Garrett Receives Funding to Combat Youth Substance Abuse

The Garrett County Health Department receives its second year of Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) Local Drug Crisis Grant funding. Initially awarded in 2021 with the help of Congressman David Trone, Garrett is the recipient of a five-year CARA grant worth $50,000 per year. The grant has supported the county's Drug-Free Communities Coalition program, charged with reducing and preventing substance abuse by promoting youth substance abuse prevention strategies. The program includes members of the county's…

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Maryland Children Ages 5 to 11 Now Eligible for Boosters

Today, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) updated its guidance on vaccine eligibility to include COVID-19 boosters for children ages 5 to 11. The revised guidance states eligible children may only receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine under an expanded Emergency Use Authorization announced earlier this week by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An eligible child should receive their booster at least five months after receiving their…

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Congressman Trone Secures $33 Million for Sixth District Community Projects

Congressman David Trone has helped secure $32,704,877 in funding for projects across Maryland's sixth congressional district, creating new jobs, delivering much-needed resources to Sixth District communities, and restoring neglected infrastructure. The Congressman requested and received funding for 15 projects in the 2023 fiscal year. He described the process for identifying project recipients across the sixth district, encompassing the westernmost portion of the state, in a press release: “As a businessman, I know how vital it is to…

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COVID Roundup: Maryland’s Counties Remain Committed to Protecting Residents as Cases Rise

Across the state, the Maryland Department of Health's COVID-19 Data Dashboard details a noticeable uptick in COVID-19 cases, with a 7-day positivity rate of 8.12% and 2,770 new cases reported within the last 24 hours as of the morning of May 19th. Maryland's counties have remained active in combatting any potential surges. Some specific actions taken by our counties include the following: Anne Arundel has requested residents wear masks indoors, get boosted, and receive testing…

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Montgomery’s Rent Cap Expires

On Sunday, May 15th, Montgomery County's cap on rent increases established by Council Bill #30-21E - Landlord-Tenant Relations - Restrictions During Emergencies - Extended Limitations Against Rent Increases and Late Fees expired.  Council Member Will Jawando introduced the law intended to assist struggling residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, capping rent increases throughout the county for 90 days, beginning on February 14, 2022. The law prohibited landlords from increasing rents beyond the county's voluntary rent guidelines, set…

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Amidst National Shortage, MD Dept. of Health Releases Baby Formula Guidance

On May 16th, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) released guidance for Maryland families seeking baby formula amidst a nationwide shortage. The shortage stems from a February recall of popular baby formula products produced by Abbott Nutrition, including Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare. In recent days, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has taken aggressive action to address the shortage, including an effort to boost baby formula imports and entering into a consent decree with Abbott Nutrition…

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State to Establish Office of Resilience

Legislation creating an Office of Resilience within the Maryland Department of Emergency Management goes into effect this October.  In response to the effects of climate change, Maryland will establish the Office of Resilience with the Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM). This new office is the result of leadership from Senator Katie Fry Hester (Carroll and Howard Counties), Speaker Pro Sheree Sample-Hughes (Dorchester and Wicomico Counties), and Delegate Courtney Watson (Howard County); all of whom…

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Counties Celebrate EMS Week

Counties across Maryland are marking May 15th through the 21st to celebrate the importance of EMS and EMS personnel. Across Maryland, county leaders are celebrating May 15th through the 21st as (Emergency Medical Service) EMS Week. The celebration is meant to bring together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's frontline. This year’s Emergency Medical Services Week theme, “Rising to the Challenge,” highlights that…

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Suite of Strong Cyber Bills Signed Into Law

Governor Hogan signed multiple bills advancing cybersecurity resources, defenses, and partnerships - sealing a multi-year effort to create a stronger defense and response approach for this ever-increasing threat. Hackers are increasingly targeting states and local governments with sophisticated cyberattacks. Securing government information systems is critical, as a cyber intrusion can be very disruptive, jeopardizing sensitive information, public safety, and the delivery of essential services. These bills will help lead local governments, school systems, and critical…

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White House’s National Drug Control Strategy Emphasizes Prevention and Treatment

On April 21st, the White House released its National Drug Control Strategy outlining goals and objectives for the United States to reduce the demand for and availability of illicit drugs. In the document, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) emphasizes a "whole-of-government approach," a part of President Biden’s Unity Agenda, to combat the current overdose epidemic embroiling the country. According to the Maryland Department of Health, in 2021, unintentional opioid overdose-related…

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