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Baltimore donors investing $5 million in program to help needy families

Dozens of Baltimore donors have invested $5 million in a national nonprofit group that aims to help Baltimore families struggling with poverty, according to a news release. The GreenLight Fund will work with Baltimore community leaders to first identify “unmet needs” of struggling families and then seek out and physically bring an existing nonprofit that specializes in meeting that need to Baltimore, a company spokeswoman said.

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Maryland Expands Phase 1 COVID Vaccine Eligibility For Severely Immunocompromised Marylanders

Maryland will expand Phase 1 eligibility for some immunocompromised Marylanders starting next week. The new groups added to Phase 1 starting February 1 include cancer patients in active treatment, end-stage renal disease requiring hemodialysis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, solid organ transplant patients–recipients– and those with sickle cell disease and diabetes. They will be able to get the vaccine through their hospital-based providers. Dr. David Marcozzi said this decision comes after consulting with University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins.

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Harford County announces four-stage plan for reopening outdoor, indoor recreation facilities and activities

Harford County announced a four-stage plan to resume indoor and outdoor recreational activities Tuesday, signaling that some outdoor programs can resume next week, but indoor programs will have to wait a while longer. Outdoor activities on county facilities run by independent recreation council programs will be allowed starting Monday, Feb. 1, as will Harford County Parks and Recreation programs, according to phase one of the plan. Activities at Cedar Lane will also resume, and McFaul Skate Park will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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COVID In Maryland: Over 1.4K Cases Added As Hospitalizations Down, Positivity Rate Still Below 7%
Hospitalizations are down but deaths are up Tuesday morning as Maryland reports 1,482 new coronavirus cases. There are now 1,642 Marylanders hospitalized for the virus, down by 27. ICU beds also dropped down to 367 and there are 1,275 in acute care. The state has confirmed 344,620 coronavirus cases since they started tracking the pandemic. Sixty-two more Marylanders have died from the virus, a total of 6,788 deaths.
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Maryland Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility To Phase 1C
Maryland expanded its covid-19 vaccination eligibility to phase 1C Monday. That phase includes adults aged 65-74, other public health and safety workers as well as other front line workers like those with the U.S. Postal Service, those who work at grocery stores and in food production and manufacturing. Earlier this month, the state said it planned to move to Phase 1C in early March. Counties will have some flexibility as to when they move to different phases as long as the elderly and most vulnerable are prioritized, the governor said.
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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).
‘Healthy, Young’ Americans Will Likely Get COVID-19 Vaccine In Mid-To Late Summer, Expert Says

With the US now tallying more than 25 million Covid-19 cases, experts say now is the time to double down on safety measures and speed up vaccine rollouts before a variant further surges infections. “The best way to prevent the emergence of new variants is to do all of the things we’ve been talking about for months,” infectious disease expert Dr. Celine Gounder told CNN Sunday night. “The more you let the virus spread, the more it mutates, the more variants you’ll have.”

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Howard Community College offering specialized workforce education scholarships

With support from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, Howard Community College Monday announced it is offering specialized workforce education scholarships for students in need of financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The scholarships cover tuition and fees for eligible students enrolled in select credit and noncredit courses during the spring, summer or fall 2021 semesters.


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As New COVID-19 Strains Pop Up, Some Stress Wearing Double Masks, Taking Vaccine As Soon As It’s Offered
As new strains of COVID-19 are discovered, some are stressing increased measures to stop the spread. Some people have begun to wear two masks for double protection. Experts say that’s not a bad idea, certainly in more crowded spaces– and as doctors believe the new COVID-19 variants make the virus more contagious. “All of these mutations do not give the virus any magical properties,” said Dr. Gigi Gronvall.
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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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