Churches, Synagogues Shift To Online Easter, Passover Services Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Now is usually a time for Easter and Passover services, but this year, people will be worshiping a little bit differently because of the coronavirus pandemic. The pews at The Baltimore Basilica will remain empty this Easter Sunday. “We want to celebrate this Easter, but I want as many people as possible to celebrate many more Easters,” Archbishop William Lori said. (WJZ-TV)

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Deaths in the DMV increase as officials warn it could be next hot spot

The District, Maryland and Virginia saw their biggest single-day increase in fatalities related to the novel coronavirus Monday, with deaths up to 169 as officials warned that the region could become one of the country’s next hot spots and hospitals prepared for a surge. Data released in the District — which for the first time Monday included a breakdown by race — showed that deaths are disproportionately concentrated among black residents, as has been the case elsewhere in the country. (Wash Post)

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Not an 'old-person' problem: Marylanders in their 40s and 50s lead state's COVID-19 cases

This pandemic is not just an "old-person" problem. People in their 40s and 50s account for the most cases in the state, according to the Maryland Department of Health. The age range of 40 to 59 totals over 1,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, as of April 6. (Delmarva)

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Ellicott City flood mitigation work moves forward despite pandemic

Howard County has acquired the former Phoenix Emporium building in Ellicott City, the last building needed to move ahead with a flood mitigation plan for the historic mill town. County Executive Calvin Ball announced the completed acquisition Monday, noting the county has now acquired all 10 buildings on lower Main Street needed for the plan. Ball also gave updates on funding, what construction has been completed so far and where the county stands in the required federal process to assess historic impacts. (Balt Bus Journal)

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4 More Deaths Reported At Pleasant View Nursing Home In Mount Airy

Four more coronavirus-related deaths have been reported at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy, Carroll County health officials said Monday. In total, 14 residents of the nursing home have now died from the virus. The nursing home has been hit hard by COVID-19; at least 77 residents and 31 staff members tested positive. (WJZ)

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Baltimore Police: Southwest District station reopened after deep cleaning that followed positive coronavirus test

Baltimore Police Department’s Southwest District station reopened Monday after all employees were ordered to self-quarantine this past weekend when an officer tested positive for the coronavirus, one of eight police employees who’ve contracted the disease. Department spokeswoman Chakia Fennoy wrote in an email Monday that the building at 424 Font Hill Ave. has reopened “after the building and all cars associated with the district were sanitized over the weekend.” (Balt Sun)

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UMMS to require wearing of masks in all its facilities

Maryland hospitals have begun requiring maks to be worn at all times, another change in response to COVID-19 that has significantly changed what day-to-day operations of the state’s hospitals look like. The new changes come in response to evidence that people who do not show signs of the disease caused by the coronavirus are still spreading it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended late last week that everyone wears a mask in public. (Wash Bus Journal)

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Md. leases two ice rinks to serve as temporary morgues

Maryland has leased two ice rinks to serve as morgues as it prepares for COVID-19 deaths to escalate, state Health Secretary Robert “Bobby” Neall told the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Monday. “On the grim side, I leased two skating rinks last week for makeshift morgues, so you know what’s coming,” Neall told the regents. Neall is also a member of the board. (Daily Record)

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