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5 Things Maryland: Q&A w/ Dennis Schrader, Health equity committee, Renter relief

| Aug 31, 2021 | Maryland

According to an estimate from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, approximately 30% of Marylanders have had COVID so far. That's a number greater than Virginia and Pennsylvania, but less than Florida and Texas. Disease experts tell me it's clear COVID is endemic in our system. It will likely never...[ Read More ]

Maryland Board of Education approves universal school mask mandate

| Aug 26, 2021 | Maryland

A universal school mask mandate was passed by the Maryland Board of Education (MBE) with almost unanimous support on Thursday.  The board held a special meeting to vote on whether or not to implement an emergency regulation mandating universal mask-wearing for schools in the state.     Before being enacted,...[ Read More ]

$60 million allocated to improve health disparities in Maryland’s underserved communities

| Aug 25, 2021 | Maryland

Minority health disparities cost Maryland over $1 billion per year in direct medical costs, according to a presentation from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  In response to increasing health disparities resulting from COVID-19, the Maryland Health Equity Resource Act -- signed into law in May -- is...[ Read More ]

Decisive leadership leads to high vaccination rates in Maryland long term care facilities

| Aug 25, 2021 | Maryland

As of August 18th, 89% of nursing home residents and 79% of staff are vaccinated against COVID-19 in Maryland.  These are some of the highest vaccination rates in the country thanks to strong leadership and decisive action, says Joe DeMattos, CEO of Health Facilities Association of Maryland.     In...[ Read More ]

Maryland Hospital Association's Bob Atlas discusses students' return to school

| Aug 17, 2021 | Maryland

Bob Atlas is the president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association. On Monday, he published a message to students and their families as they contemplate a return to in-person school this fall as a new wave of COVID-19 infections due to the Delta variant is spreading.   Last week,...[ Read More ]

Health Secretary Schrader talks nursing home worker vaccinations

| Aug 17, 2021 | Maryland

The Maryland Department of Health has released a list of nursing homes ranked by the percentage of staff who have received a COVID-19 vaccination. The list is derived from the Skilled Nursing Facilities Vaccination Dashboard which was launched on May 4 by the Maryland Department of Aging.  State of Reform...[ Read More ]

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