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Food Insecurity in Md. Declined with Added Government Benefits, But Improvement Short-Lived

As jobs disappeared and large chunks of the economy shut down during the coronavirus pandemic, long lines formed outside food banks and experts warned of spikes in hunger. After the expansion of government aid that followed, fewer Marylanders relied on food pantries and assistance programs for meals — but only temporarily, a recent report found.

$30 Million Campaign To Expand Baltimore Service Opportunities

In honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott teamed up with local and national organizations to launch the “Campaign for Citywide Service,” a three-year, $30 million campaign aimed at creating full-time service opportunities for thousands in Baltimore City. The administration is partnering with the Baltimore City Council and Baltimore Corps, an organization striving to build a more equitable Baltimore, with the goal of elevating the city as a national leader in community service, Mayor Scott’s office said.

Read More: WJZ-TV
Hundreds Of COVID-19 Tests Thrown Out From Ripken Stadium After Lab Shuts Down Over Outbreak

Nearly 500 people need to retest for COVID-19 after tests they took Monday at Ripken Stadium at Aberdeen didn’t make it to the lab in time and expired. A spokesperson for the Harford County Health Department told WJZ its primary laboratory, run by Omnipoynt Solutions, experienced a COVID-19 outbreak this week and had to shut down. Approximately 471 salivas samples from Monday, Jan. 10 were rerouted to a backup laboratory, but expired before they could be processed, the department explained.

Read More: WJZ-TV
More schools expected to move to virtual learning in Montgomery County

School system leaders in Montgomery County are planning to move more schools with high coronavirus infection rates into virtual learning in coming days, as the number of students and staff testing positive climbs amid the surge of the omicron variant. The update late Friday afternoon came as another difficult week ended in Maryland’s largest school system, which faced mounting pressure to its rethink plans for full-scale in-person education.

ACPS bus driver asks school officials for accountability

As a school bus driver, Ed Martin is responsible for scores of children, as well as people in other vehicles on the road, and he works to keep everyone safe. While most of his passengers are well behaved, some cause problems that threaten the welfare of all. By writing “referrals,” Martin has reported the issues to school officials several times, but his concerns have rarely been acknowledged, he told the Allegany County Public Schools Board of Education this week.

Baltimore City Public Schools Announces COVID Policy Changes As Dozens Of Schools Remain In Virtual Instruction
Baltimore City Public Schools reduced its quarantine time to five days for students and staff as dozens of schools remain in temporary virtual instruction. The changes follow Centers for Disease Control and Maryland Department of Health guidance, a school district announcement stated. Sixty-five schools in Baltimore City were in a temporary virtual instruction mode on Friday, representing about 40% of the district’s schools.
Read More: WJZ-TV
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Omicron showing signs of peaking in D.C. and Maryland

The winter surge of coronavirus cases may be peaking in the District and Maryland, experts said Thursday, as Maryland’s governor announced 20 million free N95 and KN95 masks will be distributed to further blunt the spread. The case counts still far outpace any other phase of the pandemic. But the seven-day average of new cases in both D.C. and Maryland have generally declined this week, according to data compiled by The Washington Post.

An independent investigation reports reasons why corruption, the GTTF was able to happen in BPD

Steptoe & Johnson LLP has released a report over 500 pages to try and explain why the Baltimore police department’s infamous Gun Trace Task Force caused such a hotbed of corruption over two decades. The report compiled by a consultant from Washington, D.C., concludes that among other things, members of the task force had no respect for the chain of command, and went unsupervised because many of them had connections to high-ranking officers within the department.

Read More: WBAL
Maryland vendor accused of mishandling vaccines gave majority of questioned doses at Sandy Point, other public clinics

A mobile vendor accused of mishandling hundreds of COVID-19 vaccine doses delivered a majority of the suspect shots at public clinics at a state park, courthouses, grocery stores and other community settings, according to a Baltimore Sun data analysis. TrueCare24, the San Francisco-based company, is the subject of a complaint filed last month by a Maryland Department of Health employee accusing the company of improperly storing and handling vaccines and not providing required records, potentially affecting the vaccines’ efficacy.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
New Maryland COVID tests sites to include Salisbury; N95 and KN95 masks to be given free

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced new measures Thursday to help assist with rising COVID-19 cases including new testing sites, nursing home measures and a free mask program. As part of the 20 new hospital-adjacent testing sites across the state, six new sites were announced, during the news conference held at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health in Easton.

Read More: Delmarva Now

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