Coronavirus In Maryland: No New Deaths Reported Sunday As Hospitalizations Increase Slightly

Maryland saw 530 new coronavirus cases Sunday as the state did not record any new deaths from the virus, data from the state’s health department shows. As of Sunday, the state has seen 135,657 COVID-19 cases and 3,891 deaths. The state’s calculation of the positivity dropped slightly to 3.14%, down from 3.15% on Saturday. The state has now had more than three million COVID-19 tests — 3,079,162 — conducted since the pandemic began. Of those, 1,671,005 tests have come back negative. (WJZ-TV)

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‘Society’s Cage’ art installation, a reflection on racism and violence, opens Monday in Baltimore

Designed as an “interpretive pavilion sculpted to symbolize the historic forces of racialized state violence,” the art installation “Society’s Cage” opens Monday at Baltimore’s War Memorial Plaza. The “outdoor museum” was created by a team of Black architects in the aftermath of the police-involved deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. An opening ceremony by theBaltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts is planned for 2:30 p.m. Monday, although capacity is limited due to the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing and masks are required. (Balt Sun)

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Montgomery Co. police see different types of crime committed during pandemic

In Montgomery County, Maryland, there was a sharp drop in crime calls when the coronavirus pandemic started. Then, police began seeing changes in the types of calls compared to a typical year. “Most of our crime categories are down, other than homicide, and our aggravated assaults are up, as well,” said Montgomery County Police Assistant Chief Dinesh Patil, speaking to the Montgomery County Public Safety Committee. (WTOP)

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Maryland to allow fans at Ravens, Washington stadiums at 10% capacity

Maryland’s college and professional football teams will be allowed to welcome more fans into their stands for future games under an order issued Friday by Gov. Larry Hogan. “Outdoor sporting venues” — including the home stadiums of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and Washington Football Team — will be allowed to host spectators up to 10% of their typical capacity. That opens the door for the teams to potentially allow a few thousand fans to watch the remainder of their home games. (Balt Sun)

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Ellicott City Was Named ‘Happiest City In Maryland’, Here’s Why Residents Say It’s True

There are a lot of great little towns and cities in Maryland, but only one can be named the happiest. This year, it just so happens to be Ellicott City. Just 30 minutes west of Baltimore, sits a “picture-perfect” town. “Hop in your car, bring your walking shoes, bring your wallet and come on down to Ellicott City,” said photographer Pam Long. (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore County Launches New Redesigned Website

Baltimore County launched its new redesigned website beta Thursday. BaltimoreCountyMD.gov features a revamped homepage, improved accessibility options and streamlined access to the most frequent services. “Government should be open and accessible for all our residents and Baltimore County’s newly designed website will empower visitors to easily access the critical services and information they need to be engaged and informed,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. (WJZ)

Old school building in Aberdeen could become medical offices if council waives restrictions on property

The old Aberdeen High School building could become a medical offices if the city council moves to waive restrictions on the building’s use. The property at 34 N. Philadelphia Blvd. was deeded to the city from the county a few years back, city manager Randy Robertson said, and processed for sale to investors. It was sold to the Keyona Group with the intent of turning the old building into senior housing. But, thus far, Keyona has made no measurable progress on fixing up the building since they purchased it, and vascular surgeon Mohammed Chaudry thought it would be a good site for a medical center. (Balt Sun)

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Blunt Talk On Growth, Personal Observations Dominate Berlin Planning Commission Meeting

Talk of government overreach and unnecessary law dominated a Berlin Planning Commission discussion of a new resilience element for the town’s comprehensive plan. The commission met Wednesday to review a resilience element proposed as an addition to the town’s comprehensive plan. The majority of the commission expressed concern with the extensive document drafted by the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center. (Dispatch)

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