Maryland added to New York travel advisory list

Maryland again has been added to New York’s coronavirus travel advisory, the state announced Tuesday. As a result, anyone arriving in New York from Maryland will be required to quarantine for 14 days. New York says it’s list is based on a seven-day rolling average of positive tests in excess of 10% or the number of positive cases surpassing 10 cases for every 100,000 residents. (WTOP)

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Montgomery County on track to allow alcohol in some public parks

A new directive would allow for alcohol consumption in some Montgomery County, Maryland, public parks. The county is looking to expand its “Picnic in the Park” initiative, which took effect in August. The program encourages park-goers to support and order from nearby restaurants during the pandemic. (WTOP)

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Federal funding allows Howard County school system’s free meals program to continue through end of 2020

Once the coronavirus pandemic closed schools in March, school systems across the state instituted free meals programs for its students. While free meals in Howard County were previously distributed to children in families who applied and qualified for assistance, the program during the pandemic has been free for all students in the county. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland would have to divert money from other projects if Purple Line builders quit, state transit chief tells court

The Maryland Transit Administration would have to divert funding from MARC commuter rail and other state transit services to complete the Purple Line if the construction contractor is allowed to quit over cost disputes, the agency’s chief testified Tuesday. The 16-mile light-rail line connecting Montgomery and Prince George’s counties also would be delayed by at least a year and perhaps two if the state has to take it over or find a new concessionaire, officials said. (Wash Post)


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Rapid COVID-19 tests now available in some Maryland doctors’ offices but questions about accuracy persist

Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, testing is moving from mass drive-thru centers and hospitals to doctors’ offices, where the wait time for results is 15 minutes rather than days or longer. More and faster tests will be a convenience for the public and a boon for officials trying to get a handle on cases, but doctors warn such rapid “point-of-care” tests come with challenges. (Balt Sun)

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Citizen Recycling Drop-Off Into Second Week As Agency Considers Additional Sites, Longer Hours

Baltimore City Public Works officials will wait until Friday to assess how recycling drop-off sites are faring, agency officials told WJZ. The city’s Public Works Acting Director Matthew Garbark last month announced the city would temporarily stop residential recycling collection so its crews could focus on trash collection. Currently, a dozen “drop-off” sites across the city are open from 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. Several others are open until 5 p.m and 7 p.m. Click here for a list of those locations and hours. (WJZ-TV)

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Rapid COVID-19 tests now available in some Maryland doctors’ offices

Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, testing is moving from mass drive-through centers and hospitals to doctors’ offices, where the wait time for results is 15 minutes rather than days or longer. More and faster tests will be a convenience for the public and a boon for officials trying to get a handle on cases, but doctors warn such rapid “point-of-care” tests come with challenges. “The answer to this pandemic is test, test, test,” said Dr. Ron Elfenbein, medical director and CEO of Chesapeake Urgent Care in Gambrills. “And we’re having good results. ...But these tests aren’t perfect.” (Balt. Sun)

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Unemployed Marylanders Anxiously Waiting for Extra $300 Per Week

The kids are starting to notice that something's off. Their dad, 26-year-old Nick Brewer, is distracted. He's trying to keep his young family of five going on $120 a week in unemployment payments from Maryland's Department of Labor. Brewer hopes he'll start receiving more money soon. But like thousands of other Marylanders on unemployment, he's stuck in a gap between federal jobless benefits. (Salisbury)

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