Over the course of just a few short weeks, the coronavirus has twisted its tendrils into the fabric of our daily lives. Due to the threat of the pandemic in Maryland — and now, with its aggressive arrival — it controls commerce, social interaction and most everything else.

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As the demand for food has dramatically increased over the past few weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local farmers are seeing impacts to their operations.

CHESTERTOWN — The Kent County Health Department on Friday morning, in conjunction with the Kent County Commissioners, reported a second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kent County. The individual was identified as a man in his 70s who lives in Kent and has no known travel history, according to…

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Maryland public schools will remain closed for at least four more weeks, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced during a press conference Wednesday morning, with the possibility they may be closed for longer as the state grapples with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

CHESTER — Following Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order to not meet in large groups and not travel unless for emergency or absolute necessity, churches across the county are finding ways to meet using digital and electronic means.

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STEVENSVILLE — The Kent Island Farmers Market, located at Christ Episcopal Church on Maryland Route 8 south in Stevensville for years, moved to the parking lot of the Cult Classic Brewery in Kent Island Shopping Center March 19. The Rev. Mark Delcuze at Christ Church had orders from his supe…

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CHESTER — Haven Ministries continues to provide critical essential services for those in need in Queen Anne’s County. The organization just launched a new resource for Queen Anne’s County called “QAC Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” This new Facebook Group will help support the most vulnerable …

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QUEENSTOWN — The Queen Anne’s County Department of Parks and Recreation urges residents and visitors to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community. If you go to a park or trail to exercise, please use common sense and caution. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between y…

STEVENSVILLE — The Kent Island Lions Club concert with the Fabulous HubCaps has been rescheduled for Oct. 17 at the Kent Island American Legion on Route 8 in Stevensville.

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ANNAPOLIS – Maryland had 580 confirmed COVID-19 cases, as of Thursday morning, after 157 new cases were reported in this state during a 24-hour period, according to a written statement by Gov. Larry Hogan, who further reported that it “is by far the largest one-day increase to date.”

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ELKTON —  Maryland and its counties are expected to receive billions of dollars in federal funds as the U.S. Senate unanimously passed — 96 to 0 — a $2 trillion Coronavirus relief and economic stimulus package to aid all Americans and businesses impacted by the rapidly-changing pandemic on W…

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CENTREVILLE — With first responders across the country reporting a shortage of personal protective equipment, award-winning quilt artist Teri O’Meara of Centreville has turned her needle to fill a more urgent need. She started out making protective masks for Queen Anne’s County responders an…

CHESTERTOWN — Washington College’s Emergency Operations Group has been made aware that a student who lives off campus has tested positive for COVID-19, the college announced in a news release shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.

CHESTERTOWN — Chester River Health Foundation is asking the community to support its local hospital and health care providers by donating needed supplies.

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ANNAPOLIS — As an initial two-week closure of Maryland public schools neared its March 27 end, State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announced a further four-week shutdown to last through April 24 in response to the spreading novel coronavirus.

With state courts now holding a bare-bones docket amid the COVID-19 outbreak, some inmates are getting sentencing reconsideration hearings to either be released on time served, or serve the rest of their sentence at home.

Several St. Mary's County departments are making efforts to aid the community during the COVID-19 pandemic with the help of the county commissioners, the board announced at their meeting yesterday.

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NEWARK — Delmarva Power is taking several major steps to help ensure all residents across its Delaware and Maryland service area have access to electric service during this critical time.

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DENTON — In today's challenging times, Edward Jones financial advisors are thinking about the health of their clients, their families and their colleagues, what's happening in their communities and the effect of COVID-19 on the markets.

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PRESTON — Facing a worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 that is even now causing illness and death in some cases, many of us are left wondering what can we do in addition to social-distancing to avoid getting the virus? One answer is to strengthen our immune systems. Althoug…

It’s put professional seasons on hold, and wiped out NCAA tournaments and entire spring seasons.

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EASTON — Talbot County needs healthy, able-bodied residents to volunteer for duty during the COVID-19 health crisis. Opportunities range from working in food banks to delivering meals to seniors to working in the medical field.

Getting around for some is going to be a little more difficult as public transportation and automotive agencies scale back services amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

CHESTERTOWN — Kent County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19, the Kent County Health Department announced in a news release Tuesday, March 24. The individual is identified as a man in his 20s.

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ELKTON — Cecil County Sheriff's Office deputies will respond to complaints of gatherings of more than 10 people, which is forbidden statewide under an emergency order issued by Gov. Larry Hogan, but they will not proactively patrol to enforce the ordinance, according to Sheriff Scott Adams.

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A local whiskey and rum maker is turning its skills and equipment toward making widely needed hand sanitizer this week, and plans to get it out to local first responders and medical professionals free of charge.

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By order of Mayor Robert Willey on Monday, March 23, this 2-page COVID-19 Continuity of Operations Plan has been designed to help Town of Easton personnel and residents during the novel coronavirus pandemic. This COOP became effective 5 p.m. March 23. 

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RISING SUN — You don't need me to tell you that supplies of the new essentials (household disinfectants, staple foods and paper products) are in short supply.

EASTON — Governor Larry Hogan issued an Executive Order closing all non-essential businesses effective at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23. At the same time, he announced a relief package designed to help businesses and expanded benefits for workers who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19…

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The governor of Maryland has added to the list of restrictions in place during the new coronavirus pandemic, namely that all non-essential businesses must close at 5 p.m. today, March 23.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) announced an executive order Monday ordering the closure of all “nonessential businesses, organizations, establishments and facilities in Maryland” by 5 p.m.

CHESTERTOWN — While financial institutions are considered essential community services that are to remain functioning while other businesses close their doors, local banks are still trying to minimize social contact in their branches.

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ANNAPOLIS — The fast-evolving circumstances surrounding the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, across Maryland and the world prompted Gov. Larry Hogan to order the closure of nonessential businesses, effective at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23. 

Charles County Government will close its buildings to the public effective Monday, March 23, until further notice. This action is being taken to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to make every effort to protect the public health and safety of residents and employees.

CHESTERTOWN — Of all the event postponements aimed at keeping the coronavirus outbreak at bay, there is one that every Marylander and American is likely very happy about.

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STEVENSVILLE — The Kent Island Heritage Society announced Friday, March 20, that the Kent Island Day celebration in May has been canceled in light of the current state of emergency and concerns over the the COVID-19 pandemic.

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EASTON — Talbot County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues to operate at a heightened level of readiness, with officials monitoring the COVID-19 health crisis hourly.

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CECIL COUNTY - Law enforcement officers in Cecil County are still patrolling the roads, investigating crimes and performing their other duties amid the COVID-19 pandemic - but they are taking several precautions to prevent the spread of the virus while doing so.

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WASHINGTON, DC — Three United States senators, including Chris Van Hollen, (D-Md) have introduced a proposal that would make grants -- not loans -- available to small businesses and non-profit organizations rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne’s County Health Officer Joseph A. Ciotola Jr., M.D., announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Queen Anne’s County Saturday, March 21, just before 2 p.m.

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St. Mary’s County Health Department announced Saturday that it has been notified that a Washington, D.C., resident who works at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Mary’s County has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

While restaurants, movie theaters, gyms and malls have been closed this past week in an effort to battle the coronavirus, area golf courses — public and private — have remained open.

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CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Health Department opened a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills Friday, March 20, to help take some of the pressure off local hospitals, specifically University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton and Anne Arundel Me…

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CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne's County Public Schools have added two new locations for "grab and go meals," Superintendent of Schools Dr. Andrea Kane notified families in an emailed letter Thursday, March 19.

CENTREVILLE — In response to actions taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the University of Maryland Extension, Queen Anne’s County Office is implementing policies to limit in-person transactions and safeguard the health of its employees, stakeholders and the general public.

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EASTON — The Talbot County community is continuing to partner with local agencies and businesses to address the needs of individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 health crisis. The Governor is working diligently with all counties to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland. This specifi…

Local food services have been making accommodations to help the community adjust to the spread of COVID-19 in the state, especially after Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Monday made the announcement that Maryland restaurants, bars, gyms and movie theaters would be closed, with the exception of drive…

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BALTIMORE — With the first confirmed COVID-related death in Maryland and more than 100 confirmed coronavirus cases across the state, the University of Maryland Medical System has enacted updated visitor restrictions at all 13 system hospitals and other UMMS health care facilities.

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EASTON — We’re on day five of the hostage — I mean school closure — situation. With schools closed because of pandemic precautions, parents everywhere are being bombarded with questions about snacks, screen time and sleepovers.

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ST. MICHAELS — Hand sanitizer has been in short supply across America, and Talbot County has fared no differently. Windon Distilling is joining distilleries in Maryland and across the nation in producing safe, effective hand sanitizer for health care institutions, first responders and other …

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ELKTON — Cecil County government continues to work in order to keep the public informed with up to date information as the Coronavirus shuts down schools and slows down like in the county. 

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Cars pulled up to the curb at Greenview Knolls Elementary School on Tuesday morning, and folks inside told school officials how many bags they wanted. Volunteers stuffed milk, sandwiches and produce into white plastic bags and set them on the side of the curb. Drivers pulled up, got out, gra…

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If your church, organization, business or club has made the decision to cancel, postpone or reschedule an event or activity in relation to the pandemic send an email with all the details to jbellmyer@cecilwhig.com.

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ANNAPOLIS — On the heels of Maryland’s first coronavirus death and a reported case of the virus in a 5-year-old girl, Gov. Larry Hogan piled on new statewide restrictions, including the closure of shopping malls and entertainment venues, online-only instruction for colleges until summer, and…

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BALTIMORE — The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Friday, March 13, announced a new special enrollment period open to all Marylanders in need of health insurance during the state of emergency for coronavirus (COVID-19) declared by Gov. Larry Hogan.

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EASTON — Comptroller Peter Franchot announced the closure of all agency branch offices throughout the state effective at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19. Taxpayer assistance will still be available via email and phone.

CHESTERTOWN — The Washington College student who was hospitalized last week for flu-like symptoms after traveling out of state to an area with confirmed cases of community-transmitted COVID-19 has been released from the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, the college …

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Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced new executive orders Thursday around noon, prohibiting events with 10 or more people and requiring that all indoor malls and entertainment venues to close. He set a deadline for closing at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

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EASTON — The Talbot County community is continuing to partner with local agencies and businesses to address the needs of individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 health crisis. The Governor is working diligently with all counties to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland. This specifi…

Local food services have been making accommodations to help the community adjust to the spread of COVID-19 in the state, especially after Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Monday made the announcement that Maryland restaurants, bars, gyms and movie theaters would be closed, with the exception of drive…

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BALTIMORE — With the first confirmed COVID-related death in Maryland and more than 100 confirmed coronavirus cases across the state, the University of Maryland Medical System has enacted updated visitor restrictions at all 13 system hospitals and other UMMS health care facilities.

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EASTON — We’re on day five of the hostage — I mean school closure — situation. With schools closed because of pandemic precautions, parents everywhere are being bombarded with questions about snacks, screen time and sleepovers.

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ST. MICHAELS — Hand sanitizer has been in short supply across America, and Talbot County has fared no differently. Windon Distilling is joining distilleries in Maryland and across the nation in producing safe, effective hand sanitizer for health care institutions, first responders and other …

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ELKTON — Cecil County government continues to work in order to keep the public informed with up to date information as the Coronavirus shuts down schools and slows down like in the county. 

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Cars pulled up to the curb at Greenview Knolls Elementary School on Tuesday morning, and folks inside told school officials how many bags they wanted. Volunteers stuffed milk, sandwiches and produce into white plastic bags and set them on the side of the curb. Drivers pulled up, got out, gra…

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If your church, organization, business or club has made the decision to cancel, postpone or reschedule an event or activity in relation to the pandemic send an email with all the details to jbellmyer@cecilwhig.com.

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ANNAPOLIS — On the heels of Maryland’s first coronavirus death and a reported case of the virus in a 5-year-old girl, Gov. Larry Hogan piled on new statewide restrictions, including the closure of shopping malls and entertainment venues, online-only instruction for colleges until summer, and…

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BALTIMORE — The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Friday, March 13, announced a new special enrollment period open to all Marylanders in need of health insurance during the state of emergency for coronavirus (COVID-19) declared by Gov. Larry Hogan.

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EASTON — Comptroller Peter Franchot announced the closure of all agency branch offices throughout the state effective at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19. Taxpayer assistance will still be available via email and phone.

CHESTERTOWN — The Washington College student who was hospitalized last week for flu-like symptoms after traveling out of state to an area with confirmed cases of community-transmitted COVID-19 has been released from the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, the college …

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Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced new executive orders Thursday around noon, prohibiting events with 10 or more people and requiring that all indoor malls and entertainment venues to close. He set a deadline for closing at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

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EASTON — Mid-Shore business leaders are exploring how technology can help keep their employees safe and their businesses running as the coronavirus, or COVID-19 sweeps the nation, including the Eastern Shore, with one case now reported in Talbot County.

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CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne's County Public Schools began providing two meals for students each day on Monday, March 16. On Wednesday, March 18, schools began to provide three meals per day at the same locations, according to Dr. Andrea Kane, superintendent of schools.

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EASTON — Following Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement that the state primary election would be postponed until June 2, the Maryland State Board of Elections sent out a statement on March 17 to help answer voters’ questions.

CENTREVILLE — With the state in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic, some area grocery stores have announced hours of operation specifically for senior citizens to stock up on essential products.

ANNAPOLIS — Effective March 18, a new administrative order allows land record filings to be recorded in the Maryland state circuit courts’ clerk’s offices during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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ANNAPOLIS — Caring for and protecting patients, families, employees, and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic is most important to Luminis Health. In order to do that, the health system is putting measures in place that further restrict visitors to its facilities.

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ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan announced the first COVID-19 death in Maryland, a Prince George’s County resident in his 60s who suffered from an underlying medical condition:

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STEVENSVILLE — Kent Island Farmers Market is moving temporarily from Christ Church on Route 8 to parking lot of Cult Classic Brewery, 1169 Shopping Center Road. Hours remain the same, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.

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CENTREVILLE — The Centreville Town Council will hold its regular meeting on March 19 at the Liberty building, however, due to the county and town policy during the coronavirus pandemic, no public access to the building will be permitted. This will be the first video recording of Town Council…