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Two Way Talk: What is the Merck COVID-19 pill?

Oct 8, 2021

Dr. Céline Gounder, an infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue joins Two Way Talk to discuss the the new COVID-19 pill, at home testing kits and misinformation surrounding the vaccine.  


(WEAA) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines in an effort to keep individuals safe during the holidays. 


Dr. David Dowdy, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, joins Two Way Talk to discuss the new guidance for holiday gatherings. 

12 positive cases detected at Morgan State the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 1

Oct 5, 2021

(MSU Spokesman) Last week, there were 12 positive COVID-19 cases confirmed on campus. 52 cases have been detected on campus since the start of in-person instruction.

According to the weekly testing data provided by Anita Hawkins, associate dean in the School of Public Health and Policy, 1,138 tests were administered. Of the 1,138 individuals, 917 students and 221 employees were tested.

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(WEAA)— On Monday, Baltimore City Public Schools nurses held a protest demanding additional help and better pay. 


“We don’t have enough nurses…”

(WEAA) — Adults aren’t the only ones struggling with mental health problems due to the COVID crisis, children and adolescents have been negatively impacted as well.


Dr. Sherell A. McArthur, an emotional and wellness counselor joins Dr. Kaye to discuss mental health challenges children are facing and helpful tips for parents and educators. 

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

Sep 22, 2021

Are you willing to vaccinate your children? 


Dr. James Campbell, a pediatric infectious disease expert joins Dr. Kaye for the discussion.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Councilman Julian Jones from Baltimore County District 4 joins Two Way Talk for a conversation regarding the county’s state of emergency, public health and the reopening of schools. 

Maryland marks 10K deaths from COVID-19

Sep 16, 2021
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan has directed flags in Maryland to fly at half-staff in remembrance of more than 10,000 state residents who have died from COVID-19.

The state reported Thursday morning that 21 more Maryland residents have died from the virus.

That brings the total number of confirmed deaths to 10,011 over the last 19 months.

Hogan says in a statement that more people are getting vaccinated each day, but that the virus remains a significant threat to the vulnerable.

Maryland legislative panel votes to require masks in K-12

Sep 15, 2021
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A panel of Maryland lawmakers has approved an emergency measure to require masks in K-12 schools statewide to help stop COVID-19 from spreading.

Tuesday's vote by a joint committee of the General Assembly puts the emergency regulation into effect for up to 180 days.

The Maryland State Board of Education approved the regulation last month.

Only two of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions, Carroll and Somerset counties, have not already required students to wear masks while attending school.

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, an infectious disease expert and a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security joins Two Way Talk to discuss the latest developments surrounding COVID-19. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Jason Rodriguez, Deputy Executive Director of People Empowered by the Struggle joins Two Way Talk to discuss the reopening of Baltimore City Schools.

“Right now, we are in a state of shock because we’ve been sounding the alarm way back before school started about sending our children back to school, knowing that the Delta variant is taking over the South…”- Jason Rodriguez 



Biden to outline vaccine mandates for federal workers

Sep 9, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is toughening COVID-19 vaccine requirements for federal workers and contractors as he aims to boost vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant that is killing thousands each week and jeopardizing the nation’s economic recovery.

Biden will sign a new executive order to require vaccination for employees of the executive branch and contractors who do business with the federal government.

Maryland OKs boosters for 65 and older in congregate care

Sep 8, 2021
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is authorizing COVID-19 booster shots for all residents 65 and older who live in congregate care settings.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, residential drug treatment centers and developmentally disabled group homes can now administer booster shots to residents 65 and older.

The state’s health department is issuing new guidance for vaccine providers to administer boosters without any need of a doctor’s order to anyone who considers themselves to be immunocompromised.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa joins Two Way Talk to share the latest information regarding COVID-19 including new virus-related mandates in Baltimore City.