Baltimore nurse practitioner offers free medical help, shelter for Muslim women despite COVID-19 challenges

Asma Inge-Hanif’s desire to be a “Good Samaritan” led her to use her home in Northwest Baltimore to welcome Muslim women fleeing domestic violence. That’s the same reason the nurse practitioner says she is compelled to give free physicals to kids and blood pressure screenings to seniors, organize clothing drives and share food with people experiencing homelessness. (Balt Sun)

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‘Second Wave’ Of Mental Health Devastation Due To COVID-19 Is Imminent, Experts Say

While the world struggles to manage the initial waves of death and disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, there is mounting evidence accumulating that “a second wave” linked to rising rates of mental health and substance use disorders could be building, according to an article published Monday in the medical journal JAMA. (CNN)

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Volunteers Take Part In Downtown Baltimore Cleanup, Remove Trash From 106-Block Area

Dozens of volunteers hit the streets of Baltimore Tuesday to deep clean some target spots in the city. The effort, led by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, is designed to clean up downtown for both residents and visitors. “This is what community is about,” Shelonda Stokes, the group’s president, said. (WJZ-TV)

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‘This Is Such A Special City’ | Local Tour Guide Goes Virtual Amid Coronavirus Pandemic To Highlight Sites Around Baltimore

The tourism industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, which for a local tour guide, business isn’t so great. But instead of sitting around, he took his talents online. Chris Riehl loves Baltimore. He even wrote some of his favorite city sites into a swinging song. “This is such a special city,” he said. “There are so many incredible stories about what has happened here historically. We have more monuments and memorials per capita than any other city in the country. But really, it’s the people.” (WJZ-TV)

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Ocean City, Maryland Recreation And Parks Hosting ‘Halloween Spook Out’ Event At Northside Park

Ocean City Recreation and Parks is inviting kids of all ages and their families to participate in the 2020 Halloween Spook Out at Northside Park. There will be games, crafts and activities for everyone. There will also be multiple carnival-style games throughout the event and candy prizes for game-winners. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland adds 504 new coronavirus cases, five new deaths; positivity rate down slightly

Maryland added 504 confirmed cases of coronavirus Monday, as well as five new deaths associated with COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. These additions bring the state to 131,861 confirmed infections and 3,859 fatalities since officials started tracking the pandemic’s spread in Maryland in March. Through Sunday’s count, the state had the 29th-most cases per capita and the 16th-most deaths per capita in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus resource center. (Balt Sun)

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'The best place for all’ slogan is aspirational: New report shows Anne Arundel second in the state for reports of hate crimes and bias incidents

Reports of hate crimes and bias incidents in Anne Arundel County increased slightly in 2019. However, Montgomery County surpassed Anne Arundel as the jurisdiction with the highest instance of reports in the state, according to a new report from the Maryland State Police. The State of Maryland 2019 Hate Bias Report shows 81 reports of hate crimes or bias incidents in 2019, up from 78 in 2018, continuing the trend of increases beginning in 2014. Many of the incidents were reported in the northern part of Anne Arundel County, with a heat map showing each zip code by color based on the range of incidents reported. (Cap Gazette)

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Poll: Half of Maryland residents wouldn’t take an FDA-approved coronavirus vaccine

Half of Maryland residents would not take a federally approved coronavirus vaccine today even if it were offered free, a new poll found. The Goucher Poll released Tuesday also found widespread concern in Maryland about contracting the coronavirus. About 7 in 10 people say they are either “somewhat” or “very concerned” about themselves or a loved one getting sick. (Wash Post)

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