Righttime Medical Care remains open to evaluate patients with COVID-19 symptoms

Annapolis-based Righttime Medical Care, an urgent care company with 19 locations in Maryland, continues to work closely with federal, state and county health officials concerning the COVID-19 situation. All locations remain open to care for patients for all symptoms, whether related to the coronavirus or non-emergency medical conditions such as allergies, sprains, cuts, head injuries, broken bones, and other concerns. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore postal worker tests positive for coronavirus as disease spreads among essential workforce

A U.S. Postal Service employee working out of Baltimore’s Brooklyn branch has tested positive for the new coronavirus, a USPS spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday. Spokeswoman Freda Sauter said in an email that while she could not reveal the employee’s identity or any details regarding the person’s current condition, the USPS believes the “risk is low” for other workers at the Brooklyn branch. The person’s role in the branch was also not disclosed. (Balt Sun)

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Ocean City cancels SpringFest 2020, Blue Travelers concert amid COVID-19 pandemic

SpringFest 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision by the town of Ocean City came during its second day of budget hearings.SpringFest 2020 was originally scheduled for May 7-10, but with projections showing the peak of the novel coronavirus around that same time, city leaders felt it wouldn't be safe to continue the event.Ocean City Special Events Superintendent Frank Miller told council members that even if Maryland begins to recover from COVID-19 at the end of April or early May, it may still take some time for restrictions to be lifted. (Delmarva)

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Longtime Ocean City tourism director Donna Abbott dies

Long-time Ocean City Tourism Director Donna Abbott succumbed to cancer Wednesday, April 1, according to a press release from the town. Abbott had served as tourism director for the town since 2012, according to the press release. Prior to that Abbott held other positions with the town beginning in public relations in 1997. "Donna dedicated nearly 23 years of her life to the town of Ocean City," said Mayor Rick Meehan in the press release. "She was as devoted as they come and was passionate about destination marketing. She was highly respected by everyone who knew her and her loss will be felt in Ocean City and throughout the state of Maryland." (Delmarva)

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Local heroes mobilize to feed residents in need

When the call went out that Talbot County had residents in need of food, county government, businesses and citizens rallied to get the food to the people. Talbot County residents are being fed in increasing numbers each week by more than 11 food pantries across the county, Talbot County Public Schools meal distribution and CarePacks weekend bags home, the Neighborhood Service Center, Brookletts Place Senior Center and Meals on Wheels. (Star Dem)

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As Md. expands testing, questions and uncertainty abound

Maryland will open three drive-up COVID-19 testing sites at vehicle emissions testing stations Wednesday, adding to an existing site at FedEx Field, but it remains unclear what the state’s testing capacity is and whether it would expand anytime in the future. Drive-up testing is only for patients who have received a doctor’s recommendation and have an appointment. The purpose of sites is to keep potentially ill patients from coming in contact with others in hospital emergency departments and doctor offices. (Daily Record)

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Senior communities adapt in response to COVID-19 concerns

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has changed life for many Talbot County residents. Among the changes are the precautions taken to protect those who live in retirement communities and assisted living facilities. Candle Light Cove, an assisted-living senior community in Easton, is among the retirement communities nationwide that have made changes to protect their residents. Steps they’ve taken include requiring all staff and vendors who visit the center to sign the visitor log, wash and sanitize their hands, be screened for known interactions and travel to known confirmed areas of outbreak, and have their temperature taken and logged prior to any activity within the community. (Star Dem)

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Baltimore County creates COVID-19 emergency response fund

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Tuesday announced the launch of the Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which he says will support residents and promote public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will be managed by the Baltimore Community Foundation, a local foundation that manages more than 800 philanthropic funds and $173 million in assets. (Balt Bus Journal)

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