Opinion Piece Praises Local Public Health Depts, Calls for Support Now and in Future

An opinion piece in Maryland Matters praised state and local public health efforts as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, but also called on leaders to recognize the daily importance of public health professionals. The author, Leni Preston, urges elected officials to ensure local health departments are properly supported with sufficient funds and supplies not only in times of crisis but everyday for the unseen and often underappreciated work they do keeping the population safe…

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City Releases COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan for People Experiencing Homelessness

Baltimore City Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young has released an emergency response plan for people experiencing homelessness. From a city news release: Mayor Young directed the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) to work in partnership with homeless service providers and public and private agencies, to implement a range of prevention and response strategies to support individuals who are at particularly high risk of contracting communicable diseases and unable to self-isolate at home. The city's plan contains…

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Maryland Receives “A” in Social Distancing

A newly created Social Distancing Scoreboard gives Maryland an overall "A" rating, with Montgomery County topping the state leaderboard. New nationwide polling suggests that the United States is taking social distancing more seriously, but officials are still urging all residents to stay in their homes as much as possible. Unacast has created a new way they believe can measure how well residents are practicing social distancing. Scores are generated through an analysis of mobile phone…

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Baltimore Convention Center to Transform into Makeshift Hospital

The Baltimore Convention is being prepped to become a temporary hospital as part of a push to add 6,000 more hospital beds statewide. State and local officials are working to open closed facilities and free up other bed space as they prepare for a surge of coronavirus patients. The Baltimore Sun reports: The federal government has pledged to deliver 250 beds for the downtown Baltimore facility, which will be jointly run by the University of…

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Further School Closures in MD and COVID-19 Efforts

State Superintendent Karen Salmon announced that all Maryland public schools will now remain closed for another four weeks through April 24, 2020 in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. During Governor Hogan's March 25 press release, several announcements were made including the extended closure of Maryland public schools. "I am working in concert with all local school system superintendents, including multiple calls per week, in order to provide the continuity of learning to all…

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Governor Hogan Closes Non-Essential Businesses – What’s Deemed Essential?

During a press conference Monday morning, Governor Larry Hogan called for all non-essential businesses to close by 5:00 pm. The term "non-essential" left many people wondering - what businesses are considered an essential service? To clear up the confusion, the Governor's Office has released an infographic detailing what businesses are considered essential. For further clarification, the Governor's Office also released an Interpretive Guidance Document, that includes a detailed list of businesses that can remain open…

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2020 End of Session Wrap-Up: Health and Human Services

An overview of MACo’s advocacy on health and human services legislation in the 2020 General Assembly. Each county in Maryland has a local health department that provides essential public health services to residents. They are also county agencies provide human or citizen services for children, families, and persons with special needs. MACo advocates actively for policies that continue to confront the opioid crisis and to support county health and social services programs. This year, for the…

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Seat Pleasant to Test New Covid-19 Symptom Tracking App

A Maryland health tech company has launched a new app for tracking and identifying coronavirus symptoms at home. The app, MIMI-Rx, is intended to help ease the strain on crowded testing sites or overwhelmed hospitals. Seat Pleasant has agreed to be the first city in the nation to test the app with its vulnerable residents. WJLA reports: It can be connected to medical devices, including a forehead thermometer and pulse oximeter, which measures the amount…

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Webinar Tomorrow: Your Authority, Resources In The Corona Crisis

A webinar hosted by the Local Solutions Support Center of the Local Solutions Support Center will focus on local government authority, and its limits, amidst the current public health crisis. The coronavirus (COVID-19) has quickly become a public health pandemic across the globe, and has put cities and states at the forefront of immediate responses needed to protect people. This has also brought many new types of legal issues, challenges, and questions for elected officials…

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