State of Maryland: Governor Hogan Announces Statewide Distribution of 20 Million N95 and KN95 Masks to Marylanders, Six Additional Hospital-Based Testing Sites to Open Next Week

State of Maryland: Governor Hogan Announces Statewide Distribution of 20 Million N95 and KN95 Masks to Marylanders, Six Additional Hospital-Based Testing Sites to Open Next Week. “Governor Larry Hogan today visited the location of a new state-run COVID-19 testing site at UM Shore Regional Health in Easton and announced the locations for five additional hospital-based testing sites that will open by the end of next week. The governor also announced that the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) will begin distributing 20 million N95 and KN95 masks to Marylanders next week at no cost, through multiple channels, including local health departments, state-run testing and vaccination sites, and nursing homes.”

Baltimore Sun: Staffs of Maryland hospitals, stressed and sickened with COVID-19, know ‘cavalry’ isn’t coming

Baltimore Sun: Staffs of Maryland hospitals, stressed and sickened with COVID-19, know ‘cavalry’ isn’t coming. “As COVID-19 hospitalizations climb into uncharted territory, fueled by the highly contagious omicron variant, Maryland’s medical work force is increasingly diminished by illness and exposure, burnout and turnover. Gov. Larry Hogan has responded with pleas for people to get vaccinated and boosted and wear masks to spare the hospitals. The state opened several testing sites near hospitals so people would stop flooding emergency rooms with nonemergencies.”

WJLA: Hogan issues state of emergency after COVID surge, National Guard deployed for test sites

WJLA: Hogan issues state of emergency after COVID surge, National Guard deployed for test sites. “Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has ordered a 30-day state of emergency, citing a 500% spike in hospitalizations over the last few weeks. The governor said the decision was made in light of the recent COVID-19 case surge and its variants. Hogan said the next 4-6 weeks will be the toughest on Marylanders, even implying that hospitalizations related to the coronavirus could reach 5,000.”

NBC Washington: UM Hospitals in Prince George’s Declare Emergency, Employ Crisis Standards of Care

NBC Washington: UM Hospitals in Prince George’s Declare Emergency, Employ Crisis Standards of Care. “University of Maryland Capital Region Health says it’s moving three Prince George’s health centers to crisis standards of care amid rising COVID-19 cases and staffing shortages. UM Capital Region Medical Center, UM Bowie Health Center and the Emergency Department at UM Laurel Medical Center declared a hospital emergency Friday, according to a press release.”

Baltimore Sun: Whistleblower alleges Maryland health officials failed to alert hundreds of patients of potentially spoiled vaccines

Baltimore Sun: Whistleblower alleges Maryland health officials failed to alert hundreds of patients of potentially spoiled vaccines. “The Maryland Department of Health for months did not notify hundreds of people who may have received spoiled vaccines from a contractor, and an employee who reported the mishandled doses alleges in a complaint that the agency retaliated against her for pressing to fix the issues.”

Washington Post: Md. Gov. Larry Hogan’s messages to state employees self-destruct in 24 hours

Washington Post: Md. Gov. Larry Hogan’s messages to state employees self-destruct in 24 hours. “The app the governor and his staffers have been using, called Wickr, markets itself to government agencies and others seeking security from foreign and domestic cyberthreats. The platform in practice has provided Hogan — a moderate Republican with national ambitions — a forum to complain about media reports, direct pandemic response and coordinate with top staffers. Many states, including Maryland, have yet to reckon with technology that transparency advocates say allows officials to violate at least the spirit of open-records laws. That’s in part because of the difficulty of proving that officials are using the apps and the greater difficulty of seeing what’s being communicated.”

Baltimore Sun: UMBC students archive Highlandtown’s Latino immigration history and food culture

Baltimore Sun: UMBC students archive Highlandtown’s Latino immigration history and food culture. “Thirteen students from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, are working to fill a gap in history with the Highlandtown Immigration and Food Project. Through archival research and panel discussions with nonprofit groups’ leaders and business owners, the students created a timeline of Latino politics, history and food culture in Southeast Baltimore neighborhood from the 1980s to the 1990s.”

Baltimore Sun: With Maryland ‘just at the beginning’ of a COVID surge, strains on hospitals increase, 3 more shift to ‘crisis’ standard

Baltimore Sun: With Maryland ‘just at the beginning’ of a COVID surge, strains on hospitals increase, 3 more shift to ‘crisis’ standard. “The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie and the Luminis Health network, which includes hospitals in Annapolis and Lanham, shifted Monday to ‘crisis’ and ‘contingency’ standards of care. That means the hospitals can take emergency measures to ease some of the burden on doctors and nurses, including postponing some patients’ surgical procedures, cutting back on documentation for now, and converting physical spaces to other uses as needed.”

Washington Post: D.C., Maryland and Virginia emerge from Christmas weekend with record coronavirus case numbers

Washington Post: D.C., Maryland and Virginia emerge from Christmas weekend with record coronavirus case numbers. “D.C., Maryland and Virginia all set records Monday, reporting the highest seven-day averages in new cases of any point during the pandemic. In Virginia, 18,513 people tested positive over the three-day Christmas weekend and 25 died of covid-19. Maryland reported 5,376 new cases Monday, on top of more than 15,000 during the weekend, and has not yet returned to reporting deaths because of a cyberattack that affected the state’s heath department. The District reported 9,200 cases and two deaths from Dec. 23 to 26.”

Baltimore Sun: Maryland audit follows up on flaws in COVID-19 procurements, finds ‘lack of compliance’ and ‘ineffective monitoring’

Baltimore Sun: Maryland audit follows up on flaws in COVID-19 procurements, finds ‘lack of compliance’ and ‘ineffective monitoring’. “A review of emergency procurements for supplies in Maryland during the COVID-19 pandemic found ‘a lack of compliance’ in general with state regulations and ‘ineffective monitoring’ of payments, according to a report released Thursday by the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits.”

Techdirt: Book Publishers Sue Maryland Over Law That Would Require Them To Offer ‘Reasonable’ Prices On Ebooks To Libraries

Techdirt: Book Publishers Sue Maryland Over Law That Would Require Them To Offer ‘Reasonable’ Prices On Ebooks To Libraries. “In an ideal world, Congress would get its act together and fix copyright law and properly add first sale rights for digital goods like ebooks. But, without that, some states are trying to step in and fix things, including Maryland, which earlier this year passed a law that would require publishers to sell ebooks to libraries at ‘reasonable’ rates.”

Washington Post: Legal news service sues Virginia for access to online court records

Washington Post: Legal news service sues Virginia for access to online court records. “In virtually every federal court in the United States, members of the public can access court documents — lawsuits, indictments, judge’s orders — from their home computer, at a cost of 10 cents per page. In 37 states and the District of Columbia, according to Courthouse News Service (CNS), the public can also call up dockets and actual legal filings online, often for free. But not in Virginia or Maryland.”