As pandemic worsens, Md. prepares to confront a fiscal crisis

Maryland fiscal leaders are bracing for the economic impacts of a human health crisis that has effectively shut down business in the state in less than a month. Analysts, budget experts and economists have warned for the better part of a year that the economy and its unprecedented period of growth was likely to slow down and recession could come maybe as early as this year. (Daily Record)

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Activists: House homeless at Baltimore hotels during pandemic

Housing advocates are calling on Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young to start moving homeless residents into hotels to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Baltimore City Councilman Ryan Dorsey and Councilman Zeke Cohen were among those requesting that Baltimore house homeless residents in currently empty hotels. The legislators called on the mayor to push hotels owned or subsidized by the city, such as the city-owned Hilton Baltimore, to provide rooms. (Daily Record)

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‘The US economy is in a depression,’ UMD business school professor says

The coronavirus has plunged the U.S. economy into a depression, according to a one-time chief economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission who is now affiliated with University of Maryland. "The U.S. economy is in a depression. That is a recession from which it cannot easily recover,” Peter Morici, a professor emeritus at UMD’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, told MarylandReporter.com in a phone interview on Friday. (Md. Maryland)

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Six Maryland counties team up on economic development, matching Northern Virginia

A group of six suburban Maryland counties have partnered to cooperate on economic development efforts, mirroring a similar effort launched in Northern Virginia last year. Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard, Frederick, Anne Arundel and Charles counties have all signed a new joint statement of collaboration, pledging to work together to lure businesses in a bid to ease competition among the localities. Economic development officials from each jurisdiction formalized the new agreement Monday, though discussions first started back in October. (Wash Post)

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Mayor Young Concerned Over Citizens Not Following Stay-At-Home Order

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young joined the C4 Show on-air Monday to provide the latest updates on the coronavirus in the city. Although Young believes most citizens are obeying Gov. Larry Hogan's stay-at-home order and social distancing guidelines, he is still concerned about the number of citizens who are not following orders. (WBAL)

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With coronavirus at more than 80 nursing homes in Maryland, Gov. Hogan increases protective measures

With confirmed cases of the new coronavirus found in over 80 nursing homes across the state, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued an emergency order Sunday aimed at curbing the spread of the illness in such facilities, many of which have been ravaged by similar outbreaks across the country. Per the order, “symptomatic” residents now qualify for expedited COVID-19 tests, administered either by the state or other public laboratories. (Balt Sun)

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Coronavirus Impacts: U.S. Census Being Disrupted By COVID-19 Pandemic

April first was “Census Day,” a day to promote participation in the 2020 census. But the U.S. census count is being disrupted by the COVID-19 crisis. Jim Dobyns wants to make sure everyone in his household is counted in the census. He says it’s an important civic duty, on par with voting. “And it just asked you who all lives in the house and basically their age, their relationship to you, and birthday so it’s a very simple process,” Dobyns says. (WJZ-TV)

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US braces for roughest week yet of coronavirus pandemic: ‘This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment,’ surgeon general says

Americans braced for what the nation's top doctor warned Sunday would be “the hardest and saddest week” of their lives while Britain assumed the unwelcome mantle of deadliest coronavirus hot spot in Europe after a record 24-hour jump in deaths that surpassed even hard-hit Italy's. Britain's own prime minister, Boris Johnson, was hospitalized, 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19 in what his office described as a “precautionary step.” (Balt Sun)

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