FedEx Field drive-thru coronavirus testing site opens Monday

The drive-thru coronavirus screening and testing site at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, opened Monday, but residents first must obtain a referral from their doctors, Gov. Larry Hogan announced. In addition, the state has begun drive-thru testing at three Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) locations in Glen Burnie, Bel Air and Waldorf. “There is no charge at any of these COVID-19 assessment, screening and testing sites,” Mr. Hogan said. “However, I want to stress that the testing allotment in Maryland and across America is still limited, and testing at these sites is strictly limited to those with a referral from their health care provider or doctor and who have an appointment to be tested.” (Wash Times)

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3 People At Baltimore, Jessup Correctional Facilities Test Positive For COVID-19

Two non-correctional contract employees and an inmate have tested positive for COVID-19. The three are associated with correctional facilities in Baltimore and Jessup. The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services announced the three positive cases Monday afternoon. The department has COVID-19 response teams working to determine if any other staff or inmates may have had contact with the three people. (WJZ)

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Second resident of Mount Airy nursing home dies amid coronavirus outbreak; Oak Crest resident tests positive

A second Carroll County resident has died amid a major coronavirus outbreak at a Mount Airy nursing home, and in Howard County, officials revealed Monday that the virus killed a resident of a nursing home there earlier this month. With a resident also testing positive at a Baltimore County retirement community Sunday, concern is growing in Maryland that the coronavirus could be potently spreading among older people living in close quarters, as it has in other states. (Balt Sun)

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Wicomico child tests positive, bringing county total to 7 cases

CommentsA seventh Wicomico resident has tested positive for COVID-19 — this time a child, marking the county's youngest confirmed case. A Wicomico County Health Department news release identifies the patient as a girl under the age of 18. Her siblings have tested negative, but the entire household is quarantined and feeling fine. Health officials say they are conducting thorough investigations to trace any contacts with any confirmed cases, and anyone who has had contact will be notified. (Delmarva)

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Maryland Works To Expand Testing, Opens 3 New Drive-Thru Testing Sites

Three new testing sites at motor vehicle emission centers are now open to screen and test more people for the coronavirus, Gov. Hogan said Monday. The drive-thru testing sites are in Glen Burnie, Waldorf and Bel Air, and people can get tested free of charge. However, the governor said, testing is still limited in the state and are strictly for those who have referrals from their health care provider or a doctor. (WJZ)

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Locked up: No masks, sanitizer as virus spreads behind bars

Something was wrong. The chow hall line at New York’s Rikers Island jail had halted. For three hours, the men stood and waited, without food, until a correctional officer quietly delivered the news: A civilian chef was among those who tested positive for the coronavirus. “We was like, ‘What? The cook?’” said Corey Young, who spoke to The Associated Press last week by phone from Rikers. He and others wondered if the chef had sneezed on trays or into the food. Some men later floated the idea of a hunger strike to protest. (Daily Record)

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Hopkins to lead coronavirus treatment study backed by Bloomberg and Md.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the state of Maryland will spend $4 million to back a Johns Hopkins University study into whether the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients can be used to treat patients suffering from the disease. The effort will also include researchers from nearly two dozen institutions, including the Mayo Clinic, Stanford University Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Arturo Casadevall, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will lead the study. (Daily Record)

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Prince George’s County hospital needs elastic bands to make masks

A Prince George’s County, Maryland, hospital now seeks public donations of elastic fabric to make face masks as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has personal protective equipment in short supply across the country. Council member Thomas E. Dernoga said in an email that UM Prince George’s Hospital Center needs elastic bands to make facial masks for staff in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. (WTOP)

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