White House Plans to Increase COVID-19 Testing in Schools

According to a January 12 fact sheet form the Biden-Harris administration, the White House is taking new action to increase access to COVID-19 testing in schools which will increase the number of COVID-19 tests available to schools by 10 million per month. According to the White House's fact sheet, the major points of the new plan include: Sending 5 Million No-Cost Point-of-Care Tests Per Month to Schools. The Administration will distribute 5 million free, rapid tests…

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Howard County Agrees to $16.1M for Public Education Bonuses

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) announced Wednesday that all full-time HCPSS employees will receive a $1,800 Public Education Commitment Bonus this school year, among the highest bonuses in the State. “For our teachers and support staff, these past two years have been especially grueling, and I believe it is more important than ever to retain those committed educators who make our school system among the best in…

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Baltimore City Mayor and Sustainability Office Release Carbon-Neutral Goals

Tuesday, Mayor Brandon M. Scott and Director of the Office of Sustainability, Lisa McNeilly, announced an updated set of goals for Baltimore City’s Climate Action Plan. At the direction of Mayor Scott, the City has set a series of targets to achieve 100% carbon neutrality by 2045. The Scott administration is aiming for a 30% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025, a 60% reduction in emissions by 2030, and full carbon neutrality – or 100%…

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Open Enrollment Through Maryland Health Connection Extended After Record Season

Governor Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that open enrollment will continue on Maryland Health Connection through February in light of the ongoing public health emergency.  Open enrollment, which began Nov. 1 and was originally scheduled to end Jan. 15, will now continue through Feb. 28. Anyone who enrolls by Jan. 31 will have coverage beginning Feb. 1. Those who enroll during February will be covered starting March 1. “As we battle this COVID-19 surge, this extended enrollment…

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Nearly $82M/yr from Federal Infrastructure Plan Slated for MD Bridges

The U.S. Department of Transportation launched a $27 billion program to repair and upgrade roughly 15,000 highway bridges as part of the infrastructure law passed in November 2021. $82 million of those funds is being directed to Maryland to repair some 273 bridges reportedly in poor condition throughout the state. The Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA) includes $973 billion over five years from fiscal 2022 through fiscal 2026, including $550 billion in new investments for…

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State To Propose Historic Investments in Public Health and Human Services, Record Funding For Local Health Departments

Tuesday, Governor Larry Hogan announced that his Fiscal Year 2023 budget will include historic investments in public health, including record funding for the state’s local health departments.  The budget will also expand support for 50,000 low-income children and 27,000 seniors in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), while providing additional resources for food banks and nonprofits. “Our budget will make record investments in the local health departments on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic,”…

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Queen Anne’s High School Seniors Complete Community Emergency Response Team Training
Students that completed the CERT Training: Luke Allen, Alyssa Apple, Cody Chamberlain, Faith Corder, Caleb Curry, Paige Falstad, Jason Haney, Paige Hayes, Joseph Hershey, Jacob Kennedy, Madeline Kent, Kaitlyn Lee, Rowan Maltby, Karl Milligan, Ethan Parrinello, Ella Pinder, Jordan Trent, and Ryan Webster.
Queen Anne’s High School Seniors Complete Community Emergency Response Team Training

Seniors at the Queen Anne’s County High School enrolled in the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness pathway, recently completed Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training. CERT Training educates volunteers with basic disaster preparedness and disaster response skills. Debra Hopkins from Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services provided over 20 hours of training during the first semester of school. Students received a combination of lecture and hands on exercises during their scheduled class time. CERT…

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State To Propose Additional $50M For Child Care Stabilization Grants

Monday, Governor Larry Hogan announced the State of Maryland will allocate an additional $50 million in grant funding to support child care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, as proposed in the State's FY23 budget. “Child care is one of our most essential services, and keeping facilities open and available to parents with minimal disruption is a top priority,” said Governor Hogan. “We want to thank our providers for all of their efforts, and we look…

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Legislators, Educators Hold Roundtable on Closing Baltimore’s Digital Divide

Saturday, a roundtable was hosted on digital equity in Baltimore. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and Mayor Brandon Scott were joined by presidents of local Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  The roundtable focused on ensuring digital equity by expanding broadband access, a part of the recent bipartisan infrastructure package. The legislation includes at least $200 million for Maryland to expand access to high-speed broadband in underserved…

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EMS First Responders to Marylanders: Help Us Help You

Counties across Maryland are experiencing severe Emergency Medical Service (EMS) system strains due to the recent COVID-19 Omicron variant surge. In order to address this unprecedented strain on EMS personnel, frontline responders, and hospitals, counties are asking residents for assistance in various ways. According to a St. Mary's County press release, residents are asked to: - Avoid going to EDs for minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, and low-grade fevers. Instead, seek non-emergency care from…

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