Health, Sci-Tech

Maryland Department of Health to distribute masks at various COVID-19 test sites throughout the summer

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Tuesday announced that it will distribute free masks for Marylanders who visit state-run COVID-19 test sites at specified dates and locations throughout the summer, starting at the Baltimore Convention Center COVID-19 testing site on Wednesday, July 29 at 8 a.m. The free mask events are part of the #MasksOnMaryland campaign to encourage all …


Health, Weather

Maryland health officials report first heat-related death of 2020

Baltimore, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Monday today announced the first reported heat-related death of 2020 in Maryland. The death occurred in Baltimore City and the decedent was a male in his 30s. “As this tragedy shows, heat-related illnesses, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can result in serious ailments and even death,” said MDH Secretary Robert R. Neall. “Especially …


MDH awarded $250,000 Pfizer Foundation grant to address decreases in childhood vaccinations during COVID-19 pandemic

Baltimore, MD—The Maryland Department of Health has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Pfizer Foundation to address a steep decline in childhood vaccination rates statewide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will be used for communications, outreach and vaccination clinics in areas showing the most significant declines. Childhood vaccinations across Maryland have fallen since the onset of COVID-19, …

Maryland Department of Health launches MD Mind Health

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Wednesday announced the launch of MD Mind Health, a new text-based mental health initiative to fight isolation and encourage mental wellness. The new program was developed by the MDH Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) in partnership with Maryland 211, the state’s crisis hotline. “Staying connected with family, friends and other support systems is more …

More than 1,600 Maryland COVID-19 patients share recovery stories on CovidCONNECT website

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Thursday today announced that more than 1,600 recovered COVID-19 patients have registered with CovidCONNECT, a new statewide online forum that offers resources and support. CovidCONNECT allows participants to share COVID recovery experiences and access mental health resources, information about new clinical trials, plasma donation opportunities, and virtual supports specific to those affected by …

Maryland Department of Health kicks off campaign to educate residents about importance of contact tracing

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Tuesday will begin rolling out a new state-wide campaign to educate Marylanders about the importance of contact tracing and how it is a tool in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. The campaign will help support the newly developed “COVID Link,” a new data management platform that will facilitate MDH’s contact tracing …

New partnership provides mental health counseling to nursing home staff and other frontline workers

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health is partnering with the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) to provide the Maryland COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis Support Program, a new initiative offering mental health support for people working in skilled nursing and other long-term care facilities impacted by COVID-19. In recent weeks, MIEMSS has coordinated with medical health task forces …

Maryland Department of Health encourages parents to bring children’s vaccinations up-to-date amid COVID-19 pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health launched a new public service announcement this week encouraging parents to review their children’s scheduled vaccination status and bring them up-to-date on missed vaccinations. MDH is raising awareness based on recent data showing a significant decrease in pediatric vaccination rates both in Maryland and across the United States after a national emergency was declared …