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New Johns Hopkins Report Lays Out Plan To Lead Baltimore On Path To ‘Digital Equity’
With the sudden boom of online learning, remote work and telehealth visits, the need for reliable internet access is stronger than ever. But the 2019 American Community survey found that only 60% of Baltimore households had wired internet service. “To fully participate in society today, you need to be online,” said co-author Mac McComas. Mac McComas is the co-author of a new report released by Johns Hopkins that lays out a plan that would start the city on the path to “digital equity.”
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Comcast Announces Free WiFi Zones in D.C., Maryland, Virginia

With more than half a million Marylanders reportedly lacking reliable broadband internet at home, Comcast announced plans Monday to install free WiFi hotspots in community centers across Maryland, D.C. and Virginia over the next several weeks. The 29 “Lift Zones” will offer high-speed internet to low-income students and families, according to a Comcast release. There will be 15 access points in Baltimore, 13 in the D.C. area and one in Northern Virginia.

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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 gives 31,000 vaccine shots in 24 hours and reports 2,392 new coronavirus cases, 45 deaths

Maryland reported 2,392 cases of the coronavirus and 45 deaths Saturday, a slight decline that comes as the state ramps up its vaccination campaign by administering 31,000 shots in the last 24 hours.

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Bay Bridge crossing study delayed indefinitely due to COVID-19

A multi-year, multi-million dollar study commissioned to pursue a third Chesapeake Bay Bridge span has stalled due to COVID-19. In August of 2016, Gov. Larry Hogan told officials to start a federal environmental impact study for a new Chesapeake Bay bridge crossing.

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Maryland awarded $341M grant for coronavirus pandemic medical supplies

Maryland will receive a grant to help pay for medical supplies purchased to protect health care workers and first responders during the early part of the pandemic last year. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will receive a $341 million federal grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for coronavirus medical supplies purchased during the pandemic.

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Maryland colleges bringing students back to campus despite pandemic, saying they’ve learned from fall experience

Many Maryland colleges and universities are bringing students back to campus this month for the beginning of the spring semester, sometimes reversing choices made last fall to offer most classes online. The reopenings are scheduled even as Maryland is reporting daily case numbers and a testing positivity rate several times the levels when school started last year.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Gov. Hogan: ‘Almost no one disagrees’ schools should reopen

The day after calling for schools to reopen for in-person learning by March 1, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan acknowledged he can’t exactly force districts’ hands. “I don’t have the power to order the schools to open in our state. Some governors do and have. I don’t have that power,” Hogan told C4 and Bryan Nehman on Friday. “In Maryland, it’s the newly elected and appointed school boards.

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Maryland could face millions in cost risks if toll lane plan for Beltway, I-270 stalls

Maryland would have to pay up to $50 million to companies pursuing a decades-long contract to add toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270 if the controversial project doesn’t move forward, according to recently released bid documents. Under a proposal for the project’s first contract, the state would have to reimburse upfront “predevelopment costs” if the highway plan stalls for a list of reasons.

One Maryland county, worlds apart: Bridging the political divide

She fired up her laptop to scour the internet for bits from right-wing websites and conspiratorial YouTube channels. The inauguration of Joe Biden was just days away, and Natalie Abbas was feverishly searching for 11th-hour interventions that could prevent the swearing-in of a president she’ll likely never accept.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
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Maryland expands vaccine rollout, with people 75 and older, teachers eligible next week

Maryland will move into Phase 1B of its vaccination plan Monday. And the state would then open up the eligibility one week later, on Jan. 25, to Phase 1C.

Read More: Baltimore Sun

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