Police In Southwest Baltimore To Self-Quarantine After Officer Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Police in Baltimore's southwest district are self-quarantining after an officer tested positive for coronavirus. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison ordered all the other officers at the station to go into quarantine. "Out of an abundance of caution, the department is adjusting operations as a precautionary measure for the agency," Harrison said in a statement. "The safety our members and residents continues to be my top priority during this critical time, and we continue to take the necessary steps to protect our members and the community." (WBAL)

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Coronavirus Resources: How To Make Your Own Face Mask

There’s one thing you should know before diving into the conversation around masks: The public should not purchase N95 respirators. Health care workers need those when they’re treating coronavirus patients. You should also note: Face covering is recommended but not mandatory Homemade masks are not a substitute for social distancing and staying in. Still, if you want to make a mask, here are step-by-step instructions — based on guidance from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin. (CNN)

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Great Pyrenees Rescued By Baltimore County Fire DNR, EMS After Falling Off Trail At Gunpowder Falls State Park

WJZ’s news director Gail Bending was walking with her dog, Balto, at Gunpowder Falls State Park on Sunday when Balto, pulling her toward the water, slid down an an eight-foot embankment along the NCR Trail. When he wasn’t able to get back up, she went down after the Great Pyrenees. “I didn’t want to yank his neck too hard, and I just slid down,” She said. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland sees highest one-day jump in COVID-19 cases

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland increased by at least 346, the largest one-day increase in the state to date. All counties in Maryland are now reporting cases of the disease, after Allegany reported two cases Wednesday. As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there were 2,331 cases of COVID-19. However, these numbers did not include four Frederick County cases and the second Allegany case. (News-Post)

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Md. providers figuring out how to help patients stuck at home

People with chronic health care conditions like asthma, diabetes, hypertension and compromised immune systems are being told that they are among the most vulnerable populations that could become seriously ill from COVID-19 and should stay inside as much as possible. (Daily Record)

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‘It’s getting harder’: As coronavirus spreads, Marylanders overseas hope window to get home soon isn’t closing

From her apartment in Lima, Peru, Elana Liebow-Feeser attends to her job on Skype, chats online with friends and family, watches “Harry Potter” movies, tries out dances from YouTube, and fashions new recipes suffused with Old Bay — an homage to her Maryland roots. She is trying not to worry that a window seems to be closing on getting her back to Baltimore soon, so she can ride out the coronavirus pandemic with her parents and begin planning for medical school in the fall. (Balt Sun)

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‘It went like wildfire’: How national test shortage contributed to Maryland’s deadliest coronavirus cluster

Before the coronavirus had reached the Pleasant View Nursing Home in the small Maryland town of Mount Airy, the home’s administrator asked the state health department what she should be doing about the threat. Some of Rebecca Travels’ staff worked second jobs at other nursing homes, she said, and she wanted to hedge against an outbreak. Nursing care facilities in other states had been hit hard, and she feared for her older residents — who live four to a room. (Balt. Sun)

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Gun background checks smash records amid pandemic fears

Background checks required to buy firearms have spiked to record numbers in the past month, fueled by a run on guns from Americans worried about their safety during the coronavirus crisis. According to figures from the FBI, 3.7 million background checks were done in March — the most for a single month since the system began in 1998. It eclipsed the previous record, set in December 2015, when 3.3 million checks were conducted. (Daily Record)

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