Eastern Shore sees sharp increase as Maryland reports 572 new coronavirus cases, 6 more deaths

Maryland confirmed 572 new cases of the coronavirus and six more deaths Wednesday as the state saw significant decreases in testing positivity rates, but Worcester County on the Eastern Shore — home to Ocean City — continued to see a sharp increase in new cases. Wednesday marked the fifth day in a row that newly confirmed cases declined after rising through much of July. (Balt Sun)

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Data analysis: Maryland’s coronavirus cases in July neared April’s numbers

Maryland added nearly as many coronavirus cases in July as it did in April, when the pandemic began to ramp up in the United States, a data analysis by The Baltimore Sun shows. Last month, the Maryland Department of Health reported 20,428 cases of the coronavirus, a sharp rise from June’s case count of 14,591. July’s numbers account for 23% of the coronavirus cases Maryland has reported since the beginning of the pandemic, while June’s numbers made up 17% of total cases since the outbreak began in March. (Balt Sun)

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Citing COVID-19 test result delays as long as 15 days, Carroll County switches to new lab

With coronavirus cases climbing in Maryland throughout July, labs throughout the state have reportedly been flooded with new tests, causing a wait for test results that can reach as long as 15 days for those getting tested — including in Carroll County, health officials say. Carroll County Health Department spokespeople have said that some COVID-19 test results over the past month came in over two weeks after the testing date. (Carr Co Times)

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Cecil County continues cleanup after flooding, damage from Tropical Storm Isaias

Cecil County is continuing to clean up after a Tuesday lashing by Tropical Storm Isaias, which stranded some residents and flooded multiple areas of Maryland’s most northeastern county. Jennifer Lyall, a spokesperson for Cecil County government, said the cost of the storm is not yet known. County crews began taking inventory of the damages Tuesday afternoon. Cecil County government is not aware of any fatalities as a result of the storm, she said. (Balt Sun)

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Another 1,141 Anne Arundel County residents file for unemployment, 20th week in a row that at least 1 million sought aid nationally

Another 1,141 Anne Arundel County residents filed a new jobless claim last week at the same time the $600 federal payment to unemployment aid expired. Maryland saw 18,268 new jobless claims. Thousands of people continue to be laid off or furloughed each week across the state, a steady rate seen nationally as nearly 1.2 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week. (Balt Sun)

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Howard County Launches Interactive Map For Residents Needing Food Assistance

Howard County officials launched an interactive map for residents in need of food assistance. The map will show residents where they can find food pantries, free meals, groceries and more. “No one should have to choose between paying rent or purchasing food for themselves or their family, and COVID-19 has forced many of our residents into unimaginable financial situations,” said Ball. (WJZ)

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Cashless tolling is now permanent at all Maryland bridges, tunnels, express lanes

The tolls on Maryland’s bridges, tunnels and express lanes, which have not accepted cash fares since March as a coronavirus precaution, will be permanently automated from now on, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday. Drivers may pay fares without stopping, either via E-ZPass or video tolls, which read license plates and send a bill in the mail, at all facilities, including the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95), Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95), Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) and Nice Middleton Bridge (US 301). (Balt Sun)

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Md., Va. band together with other states to purchase rapid-detection coronavirus tests

Maryland and Virginia are joining five other states in a purchasing coalition to snap up more than 3.5 million rapid-detection coronavirus tests. The deal, announced Tuesday, aims to put pressure on private companies to scale up production of the tests, which can deliver results in less than a half-hour. The states are teaming with the Rockefeller Foundation on the compact, and the private foundation may finance the purchases. (Wash Bus Journal)

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