …


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Maryland Department of Health announces new partnership to enhance statewide vaccination efforts

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Thursday announced the Maryland Partnership for Prevention as its community partner in an enhanced statewide initiative to promote and facilitate childhood and flu vaccination activities throughout the fall. The effort will also support COVID-19 vaccination activity, in preparation for when a vaccine becomes available. “It has never been more important to take care …


Unemployed Marylanders to begin receiving extra $300 payments this week

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson on Wednesday announced that the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program, offering claimants an additional $300 per week in retroactive federal benefits, will be launching ahead of schedule this Friday, September 11th. After being initially approved for three weeks of LWA funding, Maryland has now been approved by the Federal Emergency Management …

Application period opens for $16 million in Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership grants

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced that Maryland’s 24 local jurisdictions can begin applying for $16 million in Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership grants, which will help support local rental assistance programs across the state. “Maryland was one of the first states in the nation to implement a moratorium on evictions for tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we …

Maryland State Department of Education announces additional COVID-19 relief grants for Maryland schools, universities

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland State Department of Education on Wednesday announced $10 million in grant awards to support Maryland schools and universities as they continue to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants are being awarded through federal CARES Act funding to local school systems, public schools, nonpublic schools, as well as public and private universities that demonstrate unique …

Labor Day gas prices lowest in four year, fueling end-of-summer road trips

TOWSON, MD—As the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches, travelers are taking to the roadways rather than flying or using other modes of transportation, according to AAA – but they aren’t opting for the usual tourist spots, as concerns over the coronavirus continue to shape travel plans. Lower gas prices are also helping to fuel the demand for family road trips, …

WEEKLY ZIP CODE REPORT: Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to fall heading into Labor Day weekend

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Friday reported that COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state continue to fall heading into the Labor Day weekend. Previous zip code reports can be viewed here. Overall Metrics As of Friday, there have been 110,831 cases of novel coronavirus in Maryland. The state has now conducted 2,019,324 tests. The statewide positivity rate stands at …

MDOT MVA offices to close Monday in observance of Labor Day

GLEN BURNIE, MD—The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration will close all branch offices on Monday, September 7, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. MDOT MVA offices will reopen Tuesday, September 8, by appointment only. Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) stations remain closed until further notice. MDOT MVA self-service VEIP kiosks, online services, and 24-hour kiosks will be …