Maryland Department of Health Expands Statewide Public Awareness Campaign Urging Vaccination Against COVID-19, flu and RSV 

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The Maryland Department of Health has expanded its statewide public awareness campaign to help prevent respiratory illness. The Department urges Marylanders to get the updated COVID-19 vaccine, annual flu shot and the new RSV vaccine for older adults and pregnant women.¬† The¬†Vaccinate. Prevent. Protect.¬†campaign informs residents about the new vaccines available and other information regarding…

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First Powassan Virus Death in Maryland

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Maryland Health officials on Friday announced the first travel-related Powassan virus death in the state. Powassan is spread by the bite of an infected tick ‚Äď and it is very rare. This is the first-ever case recorded in Maryland. Health officials say the individual contracted the virus in Canada and returned to Maryland afterwards. The…

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First Human West Nile Virus Case in MD – on Eastern Shore

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An Eastern Shore resident is recovering from West Nile virus. Maryland Department of Health confirmed that this patient tested positive last week. Health officials say about 80% of people who are infected will not display any signs of illness, but those who have underlying health conditions could become seriously ill. Additional information from Maryland Department…

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Md. Develops Game Plan to Fight Monkeypox

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Maryland health officials report 129 lab-confirmed cases of Monkeypox. Governor Larry Hogan Tuesday said the state will continue to press the federal government to provide more vaccines, which are currently in very limited supply. Anyone who believes he or she needs to be tested or treated should contact a health care provider or local health…

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Md. Health Officials Provide Guidance Through Infant Formula Shortage

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Marylanders who have difficulty locating infant formula can find guidance and assistance through several ways. ‚ÄúMDH is working with federal, state, local, and community partners to ensure Maryland families with newborns and infants have the information they need regarding options during this national formula shortage and recent recalls,‚ÄĚ Maryland Department of Health Secretary Dennis Schrader…

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Md. Hospitals Take Additional Actions As More COVID-19 Patients Need Treatment

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More than 1,500 people are now hospitalized across Maryland due to COVID-19 complications, a threshold that triggers additional actions under a Maryland Department of Health order that was issued earlier this month. Hospitals are directed to optimize bed capacity, redeploy staff or alter their staffing models, and reduce non-urgent and elective procedures and surgeries. To…

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Md. Looks To Support Hospitals As COVID-19 Hospitalizations Rise Amid Concerns About Surge

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Maryland is taking several actions to hold off overload at hospitals as the Delta and Omicron variants of COVID-19 converge. Governor Larry Hogan said Wednesday that the Maryland Department of Health and other state agencies are working on a daily basis with hospitals on ‘critical operational issues.’ The state has established a Surge Operation Center.…

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Omicron Variant Confirmed in 3 Marylanders

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Governor Larry Hogan today announced that state health officials have confirmed the first three cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) in Maryland residents. The Omicron variant was designated as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization on Nov. 26. The variant‚Äôs presence in Maryland was confirmed by the Maryland Department of Health…

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Md. To Distribute 500,000 At-Home Test Kits For COVID-19

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Maryland plans to distribute half-a-million take-home COVID-19 test kits. The Maryland Department of Health said this week that kits will be made available free of charged through local health departments. Caroline County, for example, will have the at-home tests available at the local public library or at two community food pantries. Each kit contains two…

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Md. Board of Ed. Sets Meeting To Review Mask Mandate

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The Maryland State Board of Education has scheduled a special virtual meeting for Tuesday, November 16th to gather feedback on the state’s emergency school mask requirement through public input and public health testimony. The Board last spring passed a resolution calling for the return to safe, in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year. An emergency…

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Wicomico Co. Schools Introduce COVID-19 Online Dashboard

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Wicomico County Public Schools will make it easier for families, guardians and staff to obtain the latest information about COVID-19 cases and other related issues. The school system has introduced an online COVID-19 Dashboard. It shows active positive cases of coronavirus in schools, and it will provide the weekly total number of staff and students…

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Md. Mobilizes Medical Staffing For COVID Surge

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Maryland is looking for people who have a clinical background to consider working at a hospital, a nursing home, a testing site or a coronavirus vaccination clinic. Governor Larry Hogan said at a news conference Tuesday that while the state is not as bad off as some others, the rising rate of cases and hospitalizations…

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Marylander being tested for coronavirus

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A Maryland resident is currently being tested for coronavirus. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is reporting that a Maryland resident met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for testing of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The person is currently in good condition and is being monitored while awaiting test results, to…

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