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Maryland restaurants to resume normal operations Saturday

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland restaurants can resume normal operations this weekend.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that all remaining capacity and distancing restrictions will be lifted on indoor and outdoor dining.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Maryland health officials say the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped below 3% for the first time since October 2020. 


Maryland is reporting more than 5.3 million COVID-19 vaccinations. According to records, 64.8% of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine. 

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Maryland health officials say 276 new cases of the coronavirus have been reported since Sunday morning. 


According to records, this is the lowest number of newly confirmed cases since July 6, 2020. 


Maryland governor announces $25M youth recovery project

May 7, 2021
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced a $25 million project to help young people recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Project Bounce Back announced Thursday is a public-private partnership that will expand the reach of Boys and Girls Clubs in all Maryland counties.

The series of initiatives will provide mental health services and expand youth development programs.

The project includes the launch of six regional mental health crisis teams through the Maryland Department of Education.

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced over $2 million in additional funding will soon be available for caterers, restaurants and taverns impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Mayor Scott made the announcement Thursday morning. 


The funds were made available by the State of Maryland and are restricted to COVID-related expenses. 


“Small businesses are the backbone of a healthy Baltimore economy and our road to recovery must run through them”, said Scott. 


No appointments needed at Maryland mass vaccination sites

May 5, 2021
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland residents can now get vaccinated without an appointment at any of the state’s 13 mass vaccination sites.

Gov. Larry Hogan made the announcement Wednesday.

He says walk-ups at various mass vaccination sites have been a successful tool in boosting the number of inoculated people in the state.

The state says nearly 2.2 million people have been fully vaccinated in Maryland.

Hogan announces steps to urge nursing home vaccinations

May 4, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced steps to encourage nursing home residents and staff to get COVID-19 vaccines.

Hogan said Tuesday, Maryland is launching an initiative to require vaccination rates at each of the state’s skilled nursing facilities to be reported weekly and posted inside facilities in plain view.

Hogan says Maryland also is activating mobile vaccination teams to conduct additional clinics for nursing home staff and residents.

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Maryland health officials are reporting 501 new coronavirus cases within 24 hours. 


According to reports, Tuesday marks the sixth consecutive day of fewer than 1,000 new cases. 


Currently, 944 patients are hospitalized due to COVID-related complications. A decrease of nine patients since Monday morning. 


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ANNAPOLIS, MD—Maryland is offering a $100 incentive to state employees who receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — On Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris marked the 100th day of the Biden-Harris administration by touring a vaccination site in Baltimore. 


Harris greeted and thanked patients who were being vaccinated at M&T Bank Stadium and asked them to encourage others to get vaccinated as well. 


The vice president also thanked frontline workers for their services, “ Here in Baltimore, you guys are doing amazing work.”


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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Maryland Health officials report an increase of 942 coronavirus cases within 24 hours. 


Data shows, 25 more virus-related deaths have been reported since Thursday morning.


According to Maryland’s COVID-19 dashboard, 8,555 people have died from the virus in Maryland. 


More than 1,042 patients are hospitalized in the state due to complications from the coronavirus. 


The state’s positivity rate is 3.72%. 


Maryland starts COVID-19 testing program for underserved

Apr 29, 2021


Maryland is launching a free COVID-19 testing program in Hagerstown and Salisbury retail facilities to enhance testing in underserved communities.

The Maryland Department of Health launched the mobile pilot program on Thursday in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


The two-week pilot will be conducted as part of the federal government’s Increasing Community Access to Testing Program.


Maryland lifts outdoor mask requirement in line with CDC

Apr 28, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is lifting its outdoor mask requirement to be in line with Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that face coverings are still required for all Maryland residents at all large ticketed venues.

They also are required indoors at all public and private businesses across the state and when using public transportation.

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Maryland health officials report 1,002 new coronavirus cases since Tuesday morning. 


Data shows, 20 more virus-related deaths have been recorded. 


More than 8,500 people have died from COVID-19 in Maryland. 


According to the Maryland Department of Health, 1,093 patients are currently hospitalized due to complications from the virus. 


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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WEAA) —Maryland now has three drive-thru vaccination sites that don't require appointments. 


Gov. Larry Hogan made the announcement on Tuesday.