Maryland meets coronavirus testing milestone, positivity rate decreases

All of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions have met the goal of testing 10% of their populations for the coronavirus. According to a press release, the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate has also dropped to 4.47% after it has administered 1.25 million tests. It has remained below 5% since June 25. “Our aggressive statewide testing strategy is helping us to understand, identify, and stop the spread of this virus, and I want to commend all of our local jurisdictions for stepping up to meet our goal of testing 10% of their populations,” Gov. Larry Hogan said. (WTOP)

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Ocean City requires face masks on boardwalk, events to curb COVID-19

Guests visiting the Ocean City Boardwalk will be required to wear masks beginning Friday at 5 p.m. The declaration issued by the town of Ocean City is meant to build on a requirement from Gov. Larry Hogan that people must wear a mask in an outdoor public area if social distancing isn't possible. The declaration requires anyone older than 5 years old to wear a mask while on the Boardwalk between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 a.m., according to a draft of the declaration read aloud by Mayor Rick Meehan. (Delmarva)

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Investigation launched after park ranger removes, damages Black Lives Matter murals in Patterson Park

The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks is investigating a park ranger after multiple murals supporting the Black Lives Matter movement were removed from Patterson Park on Friday, despite the artists having received approval from the city to display their work. Joe and Karley Sgandurra, two Lauraville residents, headed the project, which brought local artists together to create work in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge’s Order Clarifies COVID-19 Health Measures In Courthouses, Judicial Branch Facilities

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issued an Administrative Order on Friday clarifying COVID-19 health measures in courthouses and judicial branch facilities. It now includes additional requirements on wearing face masks inside courthouses and judicial branch facilities, including requiring face coverings during all court proceedings and providing disposable masks for those who don’t have them already. (WJZ-TV)

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MDOT releases documents on next steps of Capital Beltway/I-270 plan ahead of virtual hearings

It’s no surprise to local drivers that congestion on the Capital Beltway and I-270 in Maryland causes hours of slow travel each weekday. In fact, the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study, produced as part of the Maryland Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration’s effort to fix the problems vehicles have traveling through the D.C. area, said the roads are severely congested 10 and seven hours, respectively, each weekday. (WTOP)
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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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