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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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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