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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COVID hospitalizations, testing positivity in Maryland continue to decline; about a third of state now fully vaccinated

A day after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced masks were no longer required outdoors in the state, a host of key coronavirus metrics, including hospitalizations and testing positivity, continued to decline. Maryland has recorded fewer than 1,000 cases for four of the last seven daysbut has averaged 1,047 new cases daily for the last two weeks.  The 14-day average is about 300 cases lower than a spring high April 17 and down from a pandemic peak of 2,949 Jan. 12, during a post-holiday surge of the virus.

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Four men shot in Baltimore on Thursday as city is on verge of 100 killings this year

Four men were shot in Baltimore on Thursday, police said, as the violence threatened to push the city to 100 homicides in 2021, a week ahead of last year’s pace. Officers responding to a ShotSpotter alert of gunfire just after 7 p.m. in the 2700 block of Riggs Ave. found a man suffering from gunshot wounds, police said. Medics took the victim to the hospital, and his name, age and condition were not released.

Baltimore City schools CEO Santelises introduces $1.18 billion budget for a “normal” school year

Baltimore City CEO Sonja Santelises is proposing a small increase in her school system operating budget for next year, but an infusion of some $700 million in federal funds over the next four years will help defray pandemic related costs. The $1.18 billion general fund budget would increase spending by only $10 million over this year even as the school system tries to return to normal next school year, saying it intends to have students come back full time, five days a week.

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3 Md. mass vaccination sites no longer require appointments

Three Maryland locations have been added to the state’s list of places where people can drive-thru and get COVID-19 vaccinations without appointments. The locations are the mass vaccination sites at Six Flags America in Prince George’s County, Regency Furniture Stadium in Charles County and Ripken Stadium in Harford County. People can now get vaccinated at nine sites without appointments, Gov. Larry Hogan’s office said. Teens who are 16 and 17 are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

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How Maryland is working to vaccinate its homeless population

On March 5, 2020, Maryland’s first three positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed. What followed has been more than a year of business lockdowns, virtual schooling, skepticism of the scientific community and, sadly, more than 8,000 virus-related deaths in Maryland alone. This month, on April 6, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced that all Marylanders over the age of 16 were eligible to receive the long-sought COVID-19 vaccine. While the news gave the state its first true glimpse at a possible return to normalcy, some of the most vulnerable communities are still struggling to gain access to that same hope.

Number of new COVID-19 cases in Carroll County drops for third straight week; fewest in nearly 2 months

Last week, Carroll County reported its fewest weekly cases of COVID-19 in nearly two months. According to the Carroll County Health Department, there were 143 total new cases for the week beginning April 18. The last time Carroll had a weekly total of fewer than 150 cases was the week of Feb. 28, when 121 were reported. It is the third consecutive weekly decline. Health department data shows 190 cases the week of April 11, 228 the week of April 4 and 229 the week of March 28, which was the highest number since mid-January.

COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 1K New Cases & 17 Deaths Reported Sunday

Maryland added 1,169 new coronavirus cases and 17 deaths as hospitalizations increased on Sunday. Hospitalizations went up by 43 to 1,252. Of those, 304 people are in ICU beds and 948 are in acute care. The state’s positivity rate went down slightly to 5.61% The state conducted 33,132 coronavirus tests in the last day. Since the pandemic began in the state there have been 436,028 confirmed COVID-19 cases. At this time, 8,376 Marylanders have died.

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Video of BCPS Board meetings shows profanity, pornography, verbal altercations

A video of Baltimore County School Board meetings is making the rounds on social media. The video comes with a warning label and, as of Thursday afternoon, has been viewed 13,000 times. “To hear pornographic sounds during a meeting, to have f-bombs dropped during meetings, to have verbal altercations on the meetings — its just inappropriate and these are the people that are supposedly helping our children,” said parent Dave Patrick.

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After a year of COVID-related isolation, Baltimore Muslims thankful for drive-thru dinner to break Ramadan fast

It’s 2 1/2 hours before sunset, a drizzle is falling under gloomy skies, and the cars are lined up by the dozen in the parking lot of the Islamic Society of Baltimore. Drivers and passengers, many wearing headscarves or skullcaps, wait in minivans, luxury sedans and old beaters for a signal to move forward. On reaching the entrance to the mosque, they’ll be handed fresh, boxed meals to take home to their families. It’s a coronavirus-era version of the communal ceremonial dinner known as iftar, a nightly observance for Muslims during Ramadan, a holy month that began Monday.

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