Johns Hopkins University: Mellon Foundation awards $4 million grant to Inheritance Baltimore project

Johns Hopkins University: Mellon Foundation awards $4 million grant to Inheritance Baltimore project. “The project, Inheritance Baltimore: Humanities and Arts Education for Black Liberation, will pioneer methods of instruction, research, preservation, and doctoral education that works with Black institutions to bring the experiences of Baltimore’s Black community to the fore and combat institutional racism. The project will also document and preserve the ways Black people attained knowledge within and outside of academic disciplines.”

Washington Post: Maryland jurisdictions announce tougher coronavirus restrictions as region’s caseloads surge

Washington Post: Maryland jurisdictions announce tougher coronavirus restrictions as region’s caseloads surge. “Leaders of Maryland’s most populous jurisdictions pushed for unified shutdowns Wednesday to curb the surging coronavirus as some reimposed the toughest restrictions since the spring. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D) proposed banning all indoor dining, hours after Baltimore City forbade any dining at restaurants, indoors or outdoors. The city’s new protocols are the strictest in Maryland since shutdowns during the first wave of infections.”

WBAL: Maryland launches vaccine information portal

WBAL: Maryland launches vaccine information portal. “The website includes information about Maryland vaccine priority groups, vaccine status and dosing information. It has information about vaccine development, clinical studies and emergency use authorization approval. As Maryland progresses in its COVID-19 vaccination plan, health officials will update the page.”

Scott E’s Blog: Columbia Association announces the launch of Columbia Maryland Archives

Scott E’s Blog: Columbia Association announces the launch of Columbia Maryland Archives. “Columbia Association (CA) is thrilled to announce the launch of Columbia Maryland Archives. This new name and new platform allow researchers and residents to browse through the history of this planned community from the comfort and convenience of their own home, just as we wrap up American Archives History Month.”

Washington Post: Hogan’s first batch of coronavirus tests from South Korea were flawed, never used

Washington Post: Hogan’s first batch of coronavirus tests from South Korea were flawed, never used. “Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) spent $9.46 million in state funding to import 500,000 coronavirus tests from South Korea that turned out to be flawed and weren’t used, emails, documents and interviews show. As it became clear that the much-touted tests could not help detect which Maryland residents had contracted the novel coronavirus, the Hogan administration quietly paid the same South Korean company $2.5 million for 500,000 replacement tests.”

WTOP: Maryland releases new flu surveillance data dashboard

WTOP: Maryland releases new flu surveillance data dashboard. “A new tool released by the Maryland Department of Health tracks flu vaccination rates by area, gender and race and offers more detail with year-over-year comparisons. The dashboard offers enhanced data visuals, year-over-year comparisons and flu vaccination rates by jurisdiction. The previous dashboard only included standard weekly flu surveillance reporting.”

Washington Post: Maryland governor tightens restrictions a second time as coronavirus infections continue to soar

Washington Post: Maryland governor tightens restrictions a second time as coronavirus infections continue to soar. “Gov. Larry Hogan (R) issued an executive order that clamps down on the hours that restaurants and bars can operate and the number of people allowed in retail stores and at religious facilities. Local officials have strengthened policies several times in recent days, looking for ways to slow a virus spreading at record rates in the Washington area and across the country.”

Local DVM: Maryland Department of Health reports school COVID-19 outbreaks via online database

Local DVM: Maryland Department of Health reports school COVID-19 outbreaks via online database. “The Maryland Department of Health is now reporting coronavirus outbreaks at schools across the state through an online database. As of Wednesday, the data shows COVID-19 cases at 26 different public and private schools. In total, about 87 confirmed cases of the virus are present within schools in 11 counties and the City of Baltimore.”

Washington Post: Maryland governor adds coronavirus restrictions as cases surge across the Washington region

Washington Post: Maryland governor adds coronavirus restrictions as cases surge across the Washington region. “Effective at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Maryland restaurants must reduce indoor dining capacity from 75 percent to 50 percent. A new health advisory urges a 25-person cap on indoor gatherings. The governor also issued a heightened travel advisory that warns against visiting states with high rates of infections, ruling out nonessential travel to 35 states.”

Smithsonian Magazine: A Native American Community in Baltimore Reclaims Its History

Smithsonian Magazine: A Native American Community in Baltimore Reclaims Its History. “Baltimore may be famous for John Waters, Edgar Allan Poe, and steamed crabs, but very few people are aware that there was once a sizeable population of American Indians, the Lumbee tribe, who lived in the neighborhoods of Upper Fells Point and Washington Hill. By the 1960s, there were so many Native Americans living in the area that many Lumbee affectionately referred to it as ‘The Reservation.’ In the early 1970s, this part of Baltimore underwent a massive urban renewal development project and many Lumbee residences were destroyed, including most of the 1700 block of East Baltimore Street.”

Washington Post: Marylanders are still calling about stalled unemployment benefits. And no one is answering the phone.

Washington Post: Marylanders are still calling about stalled unemployment benefits. And no one is answering the phone.. “More than six months after the coronavirus pandemic triggered a deluge of unemployment claims in the Washington region, some jobless Marylanders are still experiencing major problems getting benefits and have endured weeks — or months — without the payments they are supposed to receive. The main frustration, they say, is they cannot get anyone to answer their calls.”

Baltimore Sun: Maryland lab stops use of much-touted coronavirus tests from South Korea after spate of false positive results

Baltimore Sun: Maryland lab stops use of much-touted coronavirus tests from South Korea after spate of false positive results. “Hundreds of thousands of coronavirus tests that Gov. Larry Hogan bought from South Korea in April to much fanfare appear to be showing reliability problems, returning a spate of false positive results to nursing homes around the state.”