Ineligible people registering for vaccines meant for essential workers in Howard County, health agency says

People ineligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine have been signing up to be inoculated in Howard County anyways, taking appointments from first responders and healthcare workers, the local health department said. The Howard County Health Department said the issue stems from people sharing private registration links with family, friends and colleagues so those individuals can make appointments, Howard health officials said in a Tweet Thursday afternoon. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland dentists call for vaccination plan

The COVID-19 vaccine roll out is going slower than anticipated and the lack of communication is becoming frustrating for some Maryland workers who are part of the first phase. "It’s worse than frustrating to be in this situation," said Dr. Gary Bauman. Bauman works at Baltimore Center of Advanced Dentistry in Baltimore County. He's one of many across the state are waiting to find our when they will get the vaccine. (WMAR)

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Maryland Department Of The Environment Issues Emergency Closure To Shellfish Harvesting In St. Mary’s County Waterway

A report of a sewage overflow has prompted a Maryland agency to close a waterway in St. Mary’s County to shellfish harvesting. The Maryland Department of the Environment issued an emergency order on Saturday. The order applies to a portion of the St. George Creek area of the St. Mary’s River. It became effective immediately to prevent the harvesting of oysters and other shellfish in the immediate future. (AP)

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Volunteers Working Harder as COVID Heightens Need for Food

Outside Henderson-Hopkins School in East Baltimore every Friday, cars line up for blocks and people pushing carts walk up to get fresh food — more than 10,000 pounds of food every week, all gone in a few hours. In West Baltimore, First Mount Calvary Baptist Church’s fellowship hall has been transformed into a food pantry, crammed with boxes of fruit, vegetables and fresh bread. By the church’s count, it fed more than 18,000 people between May and October. (Md Matters)

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Maryland lawmakers see support to repeal state song, a Confederate call to arms

After decades of debate, legislators are finally sensing strong support for repealing Maryland's state song, a Civil War-era call to arms for the Confederacy against “Northern scum” that refers to President Abraham Lincoln as a despot. “Maryland, My Maryland,” set to the traditional seasonal tune of “O, Tannenbaum,” was written as a poem in 1861 by James Ryder Randall and adopted as the state song in 1939. (Delmarva)

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Six months after summer of protests in Anne Arundel, young Black activists look to continue movement in 2021

Micah Stevens, 17, stood on a ledge at City Dock in Annapolis leading chants against police brutality. Shelyia Brown, 21, produced a video advertising a peaceful protest in Pasadena that brought threats of violence from counter-protesters. Harold “Mo” Lloyd III, 22, hovered before a microphone at The People’s Park on the grounds of the Old Fourth Ward in Annapolis and implored his generation to become change-makers. (Capital)

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Six things we learned about COVID-19 in Maryland from a new federal coronavirus data report

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published coronavirus data on their website for some time, the federal government has recently begun releasing a new collection of detailed federal data daily. The new Community Profile Report, coming from a collaboration between the CDC, the United States Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies along with the White House COVID-19 Task Force, contains data down to the county level across the country. (Balt Sun)

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Carroll County’s COVID-19 testing process to change because of increase in demand

The Carroll County Health Department is changing its process for COVID-19 test registrations because of the increase in demand, with a stated goal of focusing on those who’ve been exposed to the coronavirus or are showing symptoms. Those seeking tests for other reasons would be asked to look into other options. (Carr Co Times)

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