Second COVID-19 booster shot gets mixed views from adults 50+

The FDA recently authorized a fourth COVID-19 shot to be taken four months after the first booster. Some people have debated whether getting another vaccine is necessary.

Lawmakers, families, advocates challenge handling of COVID in federal prisons

Incarcerated people, generally, are three times more likely to die of COVID-19 than people in the general population, according to Corene Kendrick, deputy director of the ACLU National Prison Project.

Montgomery county business managers conflicted as the mask mandate lift is extended

Rockville, MD – Montgomery county extended the lift of its indoor mask mandate but the decision might be temporary. The uncertainty has caused some confusion and concern, especially among people who have businesses to run. The mandate might be reinstated…

D.C. Council introduces a bill that would require all eligible students to be vaccinated

Washington – A new bill in the D.C. Council would require all students eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine to be fully vaccinated by December 15. The bill was introduced on October 4 and would apply to all students in public,…

Democrats in Congress press Biden to extend COVID-related prisoner releases

Maryland lawmakers are urging the Biden administration to extend home confinement for prisoners once the COVID pandemic eases.

Despite TSA mandate, some Metro riders aren’t masked

The risk of passengers contracting COVID-19 on public transit increases when they are not wearing masks. Yet, many are choosing to ignore the mask mandate for all public transportation networks that has been extended through Jan. 18, 2022.

Biden: ‘America is on the move again’; wants $2 trillion to aid families

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Joe Biden on Wednesday urged Congress to pass a nearly $2 trillion plan to help American families – spending that would build on his administration’s efforts during his first…

Senate approves bill aimed at combating hate crimes against Asian Americans

On a nearly unanimous vote, the Senate Thursday passed legislation aimed at speeding federal investigations of hate crimes against Asian Americans related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Passing the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act sends a clear and unmistakable message of solidarity…

Maryland college students seek mental health help amid COVID-19 pandemic

College students have struggled with mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic. School counseling centers have adjusted their services to fulfil the needs of students in an online environment. Students shared their experiences with the struggles and benefits of online mental health services, including their accessibility and effectiveness.

Pandemic upends usual procedures in adoptions and foster care

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced departments of social services and foster care programs across the nation to adapt. But for many children and youth, who rely on stability, there is still a lot of disruption, experts say.