US Reports Second-Highest Day Of Coronavirus Cases Since Pandemic Began, With Highest Day Friday

As the fall surge continues, the United States has reported its second-highest day of new Covid-19 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Saturday saw 83,718 new cases, just 39 cases shy of the all-time record that was reported Friday. Health experts have warned that the fall season would bring a resurgence of cases — and since the US never lowered its daily case baseline enough, they say compounding cases will likely get worse. Already, national cases total over 8.6 million and 225,061 people have died, according to JHU. (CNN)

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Hundreds of Thousands More Marylanders Turned to SNAP Benefits to Eat During Pandemic

Maryland residents’ enrollment in federal food assistance programs has increased sharply since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March, according to a report that Maryland Hunger Solutions released Wednesday. The report shows a 400% increase in federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, applicants among Marylanders in April following the slew of pandemic-related business and school closures in March. Baltimore City, alone, witnessed a 600% jump. (Md Matters)

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Rally aims to help Baltimoreans remain in their homes amid pandemic-related hardships

In 2000, homeowner Sonia Eaddy was told that the rowhouse in Poppleton that her family has owned for decades was slated for demolition as part of a massive West Side redevelopment project. In 2020, Eaddy is still living in that home on North Carlton Street and is still fighting the city’s attempts to oust her. She hasn’t given up. But neither have city officials or developers backing the $800 million Center/West project. (Balt Sun)

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Everyman Theatre announces among the first of Baltimore’s in-person productions amid coronavirus pandemic

The Everyman Theatre has announced the date of its first open-to-the-public production of the 2020-21 season, with the November date making the theater one of Baltimore’s first to host an in-person show amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The theater, at 315 W. Fayette St., will open “Queens Girl: Black in the Green Mountains” on Nov. 19. The theater will require facemasks and temperature checks for entry, while attendees will also be asked to complete a health questionnaire. (Balt Sun)

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‘It’s time to unite’: Prince George’s County neighbors start rent strike against living conditions

Nine days before the November rent was due, Helia Juarez awoke Saturday morning in the two-bedroom unit at the Bedford Station Apartments in Hyattsville, Md., where she had lived for the past 12 years. It was the place where Juarez fixed meals for her family in the kitchen where the cabinets were slipping from the hinges, the stove flooded a foul stench into the apartment, the bathroom sink leaked and the persistent complaints to the management went unanswered. (Wash Post)

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New opioid texting program launched from 211 Maryland and RALI

A new texting program recently launched by 211 Maryland and Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative for Marylanders suffering from opioid addiction, as well as their family and friends. Now, all they have to do is text MDHope to 898-211 to be connected to information. “It supports individuals who are suffering from opioid addictions, family members and friends where they can quickly and easily get hope for informational resources related to opioid use,” Quinton Askew, President and CEO of 211 Maryland, said. (WMDT)

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Maryland reports 743 new coronavirus cases and 12 deaths — the highest daily death count since August

Maryland reported 743 new coronavirus cases Thursday and 12 new deaths tied to COVID-19, the highest number of reported deaths in a day since late August. Cases are rising across the country, with 34 states seeing weekly increases in cases as of Wednesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus resource center. While Hopkins considers Maryland to be level over the past week, the state’s 14-day average of newly reported cases has grown from a recent low of 488 Sept. 30 to 611 as of Thursday.  (Balt Sun)

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Maryland, U.S. are realizing that day care is an economic problem, not a women’s issue. That was before the pandemic.

Shanea Napper’s distress is evident in every line of the email she sent to Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “There is no way I can go to work and home-school my 8-year-old son, and I cannot afford to pay someone to do it," wrote Napper, a 35-year-old mother who made ends meet with two custodial jobs. “There are many single parents like me that need to know what can we do so we don’t have to choose between working and our kids' learning. I DESPERATELY NEED SOME HELP WITH THIS.” (Balt Sun)

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