Hogan: Md. has spent more than $1B on coronavirus efforts so far

Gov. Larry Hogan warned Tuesday that Maryland will face "massive budget problems" in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic as the state continues to spend money on efforts to limit the spread of the virus. While he hopes to avoid "major layoffs" of state employees, Hogan said Maryland has spent significantly so far, with the peak of the pandemic in the state still to come. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Maryland Declared COVID-19 Priority Zone, Hogan Reports

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) during a visit last month to the Baltimore Convention Center, which was in the process of being converted into a field hospital. Now the pop-up hospital is ready for patients. Photo from Governor's office Facebook page. As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread throughout the Capital Region, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) announced Tuesday that the Trump administration will consider Maryland a priority area, noting the extensive number of federal agencies that are based in the state. (Md Matters)

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Baltimore waiting on coronavirus tests as it aims to open Pimlico drive-thru site by end of the week

A coronavirus testing site at Pimlico Race Course could be open by the end of the week, Baltimore officials said Tuesday. The site, constructed in the race track’s parking lot by the Maryland National Guard, is ready and open, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said, but the city is still awaiting tests, he said. Letitia Dzirasa, the city’s Health Commissioner, said the Maryland Department of Health is expected to provide tests. (Balt Sun)

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Authorities investigating fuel spill that washed down Jones Falls to Inner Harbor

Maryland environmental regulators and the U.S. Coast Guard are investigating a fuel spill that washed down the Jones Falls to the Inner Harbor. The contamination was reported around 10 p.m. Monday in the area where the Jones Falls meets the Inner Harbor, around the Healthy Harbor Initiative’s Mr. Trash Wheel. The Coast Guard, Maryland Department of the Environment and Baltimore fire department responded. (Balt Sun)

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‘This is my contribution’: Deaf ASL interpreters ensure Gov. Hogan’s coronavirus briefings are accessible

Deaf since contracting scarlet fever at age 3, John McKenny has faced struggles staying informed. It doesn’t help that, at 95 years old, his vision is fading, too. With the worldwide coronavirus pandemic ongoing, McKenny yearns to understand how to best protect himself and others. But on-screen captions on most news reports go by too quickly for the Kingsville resident to read, if they’re even there at all. The 1945 graduate of the Maryland School for the Deaf is brought back to the feelings of his youth. (Balt Sun)

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Ripken heads charity campaign, longs for baseball’s return

Cal Ripken Jr. has launched a campaign to help feed children and families across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, coordinating a contribution of $250,000 and opening a social media account for the first time to promote the cause. Ripken spent his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles before retiring in 2001. He set a record by playing in 2,632 consecutive games and gained entry into the Hall of Fame in 2007. (AP)

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5 ways to connect with neighbors during the coronavirus outbreak

As Americans adjust to the new normal of social distancing, it can be challenging to find ways to stay active, engaged and connected. At their core, apartment buildings are people- and community-driven. In times like these, we need the support provided by people and communities more than ever. With many buildings’ lounge areas, remote working spaces, amenities and events closed or canceled, it’s important to find new and intentional ways to stay connected. (Wash Post)

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‘Slowly Getting Back To Normal’: More Baltimore Police Officers Cleared To Return To Work After Coronavirus Quarantine

After a positive case of coronavirus within the Baltimore Police Department’s southwestern district led to a quarantine of all of the staff in the district, more than 100 have been cleared to return to work. At a news conference Tuesday, police commissioner Michael Harrison said the department is “slowly getting back to normal operations.” Citywide, 115 officers are currently in quarantine. (WJZ-TV)

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