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As U-Va. and U-Md. try to curb surge in coronavirus cases, neighboring communities brace themselves

One campus, in Maryland, temporarily canceled in-person classes after coronavirus infections surged past 60 cases two days in a row. The other, in Virginia, kept classrooms open even after it logged 229 cases in a single day.  The region’s flagship universities — the University of Maryland at College Park and the University of Virginia — have tracked an alarming uptick in the number of viral cases on campus. And each school has taken a different approach to curbing the spread, illustrating the tensions and uncertainty of trying to operate major research universities in the pandemic and preserve public health.

PG Schools signs $203.5M public-private partnership financing deal

MetLife Investment Management (MIM), the institutional asset management business of MetLife Inc., Monday announced it completed a public-private partnership transaction that will provide $203.5 million in funding for Prince George’s County Public Schools, the second largest public school system in the state and a top 20 public school district in the United States. Led by MIM’s Private Capital team, this unique PPP transaction is believed to be one of the first of its kind involving a public school system in the U.S. The $203.5 million transaction was managed by Fengate Capital Management and Gilbane Development Company and was part of a broader $478.5 million financing package for the district. The $203.5 million loan was split approximately evenly between MetLife’s general account and MIM’s institutional clients.

Morgan State University receives record $20M gift from alumnus to support scholarships

A former Morgan State University student has committed $20 million to his alma mater, the second largest donation in the school’s history and the largest-ever gift from an alumnus. Calvin E. Tyler Jr. and his wife, Tina, increased an endowed scholarship fund previously established in their name at the Baltimore university. The Calvin and Tina Tyler Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 to provide full-tuition scholarships for certain students with a GPA of at least 2.5 who are in need of financial support.

M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore opens limited COVID vaccine appointments Monday, but sign-up website immediately overwhelmed

A limited number of COVID-19 vaccine appointments at the M&T Bank Stadium mass vaccination site opened Monday, filling within minutes and causing a website stoppage. Some people who attempted to book appointments were redirected off the main site to a blank page that instructed them to “check back later” because of “very high demand.” The new, state-run mass vaccination clinic joins two others at the Baltimore Convention Center and at Six Flags America in Prince George’s County.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Covid-19 Vaccine Bottle Mockup (does not depict actual vaccine).
Advocates working to get COVID-19 vaccine to Baltimore’s hard-hit Latino community

With the pandemic hitting Baltimore’s Latino community harder than almost any other group, advocates and health care providers are pushing on many fronts to make sure these residents get the COVID-19 vaccine. Health officials have sent a sound truck onto the streets of Latino neighborhoods in Southeast Baltimore to blast vaccine messages and dispel myths. Leaders are hiring outreach workers to talk to citizens in high-traffic spots like bus stops and grocery stores, and they are advocating for community hubs to be vaccination sites.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Whiting-Turner commits $300,000 to support Morgan State construction, engineering students

Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. will give Morgan State University $300,000 over three years to help maintain the pipeline of construction and engineering workers being produced by the Baltimore college. The committed funds, which will be delivered in portions of $100,000 across the next three years, will be used to provide financial assistance to students pursuing degrees in construction management and engineering with a focus on construction at Morgan State.

Maryland COVID hospitalizations dip below 1,000 for first time since November; case rates continue to decline

Maryland health officials reported 618 new cases of the coronavirus and 18 more deaths Sunday as the number of people hospitalized due to the virus fell below 1,000 for the first time since November. State officials have now reported a total of 376,355 cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, since roughly mid-March. In addition, 7,533 have now died due to the disease or complications from it.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
UMd. implements sequester-in-place directive for on-campus students

The University of Maryland, College Park, has a sequester-in-place directive in effect to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Starting Monday, all classes will be online to keep students indoors and help control the spread of the virus. “Because of the community being in a more tight space, it obviously spreads more easily, unfortunately,” University of Maryland Student Government Association President Dan Alpert said.

Read More: WBAL
Marylanders registered to be vaccinated at M&T Bank Stadium. UMMS canceled the appointments, saying the link was ‘inadvertently’ made public.

Thousands of Marylanders signed up for vaccine appointments at M&T Bank Stadium, only to have them canceled after the University of Maryland Medical System said the booking link was made “inadvertently” public. Michael Schwartzberg, a spokesman for the hospital network, said most people who booked appointments did not know the link was invalid. Individuals have since been notified that their vaccines were canceled because eligibility couldn’t be confirmed. The vaccine registration link was widely shared before UMMS could shut it down, Schwartzberg said.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Older Baltimore Adults Can Call This Community COVID Vaccine Registration Hotline
Providers across Maryland are administering an average of 27,000 coronavirus vaccine shots a day. But senior citizens are struggling to sign up. As major metrics including the state’s positivity rate and hospitalizations are on the decline, the challenge now is getting the vaccine to everyone who wants one. Gov. Larry Hogan said Sunday hospitalizations dropped below 1,000 for the first time since mid-November.
Read More: WJZ

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