Maryland reports 536 new coronavirus cases and one more death

Maryland health officials reported 536 new confirmed coronavirus cases and one more death on Monday — the 10th straight day the number of deaths has remained in the single digits. The latest confirmed coronavirus victim was a woman in her 70s, according to state data. Her identity was not released. A total of 3,696 people have now died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and the number of confirmed cases has reached 116,646, according to the the Maryland health department. (Balt Sun)

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Carroll County sees 46 new COVID-19 cases; health official urges workers to stay home if sick

While the number of new community cases of COVID-19 dropped last week, the total was still higher than any of the four previous weeks and it has the county’s top health official concerned that some have ceased taking the crisis as seriously as they should. Last week, there were 73 community cases — those among members of the wider community, outside of congregate living facilities such as nursing homes — according to Carroll County Health Department data released Monday afternoon. That was down from 88 the previous week. But over the four weeks prior to that, Carroll had been averaging 48 new community cases per week. (Carr Co Times)

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Baltimore asks to withdraw $25 million from Rainy Day Fund to balance budget after coronavirus costs

Baltimore’s spending panel is being asked to authorize the withdrawal of up to $25 million from the city’s “Rainy Day Fund,” a rare request that finance officials say is necessary to balance the budget after it was hammered by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s only the third time such an ask has come before the Board of Estimates. But over the past six months, revenues plummeted and costs soared as city officials grappled with how to limit the spread of COVID-19. (Balt Sun)

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Controversial small-town Maryland mayor wins reelection following sexual harassment complaint

The mayor of a small Maryland city who sparked a series of controversies over his long tenure, including most recently being stripped of his power following a sexual harassment complaint, won a fifth term in the election on Monday. Incumbent Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene Grant defeated former city employee Gigi Riley, who launched her campaign more than a year ago with strong support from the business owners in Seat Pleasant with whom Grant had clashed — at one point after he raised taxes on select businesses by 800 percent. Grant defeated Riley 414 to 375, according to preliminary results that the city announced late Monday night. (Wash Post)

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After judge’s Purple Line ruling, Montgomery Co. Council to hear from state transportation officials

The plan for the public-private partnership to build the Purple Line may be coming apart, but Maryland state transportation officials continue to assure local governments that they are committed to finishing the project. State Transportation Secretary Greg Slater and Maryland Transit Administration Administrator Kevin Quinn will brief Montgomery County Council members on the status of the project Tuesday morning. Matt Pollack, Purple Line director with MDOT/MTA, will also attend. (WTOP)

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Activists gather at City Hall to protest privatization of Baltimore’s public housing

Around 30 people gathered in front of Baltimore’s City Hall Monday afternoon to protest the privatization of the city’s public housing. The Baltimore People’s Power Assembly, an organization known for its protests against alleged police brutality, hosted the “March and Rally to Save Public Housing." The event began with a march from the city’s Douglass Homes in East Baltimore, where the Rev. Annie Chambers, 79, lives in a 1-bedroom apartment. Its first-floor ramp accommodates the wheelchair she uses to get around. A cluster of green potted plants lines the entrance. (Balt Sun)

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350-home project in Aberdeen dependent on water tower construction; city and developer hashing out agreement

Approximately 350 new homes could be built in Aberdeen if the city and the developer can reach an agreement over possible construction of a water tower for the area, but the details are not so simple. Developer Ed Gold told the city council at a July work session that he would be willing to fund a water tower he anticipated his potential $25 million project at the Presbyterian Home site near Long Drive would need. (Balt Sun)

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Towson District Courthouse Reopening October 13 After 9-Month Renovation Delayed By Pandemic

The Towson District courthouse will reopen on Tuesday, October 13 after a nine-month closure due to HVAC repairs. The renovation was originally only set to last six months. It was delayed however, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The courthouse had temporarily moved its operations to the new Catonsville District courthouse in January 2020. Judges and judiciary staff will now move back to the Towson building, county officials said Monday. (WJZ)

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