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Towson University, UMBC offering free online mental health service for its students through platform ‘Togetherall’

Towson University and University of Maryland Baltimore County recently partnered with Togetherall to provide students with free access to 24/7 online peer-to-peer mental health support. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into focus the mental health of college students across the nation. In response to the growing concern among students, college health professionals at Towson University and University of Maryland Baltimore County have expanded its resources online. Towson and UMBC recently partnered with Togetherall to provide students with free access to 24/7 online peer-to-peer mental health support.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Study: Md. Public Schools Will Need to Spend $818 Million to Cool Classrooms by 2025

As climate change leads to hotter days across the country, the cost of cooling public school buildings grows higher. New research estimates that more than 280 Maryland public schools that did not need air conditioning in 1970 could have to spend $818 million to install new heating and cooling systems by 2025 to keep classrooms at a safe temperature. These schools may also have to spend an additional $32.8 million every year to operate and maintain the HVAC systems, affecting more than 900,000 students across the state.

Maryland Ranked Second For Protecting Residents From Covid, Study Says

Some good news as Maryland begins to emerge from more than a year of pandemic-related restrictions: all the mask-wearing, social distancing and lockdowns apparently have worked. Maryland was ranked second of all states in fighting Covid-19 and keeping residents safe, according to a study released Friday from Sykes, a provider of multichannel demand generation and customer engagement services for Global 2000 companies. Only Hawaii was ranked higher. The study examined factors like weekly test positivity rates, hospital admissions, vaccine distribution.

Read More: WJZ-TV
As Maryland eases COVID-19 measures, Howard Co. says students can go maskless on the playground

Students in Howard County, Maryland, can soon go maskless on the playground under an easing of coronavirus restrictions that also includes lifting capacity limits on spectators at school sports and expanding attendance at upcoming high school graduation ceremonies. “This easing of restrictions is a direct result of individuals becoming vaccinated at an expedited rate and in light of the lowering COVID-19 case rates in Howard County and across Maryland,” wrote Howard County Public School System Superintendent Michael J. Martirano in an update to the school community Friday.

Read More: WTOP
Baltimore City Health Department Partners With St. Agnes Hospital To Offer Vaccinations For Ages 12 And Up

The Baltimore City Health Department partnered with Ascension St. Agnes Friday to offer vaccinations at Digital Harbor High School for people aged 12 and up. “Being 14, I spent a lot of time on the Internet so I see all the rumors, I guess you could call them—all the conspiracy theories,” Adam Rather said following his first dose. Adam’s father Dave is happy three of his four kids now have gotten fully or partially vaccinated. “Hopefully, we all get vaccinated and we put this thing behind us,” Dave Rather said.

Read More: WJZ-TV
Gaithersburg rally calls attention to unresolved Jan. police shooting death of Black man

Family and friends of a man killed in a January encounter with Gaithersburg police held a rally Saturday afternoon, hoping to focus attention on the four-month-old police shooting as they demand a full accounting of exactly what happened. Kwamena Ocran, 24, was shot and killed by Gaithersburg Police Jan. 8. Gaithersburg Police Chief Mark Sroka initially said plain clothes officers believed that Ocran had a gun and approached him when he ran across Maryland Route 355 around 5:50 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8.

Read More: WTOP
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).
As Marylanders remove masks, state tops 5.5 million COVID vaccinations; hospitalizations continue to fall

Maryland added 378 coronavirus infections, raising the state’s pandemic case count to 455,635, according to the health department. That’s the smallest tally of cases reported in five days. Deaths: 17 more people were reported dead from COVID-19, bringing to 8,733 the number of fatalities in Maryland attributable to the disease since health officials began tracking it in March 2020, the data shows. Hospitalizations: Some 653 remained in hospitals statewide battling the coronavirus, 27 fewer than the day before, according to the data.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Much-awaited analysis of school boundaries in Montgomery County tackles diversity, crowding

Maryland’s largest school system could achieve greater diversity in its schools and ease crowding if it adjusted boundaries between neighboring schools, a benefit that would result from rezoning fewer than 10 percent of students, a new report says. The much-awaited analysis comes after more than two years of community discussion and study, which sparked debate about race, income and fairness — and “long-distance busing” — in suburban, liberal Montgomery County.

Baltimore School Board Approves $1.39B Budget Thursday

The Baltimore Board of School Commissioners voted to approve the city school district’s $1.39 billion budget for the 2021-22 school year Thursday. The district’s priorities, according to a statement, for the school year include: Investments to meet the needs of Covid recovery and the reopening of school buildings, such as testing, air quality maintenance, personal protective equipment and more custodians. The majority of these investments are being paid for by one-time recovery funding from state and federal sources….

Read More: WJZ
Coronavirus cases in Maryland are the lowest they’ve been in months. Here’s what you need to know.

New coronavirus cases in Maryland are on a sharp decline after a slight bump in March, marking what experts hope could be the beginning of the end. With vaccinations underway and officials lifting many of the major restrictions that have governed life this past year, the state, along with its neighbors, appear to be headed toward a new phase of the pandemic. Here are answers to some common questions.

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