Red Onions Linked To Salmonella Outbreak That Has Sickened People In 31 States, Including Maryland

A multistate outbreak of salmonella poisoning that has sickened almost 400 people in 31 states has been traced back to red onions, federal health officials said. And a company based in Bakersfield, California is the likely source of the potentially contaminated onions, according to the Food and Drug Administration. (CNN)

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Maryland reports 892 coronavirus cases, 10 deaths Thursday as hospitalizations continue to rise

Maryland reported 892 new coronavirus cases and 10 new deaths Thursday, and hospitalizations have increased for the third straight day, as the state prepares to institute new mask requirements and a travel advisory for certain states. The total number of cases in Maryland has reached 87,177 and 3,357 people have been killed by COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, as of Thursday. While the number of people currently hospitalized has dropped significantly since the peak in April, that number rose by 14 cases from the previous day to 585. (Balt Sun)

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What contact tracing is telling us about where Marylanders may be getting the coronavirus

The recent uptick in COVID-19 among young adults has placed added attention on bars and other gatherings that serve as feeder points for the spread of the coronavirus. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday afternoon provided insight into where Marylanders may be contracting the virus. The Republican governor shared statistics obtained from contact tracing, showing that among individuals reached who tested positive for COVID-19, 44% attended a family gathering, 23% attended a house party and 21% attended an outdoor event. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore City’s COVID-19 Positivity Rate 29% Higher Than The Overall Rate In Maryland, Health Officer Dr. Letitia Dzirasa Says

Baltimore Health Officer Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said a spike in coronavirus cases in the city cannot solely be attributed to an increase in testing. “Baltimore city’s positivity rate is 29% higher than the overall Maryland positivity rate,” Dzirasa said. “So despite testing volume increases across the entire state, including here in the city Maryland’s positivity rate has remained steady, while ours is increasing.” (WJZ)

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Baltimore County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Branch Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, the Baltimore County health officer and director of the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the county’s health department has confirmed. In a statement, Branch said he got tested after experiencing a mild cough and lost his voice. “While I do not know exactly how I contracted the virus, this is a stark reminder of how contagious COVID-19 can be,” he said. (WJZ)

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Agriculture Secretary Perdue to announce rural broadband funding during Md. Eastern Shore visit

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will announce funding for rural high-speed broadband during a visit to the Eastern Shore of Maryland on Friday. Perdue will make an appearance at about 1 p.m. at a warehouse in Preston involved with the USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box Program, followed by a visit at about 2:30 p.m. to the Triple Creek Winery in Cordova, according to a USDA press release. (Delmarva)

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Anne Arundel County Deputy Police Chief William Lowry announced as interim police chief, effective Aug. 1

Deputy Chief William Lowry will take over as interim police chief for the Anne Arundel County Police Department beginning Aug. 1, when Chief Timothy Altomare’s retirement is set to take effect. County Executive Steuart Pittman, who said he has a deep respect for Lowry, announced his choice Thursday. Pittman said he will conduct a formal search for a permanent replacement for Altomare. (Balt Sun)

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Perkins Homes redevelopment to add more market-rate units, though majority will still be affordable housing

The redevelopment centered around the blighted Perkins Homes area between Harbor East and the Johns Hopkins medical campus will add more market-rate apartment units to its design, officials said this week. The community revitalization project, funded in part with a $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will now be composed of 2,172 units between the Perkins, Somerset and Oldtown areas, according to a supplemental tax increment funding application. (Balt Sun)

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