COVID-19

Maryland Reports Lowest Number of COVID-19 Cases Since Last July, Hospitalizations Fall Under 800

Maryland Reports Lowest Number of COVID-19 Cases Since Last July, Hospitalizations Fall Under 800

The State of Maryland’s key health metrics continue to improve across the board, as today the state is reporting the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since July 6, 2020. Case Rate Per 100K Falls to Lowest Level Since October 6. The state’s COVID-19 case rate per 100K dropped to 9.2—the lowest level since October...
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Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing & Vaccine Event at Lexington Park Library

Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing & Vaccine Event at Lexington Park Library

The Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 Testing Taskforce, in partnership with the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) and St. Mary’s County Library will host a 2-day pop up COVID-19 testing and vaccine event on Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16, 2021 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library, located at 21677...
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VIDEO: Emergency Medical Services Billing Now in Effect for St. Mary’s County

VIDEO: Emergency Medical Services Billing Now in Effect for St. Mary’s County

Effective May 1, 2021, the St. Mary’s County Government will begin recouping costs of emergency services through a system of billing insurance carriers. County residents are not responsible for paying for services, insurance carriers, Medicare and Medicaid are billed. Fees will be based on services rendered and have been set by the Commissioners of...
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New School-Based Health Centers in St. Mary’s County Recognized by State Commission and Awarded $650,000 Grant to Address Health Equity

New School-Based Health Centers in St. Mary’s County Recognized by State Commission and Awarded $650,000 Grant to Address Health Equity

The St. Mary’s County Equity Task Force is pleased to announce official state recognition of the two new school-based health centers (SBHCs) in the county, as well as a $650,000 grant awarded to the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) to support clinical service delivery at the SBHCs. Following a review of operational plans...
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Effective Immediately, Naval District Washington Returns to Health Protection Condition Bravo / Bravo Plus

Effective Immediately, Naval District Washington Returns to Health Protection Condition Bravo / Bravo Plus

Installations under Bravo include Naval Support Activity Bethesda, Naval Support Activity Washington, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Naval Support Activity South Potomac while Naval Support Activity Annapolis is under HPCON Bravo Plus. This order applies to military and civilian personnel assigned to Naval District Washington. Personnel should continue to follow CDC guidance as well...
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PHOTOS: Governor Hogan Celebrates Groundbreaking of Charles County Broadband Expansion Project

PHOTOS: Governor Hogan Celebrates Groundbreaking of Charles County Broadband Expansion Project

Governor Larry Hogan celebrated the groundbreaking of a major $6 million broadband expansion project to provide high-speed internet service to approximately 1,400 residents of Nanjemoy and Cobb Neck in Charles County. “The sudden shift to teleworking, telehealth, and distance learning that we have seen over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic has further...
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Governor Hogan Visits Hollywood Drive-Thru Vaccine Clinic, St. Mary’s Fort, and New Harry Nice/Middleton Bridge Project

Governor Hogan Visits Hollywood Drive-Thru Vaccine Clinic, St. Mary’s Fort, and New Harry Nice/Middleton Bridge Project

Governor Larry Hogan was in St. Mary’s County Wednesday, April 28, 2021, as he continues to visit vaccine clinics and infrastructure projects across the state. St. Mary’s County Vaccination Clinic. Governor Hogan toured a drive-thru vaccination site run by the St. Mary’s County Health Department, which has the capacity to administer approximately 1,000 vaccines per...
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Governor Hogan Statement on State Board of Education Vote to Require Full In-Person Learning for 2021-22 School Year

Governor Hogan Statement on State Board of Education Vote to Require Full In-Person Learning for 2021-22 School Year

Governor Larry Hogan issued the following statement welcoming the Maryland State Board of Education’s unanimous vote requiring Maryland school systems to offer full in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year: “The science supports getting our children back into school for in-person learning, and every student in Maryland should have that opportunity right now. To...
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St. Mary’s County April 27, 2021 Commissioner Meeting Rollup

St. Mary’s County April 27, 2021 Commissioner Meeting Rollup

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held their regular business meeting Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown. The Commissioners recognized important milestones and initiatives by presenting Proclamations for Community College Month, National Law Day, National Travel and Tourism Week and National Afterschool Professionals Week. The Commissioners also recognized the opening...
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No Arm Left Behind: Governor Hogan Announces Drive-Thru, No-Appointment Vaccinations at Six Flags, Regency Furniture Stadium, and Ripken Stadium

No Arm Left Behind: Governor Hogan Announces Drive-Thru, No-Appointment Vaccinations at Six Flags, Regency Furniture Stadium, and Ripken Stadium

Governor Larry Hogan announced that Maryland has begun drive-thru, no-appointment vaccinations at the Six Flags America, Regency Furniture Stadium, and Ripken Stadium mass vaccination sites. Marylanders are now able to drive up to these sites for a vaccination without an appointment. Maryland providers have now administered more than 4.43 million vaccines. According to CDC data,...
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St. Mary’s County Health Department Reopens for Select Walk-In Services on Monday, May 3, 2021

St. Mary’s County Health Department Reopens for Select Walk-In Services on Monday, May 3, 2021

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) will reopen to walk-in customers for the following services beginning Monday, May 3, 2021: Health Clinic Vital Records Birth Certificates Death Certificates Health Insurance Programs Harm Reduction Program Medical Sharps Disposal All incoming customers will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, including temperature check, and will be required...
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PNC Branch Donation to Support Launch of Health and Wellness Services for Lexington Park Community

PNC Branch Donation to Support Launch of Health and Wellness Services for Lexington Park Community

The St. Mary’s County Equity Task Force, in partnership with the Housing Authority of St. Mary’s County, Maryland (HASMC), is pleased to announce plans for a future Behavioral Health Hub for St. Mary’s County. The 6,200 square-foot, former PNC Bank branch located on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, was donated by PNC Bank...
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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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