Politics

  • Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Headed To Alabama Women’s Prison, Asking For Delay Again Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

    Former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh will serve her time in an Alabama women’s prison, according to court records. Pugh, who pleaded guilty to tax evasion and fraud in the Healthy Holly children’s book scandal, is asking for a delay so that she can “resolve” her state perjury charge as the coronavirus pandemic has led to the closure of courts. She was sentenced on February 27 to three years in prison. Pugh must turn herself in by April 27; she was granted a delay her incarceration on March 2 after she asked a judge if she could stay in her home with her niece until the semester ended. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • State Senator Calls Video Of Police Sergeant Coughing Near Residents 'A Very Serious Situation'

    State Sen. Cory McCray said he was disturbed by a video of a Baltimore police sergeant deliberately coughing near residents at Perkins Homes. The video went viral on social media amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "The reality is that this is a very serious situation,” McCray said. “We all have to take it seriously and that when we put ourselves in a public role as a public official that we have to make sure we lead by example. (WBAL) Read Full Article

  • Md. Delegation Members Call On FEMA To Provide More Medical Supplies To National Capital Region

    Some members of the Maryland Delegation wrote to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor on Wednesday urging the Administration to increase the federal government’s allotment of emergency medical supplies and equipment to the National Capital Region. (WJZ)Read Full Article

  • At Virtual Taxpayers’ Night, Baltimore City officials warn of the coronavirus pandemic’s heavy economic toll

    Baltimore officials held a Virtual Taxpayers’ Night to solicit residents’ feedback on the proposed 2021 budget, but acknowledged the plan will have to be almost entirely reworked to account for economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Under normal circumstances, people would gather at the War Memorial building downtown to testify on what should be included in the upcoming fiscal year’s budget. But given the restrictions on large gatherings intended to slow the spread of the virus, such a meeting was deemed impossible. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Help For Victims of Domestic Violence During COVID-19

    On Friday, April 3, 2020, Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa R. Hyatt addressed how COVID-19 is affecting those in situations involving domestic violence and ways that these survivors can receive help during this time. “We recognize that being confined to your home may make abusive relationships worse or may impact your ability to report abuse inside of the home,” says Chief Hyatt. There are several ways to contact the police if calling 911 is not an option, you can have a family member or friend call our non-emergency number at 410-887-2222, you can email emailProtector.addCloakedMailto("ep_f98870ee", 0);, call the Special Victims Unit at 410-887-2223, or call GBMC’s Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) and Domestic Violence (DV) Program at 443-849-3323. (GBMC HealthCare)Read the Full List of Resources

  • How COVID-19 Affects the Body

    While there is much we still don’t know, we are learning more about how the virus affects the body. Theodore Bailey, MD, JD, MA, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases at GBMC, describes what we know so far about the symptoms of COVID-19. Most cases are mild and will cause fever, coughing, sore throat, body aches, and fatigue. There is no known medical treatment. Fortunately, most cases remain mild and for those, it is best for people to self-isolate and recover at home. Severe cases may experience shortness of breath with associated lung injury, liver inflammation, and irregular rhythms of the heart and require intense medical support in a hospital setting. (GBMC HealthCare)Click Here to Read More

  • Is Takeout Food Safe?

    In this time, more than ever, our local businesses need the community’s support. It may feel like a conflicting message, we’re being told to stay home and to interact with local businesses, but both are incredibly important. Remember, local businesses rely on your purchases to pay their bills and their employees. Supporting them not only helps the business financially, it helps the employees who now find themselves without a paycheck. According to the CDC, there is no evidence that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is living in food. While the food itself poses no danger, there may be some risk as to how you get it. (GBMC HealthCare)Click Here to Learn How to Stay Safe When Ordering Takeout

  • You’ve been hearing not to wear masks, here’s why

    Many people don’t understand why the medical community is telling the public to avoid wearing masks during the COVID-19 outbreak. It seems counterintuitive not to take every precaution during a pandemic, but there are some very important reasons why you shouldn’t be wearing a mask. (GBMC HealthCare)Read the Full List

Business

  • More Marylanders Filed For Unemployment In March 2020, Than In All Of 2019, Gov. Hogan’s Office Says

    Gov. Larry Hogan’s office addressed the frustration coming from Marylanders trying to file for unemployment as thousands have been left temporarily or permanently without jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing measures. Mike Ricci, Hogan’s communications director, said the state took more claims in March than in all of 2019. To alleviate some of the frustrations, Ricci tweeted out some information for those filing for unemployment to note. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • Maryland manufacturers pivot to help fight COVID-19

    Many of the state’s manufacturing firms have responded quickly and decisively to the COVID-19 crisis, according to Mike Galiazzo, president of the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland. Baltimore’s Adcor Industries can make ventilators that are cheaper and faster to produce than conventional models, said Antonia Stavrakis, the company’s president. Adcor finished building a prototype on April 3 — within a week. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore Office Of Promotion & The Arts Announces Artists Relief Fund

    The Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts has created the Baltimore Artists Emergency Relief Fund to help individual artists who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund, which is a joint partnership effort of 20 artists and arts organizers, is designed to provide direct assistance to Baltimore-based artists and entrepreneurs who have lost income due to the coronavirus outbreak. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • Giant Announces 2 New Social Distancing Policies Following Employee Death

    Giant announced Tuesday two new social distancing policies being put into effect across all of its stores in an effort to keep customers and employees safe during the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement comes after a store associated in Largo died as a result of the coronavirus, and another in Dundalk tested positive. (WJZ) Read Full Article

Education

  • Maryland schools must prepare for fall online learning if coronavirus spread continues, superintendent says

    Maryland public schools must be prepared to continue teaching classes online into the fall and winter if the spread of the coronavirus continues or makes a resurgence, the state’s top education official said Wednesday. Speaking to a bipartisan work group of Maryland lawmakers, State Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon said she is ramping up online and distance-learning capabilities in case schools must remain closed into the 2020-2021 academic year. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Bill aimed at curbing school overcrowding fails to pass Howard County Council for second time

    After introducing legislation twice and filing amendments to find common ground with fellow council members, a Howard County councilwoman’s yearlong battle to tighten regulations on an ordinance that deals with school capacity ended this week. Council Vice Chairwoman Liz Walsh decided to tackle the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, commonly known as APFO, a set of regulations that weighs residential construction’s impact on nearby roads and school populations, first in April 2019 and again in January. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • Md. universities deal with challenges in move to remote learning

    Maryland universities say they have adapted relatively quickly to their new remote learning reality, but some hiccups remain and distance learning is unlikely to become prevalent in normal circumstances. Administrators anticipated that technology issues for faculty and students may be one of their primary stumbling blocks but have found that, for the most part, they have been able to get connected. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Salisbury University moves spring commencement ceremony to December

    The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted Salisbury University’s spring commencement scheduled for mid-May. Salisbury students have switched to an online learning platform for the remainder of the semester, and the campus sits closed for the foreseeable future. However, seniors who have met the requirement for graduation will still have an opportunity to cross the stage, shake hands with the president and receive their diploma. (Delmarva) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Officials Recover Body Of 8-Year-Old Gideon McKean, Robert F. Kennedy’s Great-Grandson, In Chesapeake Bay

    The body of Gideon McKean, Robert F. Kennedy’s great-grandson, has been found after a days-long search of the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland Natural Resources Police said teams found the 8-year-old at around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday about 2.3 miles south of his grandmother’s home in Shady Side near Annapolis where the canoe was launched. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • UMMS leaders: Passover and Easter holidays pose challenges during COVID-19

    With the Passover and Easter holidays landing in the middle of a global pandemic, the need for individuals to balance medical advice around health and safety while still observing these religious holidays poses unique challenges. “For many, this may be the first time they prepare Seder dinner for only those in their immediate household or don’t attend church service on Easter Sunday, but what we know about our faith traditions is that they are timeless and are infused with messages of hope,” said Mohan Suntha, M.D., MBA, president and chief executive officer of University of Maryland Medical System. (Star Dem) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore Sun staff wins award for ‘Healthy Holly’ coverage; named finalist for Pimlico reporting

    The Baltimore Sun staff has won a first-place National Headliner Award for its investigative reporting into former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and the controversy surrounding her “Healthy Holly” children’s books. The Sun and its staff took home the first place award for investigative reporting in newspapers not in a top 20 media market for its coverage of the controversy, the organization wrote in a news release. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Maryland sees spike of 1,100 new coronavirus cases, but most hospitals aren’t yet at capacity

    Maryland saw its largest daily spike in new coronavirus cases Wednesday with more than 1,000 new confirmed cases announced, as the state’s hospitals brace for a rush of patients. The state announced an additional 1,158 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, bringing the total to at least 5,529 cases overall. The increase came after two consecutive days in which the number of new cases had been leveling off. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Ransom: Telehealth’s Promise and Responsibility in the Age of COVID-19

    As we grimly count the growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in the United States, the coronavirus has clearly transformed every facet of life here,  from how we work to how we socialize and how we educate our children. It’s also changing how we deliver healthcare. Because of the urgent need for social distancing to prevent spreading the coronavirus, Congress, federal and state agencies, and private insurers are changing rules to expand the use of telehealth. (Md. Matters) Read Full Article

  • Maddox: Jail population needs to be reduced to prevent spread of coronavirus

    Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby took decisive action to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus through our jail by declining to prosecute low-level charges, including drug possession and prostitution. The Police Department is also encouraging officers to limit arrests accordingly. As a retired police officer and former prosecutor, I applaud their action to protect public health and safety and hope others will follow suit. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • Editorial: Coughing on public housing residents a symptom of a broader problem than coronavirus

    Let’s all agree that the behavior captured in the latest viral video to make it out of Baltimore — a relatively brief snippet posted on Instagram showing a city police officer who appears to deliberately cough on at least two public housing residents — is indefensible, particularly under the current circumstances. Baltimore and the nation are under a serious COVID-19 outbreak, perhaps the single worst health scare of our lifetimes, and a police officer has no business acting in such a manner. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • Wallace: Here’s how to help Baltimore small businesses struggling financially because of coronavirus

    The COVID-19 pandemic has forced life as we know it to a halt in Baltimore and across the country. As only essential business operations continue and many companies must shift to work remotely, our favorite restaurants, music venues, barber shops, nail salons and other local businesses have been ordered to close. Though these closures are meant to be temporary, many businesses will be forced to shutter permanently, unable to weather the economic impact of COVID-19. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article