COVID-19

St. Mary’s County Commissioners Approve Relief Fund to Support Nonprofit Organizations Impacted by COVID-19

St. Mary’s County Commissioners Approve Relief Fund to Support Nonprofit Organizations Impacted by COVID-19

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, the Commissioners approved the St. Mary’s County Nonprofit Relief Fund. St. Mary’s County recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic hardship for many nonprofits. To provide local relief from this hardship, St. Mary’s County has activated the Nonprofit Relief Fund for entities in all categories of IRS 501(c)...
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Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine, Maryland Halting Use of Vaccine

Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine, Maryland Halting Use of Vaccine

As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen ) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. In these cases, a...
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The American Jobs Plan and The Need for Action in Maryland

The American Jobs Plan and The Need for Action in Maryland

The Need for Action in Maryland; For decades, infrastructure in Maryland has suffered from a systemic lack of investment. The need for action is clear, Maryland’s infrastructure received a C grade on its Infrastructure Report Card. The American Jobs Plan will make a historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure. ROADS AND BRIDGES: In Maryland there...
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Despite Lower Travel Volumes During Pandemic, Motor Vehicle Fatalities Increase 6.4% in 2020

Despite Lower Travel Volumes During Pandemic, Motor Vehicle Fatalities Increase 6.4% in 2020

Despite fewer drivers on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic, motor vehicle crashes on Maryland roadways claimed 569 lives in 2020, an increase of 6.4% compared to 535 deaths the previous year. Preliminary data released today by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) also shows an increase in pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities, from...
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Calvert County Public Schools Confirm Graduation Dates and Plans for Full Opening in the Fall

Calvert County Public Schools Confirm Graduation Dates and Plans for Full Opening in the Fall

Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) is moving forward with plans to close the 2020-2021 school year with celebratory graduation ceremonies and to open the 2021-2022 school year with virtual and in-person options for families. High school graduations will be held on June 2 and 3 as originally planned. Calvert High School and Northern High...
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Calvert County to Provide Additional Financial Relief to Restaurants and Food Service Businesses

Calvert County to Provide Additional Financial Relief to Restaurants and Food Service Businesses

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces additional funding is available through the Maryland Restaurant Relief Fund Grant program to provide financial assistance to locally owned and operated restaurants and food service establishments that have experienced significant economic hardship or unusual expenses because of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The application portal will...
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FEMA to Cover up to $9,000 in COVID-19 Funeral Expenses, Applications Open Monday, April 12, 2021

FEMA to Cover up to $9,000 in COVID-19 Funeral Expenses, Applications Open Monday, April 12, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus. Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American...
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Letter to the Editor – Organ Donation: The Heart of the Matter

Letter to the Editor – Organ Donation: The Heart of the Matter

Yvette Jefferson is doing her part to raise awareness about the critical importance of organ donation. Years ago, Yvette’s father Junious was in end-stage heart failure and passed away while waiting for a heart transplant. Since her father’s lifesaving gift didn’t come in time, Yvette has become a Donate Life ambassador to encourage others...
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Governor Hogan Announces Accelerated Vaccine Eligibility Schedule for All Marylanders

Governor Hogan Announces Accelerated Vaccine Eligibility Schedule for All Marylanders

Governor Larry Hogan announced the expansion and acceleration of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for all adults in the State of Maryland: Beginning today, Tuesday, April 6, all Marylanders 16 and older will be eligible to get vaccinated at mass vaccination sites. By next Monday, April 12, all Marylanders 16 and older will be eligible to schedule...
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Governor Hogan Announces 75% of Marylanders 65 and Over Have Received COVID-19 Vaccines

Governor Hogan Announces 75% of Marylanders 65 and Over Have Received COVID-19 Vaccines

Governor Larry Hogan announced that, according to CDC data, Maryland has surpassed 75% of Marylanders 65 and older receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Maryland has arrived at this milestone at a faster rate than 30 other states. “We have placed Maryland’s seniors at the forefront of our statewide vaccination strategy,...
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MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Re-Opens Main Entrance to Patients

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Re-Opens Main Entrance to Patients

Beginning Wednesday, March, 31, 2021, the main entrance of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital reopened to patients. The limited visitor policy is still in effect, and staff continue to screen individuals for COVID-19 symptoms. The Emergency Department entrance (pictured) returns for use only by those seeking emergency care and patients in active labor. During business...
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Governor Hogan, County Executive Alsobrooks Announce FEMA Community Vaccination Center in Prince George’s County

Governor Hogan, County Executive Alsobrooks Announce FEMA Community Vaccination Center in Prince George’s County

Governor Larry Hogan and Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced that FEMA has agreed to open a community vaccination center in Prince George’s County beginning next week. The Federal Pilot Community Vaccination Center (CVC) – Maryland will be located at the Greenbelt Metro Station, and open April 7, with its daily schedule to...
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Maryland State Police, Department Of Labor Warn Public Of Unemployment Insurance, Other Monetary Scams

Maryland State Police, Department Of Labor Warn Public Of Unemployment Insurance, Other Monetary Scams

The Maryland Department of State Police and the Maryland Department of Labor are warning the public of an increase in unemployment insurance related fraud cases and other scams being reported in the region. In recent months, investigators have been contacted regarding a wide variety of schemes targeting individuals, vulnerable populations, charities and local, state...
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Charles County Public School Announces No High School Proms to be Held in 2021

Charles County Public School Announces No High School Proms to be Held in 2021

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will not hold traditional high school proms or senior formals this school year. High school prom dates are identified annually in the Parent Handbook/Calendar, but are subject to change. A committee of CCPS staff and administrators considered ways to alter the traditional prom to meet...
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Governor Hogan Announces More Than 2.5 Million COVID-19 Vaccinations In Maryland

Governor Hogan Announces More Than 2.5 Million COVID-19 Vaccinations In Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the State of Maryland has officially surpassed the milestone of 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccines administered. A total of 2,532,863 vaccines have been administered across the state’s distribution network. With 347,991 doses administered over the last seven days, the state’s seven-day average is a record 49,713 shots per day. According to...
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Justice Department Takes Action Against COVID-19 Fraud

Justice Department Takes Action Against COVID-19 Fraud

The Department of Justice announced an update today on criminal and civil enforcement efforts to combat COVID-19 related fraud, including schemes targeting the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs. As of today, the Department of Justice has publicly charged 474 defendants with criminal offenses based...
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Maryland Enters Phase 2A of Vaccine Distribution Plan, Hogan Announces Six More Mass Vaccination Sites In Maryland

Maryland Enters Phase 2A of Vaccine Distribution Plan, Hogan Announces Six More Mass Vaccination Sites In Maryland

UPDATE: Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the State of Maryland will open six more mass vaccination sites beginning in early April, doubling the number to 12 as the state prepares for a significant increase in vaccine supply from the federal government. “We have over 2,500 points of distribution and will grow by hundreds more...
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Charles County Public Schools to Host High School Graduation Ceremonies Outdoors at Regency Furniture Stadium

Charles County Public Schools to Host High School Graduation Ceremonies Outdoors at Regency Furniture Stadium

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will celebrate the Class of 2021 during in-person graduation ceremonies at Regency Furniture Stadium this spring. Set for May 28 through June 3, CCPS has partnered with Regency Furniture Stadium and the Charles County Government to provide the nearly 2,100 graduating seniors with the ability to celebrate in person....
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Senator Reilly Introduces Bill to Allow Virtual Public School in Maryland

Senator Reilly Introduces Bill to Allow Virtual Public School in Maryland

Senator Edward R. Reilly (R-Anne Arundel) has introduced Primary and Secondary Education – Virtual Schools – Alterations (S.B. 941), a bill that would provide Maryland families with the opportunity to choose a tuition-free, full-time online public school option for their children. “COVID-19 has disrupted all of our lives in innumerable ways over the past...
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Governor Hogan Announces Vaccine Eligibility Timeline for All Marylanders, and Primary Care, Hospital Equity, and Mobile Clinic Initiatives

Governor Hogan Announces Vaccine Eligibility Timeline for All Marylanders, and Primary Care, Hospital Equity, and Mobile Clinic Initiatives

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that, based on the state’s accelerating vaccination rate and an anticipated increase in supply from the federal government, the State of Maryland will enter Phase 2 of its vaccine distribution plan early next week. The governor also announced a series of unique initiatives to ensure vaccine equity and expand...
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Expanded Eligibility for Local St. Mary’s County Health Department Vaccination Clinics

Expanded Eligibility for Local St. Mary’s County Health Department Vaccination Clinics

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has expanded the eligibility criteria for local SMCHD COVID-19 vaccination clinics to include: St. Mary’s County residents aged 16 and older with qualifying medical conditions (requires written verification of eligibility from a health care provider, such as a letter or medical record brought to vaccine appointment) Current cancer Chronic kidney...
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Transportation Support Now Available for Local St. Mary’s County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Transportation Support Now Available for Local St. Mary’s County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD), St. Mary’s County Government and the Department of Public Works & Transportation (DPWT) Transit System (STS) have partnered to provide assistance for community members who need transportation to their appointment at the local SMCHD COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic. To use this service, individuals must: Be in one...
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St. Mary’s County Public High Schools Announce Increased Capacity for Athletic Events

St. Mary’s County Public High Schools Announce Increased Capacity for Athletic Events

St. Mary’s County Public High Schools (SMCPS) will be modifying capacity at athletic events based on Governor Hogan’s Executive Order No. 21-03-09-01. SMCPS facility capacity will be capped at 50% but will remain subject to the physical distancing requirements as ordered by the Governor. The capacity limits for each high school stadium field based...
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Calvert County to Ease Pandemic Measures in Accordance with State

Calvert County to Ease Pandemic Measures in Accordance with State

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces that Calvert County will follow Gov. Larry Hogan’s action to ease certain COVID-19 mitigation measures. Masking, physical distancing and other public health protocols will remain in place. Effective Friday, March 12, 2021 at 5 p.m.: Capacity limits will be lifted on outdoor and indoor dining at...
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Maryland Comptroller Franchot Extends State Income Tax Filing Deadline to Thursday, July 15, 2021

Maryland Comptroller Franchot Extends State Income Tax Filing Deadline to Thursday, July 15, 2021

Using statutory authority granted to him, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that he is extending the state income tax filing deadline by three months until July 15, 2021. No interest or penalties will be assessed if returns are filed and taxes owed are paid by the new deadline. The extension, which applies to individual, pass-through,...
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