Amid glimmer of optimism, Hogan empowers local officials to shut down ‘unsafe’ facilities

Maryland might avoid the projected worst-case scenarios for illnesses and deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday. Hogan and his team of public health advisers cautiously offered a glimmer of optimism even as the governor announced the formation of so-called medical strike teams to battle the disease, especially at nursing homes. (Daily Record)

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Hogan announces ‘strike teams’ for responding to coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced the creation of “strike teams” to provide immediate support to nursing homes experiencing outbreaks of coronavirus cases across the state. At least 90 such facilities have confirmed cases of the virus in Maryland, Hogan said. One in Carroll County — Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy — has experienced at least 17 deaths as of Tuesday and dozens of other infections among residents and staff. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland will start reporting info about race of coronavirus patients, governor says

Maryland will start reporting information by the end of the week about the race of patients who contract the coronavirus and those who die from it, Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday. Maryland health officials have faced pressure for about a week to release the racial breakdown of confirmed cases by legislators and others concerned that there are disparities in testing and care for people of color. (Balt Sun)

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Former FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb Joining Maryland’s Coronavirus Response Team

The former Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb is joining Maryland’s coronavirus response team. Gov. Larry Hogan confirmed the news via Twitter Tuesday. “Thrilled to have [Scott Gottlieb] join our coronavirus response team alongside some of the top public health experts in the country,” Hogan tweeted. “Dr. Gottlieb is widely respected on both side of the aisle, and his expertise will be invaluable to Maryland’s COVID-19 response.” (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore Creates ‘Critical Interventions’ for Homeless Population During Pandemic

The Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services is moving some individuals to contracted motels as the city attempts to expand protections for the city’s homeless population during the COVID-19 pandemic. Baltimore City has approximately 800 homeless individuals across its shelter system. The most recently available data indicates that in January 2019, there were 380 unsheltered homeless people in the city. (Md Matters)

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California Ships Out 500 Ventilators Across The Country, Including Some To Maryland

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that the state has shipped out 500 ventilators, including some to Maryland. More than 100 ventilators went to New York, New Jersey, and Illinois. More than 50 went to Maryland, Delaware, Nevada and D.C. (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore County expecting multimillion-dollar drop in revenue and rise in expenses due to coronavirus pandemic

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. says his administration projects that the county’s local revenues will drop by “tens of millions of dollars” next year as businesses suspend operations and furlough or lay off workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Adding to the problem, Olszewski said, expenses directly tied to COVID-19 also will amount to “tens of millions” of dollars. (Balt Sun)

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Health Secretary: Maryland has leased ice rinks for possible makeshift morgues

The state of Maryland has leased two ice skating rinks to use as possible makeshift morgues during the COVID-19 crisis. Maryland Health Secretary Robert R. Neall shared the grim detail with the University System of Maryland Board of Regents on a teleconference Monday evening. Neall, a member of the board, said officials are working overtime to create a temporary hospital system that is three-quarters the size of the state’s permanent hospital system. (WTOP)

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