Positivity Rate Continues To Climb; 2.2K New Cases, 42 New Deaths Reported Wednesday

Maryland’s COVID-19 positivity rate continued to climb Wednesday as the state reported 2,220 new cases and 42 new deaths, bringing the state’s case total to more than 203,000, data from the state’s health department shows. As of Wednesday, the state has seen 203,355 coronavirus cases and 4,558 deaths. Forty-two deaths were reported on Wednesday. (WJZ)

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Official: Maryland could get some virus vaccine mid-December

Maryland’s lieutenant governor says the state could get a small amount of a coronavirus vaccine as soon as mid-December. Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford made the announcement Wednesday at the start of a Board of Public Works meeting. (News-Post)

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Festival Of Trees Raises Over $650K For Kennedy Krieger Programs

Despite going virtual amid the coronavirus pandemic, Kennedy Krieger Institute says its Festival of Trees was a major success this year. The three-day event wrapped up Sunday. The event raised more than $650,000 for Kennedy Krieger’s programs, and most of the trees and wreaths are already sold. The institute says the virtual event had 300,000 views and allowed people from all over the world to attend. (WJZ)

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Baltimore City Sending Text Reminders To Residents About Getting Flu Shots

It’s not a scam. The Baltimore City Department of Health is now texting people, reminding residents to get a flu shot. The text says a flu shot can help protect you and your loved ones, especially during this pandemic. It also has a link to more information, including where you can get your flu shot for free. (WJZ)

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University Of Maryland Medical Center Set To Open 16-Bed Modular Care Unit For COVID-19 Patients

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Maryland, the University of Maryland Medical Center is set to open its new modular care unit to care for coronavirus patients. UMMC broke ground on the 8,000-square-foot facility on the site of a parking lot in July. Construction began in September, and beginning Wednesday it will be able to care for 16 COVID-19 patients. “We anticipate that we will continue to see admissions and hospitalizations, so this is much needed and well-timed,” UMMC epidemiologist Gregory Schrank said. (WJZ-TV)

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2 Md. organizations share in $750K from Kaiser Permanente to address homelessness

Two Maryland organizations will each receive $150,000 from a grant of $750,000 by Kaiser Permanente to address homelessness across the Mid-Atlantic region. The grants come as thousands in the Washington and Baltimore areas face economic challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn that has hit the United States. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore Performing Art Venues Asking For Public’s Support To Survive Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

As Baltimore’s performing arts venues remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those who run the facilities are asking for the public’s support to survive. At a time when many would be buying tickets at box offices for shows like The Nutcracker, the stages at theaters like the Hippodrome remain empty with the lights turned off. “We were open one day and closed the next, and we haven’t been open since March 12 of 2020,” Hippodrome’s Ron Legler said. (WJZ-TV)

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Nearly 400 Maryland Postal Service Employees Have Tested Positive For COVID-19 Since March, USPS Says

Nearly 400 postal service employees in Maryland have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, the U.S. Postal Service confirmed Tuesday. In total, 395 postal workers infected since March, the postal service said. The agency did not break down where or when the cases occurred. (WJZ-TV)

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