Airport workers faced COVID risks as airlines advertised passenger safety measures

Conversations about the safety of air travel have largely left airport workers out. The choice of whether or not to fly in a pandemic is a question of community safety and how the decision affects people with the least protection. Meet some of them in the Howard Center podcast In The Air.

Opioid use, fentanyl deaths spike amid pandemic

After a noteworthy decline in opioid-related deaths in 2019, preliminary data from 2020 reveals a dramatic increase in deaths linked with opioids, particularly fentanyl, according to the Opioid Operational Command Center annual report. Officials blame the coronavirus pandemic.

Bias training bill passes in Maryland Legislature

A bill that would, among other things, mandate healthcare workers participate in implicit bias training, is on the desk of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, R.

COVID-19 forces new ways of administering hospice care

As COVID-19 wreaked havoc in Maryland last spring, area hospice providers were forced to rethink their entire approach to delivering care; many faced exorbitantly higher operating costs.

Expansive COVID-19 bill advancing in Maryland Legislature

A bill that would require the Maryland Department of Health to create and implement a two-year plan for COVID-19 recovery by June 1, among other measures, is nearing passage in the Maryland General Assembly.

Bill to repeal Maryland state song advancing in Legislature

A bill that would repeal Maryland’s state song “Maryland, My Maryland!” on the grounds it contains offensive and outdated language is advancing in the Legislature this week.

Hogan eases COVID-19 capacity restrictions

Citing improved health metrics, Gov. Larry Hogan, R, announced the loosening of capacity restrictions on many Maryland businesses.

Maryland General Assembly targets suicide prevention

A series of bills aimed at improving mental health care systems in Maryland are under consideration in the Maryland General Assembly.

Vaccine Hunters take control of appointment search

Residents disgruntled by tumultuous vaccine rollout and inability to book appointments collaborate through a booming Facebook group called Maryland Vaccine Hunters.

Taskforce will study college students’ mental healthcare access

College students report depression, anxiety, and related symptoms at a significantly higher rate during COVID-19; a task force to study mental healthcare access at Maryland colleges looks to address this.