Models show coronavirus infection ‘peaking probably around Fourth of July,’ Maryland health agency official says

Maryland’s outbreak of the new coronavirus is on pace to peak around July 4, a state Health Department official told members of the Maryland elections board, although outside health experts cautioned against predictions involving a certain date because a lot is unknown or could change. Webster Ye, director of the Health Department’s office of governmental affairs, delivered a sobering timeline to board members Wednesday as they weighed decisions about the state’s upcoming elections. (Balt Sun)

Read Full Article

Who gets lifesaving care — and who doesn’t — when there’s a crush of coronavirus patients? Maryland is coming up with a plan.

After the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, a group led by Johns Hopkins University convened meetings of residents in 15 hotel ballrooms across Maryland to answer a terrible question: If there were another pandemic and hospitals were overwhelmed, who would get saved? The responses now serve as the backbone of discussions that could determine how the most crucial weapon in the arsenal against the coronavirus — ventilators — are allocated if demand exceeds supply. (Balt Sun)

Read Full Article

Fees For Not Paying Video Tolls In Maryland Will Be Cut In Half Starting In July

Once Maryland rolls out its new electronic tolling system, drivers who forget to pay a video toll will see the penalty cut in half, the Maryland Transportation Authority said Thursday. The MDTA Board approved lowering the penalty for drivers who don’t pay a video toll within 45 days from $50 to $25, in part because the cost of collecting citations has decreased, the agency said in a news release. The agency said the change is expected to save drivers around $7.4 million each year. (WJZ)

Read Full Article

Wicomico Inmates Creating Masks To Help Health Care Workers

Efforts to sew face masks for health care workers began this week in both Wicomico and Worcester counties. As hospitals and care facilities across the nation contend with shortages of protective gear amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Master Corrections Officer Joann Johnson is spearheading an effort at the Wicomico County Department of Corrections to make reusable face masks for local health care workers. “It’s important to everybody because lives are at stake,” she said. “Everybody that can give a helping hand should give a helping hand.” (Dispatch)

Read Full Article

Ocean City To Hold Budget Sessions In Virtual Format

Next week marks the time resort officials head into crucial budget deliberations for the coming fiscal year and that won’t change despite the ongoing crisis, but the process certainly won’t be typical. In a normal year, the process begins with a balanced budget and a recommended tax rate presented by City Manager Doug Miller and Budget Manager Jennie Knapp. After that introduction, each department makes a lengthy pitch including power point presentations outlining all they have accomplished in the current fiscal year and what they are seeking in the pending budget. Finally, a budget wrap-up is held and final adjustment are made before a final budget is drafted and ultimately vote upon. (Dispatch)

Read Full Article

Doctors say a coronavirus vaccine is a year or more away

As the coronavirus ravages Maryland and most of the globe, some doctors say an approved vaccine is a year or more away. There are 580 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland as of Thursday morning — the largest single-day increase. There were 423 confirmed cases in the state on Wednesday. Four Marylanders have died from the virus. “There’s a pace to all of this,” Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos, an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, told MarylandReporter.com in a phone interview earlier this week. (Md. Reporter)

Read Full Article

Baltimore County Providing ‘Grocery Drive-And-Go’ Distribution For Food-Insecure Residents

Baltimore County announced Thursday plans to expand grocery distribution to food-insecure families across the county. The county will distribute boxes of groceries at 11 sites around the county on Saturday, March 28, to feed residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.The boxes will have various groceries including fresh produce from the Maryland-based Keany Produce & Gourmet, bread from H&S Bakery and other items from the Maryland Food Bank. (WJZ)

Read Full Article

Anne Arundel Co. hospitals facing shortage of masks, gowns, gloves

Hospitals in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, are among those lacking enough personal protective equipment for staff members in the midst of the coronavirus. “There are backlogs in all of the personal protective equipment and other equipment, and we’re talking about masks and gowns and gloves,” said Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman, the county’s health officer. The county’s top health officer said some supplies arrived earlier this week from the national strategic stockpile, though there still might not be enough. (WTOP)

Read Full Article