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Morgan State Among Several Historically Black Colleges And Universities To Receive Grant To Preserve Campus
Several historically Black colleges and universities will receive more than $650,000 in grants to preserve their campuses as part of a new initiative announced Tuesday. The funding for the HBCUs comes as leaders of the colleges and universities continue to advocate for additional funding nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, which has threatened the survival of many already chronically underfunded schools. Details about the initiative were shared with The Associated Press ahead of the announcement.
Facebook Group Helps Thousands Of Marylanders Get Questions Answered About COVID-19 Vaccination Process
It’s been called a Godsend and life-changer, but for Technician Elliot Hazzard, he calls the Maryland Vaccine Hunters Facebook Group he started “a centralized resource where people can ask questions and get answers.” Millions of Marylanders are waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine. After partnering with the vaccine hunters “Las Caza Vacunas”, a group of eight teachers helping hundreds of seniors get vaccinated, they’ve gotten shots to hundreds more.
Read More: WJZ
Some seniors frustrated with new Md. vaccine appointment call center

Getting a vaccine appointment in Maryland is not an easy task for some seniors. While the state opened a new vaccine appointment call center to create greater access, whether callers get through on the phone seems entirely up to chance. Aimed at seniors who don’t have internet access, Maryland’s new vaccination support center is staffed seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The call center number is 1-855-MD-GO-VAX, which is 1-855-634-6829.

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Anne Arundel Board of Education approves funding for Old Mill West High School, elementary replacements

The Board of Education approved a $234.5 million capital budget for fiscal year 2022 Tuesday evening, which will pay for physical improvements and upkeep at schools throughout the county. The budget request will be sent to County Executive Steuart Pittman, who must formulate a budget for all of Anne Arundel government and present it to the County Council.

Kids Are Going Without Dental Care During The Pandemic

Children are missing out on preventative dental care including teeth cleaning and checkups during the pandemic, according to a new survey. Covid-19 is a barrier to getting kids the dental care they need, said a third of parents responding to the survey released by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. Since the pandemic began, 40% of parents have avoided seeking care at all, citing concerns about infection, office closures and cost.

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COVID-19 In Maryland: 7.4K Total Deaths Linked To Coronavirus In Maryland As Hospitalizations, Positivity Rate Continue To Decline

For the first time since November, Maryland’s coronavirus positivity rate went below 5% Sunday. That trend continued Monday, when the statewide positivity declined again slightly to 4.53%. Hospitalizations also went down by 53 patients to 1,113, with 285 patients in the ICU — continuing the state’s downward trend with those numbers as well.

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Towson University Will Reopen For Full In-Person Learning, Residential Living In Fall 2021

Towson University will reopen for full in-person learning and residential living this fall. In an announcement from the university leadership Monday, said they will release a more detailed plan soon including course options, schedules and deadlines. “We will continue to put the health and safety of our community first, and will follow all best practices as outlined by our federal, state and local partners. On campus, these efforts are being led by our COVID Response Leadership Team,” university officials said in a letter to the TU community. 

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With Maryland schools planning to reopen, teacher unions say classrooms aren’t safe enough yet from coronavirus

As many Maryland school districts prepare to return to classrooms for the first time in nearly a year, local teachers unions are staring down a deadline with a decision: How hard should they push back against reopening plans they believe put their health and lives in danger? Since the summer, the unions have demanded a list of safety and health conditions are met before they return to in-person teaching.

Maryland reports fewest new daily coronavirus cases since October; 26 more deaths

Maryland health officials reported 722 new cases of the coronavirus Monday, the fewest for a single day since Oct. 26, along with 26 more deaths associated with the virus. Those additions bring Maryland to 371,705 infections and 7,400 confirmed fatalities since the state reported its first case in March 2020. The state has reported fewer than 1,200 new cases for eight straight days and has been below that mark for 11 of the past 15 days.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
School bus capacity bill passes Maryland House of Delegates, likely to face opposition in the Senate

A bill that regulates school bus capacity has passed through the House of Delegates, a first for newly appointed Del. Dana Jones, a Democrat from Annapolis. The bill now heads to the Senate. House Bill 87 aims at the state’s transportation code and would require that school buses be routed so that the number of people on the bus never exceeds the manufacturer’s set capacity.

Read More: Baltimore Sun

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