Coronavirus Latest: Disaster Relief Agencies Will Collect Specialized Medical Equipment Across Md.

Disaster relief agencies are partnering to open four locations around the State of Maryland to accept donations of specialized medical equipment and some cleaning supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic. Officials said the donation sites will only expect these items:Unused N95 masks with or without valve Protective goggles in original packaging Unused nitrile gloves in original packaging Unused hospital gowns in original packaging (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland State Police: Local, State Officers Respond To Hundreds Of Calls Reporting Large Gatherings

Maryland State Police say state and local law enforcement officers have responded to 277 calls reporting businesses or individuals not in compliance with Gov. Hogan’s Executive Order prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people. One man in Charles County was arrested Friday for hosting 60 people at a bonfire. (WJZ-TV)

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Protest at Howard County Detention Center calls for release of immigrants amid coronavirus outbreak

A group of organizers came together Sunday afternoon at the Howard County Detention Center to protest the detention of immigrants charged with civil infractions, along with all nonviolent offenders, who they say are at greater risk of contracting the coronavirus inside the facility. Organizers from CASA, Doctors for Camp Closure, Takoma Park Mobilization Equal Justice Committee, Immigrant Justice & COVID-19, and other individuals gathered in Jessup to demonstrate and urge Howard County Executive Calvin Ball to release the detainees. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland election board’s plan for no in-person voting is ripe for legal challenge, voting rights groups say

When members of the Maryland Board of Elections convened, they knew they would be asked to make a near-impossible decision. Offer in-person centers to ensure every possible voter could participate in the June 2 primary, but risk the exposure of election staff and volunteers to a mysterious and deadly viral pandemic? Or hold an election exclusively with ballots sent by mail, a system that would exclude some of the most disadvantaged voters — people with disabilities, those without housing and people temporarily displaced by the spreading outbreak? (Balt Sun)

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Nursing homes enact stricter measures to stop coronavirus spread

Three more Montgomery County, Maryland, nursing homes said they have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak, prompting new measures to protect elderly residents. The county said two residents at Brighton Gardens in Bethesda, as well as employees at the Fox Chase Rehab and Nursing Center in Silver Spring and the Fairland Center in the Fairland area, have all tested positive for COVID-19. (WTOP)

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D.C. was intentionally classified as a territory in virus-aid bill, lawmakers say

Sen. Chris Van Hollen said Thursday that the coronavirus relief package expected to pass the House of Representatives on Friday deliberately classified the District as a territory instead of a state, which means the city will get less than half of the funding it was expecting. Van Hollen (D-Md.) said he doesn’t know how the District got lumped in with five U.S. territories — the city is almost always treated like a full-fledged state by the federal government when it comes to grants, highway funding, education dollars and food assistance.  (Wash Post)

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President Trump declares major disaster in Maryland due to coronavirus, releasing funds after request from Gov. Larry Hogan

President Donald Trump released more funding to Maryland on Thursday night after declaring that a major disaster exists in the state amid the coronavirus outbreak. Gov. Larry Hogan said the funding comes hours after a phone call with the president and other White House officials where he pushed for disaster declarations. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland slated to receive billions from $2 trillion federal stimulus

Maryland's five largest jurisdictions will receive more than $2 billion in direct aid from the federal government while small businesses will also be eligible for additional assistance if Congress passes a $2 trillion stimulus package to address the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The stimulus bill passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday night, 96-0. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she expects the bill to pass in her chamber with bipartisan approval when it takes a vote on Friday. (Balt Bus Journal)

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