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Study: Maryland has the 10th slowest recovery from the pandemic

Maryland ranks near the bottom among states in terms of the pace of its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent study. The WalletHub study was released on Tuesday. It said that Maryland is the state with the 10th slowest recovery from COVID-19. South Dakota has the fastest recovery of any state and Michigan has the slowest recovery of any state. Minnesota, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey are the other states/jurisdictions that have slower recoveries than Maryland.

Prince George’s Co. ramps up youth activities, vaccination outreach

Last month’s shooting death of a 13-year-old in Capitol Heights, Maryland, was allegedly committed by another child, who is 12 years old. And during a news briefing on Tuesday, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said the death of King Douglas is a reflection not only of the pandemic’s toll on young minds, but also of the adults in the community. “What they mirror is what we give them,” said Alsobrooks, who pointed to an uptick in juvenile-involved carjackings and homicides over the last year.

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Maryland reports sixth straight day of dropping COVID cases

Maryland reported fewer than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for the sixth straight day Tuesday as the number of hospitalizations continued a weeklong slide. The number of new daily cases also has declined for six days straight, according to Maryland Department of Health data. Here’s how the state’s key coronavirus numbers broke down Tuesday: there were 501 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s pandemic total to 450,010 confirmed cases of the illness caused by the coronavirus since March 2020.

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Baltimore County public schools to offer both full-time online and in-person instruction for fall semester

Baltimore County Public Schools will offer in-person instruction five days a week as well as a full-time online learning option for students for 2021-22 school year. School officials announced the offerings Monday evening for students at all grade levels. The online learning option will include a blend of live instruction and course work that students can complete independently. Families who are interested in online instruction for the fall semester are asked to submit a form to school officials by May 7 at 5 p.m.

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Ravens planning for full capacity at M&T Bank Stadium in 2021 season, encourage fans to get vaccinated

In a letter to personal seat license owners, Ravens president Dick Cass said the team is “optimistic that we will have a full stadium of fans this season.” “Our preparations for the new season are ongoing, and with continuing progress in vaccinations throughout the nation and in our community, we are optimistic that we will have a full stadium of fans this season,” Cass said Tuesday.

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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’s COVID cases, active hospitalizations continue dayslong slide

Maryland reported its fifth consecutive day of fewer than 1,000 new coronavirus cases and its second straight day of fewer than 1,000 related hospitalizations across the state Monday. Maryland health officials reported 520 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s total to 449,509 cases the illness caused by the coronavirus since March 2020.  dsThe state’s 14-day average of new cases has fallen every day since April 20 and has been below 1,000 for three straight days.

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As Towson University prepares to break ground on $175M project, here’s what else is in the pipeline

Towson University is set to break ground this summer on a six-story, $175 million academic building that will serve as a new home for the school’s College of Health Professions. The new College of Health Professions (CHP) building will be situated in the heart of the university’s campus, and will serve as a new home to the school’s health-related academic programs, including audiology, nursing, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy and health sciences.

Baltimore homicides are up more than 17% this year, with seven dead since Saturday as mayor vows to find a solution

A deadly three days in Baltimore have pushed the 2021 homicide count to 107, far ahead of last year’s pace as the city’s mayor and police commissioner vow to continue seeking ways to quell the violence. Seven people have been killed since Saturday, including a woman who collapsed and died after walking into a hospital around 2:30 p.m. Monday. Police said she had been shot in the Western District and arrived at the unspecified hospital with another woman who also had been shot. Her condition is unknown, police said.

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Howard County schools working to ‘maximize’ number of students learning in person under current model

The Howard County Public School System will not further reopen schools this academic year, Superintendent Michael Martirano said during the school board’s meeting last week. However, starting this week, the district’s 77 schools are working to increase in-person participation in the hybrid learning model. While still following the current model and health guidelines, the system will invite more students to its five-day-a-week program and reach out to families who originally chose to keep their children in virtual learning to see if they’re interested in switching to hybrid.

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UMBC, Towson University help international students stay connected during COVID pandemic

For many international students, leaving their home country to pursue higher education in another country is already a stressful experience filled with much uncertainty. Throw in a pandemic, and the resulting hybrid and virtual classes, along with social-distancing requirements, and that experience becomes all the more daunting.

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