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Baltimore County Accepting Submissions For Memorial To COVID-19 Victims At Lake Roland Park

Baltimore County and the Baltimore County Public Arts Guild is taking applications for a public art memorial to remember the lives lost to COVID-19. The County is looking to install a “dynamic, free-standing public art concept” at Lake Roland Park to represent hope, unity and healing from the pandemic. Baltimore County suffered disproportionately over the pandemic. Of the over 8,800 Marylanders who lost their lives to COVID-19, over 1500 of them were from Baltimore County.

Read More: WJZ-TV
Covid-19 Vaccine Bottle Mockup (does not depict actual vaccine).
Maryland reaches 70% threshold in adult vaccinations

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says the state has reached its goal of vaccinating 70% of adults in the state by Memorial Day. The state’s coronavirus data tracker showed Monday that 6.13 million coronavirus doses have been delivered in the state. It also shows that 69.9% of adults 18 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine

Read More: Times-News
‘Huge’ capital investment in Baltimore County’s District 1 includes funding for Wilkens police station, Landsdowne High

Baltimore County’s $4.2 billion budget for fiscal year 2022 provides significant capital for District 1, including $7 million toward a new Wilkins police station. Baltimore County Councilman Tom Quirk, who represents the southwest portion of the county where the precinct is located, called the upgrade a “long time coming” and “great to see.”

Read More: Baltimore Sun
With 12 men exonerated and a handful of new trials granted, the force behind Maryland’s Innocence Project hangs it up

When Shawn Armbrust began investigating wrongful convictions in Maryland, she kept hearing the same questions whenever she asked for a case file. Who are you? Where is Michele? Michele, of course, was the attorney Michele Nethercott, the singular force behind the Innocence Project at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She worked tirelessly on a shoestring budget with a staff that peaked around three to identify and set free innocent men behind bars.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Notre Dame Of Maryland University To Require COVID-19 Vaccine For Students Returning To Campus
Notre Dame of Maryland announced that they will require students returning to campus to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. “We are looking forward to the University resuming more normal operations this fall. Our plans are grounded on continuing effective public health strategies,” said Sr. Sharon Slear, Provost. “While the pandemic in the U.S. seems to be on a downward trajectory, NDMU continues to closely monitor and adhere to CDC, State, and local health and safety guidance. As the pandemic evolves, NDMU will continue to respond accordingly.”
Read More: WJZ
Sixty percent of students in Washington region have not had any learning in a school building since March 2020.
In the diverse and expansive Washington region, around 40 percent of the roughly 700,000 public school students are learning at least once a week in a school building. The other 420,000 students have been entirely remote since the coronavirus pandemic closed schools in March 2020, according to data from the region’s school systems. The percentage of students reporting to a classroom in the two school districts that are majority Black and low-income — D.C. Public Schools and Prince George’s County Public Schools — is even lower, with just 28 percent of students learning in person part of the week.
More Than 700K Marylanders Expected To Return Home After Memorial Day Weekend

This Memorial Day weekend broke travel records that the U.S. hasn’t seen since the start of the pandemic. More than 700,000 Marylanders are expected to return after heading out of town for the holiday. TSA reported nearly 2 million air travelers on Friday — the highest number reported since the beginning of the COVID-19 health crisis.

Read More: WJZ
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).
Maryland officials reclassify 517 deaths as COVID fatalities, bringing death toll to over 9,300

Maryland officials said Thursday that there have been 517 more COVID-19 fatalities during the coronavirus pandemic that were not counted previously, increasing the death toll of the virus to more than 9,300 in the state. The state’s Department of Health attributed the increase to deaths caused by COVID-19 that were classified improperly by doctors, nurses and others who record deaths at hospitals, nursing homes and elsewhere. The errors weren’t caught until the department’s Vital Statistics Administration reviewed the data later and compared it with other sources of data.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore indoor mask mandate remains as officials expand vaccination efforts

Baltimore City is keeping its indoor mask mandate in place, unlike much of the rest of Maryland. Mayor Brandon Scott says it’s not good enough that only 54% of people in the city are vaccinated. “If folks want us to run faster, then go get vaccinated. Push everyone they know to get vaccinated.  We’re not that far. 11% is not that far off.”

Read More: WBAL
Maryland state school board chooses San Antonio administrator as next superintendent

Mohammed Choudhury, a San Antonio public school administrator with a record of trying creative solutions to improve schools, was chosen Thursday as Maryland’s next state school superintendent. Choudhury was an uncharacteristic choice for the state school board. He is an out-of-state pick — one of two in the past 30 years — and as the child of immigrants from Bangladesh he is the first man of color to lead the state’s education agency.

Read More: Baltimore Sun

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