COVID-19 in Maryland

Lobbyists and Advocates May Come Out of Hibernation for Next Week’s Special Session

Next week's special General Assembly session has a fairly limited agenda. Lawmakers are scheduled to produce a new congressional map for Maryland, consider whether...

House, Senate Galleries to Re-Open for Special Session; Committees Remain Virtual

Members of the public will be allowed inside the state Senate and House of Delegates chambers during next week’s special session, but admission will...

Biden to Unveil Plan to Blunt Potential COVID Surge this Winter

Reimbursements for at-home rapid COVID-19 tests. Tougher testing requirements for international travelers. More emergency response teams to aid states combating infection spikes.And another big...
Indoor Masking

Md. State Board of Education Votes For an ‘Off Ramp’ From School Mask Mandate

The Maryland State Board of Education voted on Wednesday to direct the State Department of Education to draft a new emergency regulation that would...
Eviction

Opinion: How Maryland Avoided an Eviction Tsunami

Rental assistance has contributed to the state’s decline in evictions. As programs speed up that assistance, eviction numbers should remain low.
Food

Council Finds COVID Worsened Food Insecurity in Md., Recommends Improvements

As grocery stores and restaurants shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of food-insecure Marylanders nearly doubled to more than one million.And the Maryland...
Lessons

Opinion: Learning Lessons to Protect Workers Through Pandemics

Marylanders for Food and Farmworker Protection says the state needs to create a preparedness plan for future infectious disease emergencies. The existing template in use today is inadequate.

Senators Concerned About Vaccine Equity Among 5- to 11-Year-Olds

Senators grilled Maryland Department of Health Secretary Dennis R. Schrader on Monday about the state’s plans for equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine among...

States, Cities Face Deadline for Proving How Quickly They’ve Helped Renters in Crisis

States, cities and counties that excelled at distributing emergency federal aid to renters struggling during the pandemic may soon be rewarded — with yet...

Federal Vaccine Rule for Private Businesses to Kick in on Jan. 4

Many private employers beginning in January will have to ensure their workers either are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they will undergo weekly...