Maryland, Virginia Military Families Invited To Experience Port Discovery Children’s Museum Free Of Charge

Military families stationed in Maryland and Virginia received a little treat on Saturday. They were invited to experience the Port Discovery Children’s Museum, free of charge. It was a welcome day of fun for two brothers, 9-year-old Ian and 5-year-old Colin. With dad in the Army, their family was recently relocated to the area. On Saturday, they got to meet and play with 24 other military families at the Port Discovery Children’s Museum, free of charge. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland reports 1,477 new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations jump by more than 200 in less than a week

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continued to surge Thursday across Maryland, as the state reported 1,477 new cases along with 12 deaths tied to COVID-19. Testing has now identified 1,000 or more new cases for each of the nine past days. Maryland’s two-week average of new daily cases grew again to 1,180 as of Thursday, setting a new pandemic high for the fourth straight day. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan announces $1M in funding for wastewater COVID-19 testing for correctional facilities, public housing

Forget nasal swabs: Wastewater could be used to detect future coronavirus outbreaks. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, announced Thursday that $1 million in federal CARES Act funding would go toward a targeted wastewater testing program that could help detect a spate of COVID-19 cases in vulnerable populations, like public housing settings and correctional facilities. (Balt Sun)

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When vaccine is available, regional cooperation will be crucial, officials say

Regional coordination will be paramount for the successful distribution of an eventual coronavirus vaccine, a D.C. health official told the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments on Thursday, and overcoming mistrust among communities of color will be essential. “Individuals get care across the borders, we have a lot of workers that move across the borders, especially amongst the federal government,” said Patrick Ashley, the senior deputy director of emergency preparedness and response at the D.C. Department of Health. (Wash Post)

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Sanity trial of Capital Gazette shooter likely among cases suspended by Maryland Judiciary amid coronavirus surge

The Capital Gazette shooting trial appears to be slated for a delay, again, as the Maryland Judiciary issued an order Thursday re-suspending all jury trials amid the fall surge of the coronavirus. All criminal jury trials scheduled to begin between Monday and the end of the year, for which juries have not been selected yet, have been suspended, according to the latest restrictions ordered by Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. (Balt Sun)

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With coronavirus transmission widespread in Maryland, counties clamp down on restaurants, youth sports and large gatherings

Trying to head off an alarming rise in coronavirus cases and heading into colder months, Maryland courts halted trials and a number of counties put tighter restrictions in place on restaurants, social gatherings and youth sports Thursday. The state’s top judge shut down civil and criminal trials until at least January. “The health and safety of the public, judges, and Judiciary staff remains a top priority, and we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 health emergency and adjust Judiciary operations as necessary,” Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera said in issuing her order. (Balt Sun)

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Prince George’s County announces new restrictions on social gatherings, capacity limits on bars and restaurants

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced on Thursday new guidelines on indoor and outdoor gatherings, and reductions on bars and restaurant capacity. The county is limiting outdoor gatherings to one person or family per 250 square feet, with a maximum of 25 people at outdoor locations, which includes sporting events. The limit on social gatherings indoors is down to 10 people. Family gatherings and parties have contributed the most to the spread of COVID-19, Alsobrooks said. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland criminal and civil trials suspended until at least January, although many court functions continue

The Maryland Court of Appeals announced Thursday that all criminal and civil trials — except those in which a jury already has been seated — will be suspended until at least January, although some court functions will continue to operate on a limited basis. Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issued the order as the state and nation continue wrestling with a surge in coronavirus cases. Maryland’s courts shut down on March 16 and operated in a very limited fashion until Oct. 5, when Barbera allowed jury trials to resume. (Balt Sun)

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