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With three horses and five officers, BPD’s half-million-dollar mounted unit survives

Funding for the Baltimore Police Department’s mounted unit was zeroed out by the City Council last spring amid protests and calls for reduced police spending following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. It looked like the end of the line for the oldest continuously operating police mounted unit in the country. “Now is the moment – every city dollar must count,” then Council President (now Mayor) Brandon Scott said, as the legislative body offered to cut $553,000 for the police horse program, among other reductions, to show they heard citizens’ calls to drastically shift priorities.

Read More: Baltimore Brew
Maryland college students seek mental health help amid COVID-19 pandemic

Some college students have experienced difficulty adjusting to life during the COVID-19 pandemic, facing elevated rates of stress and/or anxiety. “During June 24–30, 2020, U.S. adults reported considerably elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19,” according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Young adults were among those that experienced negative mental health outcomes. At the same time, university counseling center utilization saw a 32% average decrease, according to a study conducted across 63 institutions by Penn State University’s Center for Collegiate Mental Health, but attributes the drop to students leaving campus.

Read More: Star Democrat
Maryland Resumes Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccinations After CDC, FDA Lift Pause

Maryland has begun to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine again after the Food & Drug Administration, along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, lifted the pause on the one-shot covid-19 vaccine on Friday. Maryland has administered 180,507 of the single dose shots so far including 29 shots in the past 24 hours, according to state health department data. “Both agencies have full confidence that this vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, acting FDA commissioner.

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Md. schools experience COVID-19 outbreaks while bringing students back to classrooms

State data shows multiple outbreaks of COVID-19 in schools across Maryland. There are currently 43 schools experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to the Maryland Department of Health website. Since the website started tracking COVID-19 outbreaks in Maryland schools in October 2020, there have been outbreaks in 216 schools. Schools listed as experiencing an outbreak on the website have at least two confirmed COVID-19 cases among students, teachers or staff who are epidemiologically linked, at least three classrooms or cohorts with cases from separate households, or at least five percent of the entire school population have confirmed COVID-19 within a 14-day period.

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Maryland reports 906 new coronavirus cases as positivity rate continues decline

Maryland health officials reported fewer than 1,000 new coronavirus cases Sunday for the first time in five days as the statewide positivity rate continues to decrease. Here’s how Sunday’s metrics break down: Cases- The Maryland Department of Health reported 906 new coronavirus cases Sunday, bringing the total number of cases reported throughout the pandemic up to 443,257. Sunday’s reported total cases broke a four-day streak during which the state reported more than 1,000 new cases per day.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Chesapeake Bay, Southern Maryland could see new federal park, heritage designations

The Maryland congressional delegation is pushing legislation to protect and enhance the natural resources throughout southern Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay area with new federal park and heritage designations. Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both of Maryland, and Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Towson, have mounted a bicameral effort to form a working group that would explore designating the Chesapeake Bay region as a national recreation area. This group would be made up of lawmakers and more than 30 regional organizations.

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).
Hospitalizations Drop As 1.2K New Cases Added
Maryland added 1,203 new coronavirus cases and 20 deaths Thursday. Over 4 million doses of the vaccines have been administered across the state. Hospitalizations are dropped by 44 to 1,235. Of those, 300 people are in ICU beds and 935 are in acute care. The state’s positivity rate went down to 5.15%. The state conducted 36,411 coronavirus tests in the last day. Since the pandemic began in the state there have been 439,992 confirmed COVID-19 cases. At this time, 8,439 Marylanders have died.
Read More: WJZ
FCPS board rescinds decision to expand hybrid model at elementary schools

The Frederick County Board of Education on Thursday rescinded its moves to implement three feet of social distancing and expand the hybrid model to four days a week at elementary schools. The board met for a special meeting after receiving stark pushback from employee unions regarding the previous decisions to bring back more elementary school students starting May 3.

D.C. and Md. say they are clearing vaccine waitlists as outreach efforts expand

Officials are shifting their attention to people who have yet to sign up for shots in an effort to reach vaccination levels needed to control the virus. Maryland has launched a “No arms left behind” initiative, with expanded walk-up options, mobile clinics and direct outreach to the elderly and college students. D.C. opened 10 walk-up clinics this week and is organizing a May 1 day of service that will focus on encouraging unvaccinated residents to get the shots.

University of Maryland commits $40 million to improving faculty diversity over next 10 years

The University of Maryland, College Park is committing $40 million over the next 10 years to improve the diversity of its faculty, making good on president Darryll Pines’ pledge to combat racism and improve campus culture for people of color. Funds for the program, referred to as the Faculty Advancement at Maryland for Inclusive Learning and Excellence, will go toward hiring more than 100 faculty members of diverse backgrounds throughout the university as well as boosting leadership development opportunities, retention and recruitment.

Read More: Baltimore Sun

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