State Moves to Phase 3 Reopening, County Decisions Mixed

County decisions on reopening phases remain mixed as the State moves toward Phase Three of the Roadmap to Recovery plan. While many feel their numbers are good enough to move forward with the State's plan, others say there are still too many cases of coronavirus in their counties to safely enter the next phase. Governor Hogan announced on Tuesday (9/1) that with improved COVID-19 health metrics across the state, Maryland was ready to begin Phase…

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Johns Hopkins Launches COVID-19 Class for Children

Johns Hopkins is launching a four-part educational course for students on the COVID-19 pandemic. Inspired by Baltimore teachers who sought help explaining the virus to their students, Hopkins hopes to integrate the free course into curriculum nationwide this fall. From WMAR Baltimore: Johns Hopkins is once again putting themselves in the national spotlight during this pandemic. First they created a COVID-19 cases map that’s widely used. Now they have developed an online curriculum to teach…

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Talbot Considers Mask Mandate, Limiting Social Gatherings

Talbot County has seen a rise in cases of the coronavirus in recent weeks. As a result, the County Council plans to draft an executive order mandating face coverings and adherence to social distancing guidelines in public. Violators could face fines for noncompliance. From The Star Democrat: The push to more firmly outline and enforce the health safety measures came at the suggestion of County Health Officer Dr. Fredia Wadley, who told the council during…

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Baltimore County Reissues COVID-19 Mask Mandate

As Maryland and other states across the nation see an uptick in COVID-19 cases, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced today, Tuesday, July 21, that Health Officer Gregory Branch has issued a new public health order requiring the use of masks for everyone over the age of 2 in all indoor public spaces. Dr. Branch also encouraged the use of face coverings in outdoor public spaces where social distancing is not possible. The new mandate…

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Frederick Celebrates Unsung Heroes During Coronavirus Pandemic

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced a new initiative today to celebrate county government employees as Unsung Heroes. Each week, new heroes will be celebrated for their dedication to public service during the coronavirus pandemic. From Frederick County's website: “I am extremely grateful for the unwavering commitment of our employees,” Executive Gardner said. “In a very stressful time, these men and women rose to every challenge to meet the needs of the people they serve.…

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Positioned to Win: Nationwide Sponsors Exclusive Webinar with Peyton Manning

On Tuesday, June 2, Nationwide is sponsoring an exclusive webinar with 2-time Superbowl Champion Peyton Manning. Manning will share advice on dealing with adversity in times of uncertainty.  From Nationwide's website: Peyton Manning: Positioned to Win Navigating through adversity like a champion Please join Nationwide and two-time Super Bowl Champion Peyton Manning as we discuss tips for overcoming adversity in challenging moments. Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 1:00 PM EDT | Register Now   This free…

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Hopkins Launches Free Online Contact Tracing Course

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently launched a free online course to train contact tracers in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19. From JHU's website: A long-used public health tool, contact tracing aims to break the chain of transmission of infectious diseases. The new Coursera class, "COVID-19 Contact Tracing," teaches the basics of interviewing people diagnosed with the virus, identifying their close contacts who might have been exposed, and providing…

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UnitedHealth Group Provides Over $1.5B of Support in COVID-19 Response

MACo’s Corporate Partners are doing extraordinary work across the region and beyond to assist members and their communities during the coronavirus crisis. To show our gratitude, MACo is posting a series of blog articles to highlight their efforts. UnitedHealth Group has committed more than $1.5 billion of support for its customers in the face of COVID-19 challenges. This funding builds on the company's current efforts to expand healthcare coverage for members, and support and protect…

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Baltimore County to Ease Restrictions Beginning Friday

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced Thursday that he signed an executive order to lift some of the county's pandemic restrictions beginning on Friday at 9 a.m. This would allow for retail stores and barbershops to open at a limited capacity with certain restraints.  From Baltimore County's website: “With significant progress in expanding testing and PPE, I’m confident that Baltimore County is ready to take these next steps, and do so in a safe manner…

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BGE Provides Power to Drive-Thru Testing Sites in Baltimore City

MACo’s Corporate Partners are doing extraordinary work across the region to assist members and their communities during the coronavirus crisis. To show our gratitude, MACo will post a series of blog articles to highlight their efforts. MACo's Gold Corporate Partner BGE is partnering with Baltimore City to provide electrical services to COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites. From BGE's website: BGE crews and contractors installed new equipment in a parking lot at Pimlico Race Course to power…

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