MTA Temporarily Ending 11 Bus Routes Due To Major Drop In Ridership

Nearly a dozen bus routes in the Baltimore area are being temporarily suspended due to significant drops in ridership brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The Maryland Transit Administration said the 11 affected routes have seen an average ridership drop of 82 percent. Beginning Monday, the following routes will be suspended:Express BusLink Route 103 Express BusLink Route 104 Express BusLink Route 105 Express BusLink Route 115 Express BusLink Route 120 Express BusLink Route 150 Express BusLink Route 154 Express BusLink Route 160 Express BusLink Route 164 Local Link 38 Local Link 92. (WJZ)

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Talbot halts short-term rentals, B&Bs to fight virus

Short-term rentals and bed-and-breakfasts have been ordered to shut down in Talbot County, effective late Tuesday, March 31, as county leaders seek to prevent non-locals from contributing to further community spread of the contagious novel coronavirus. (Star Dem)

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Scam Attempts Running High Amid Pandemic

With every crisis comes an in-kind number of scammers attempting to prey on the fear and anxiety of others and the current coronavirus pandemic has been no different. In recent weeks, more and more scams have surfaced preying on residents in Maryland and around the local region during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some reported scams are health-related, offering vaccines or remedies that simply aren’t available or even possible at this time. Others are financial-related, offering loans and other assistance. (Dispatch)

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‘No way I’m going to a shelter’: Will coronavirus put more homeless on the streets?

Shelter in place? Stay at home? Not for these guys, who have no home and want nothing to do with a District shelter. “I’m sleeping rough. No way I’m going into a shelter,” a man dressed in camo and utility pants told me, as he ducked out of what looked like a wedding tent. “They’re saying someone tested positive at one of the shelters,” he said. “No thank you.” (Wash Post)

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GBMC discharges first coronavirus patient who was on ventilator

The Greater Baltimore Medical Center discharged its first coronavirus patient Wednesday who required being hooked up to a ventilator. In a video message, GBMC President and CEO John B. Chessare said the hospital was “pausing for a moment of celebration.” The president said in the video that the emergency department has not seen an increase in the number of patients with repository symptoms. (Balt Sun)

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Low-Income Communities Hit Especially Hard By COVID-19

There are hundreds of families living at Douglass Homes affordable housing community in Baltimore who said it’s hard to find essential items at their local grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic. Ron Williams is a resident at Douglass Homes who lost his job on March 18. He said that things have been difficult ever since. “Money is tight, bills aren’t getting paid,” he said. (WJZ)

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OIG Report Finds DPW Employee Stole Time, Falsified Time Sheets, Used City Vehicle For Personal Use

The Office of Inspector General in Baltimore has found that a Department of Public Works’s Water and Waste Water Bureau- specifically Washington Boulevard employee allegedly violated several Baltimore City and DPW policies while on duty between November and December 2019. The allegations include stealing time, falsifying time sheets and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. (WJZ)

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Maryland to bump salaries of frontline workers in coronavirus crisis; rates still below double pay received earlier

Maryland’s state government is offering a pay bump to certain state employees who must work through the coronavirus pandemic. The offer of $3.13 per hour in extra pay is significantly less than the double-time rates the state paid some workers before discontinuing that policy more than a week ago. (Balt Sun)

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