Letter From Six Local Leaders to Hogan Urges More Resources, Support for Safe Reopening

A letter to Governor Larry Hogan from the County Executives of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's Counties and the Mayor of Baltimore City urges greater coordination and support as the state reopens. The Baltimore Business Journal reports from the letter: “We need the state’s leadership to ensure Maryland’s counties are not competing against one another on the open market,” the letter said. “Accordingly, we ask you to please use the purchasing…

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School Nurses in Anne Arundel Become an ‘Army’ of COVID-19 Contact Tracers

Ahead of state-led efforts, Anne Arundel has reassigned school nurses to perform COVID-19 contract tracing to help identify how far the virus has potentially spread from an identified patient.  While the state works to start a pilot program with the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center (NORC) to hire tracers, Anne Arundel already has employed 100 people, including 86 school nurses, to work as contact tracers. The Washington Post reports on the contract tracing…

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NLIHC Creates Database, Map of MultiFamily Properties Subject to Federal Eviction Moratorium

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has created a searchable database and map some renters can use to see if their home is covered by the CARES Act eviction moratoriums. The database includes multifamily properties that are subject toa temporary federal eviction moratorium as provided under the CARES Act. From the National Low Income Housing Coalition: These new tools contain data on millions of apartments in multifamily housing insured by the Federal Housing Administration…

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State Expands COVID-19 Testing, No Need for Appointment or Symptoms

Governor Hogan's order allows those who have been exposed to COVID-19 but lack symptoms to be tested at select state testing sites without a doctor's order or appointment.  Widespread testing plays an important role in identifying who has the virus and reducing its spread. This is particularly important as restrictions are being lifted. The Baltimore Sun reports: The appointment-free testing at state-run sites will be rolled out gradually, starting Thursday with the site at the…

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State Prisons, Juvenile Facilities to Undergo Universal COVID-19 Testing

All employees and detainees at state prisons and juvenile detention centers to be tested for COVID-19.  Governor Larry Hogan has announced that the state will begin universal COVID-19 testing for inmates and employees at state prisons and juvenile detention centers. The announcement comes after urging from advocates and employees for greater protection for those who live and work within the walls. As reported by The Baltimore Sun: Six state prison inmates have died from the coronavirus…

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HHS Awards $225 Million to Rural Health Clinics for COVID-19 Testing

Federal funding to support 4,500 rural health clinics across the country with nearly $50,000 each for COVID-19 testing. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $225 million in funding to help ensure access to COVID-19 testing for rural residents in underserved communities. As announced in an HHS news release: “The funding may be used for a wide range COVID-19 testing and related expenses including planning…

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Baltimore County to Provide PPE to Nursing Homes in Need

Baltimore County has secured 60,000 surgical masks, 40,000 isolation gowns, and a substantial number of gloves to give to struggling nursing homes.  The personal protective equipment acquired by the county cost $225,000 and will be used to supplement supplies that the nursing homes source from the state or private companies. The Baltimore Sun reports: The supplies will be given upon request to long-term care facilities where county survey data indicates a need for the equipment;…

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County Health Officers Brief Joint COVID-19 Workgroup

Legislative COVID Workgroup briefed by Health Officers from Anne Arundel, Howard, and Montgomery Counties on local response efforts and needs.  This week's Joint COVID-19 Response Legislative Workgroup meeting centered on briefings by Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman, Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles, and Howard County Health Officer Dr. Maura Rossman. The county health officers have been working hard throughout the crisis to ensure public health needs are addressed and that…

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Maryland Seniors to Receive Help Via Caregiver Service Corps

Volunteer service corps available to seven days a week to give older residents short-term, non-medical assistance during coronavirus pandemic.  Senior Marylanders can call 211 to be connected to the Caregiver Services Corps whose members can help with daily routines such as picking up groceries, preparing meals, or virtually connecting with health care providers when their normal long-term care provider is not available. WJZ Baltimore reports: The corps will deploy volunteers and other resources to the…

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Maryland Judiciary Case Search Now Includes Appellate Court Records

The public database of Maryland court records has been expanded to include case information from the Court of Appeals (COA) and the Court of Special Appeals (COSA).  The Maryland Judiciary Case Search, an online database of public court records, will now include appellate court case information. In announcing the additional records, Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera noted it would help enhance transparency and access to information on cases that have been…

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