Governor Announces New COVID Booster Eligibility Requirements

Today, Governor Larry Hogan announced revised COVID-19 vaccine booster eligibility requirements following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). State health officials are encouraging anyone with an underlying health condition or comorbidity to get a booster shot as soon as possible. Governor Hogan said the following in a press release: “From day one of this crisis, our focus has always been on preventing hospitalizations and deaths, and these vaccines have all proven…

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Join NACo for the Latest on the Delta Variant

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a webinar Tuesday, November 2, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST to hear the latest on the delta variant and how counties can use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to address the public health emergency. As public health officials track the surge of the Delta variant, counties are also poised to take steps to reduce transmission and protect our communities. NACo will be joined by Dr.…

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Maryland Commission on Health Equity Convenes for First Time

On Monday, October 18th, the Maryland Commission on Health Equity (MCHE), established as a part of the Shirley Nathan Pulliam Health Equity Act of 2021, held its first meeting to develop a statewide plan to improve health outcomes and increase health equity in Maryland. The meeting occurred soon after the Maryland Department of Health's (MDH) announcement of the Commission's membership, which includes: Steven R. Schuh, Deputy Secretary for Health Care Financing, Maryland Department of Health (Chair) Mary…

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St. Mary’s to Hogan: Ensure We Get More Opioid Settlement Funds

On Tuesday, October 19th, the Commissioners of St. Mary's County sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan asking that he intervene to ensure local governments receive a fair share of the state's recent opioid settlement. Altogether, the Commissioners request "a split of proceeds that gives 85% to localities and 15% to the state." Moreover, they argue against requiring already overburdened local governments, especially "rural and outer suburban counties and localities," to apply for any settlement funds…

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Winter #MACoCon Details Are Here – View the Registration Brochure!

MACo’s Winter Conference, “Time to Reboot: Tomorrow’s Tech Today,” on Dec 8-10, 2021, will bring together more than 600 leaders in the private and public sectors to discuss how to prepare for the changes on the horizon in Maryland.  View the Registration Brochure to see the full schedule, along with session titles and descriptions. Topics to be discussed include: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Cannabis Broadband Social Media 2022 General Assembly Opioids Post-Pandemic Workplace Highway User Revenue…

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Baltimore County Launches Opioid Overdose Data Dashboard

This week, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced a new data dashboard to provide detailed information about fatal and nonfatal opioid overdose incidents occurring in Baltimore County. The Opioid Overdose Data Dashboard, developed by the County’s BCSTAT team, displays fatal and nonfatal overdoses reported to the Baltimore County Police Department in Baltimore County from 2017 through September 2021. “Every opioid overdose death is the tragic loss of a loved one. We hope this latest dashboard…

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St. Mary’s Commission for Women Seeks Input into Domestic Violence

On Monday, October 18th, St. Mary's County's Commission for Women announced an initiative to gather input from community members on domestic violence resources and services. The announcement   serves, in part, as an acknowledgment of October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Commission for Women currently provides education to youth in public schools regarding the development of healthy relationships. In a collaboration with the St. Mary's Health Department’s Violence, Injury and Trauma Task Force, it…

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Harford to Hold Veterans Resource Fair, Honor Local Veterans

Harford County is celebrating veterans with an online photo gallery of honor beginning November 1 and a free resource fair on Saturday, November 13.  Thursday, November 11 is Veterans Day, and many Maryland counties will be celebrating and honoring service members and their families. Harford County requests submissions of photos of local veterans, living or deceased, along with information about their service, for the county's online photo gallery in order to pay tribute to local…

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COVID-19 and Opioids: Pandemic vs. Epidemic

Despite continuing focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials remain concerned with opioid overdose and overdose-related death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released data indicating a record number of opioid overdose-related deaths directly coinciding with onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Between March of 2020 and March of 2021, Maryland reported 2,826 opioid overdose-related deaths, a dramatic increase from 2,381 during the previous 12-month period. The CDC notes these numbers are…

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Howard County Provides $1.5 Million in Residential Treatment Grants

On Tuesday, October 5th, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced a record $1.5 million in grants for residential treatment facilities throughout the county, including Tuerk/Howard House, Hilda’s Place, and Sheppard Pratt.  In a press release, County Executive Ball said the following: "These $1.5 million in grants will ensure safe, accessible, and successful residential treatment right here in Howard County. To safeguard a coordinated and collaborative system of care among these three residential treatment facilities in Howard…

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