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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NACo Now Accepting Applicants for Presidential Appointments

The NACo Presidential Appointments Application form must be completed by anyone who wants to be considered for a leadership or committee appointment on a steering, standing or ad hoc committee for the 2020–2021 presidential year. The NACo president appoints all leaders to committees and members to standing, ad hoc, advisory, task force and other committees. These include: Policy Steering Committee chairs and vice chairs and subcommittee chairs and vice chairs LUCC and RAC chairs, vice…

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MACo Soliciting 2021 Legislative Initiative Proposals

MACo is currently welcoming suggestions for legislative initiatives for the 2021 legislative session. Each year, MACo adopts up to four topics to forward as initiatives — working with supportive legislators to get those bills introduced and enacted. Past years have seen a wide range of MACo focus — from major budgetary topics to legal clarifications to public health measures. County governing bodies, individual elected officials, MACo’s professional affiliate groups, MACo chapter organizations, and others within…

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City BOE Approves $3 Million to Help Close Digital Divide

 Funds to be transfered from the Baltimore Children & Youth Fund to Baltimore City Schools to meet the immediate need for distance learning technology.  The Baltimore City Board of Estimates approved the $3 million transfer earlier this week which builds on emergency legislation passed by the City Council to authorize use of money from the Children & Youth Fund to help with access to technology and food. As announced in a press release: “The COVID-19…

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Family Assistance Collaboration To Help Anne Arundel Community Members

Collaboration between the county and school system seeks to help students and residents in need.  Earlier this week Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced the formation of the Family Assistance Collaboration. As reported in The Baltimore Sun: Pittman listed needs like housing and income support, childcare, access to computer software, mental health services and nutrition as the county continues to combat COVID-19. More than 100 residents have died to the disease in the county,…

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