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MD hospitals advocate asks Hogan for emergency declaration

BALTIMORE (AP) — An advocate for Maryland's hospitals says Gov. Larry Hogan should reinstate a public health emergency because of staffing and capacity challenges from a COVID-19 case surge. Maryland Hospital Association CEO Bob Atlas said Tuesday such an action by Hogan would show how serious the situation is. He told The Baltimore Sun that hospitals are nearly full, emergency departments are stretched thin and nursing shortages are exacerbating problems. […]

today12/29/2021 13


Maryland is conserving a certain type of COVID-19 treatment

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — State health officials in Maryland are advising health care providers to conserve a certain type of lifesaving antibody treatment for COVID-19 patients. The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday that there are three types of monoclonal antibody treatments that have been approved by the federal government. But only one appears to be effective against the omicron variant of the coronavirus. The effective medication is now in limited supply […]

today12/27/2021 8


DC to require vaccinations for clubs, bars and all students

WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia government is imposing a series of Covid-19 vaccine mandates in response to spiraling infection numbers and the march of the omicron variant. Starting in mid-January, residents over age 12 will have to show proof of vaccination to enter any restaurant, bar, nightclub or gym. All D.C. students  must be fully vaccinated by March 1. People will be required to prove their status with […]

today12/23/2021 19


Hogan announces $100M to boost hospital staffing, testing

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Amid a surge in coronavirus hospitalizations in Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan is announcing $100 million in emergency funding to ramp up hospital and nursing home staffing and boost testing. The plan announced Tuesday includes $50 million to stabilize staffing and another $50 million to expand availability of COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccines at hospitals and nursing homes. He says the state will also provide $30 million […]

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Omicron and Delta spell return of unpopular restrictions

PARIS (AP) — Governments around the world are weighing new measures for populations tired of hearing about restrictions and vaccines as the coronavirus delta variant of COVID-19 pushes up cases in Europe and fears grow over the omicron variant. Greeks who are over age 60 and refuse vaccinations could be hit with monthly fines. Potential carriers of omicron in Israel could be tracked by the nation's domestic security agency. Weekly […]

today12/02/2021 8


Maryland expands booster shot eligibility to all adults

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland has expanded eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots to all adults. Gov. Larry Hogan made the announcement Friday. People 18 and older who completed a primary series of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago are eligible for a booster. Individuals who received a primary series of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago continue to be eligible for a […]

today11/19/2021 15


Maryland OKs appointments for COVID-19 vaccines for 5-11

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland health officials have authorized providers across the state to immediately begin scheduling appointments, holding clinics, and vaccinating 5- to 11-year-olds. Gov. Larry Hogan made the announcement Wednesday. The announcement came a day after U.S. health officials gave the final signoff to Pfizer's kid-size COVID-19 shot. Hogan detailed outreach efforts to the 515,000 newly eligible Maryland children at a news conference. State health officials placed an […]

today11/04/2021 12


Maryland governor urges COVID-19 boosters for those eligible

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is urging all eligible state residents to get COVID-19 booster shots, especially those with health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. The governor also announced Monday that the state will begin vaccinating children as soon as the federal governments approves. Hogan says nearly 1.4 million Maryland residents are now eligible to receive a booster. The state has administered about 280,000 […]

today10/26/2021 6


Maryland congressman says he prescribes ivermectin for COVID

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland congressman who is a practicing anesthesiologist said on a radio show that he prescribed a medication typically used to treat parasites in livestock and humans as a treatment for COVID-19. The Washington Post reports Republican Rep. Andy Harris made the comments concerning Ivermectin during a call-in radio program that he and his wife co-hosted last month on an AM radio station in the Baltimore area. […]

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