Juvenile detention staff member in Salisbury tests positive for Coronavirus

The Maryland Department of Juvenile Services reported Monday its first positive case of coronavirus in a staff member, state officials confirmed. The department was notified Sunday that a staff member working at the Lower Eastern Shore Children’s Center in Salisbury tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, according to department a news release. (Balt Sun)

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Muriel Bowser, D.C. mayor, implements hiring freeze amid coronavirus pandemic

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser instituted a government hiring freeze Monday to cut costs during the coronavirus pandemic. “Just as residents and businesses are making tough choices, the District will make tough choices too,” she said. Ms. Bowser said the D.C. government needs to cut $607 million to balance the budget by the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. (Wash Times)

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‘Not an ideal solution’: Maryland National Guard members advised to make their own cloth masks

Following advice from the U.S. Department of Defense amid a nationwide shortage of protective face masks for personnel on the front lines of the coronavirus fight, the Maryland National Guard is advising its members to begin making their own cloth masks. “We are in the process of issuing guidance to our troops that will mirror the guidance provided yesterday by the Secretary of Defense regarding fashioning and wearing cloth respiratory masks,” confirmed Lt. Col. Wayde Minami, a Maryland National Guard spokesman, in a statement to The Baltimore Sun on Monday. (Balt Sun)

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Pimlico Race Course parking lot to be used for drive-thru screening for coronavirus disease

A Pimlico Race Course parking lot will be used as a drive-thru COVID-19 screening site, Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced Friday. The race track property, owned by The Stronach Group, was selected because of its accessibility, Young said in a news release. The Maryland National Guard is assisting with construction at the site, which does not yet have an opening date. Community-based screening will be done there once tests become more widely available, Young said. (Balt Sun)

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When will the normalcy return in Maryland? Coronavirus modelers suggest it will be awhile.

Now that Gov. Larry Hogan ordered Marylanders to stay home to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, scientists are watching and waiting to see whether it works. People’s behavior has a big effect on the computer models that show how this pandemic may unfold — and when doors to school, businesses and homes might begin to reopen and everyone may take steps back toward normalcy. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland soccer club raises $8K to help local restaurants provide food to health care workers

The Maryland United FC soccer club had a goal of raising $4,000 to help those struggling during the coronavirus outbreak. But now, they’ve doubled that amount. “It’s a great feeling,” said Steve Campbell, the club’s technical director. The athletic group and the families of its more than 700 players donated $8,000 to their “Helping Hands” program. The goal is to provide a boost to local restaurants while they’re closed to dine-in customers during stay-at-home orders as well as provide meals to medical workers in local hospitals on the frontlines. (WTOP)


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Coronavirus Updates: Baltimore County Police Chief Gives Domestic Violence PSA, Resources For Victims

As people are being asked to stay home, there are concerns for those who may be in domestic violence situations or generally feel unsafe or uncomfortable with the people they are living with. Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt posted a PSA on domestic violence to give resources to victims and wants the county to know that the police department is still open for business and is there for the people, and in this message, specifically victims of domestic violence who may need help. (WJZ-TV)

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OPD petitions high court to act quickly to reduce juvenile jail population

Maryland’s public defenders are asking the Court of Appeals to immediately reduce the number of youths in juvenile jails and prisons in light of the coronavirus pandemic. “This petition seeks extraordinary relief for extraordinary circumstances,” begins the petitioners’ brief, filed Friday. The filing was made on behalf of several detained juveniles and “others similarly situated” and names the administrative judges of the state’s circuit courts. (Daily Record)

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