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‘Let us play’: Harford students, parents, protest for fall sports season

Harford Technical High School senior Conor Henderson plays baseball for the Cobras, and he has committed to play the same sport for McDaniel College in Westminster, but he still wants an opportunity for one more season of the other sport he loves — soccer. That is why he and a small group of other Harford County Public Schools students and parents stood along the edge of the C. Milton Wright High School campus, on a chilly but sunny afternoon Sunday, holding protest signs and calling for HCPS officials to institute a fall sports season, concurrent to the spring sports season scheduled to start next week.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Goucher poll: 64% of Marylanders plan to get coronavirus vaccine or already have

Nearly two-thirds of Marylanders surveyed in a recent Goucher College poll — 64% — plan to get a coronavirus vaccine as soon as they can, or have already received at least one dose. An additional 15% said they plan to wait to see how the vaccines are working, and 18% said they would get vaccinated only if required or will “definitely not” get a vaccine. The poll, released Monday, was conducted by researchers at Goucher’s Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center from Feb. 23 to Feb. 28. Some 725 Marylanders were questioned by phone.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Fewer than 800 people are hospitalized from COVID-19 in Maryland for the first time since November

For the first time since mid-November, the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Maryland dipped below 800, according to state health department data. New cases of the virus have declined markedly since January but may be beginning to plateau. It comes as the state hustles to vaccinate its population, and a new single-shot vaccine from  Johnson & Johnson has become available.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Think twice about passing that school bus. In Howard County, it could cost you $250.

Passing a stopped school bus in Howard County is about to become an expensive infraction. Cameras have been placed on Howard County school buses to snap photos of car license plates when drivers illegally pass a bus that is stopped for children. The fine for illegally passing a stopped school bus will be $250 starting April 1.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Annapolis City Council will consider new requirements for non-owner-occupied short-term rentals in preservation zones

Some Annapolis property owners who don’t live in their homes but wish to rent them out as a short-term rental will have to apply for a special exception under a bill being considered by the Annapolis City Council at its Monday meeting. Ordinance O-7-21 would make non-owner-occupied short-term rentals a non-conforming use in the R2-NC and C1 and C1A conservation residence districts. New permit seekers or those wishing to transfer an existing permit would be required to file a special exception application with the Planning and Zoning Department that the Annapolis Board of Appeals would review.

Baltimore County school district employees say they’re unsure about accuracy of tax documents

Baltimore County Public Schools employees say they are worried about the accuracy of tax documents that began arriving — late — this month, relating to lingering issues from the ransomware attack that shut down district computer systems last year. School officials stress that the W-2 wage and tax forms and the amounts included on them are accurate, just in a different format. Still, accountants are advising employees not to complete their taxes and some employees have run into difficulties when attempting to submit their taxes online, according to union officials.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
One year after its first coronavirus case, Harford County trying to secure its fair share of COVID-19 vaccines

On the one-year anniversary of the first coronavirus case being reported in Harford County, its top elected official said Monday that his jurisdiction wasn’t receiving its fair share of the COVID-19 vaccines from the state. In a statement, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman said that the vaccines have been game-changers, “but too many of our residents are still scrambling for appointments” because of vaccine availability, which remains a problem in the state.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
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Governor Hogan announces more than 50,000 vaccines administered in one day, more than 1.5 million total

As of March 6, 2021, Maryland has administered 50,484 doses of COVID-19 vaccines over the past 24 hours, breaking its previous single-day record, and exceeding 50,000 for the first time. With the use of mass vaccination sites and an increase of vaccine clinics, Maryland saw a decrease in positivity rate, number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths for over two weeks.

Read More: WBAL
Poll: Little difference in vaccine hesitancy among Black and White Marylanders

A new poll finds little difference in reluctance to take the coronavirus virus among Black and White Marylanders, even though Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has blamed the lagging vaccine rates among Black residents on hesitancy. A Goucher College poll found that 36 percent of Black residents and 31 percent of White residents said they either planned to wait and see how the vaccine worked before getting it, would only get it if they were required to or had no plans of taking the shot.

1K Baltimore County Teachers Get Johnson & Johnson Vaccine As School Districts Continue Reopening
On Sunday, 1,000 Baltimore County Public School teachers got some of the first doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This comes as school districts around the state are reopening to more and more students and staff. “This site has been heralded as a model for the state if not the country,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said Sunday.
Read More: WJZ

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