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DENTON — On Wednesday, Sept. 9, the Maryland Department of Health reported 113,575 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland. The statewide positivity rate is now 3.7%. While on the western shore infection rates are dropping, most of those on the Shore continue to climb with Caroline County ha…

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ROCK HALL — The Kent County Board of Education has officially approved the school system's pandemic recovery plan, which calls for starting the fall off with distance learning, while some teachers have voiced concerns over being required to return to their classrooms to provide virtual instruction.

WORTON — Poised to begin practice next week for what they hoped would be a second consecutive championship season in field hockey, the Trojans learned on Monday that their season — like the fall seasons for all high school sports teams in Maryland — has been postponed.

ROCK HALL — While much of this year’s Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend has been “lost at sea” due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, some of the festival classics have been moved to a virtual format.

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ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Heritage Area Authority has provided over $600,000 in COVID-19 Emergency Operating Grants throughout Maryland’s 13 certified heritage areas. These funds are for organizations facing challenges resulting from COVID-19 that allow an organization to continue operations …

CHESTERTOWN — The Sultana Education Foundation’s Downrigging Weekend Festival, set for the end of October, has been called off this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a post on the SEF’s Facebook page.

EASTON — For several days, the county’s positivity rate for COVID-19 cases has been the highest in the state at 8.3%. The positivity rate is a rolling 7-day average calculated by the Maryland Department of Health that indicates the number of people who test positive in relationship to the nu…

ROCK HALL — As school systems throughout the state are trying to figure out how to hold classes this fall, the Kent County Board of Education got its first look at a possible framework for instruction here that will see students receive a mix in-person and remote lessons.

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ANNAPOLIS — Governor Larry Hogan announced July 12 that Maryland had surpassed more than 800,000 COVID-19 tests, including a record 21,140 tests over the last 24 hours, and 15 of 24 jurisdictions have met the state’s 10% testing goal — including Caroline County.

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DENTON — In accordance with the Maryland State Department of Education’s requirements to prepare for school in the fall, Caroline County has conducted the first of two parent/stakeholder surveys to help guide the final Recovery Plan. The first survey closed on July 8, and the second will be …

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CHESTERTOWN — With about six weeks to go before students would typically return to school from summer vacation, most people are wondering what the first day of classes will look like for children amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Health officials said last week a fourth round of universal testing is beginning to show a dramatic decrease in the positivity rate at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, where a significant portion of residents and staff have been affected by COVID-19 over the past few months.

As the state enters into the second phase of its Roadmap for Recovery, businesses and local activities are becoming increasingly available during the coronavirus pandemic. With the holiday weekend on its way, many are taking extra precautions to protect themselves and others while still offe…

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Since April, organizations in St. Mary’s have been working to support an encampment that was created to aid the homeless population during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the encampment has provided resources to those in need, its time on the property is coming to an end.

Jan. 20, 2020: The first case of a COVID-19 infection in the United States is reported in Washington state, in an American citizen who traveled home from Wuhan, China. The same day, the World Health Organization and Chinese authorities confirm human-to-human transmission of the virus has alr…

A survey showed most parents of St. Mary's public school students have some level of comfort returning kids to school later this summer. St. Mary's superintendent explained Wednesday what that could look like when that phase comes.

The location where a COVID-19 fatality is counted may not be where the death occurred, or even where the decedent lived, causing imbalance between the number of deaths counted at nursing homes and the reported total for the county, a St. Mary’s health official said this week.

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April Havens of Dameron was not allowed to visit her father at his assisted living home in Virginia this spring, since COVID-19 has caused long-term care facilities to be closed to the public. But her father, Jerry Price, called every day, until May 11.

The St. Mary’s commissioners convened as the county’s board of health at Tuesday’s meeting, and received updates about expanded COVID-19 testing within the county.

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KENT NARROWS — Fisherman’s Inn Restaurant is celebrating its 90th year in business this year. Over the course of 90 years, as successful as times have been, the restaurant is no stranger to hard times, including fires and floods that have closed its doors, and numerous threatening and damagi…

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CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne’s County has seen three deaths in two days from COVID-19, according to Beth Malasky, county public information officer. The county ended the day Tuesday, June 16, with 209 county residents having tested positive, up 10 since Friday. Three people were ill enough to be…

CENTREVILLE — As the remnants of tropical storm Cristobal entered Canada Wednesday, June 10, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continued to warn of an above normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

CHESTERTOWN — With Maryland entering stage two of Gov. Larry Hogan’s Roadmap to Recovery, meaning more businesses are allowed to be opened than those required to be closed, Kent County Health Officer William Webb is encouraging citizens to be mindful the COVID-19 pandemic is not finished yet.

CHESTERTOWN — The regional drive-through testing site for COVID-19 at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills is being replaced by individual sites in each of the five Mid-Shore counties beginning June 8, Kent County Health Officer William Webb told the Kent County Commissioners in his weekly update…

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St. Mary’s health officials believe a recent spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases, which brought the county’s total count from around 400 last week to 518 on Tuesday, can be attributed to broader testing capacity as well as more spread of the infectious virus.

The St. Mary’s commissioners convened as the county’s board of health during their regular business meeting on Tuesday, and received a public health update as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the county.

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STEVENSVILLE — Originally closed as a nonessential business by the stay-at-home directive given by Gov. Larry Hogan in mid-March, Spunkwear, a small business clothing line headquartered in Stevensville, was permitted to reopen during the third week of April to make protective face masks.

A public hearing was held regarding Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act grant funding at Tuesday’s county commissioners’ meeting, where three speakers requested funds be allocated to the board of education to fund laptops for students.

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CENTREVILLE — Dozens of residents objected to the Centreville Town Council’s proposed water and sewer rate increases during its budget hearing Thursday, May 21. There were three hearings — one on the budget, one on the constant yield rate and one on the water and sewer rates. Comments on the…

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QUEENSTOWN — The Queen Anne’s County Animal Services shelter in Queenstown achieved its goal of zero dogs inside the shelter Tuesday, May 5, if only for one day.

QUEENSTOWN — Benedict A. Andrew American Legion Post 296 and Blood Bank of Delmarva will hold a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. June 1 at the Post, 6200 Main St., Queenstown.

STEVENSVILLE — The Rev. Mark S. Delcuze, rector at Christ Church Easton, wrote on the church’s Facebook page May 22, “Christ Church Parish Kent Island is not closed, it is deployed in the world and in our households.

CENTREVILLE — Family activities and music are canceled due to coronavirus restrictions, but Queen Anne’s County will still celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks this year.

Health officials have noted that in addition to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is also fighting an “infodemic,” which they described as an excessive amount of false information about a problem which may be viewed as a detriment to its solution.

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CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne's County has issued guidance for restaurants and bars to open for outdoor dining at 5 p.m. Friday, March 29, in accordance with the Governor Larry Hogan's Executive Order.

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CENTREVILLE — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot met with about 10 open-air restaurant owners from Queen Anne’s County Tuesday afternoon, May 26, via Zoom. The meeting, listed as the “Outdoor Seating Summit,” lasted exactly one hour.

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CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne’s County ended the day Wednesday, May 27, with 152 residents having tested positive for COVID-19; two patients were hospitalized, according to Beth Malasky, public information officer.

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CENTREVILLE — The Wye River Upper School Class of 2020 celebrated its commencement ceremony Wednesday, May 20, for its eight seniors via Zoom to maintain social distancing.

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CENTREVILLE — Monday morning, May 25, both the Centreville American Legion, Jeff Davis Post 18, and Kent Island American Legion, Post 278, held ceremonies observing Memorial Day. All local veterans organizations have remained closed since mid-March due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions. T…

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CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, May 19, to earmark $2.5 million of the county’s CARES Part B spending allocation to help businesses struggling as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

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STEVENSVILLE — Joshua Ridgley, a Life Scout at Troop 1631 sponsored by Christ Church Parish on Kent Island, found out that Eagle Scout projects rarely go as planned. Over a year ago, Joshua had initially planned on completing a different project, however, after hitting numerous administrativ…

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The pandemic has created a perfect storm for Americans who were already struggling with high levels of depression and anxiety, suicide and a loneliness epidemic that kills more people than obesity or smoking.

CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne’s County Parks and Recreation summer camp program will be canceled this year. The county announced Tuesday, May 26, announced the program was not able to adequately meet CDC guidelines for social distancing, and school facilities are inaccessible.

CENTREVILLE — The Maryland State Police COVID-19 team has determined yard sales are allowed as long as proper social distancing is practiced. Those holding the yard sale should avoid having groups of 10 or more. This will provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone involved.

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EASTON — Chesapeake Music celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival this June with an exciting, virtual festival. Internationally known Artistic Directors Marcy Rosen and Catherine Cho have put together a wonderful series of concerts to bring extraordinary musi…

Over the past several weeks all industries have been challenged to think differently. Our new normal has become take out meals at restaurants, virtual doctor appointments, and “essential” trips to the liquor store.

WASHINGTON, DC — If you don’t have the heebie-jeebies by now, you soon will if you don’t take precautions during this new era of self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic. The anxiety most of us feel for the victims of COVID-19 is exacerbated by the loneliness of the enforced seclusion …

CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne’s County announced Friday, May 23, that playgrounds located in county parks and schools would reopen Saturday, May 23.

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FAIR HILL — Now that all the sponsors and vendors have been notified, Cecil County Fair Board President Don Moore said Friday he could make the announcement he did not want to make; that the Cecil County Fair is cancelled this summer.

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A federal district court judge denied a motion for preliminary injunction Wednesday that had been filed against Gov. Larry Hogan and other state officials relating to shutdowns following the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

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ELKTON — Let's face it; this year's Memorial Day Celebration is going to look different in many ways thanks to the global pandemic.

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CENTREVILLE — On the eve of reopening retail businesses and manufacturing, Queen Anne’s County saw its positive COVID-19 cases rise again and posted the highest number of local residents hospitalized from the virus at one time to date with four. And cases have continued to rise throughout the week.

CENTREVILLE — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Wye River Upper School has opted for the modern approach to continue its program through remote learning.

Location data gathered from St. Mary’s County residents shows they are moving around more than some other areas during the COVID-19 lockdown, and a former county commissioner expressed concern regarding how that information was collected and said it was an infringement on privacy.

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ELKTON – While the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the postponement of hundreds of Cecil County Circuit Court criminal proceedings since mid-March, 30 to 40 Cecil County Adult Drug Court cases are being handled – remotely – in a courtroom every Friday, according to court officials.

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KENT NARROWS — Congressman Andy Harris, R-MD-1st, visited six Eastern Shore restaurants Wednesday, May 20, in Queen Anne's, Kent and Caroline counties. He wanted to show owners support as they weather the COVID-19 storm and prepare to reopen, and he continued to push for restaurants to reope…

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CENTREVILLE — The Centreville Town Council finalized its fiscal 2021 budgets during the May 14 meeting. After weeks of work sessions to pare down spending based on reduced revenues as a result of the current coronavirus crisis, the Council proposed an estimated $4.7 million general fund budg…

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While estimates for the financial pain forecast state of Maryland are better than originally predicted, according to figures released Thursday, there are still significant issues ahead as the state seeks to make it through the economic calamity caused by the COVID-19 virus.

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Expanded nursing home testing has doubled the county’s COVID-19 case count since the beginning of the month, with over 40% of St. Mary’s COVID-19 cases at the county’s largest long-term care facility, according to health department data now being released daily.

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CENTREVILLE — The American Legion Jeff Davis Post 18 in Centreville will celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, with a truncated version of its normal ceremony, according to Commander Gregory Manning.

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CHESTER — The Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce completed its “Moving Forward — Planning for the Post Pandemic World” meeting with more than 60 local business leaders Wednesday, May 13, via an online Zoom format. The meeting, which originally began on May 5, had at least six scheduled …

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STEVENSVILLE — The Primitive Barn, an “old and new farm/barn decor store” as described by its owner, Amelia “Amy” Merryman, of Stevensville opened its doors Saturday, May 16, after the governor’s stay at home order lifted.

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CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne’s County Public Schools has added outdoor internet access points facing the main parking lots at Sudlersville Middle, Church Hill Elementary, Queen Anne’s County High and Grasonville Elementary schools. Students and school system employees can connect to the wireless…

TOWSON — For the first time in 20 years, AAA will not issue a Memorial Day travel forecast, as the accuracy of the economic data used to create the forecast has been undermined by COVID-19. The annual forecast – which estimates the number of people traveling over the holiday weekend – will r…

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TIMONIUM — In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with State of Maryland public health guidelines and directives, the 53rd annual Memorial Day ceremony planned for Monday, May 25, at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens has been canceled. The ceremony attracts an average o…

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STEVENSVILLE — Chesapeake Charities’ fifth annual Celebration of Charity is set for Nov. 5 at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville and will recognize heroic actions taken by local citizens on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEWARK, Del. — As individuals, families and communities continue to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Delmarva Power is further extending the policies put in place to support customers during this time, including suspending service disconnections, waiving new late fees and reconnect…

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RIDGELY — There’s never been a better time to become a member of Adkins Arboretum! Amid closures and stay-at-home orders, the Arboretum is committed to keeping its paths open for the many dog walkers, bikers, runners and nature enthusiasts who seek solace in fresh air, open space and the hea…

Skipjack CrossFit, a gym and training facility in Owings, had its first outdoor social distance exercise session last weekend following the restrictions imposed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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CENTREVILLE — On the eve of reopening retail businesses and manufacturing, Queen Anne’s County saw its positive COVID-19 cases rise again and posted the highest number of local residents hospitalized from the virus at one time to date.

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CENTREVILLE — Anticipating falling revenues as a result of business closures and widespread unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners are proposing a fiscal 2021 budget of about $143.8 million, some $1.3 million less than the budget for the current y…

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CHURCH HILL — Church Hill Town Commissioner Edward C. Raffetto Jr. will serve another three year term. Raffetto was the only candidate to file by the May 12 deadline, according to Town Administrator Nancy J. Lindyberg.

MARYLAND — A new statewide volunteer and in-kind donations platform has launched in Maryland. The DART platform connects Marylanders who want to assist with volunteer opportunities, with disaster and state agencies needing volunteers. DART also connects businesses and individuals wanting to …

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ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Board of Elections has confirmed that mail-in ballots for the June 2 Presidential Primary election have been sent by U.S. Postal Service to all eligible state voters. Ballots for Queen Anne’s County County residents were mailed on April 27; by now, each eligible vote…

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WORTON — After 12 years of hard work — if not more counting kindergarten and pre-school — seniors should be walking across the stage in May and June celebrating with friends, family and the teachers that helped them negotiate their path to graduation.

EASTON — Carol Leonard, a lactation consultant with University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, has started a virtual breastfeeding support group in response to demand following the cancellation of all meetings, classes and events due to COVID-19.

The county’s department of finance on Tuesday requested permission from the St. Mary’s commissioners to hold a public hearing in three weeks, authorizing the $19.8 million supplemental appropriation from the Coronavirus Relief Fund grant to help cover costs related to COVID-19.

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The Maryland Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Quality is fining Sagepoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center $10,000 a day for what it describes as “widespread deficiencies,” according to a letter signed by its executive director.

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CENTREVILLE — Nearly 60 parents and students stood outside the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education building Wednesday evening, May 6, waving signs and honking horns to protest the county’s plans for virtual graduation ceremonies for Kent Island and Queen Anne’s County High Schools.

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STEVENSVILLE — Scout Siena Mae Koch, 12, a member of BSA Troop 496 in Stevensville, was in her backyard with her grandfather last Thursday, May 7, and she was about to feed her pet rabbit when they heard a faint noise — it was the voice of someone calling for help.

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There was no 10-person limit, and few facial coverings were worn at two former elected officials’ Thursday evening meeting, where critics gathered to air grievances about the state’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resources for Marylanders and employees during COVID-19

SBDC Webinar - Topics: EIDL and CARES (PPP) COVID 19 Loans

Monday 4/6/2020, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

Space is Limited ~ You Must Register: https://mdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/16175

Please RSVP with a valid email. After registering, you will receive a Zoom Meeting link to join online, or you can join via the dial-in number. This webinar will be recorded and shared, and if space fills up, additional dates will be added.

Daily SBA Conference Call – Updates (M-F) provided and you can ask questions.

3:00 p.m., Call 202-765-1264, Conf Call ID# 827-299-626

5:30 p.m., Call 202-765-1264, Conf Call ID# 310-688-488

EIDL Application Help – Daily 10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. On the call, an SBA agent will walk you through how to fill out the EIDL form. Have all your necessary documents ready. Zoom Meeting # 6794772946

Paycheck Protection Program Loan (PPPL) FAQ - 

bit.ly/PPPL_FAQs

SBA COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources#section-header-0

Main Maryland Business Information Site for COVID 19 updates and resources - https://govstatus.egov.com/md-coronavirus-business