❗️MD Department of Health - March 27, 2020 - Maryland News ❗️
All childcare facilities must close by end of Friday (WBFF-TV Fox 45) - The state superintendent of schools has ordered all child-care providers to be closed by the end of the day Friday. The state is allowed to close private facilities because child-care licensing is handled by the State Department of Education….more at https://bit.ly/2WOZOZw.
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White House approves state request for major disaster declaration for COVID-19 (WMAR-TV) - Governor Larry Hogan said Maryland has been approved for a Major Disaster Declaration from the White House. The approval came after Gov. Hogan pushed for the declaration during a teleconference with the Federal Administration. According to the governor's office, Maryland will be eligible for reimbursement for Emergency Protective Measures taken by state and local government agencies and certain non-profit groups under its Public Assistance program under the Robert T. Stafford Act. Information and resources regarding COVID-19 in Maryland can be found here. https://bit.ly/3bw0J5m.
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Tests given, and the number of negative results in Frederick County, state continues to be a question (Frederick News Post) - At least 630 samples have been taken to test for a new coronavirus in Frederick County. But how close that 630 is to the total number of samples taken from Frederick County residents to be tested for SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is unknown. The Maryland Department of Health and its local counterparts have continued to provide updates on how many new cases there are in the state and its 24 jurisdictions. As of 10:15 a.m. Thursday, there were 13 cases in Frederick County and 580 in the state. But neither the Frederick County Health Department nor Maryland Department of Health could say how many tests have been conducted. In addition, the Frederick County Health Department could not say how many testing sites are in the county. Testing sites are not required to be registered with the department, said Frederick County Health Officer Barbara Brookmyer in an email….more at https://bit.ly/33N7jSi.
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Confusion over testing guidelines for coronavirus (Fox 5) - Another drive-through COVID-19 test center is opening in Maryland on Friday morning, but many still say they’re confused as to whether they should pursue testing. The Kelly Goodman Group of nurse practitioners operating in Maryland and the District is setting up a COVID-19 sample collection site at the Waldorf School in Bethesda. Another site – a screening facility at FedEx Field in Prince George’s County – is poised to open next week. At least one Prince George’s County woman, however, says she has coronavirus symptoms, and she was given a doctor’s referral, but she couldn’t find any place that would test her. Vanessa Pearson told FOX 5 that she has trouble breathing, pain in her chest, a headache, and periodic nausea…more at https://bit.ly/33N9cym.
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Who gets lifesaving care — and who doesn’t — when there’s a crush of coronavirus patients? Maryland is coming up with a plan (Baltimore Sun) After the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, a group led by Johns Hopkins University convened meetings of residents in 15 hotel ballrooms across Maryland to answer a terrible question: If there were another pandemic and hospitals were overwhelmed, who would get saved? The responses now serve as the backbone of discussions that could determine how the most crucial weapon in the arsenal against the coronavirus — ventilators — are allocated if demand exceeds supply. Ethicists, doctors and state leaders are working on the final plan to present to Gov. Larry Hogan for approval. It will rely on that public input, which emphasized treating those who are likely to survive the disease caused by the pandemic and also likely to be healthy enough to survive longer term…more at https://bit.ly/39o3xQq.
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MD Coronavirus Cases Rise To 580; Overall 132 Were Hospitalized (Patch.com) Maryland has 580 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, the state reported Thursday. That is an increase of 157 since the previous day and is the greatest one-day increase so far since the Maryland Department of Health began reporting on the number of cases in the state. It's the third consecutive day of record-breaking increases. "As I have repeatedly stressed, we should continue to expect the number of cases to dramatically and rapidly rise," Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement Thursday. "We have never faced anything like this ever before, and I continue to urge the people of our state to stay in place at home and stay safe." The state also released new data Thursday, including the number of those hospitalized due to the new coronavirus, the gender of those who tested positive for COVID-19 and those released from isolation. So far, 132 people have been hospitalized and 23 have been released from isolation, according to state health officials. Four people have died from the illness…more at https://bit.ly/2JhSIon.
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National News How Monoclonal Antibodies Might Prove Useful Against the Coronavirus (NPR) When our bodies are invaded by a virus, our immune systems make particular proteins called antibodies to help fight off infection. Scientists working to quell the COVID-19 pandemic think it will be possible to figure out which antibodies are most potent in quashing a coronavirus infection, and then make vast quantities of identical copies of these proteins synthetically. This approach — using infusions of what are known as monoclonal antibodies – has already proved to be effective in fighting a variety of diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers. Several efforts are underway to turn this approach on the coronavirus, with hopes of getting something ready for human testing within the next few months. One such project, supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is called the Pandemic Prevention Platform. The idea is to shorten to just 90 days the time it takes to develop effective countermeasures to a biological threat like the coronavirus…more at https://n.pr/2UHLBea.
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