Coronavirus

Animals at the Maryland Zoo are getting the animal-friendly COVID vaccine

Animals now are receiving protection from COVID with a vaccine provided by Zoetis at no cost to the zoos. It will be given to 34 animals at the zoo, and they will begin receiving the shots in October of this year.

Robust, unique vaccine outreach bears fruit for state grant

A $3 million vaccine canvassing program Gov. Larry Hogan announced Sept. 8 is benefiting 26 community groups statewide, and by targeting some minority or vaccine-hesitant areas, more unique solutions are bearing fruit.

Hogan announces boosters for people 65+ in nursing homes

Marylanders 65 and over living in congregate care facilities, including nursing homes, are eligible for COVID-19 booster shots effective immediately.

As pet adoptions increase, rescue shelters are finding animals forever homes

Baltimore – Covid-19 has increased the amount of animals being adopted nationwide. Rescue shelters are committed to finding perfect matches for their animals, including one formerly abused cat named Byron who has found his forever home.

Maryland lifts outdoor mask mandate and outdoor dining restrictions

Maryland – Governor Larry Hogan lifted Maryland’s statewide outdoor mask mandate on Wednesday and announced there will no longer be restrictions for outdoor dining. Both Howard and Montgomery County are still enforcing outdoor masking, but Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has yet to announce the county’s plans. Masks are still required indoors, at large ticketed venues and on public transportation.

A Montgomery County aid group raises over $100,000 to help local community

Montgomery County, MD.-The group Silver Spring/Takoma Park Mutual Aid is providing local residents with food, diapers, and more. Since forming last year, the group has raised over $100,000 and has helped more than 3,000 local residents. 

The University of Maryland has received 5400 vaccine doses to be administered on campus

College Park, MD – After announcing that campus would reopen in the fall, the University of Maryland has received 3000 vaccine doses, in addition to an original 2400, for the campus community. The University Health Center Director says he believes…

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.

Maryland launches mobile vaccination program to give shots to those in underserved communities

Reisterstown, MD –  The Maryland Department of Health and Maryland Emergency Management Agency unveil mobile vaccination sites that will roll through Maryland starting this weekend. The 32 foot long mobile units will be staffed by trained vaccinators and will serve…

More individuals in Maryland are now eligible for the COVID vaccine as phase 2B begins

Baltimore, MD- Following president Biden’s announcement that by April 19, 90% of adults will be eligible for the vaccine, Maryland’s current vaccine phase lags behind. Maryland’s Phase 3, which includes all adults over the age of 16, is currently set to begin April 27, eight days behind the federal government’s goal. Maryland reached its highest positivity rate since February 9 today, totaling 5.24%.