State Likely to See an Increase in COVID Deaths ‘Soon,’ Expert Says

With cases and hospitalizations on the rise, Maryland can expect to see a gradual increase in COVID-19 deaths in the next several days, according to an expert in infectious disease. “I would say within the next week you should see a rise in deaths,” said Dr. Cyrus Shahpar, director of the Prevent Epidemics Team at the Resolve to Save Lives, a global health initiative. “Just because that’s the natural order of things.” Maryland has beefed up its testing for the novel coronavirus sharply in recent weeks, which partially explains the recent increase in cases. (Md Matters)

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More Than 40 Percent Of People Who Have Recently Tested Positive For COVID-19 Attended A Family Gathering, Hogan Says

Most Marylanders who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 went to family gatherings, house parties and outdoor events, Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday. Nearly half of those who were interviewed by contact tracers tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a family gathering, Hogan said during a news conference. (WJZ-TV)

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Anne Arundel starts process to convert county fleet to electronic vehicles with plans to replace all by 2037

Anne Arundel County has its sights set on a future free of cars fueled by gasoline. A new plan set in motion by County Executive Steuart Pittman outlines the immediate replacement of old county-owned vehicles with hybrid or electric cars when financially possible and a comprehensive study preparing officials to eventually replace the entire 1,600 car fleet. (Balt Sun)

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‘We Love You, Mo’ | Tributes From Orioles, Ravens Coaches & Players Pour In For Baltimore Sports Superfan Mo Gaba

Tributes poured in for Baltimore sports superfan Mo Gaba who passed away Tuesday at the age of 14 after a battle with cancer. Mo was an Orioles and Ravens superfan who quickly captured the hearts of Baltimore City and the entire State of Maryland. He began calling into 105.7 The Fan in 2015 at the age of nine to share his knowledge of Baltimore sports with local radio listeners. It didn’t go unnoticed by the Orioles or Ravens organizations. (WJZ-TV)

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Free Masks Available July 29 At Baltimore Convention Center COVID-19 Testing Site

The Maryland Department of Health will distribute free masks to Marylanders who visit state-run COVID-19 test sites throughout the summer.  The events are part of the #MaskOnMaryland campaign to encourage all Marylanders to wear face coverings in public places to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The first event is July 29 at the Baltimore Convention Center COVID-19 testing site starting at 8 a.m. (WJZ-TV)

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Anne Arundel County opening cooling centers as high heat continues

Anne Arundel County has opened cooling centers Tuesday in response to prolonged high temperatures and excessive humidity. Meteorologists are forecasting temperatures in the high 90s with oppressive humidity pushing heat index values in excess of 102 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Heat index values are how hot it feels outside. (Balt Sun)

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While health care workers take care of coronavirus patients, these Maryland student volunteers are watching the kids

Three times a week, Eni Owoeye leaves her West Baltimore home at 7 a.m. and drives to Locust Point for a babysitting job. Her compensation for the eight-hour stretch? The gratitude of the parents — both health care providers whose lives are stretched thin by the pandemic. “They say ‘thanks’ a lot, though they don’t have to,” said Owoeye, 20, a volunteer for MD COVIDsitters, a nonprofit network offering child care and other household services (grocery shopping, pet-sitting) to hospital workers in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore Sports Superfan Mo Gaba Has Died

Mo Gaba, a beloved Baltimore sports fan, died Tuesday night at the age of 14. Gaba became an inspiration for so many with his strong, courageous spirit through multiple bouts with cancer. He was loved and celebrated by many during his fight, including his two favorite teams: the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles. (WBAL)

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