State Roundup: State records its highest number of COVID-19 deaths in a 1 day

State Roundup: State records its highest number of COVID-19 deaths in a 1 day

The State House in Annapolis (MarylandReporter.com file photo)

HIGHEST SINGLE-DAY DEATHS FROM COVID-19: With more than two dozen deaths announced Monday, Maryland recorded its most lethal day yet from the coronavirus pandemic, and the number of confirmed cases across the state surged past 4,000, Luke Broadwater and Pamela Wood of the Sun report.

  • Maryland added 436 cases and 28 deaths since Sunday. More than 25,572 people have tested negative for COVID-19 and 184 have been released from isolation, Lillian Reed of the Sun is reporting.
  • The number of coronavirus cases in Montgomery County rose on Monday morning to 793 — 100 more than recorded on Sunday, Briana Adhikusuma reports in Bethesda Beat.
  • Four more residents of the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy have died from complications of COVID-19, Catalina Righter of the Carroll County Times reports.
  • Frederick County has reported its second COVID-19 outbreak at a long-term care facility, where 12 people have tested positive, Heather Mongilio of the Frederick News-Post reports.
  • Washington County’s positive COVID-19 cases rose over the weekend, going from 36 on Friday to 54 on Monday, according to the county’s Joint Information Center, Alexis Fitzpatrick reports for the Hagerstown Herald-Mail.
  • A Post team of reporters reports that the District, Maryland and Virginia saw their biggest single-day increase in fatalities related to the novel coronavirus Monday, with deaths up to 169 as officials warned that the region could become one of the country’s next hot spots and hospitals are preparing for a surge.

HOGAN ORDERS ‘UNSAFE’ BUSINESSES SHUT: Gov. Larry Hogan has issued an executive order that authorizes local health departments to shut down businesses and organizations that local officials deem “unsafe facilities,” Luke Broadwater of the Sun reports.

Peter Morici (UMD photo)

ECONOMIES IN STEEP DOWNTURN: Bryan Renbaum of Maryland Reporter writes that the coronavirus has plunged the U.S. economy into a depression, according to Peter Morici, a one-time chief economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission who is now affiliated with University of Maryland’s business school.

  • Maryland’s fiscal leaders are bracing for the economic impacts of the human health crisis that has effectively shut down business in the state in less than a month, writes Bryan Sears for the Daily Record.
  • Because of COVID-19, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said Ocean City is experiencing a loss in revenue because nonessential businesses and hotels are closed right now, Matthew Prensky of the Salisbury Daily Times reports.
  • Economic development agencies in the Washington region have banded together to form a regional alliance to help the area rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, Adam Bednar writes for the Daily Record. The Maryland National Capital Region Economic Development Alliance includes economic development agencies from Anne Arundel, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Wells Fargo says its pandemic relief funds are tapped out. (Wells Fargo)

SHUT OUT OF BIZ RELIEF PROGRAMS: Small businesses in Maryland and elsewhere that have complained of unfairly being locked out of a federal coronavirus relief program say problems persist — leaving some wondering whether they will survive the pandemic crisis, Lorraine Mirabella of the Sun reports.

  • Wells Fargo said Sunday evening that it has exhausted its $10 billion capacity for lending under the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program as the bank operates under a regulatory asset cap, Mark Calvey of the San Francisco Business Times reports.

STATE LEASES RINKS AS POSSIBLE MORGUES: The state of Maryland has leased two ice skating rinks to use as possible makeshift morgues during the COVID-19 crisis, Danielle Gaines of Maryland Matters reports. Health Secretary Robert Neall shared the grim detail with the University System of Maryland Board of Regents on a teleconference Monday evening.

STATE RECEIVED BROKEN VENTILATORS: In the scramble to locate more ventilators for critically ill coronavirus patients, Maryland received some that did not work, according to Sen. Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat who has been pushing federal authorities for proper supplies. Meredith Cohn of the Sun reports the story.

RACE, ZIP DATA SOUGHT ON COVID-19: Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott introduced a bill Monday night requiring the city health commissioner to report patients’ races and ZIP codes during a health emergency, a move designed to produce data that’s not been made public in Maryland during the coronavirus pandemic, the Sun’s Talia Richman reports.

FREDERICK AWAITS HOGAN ORDER ON ELECTIONS: Frederick County’s Board of Elections is keeping a close eye on what Gov. Hogan orders regarding the state’s presidential primary on June 2, Steve Bohnel reports for the Frederick News-Post. The primary, originally scheduled for April 28, was delayed by an executive order Hogan issued last month.

HOTEL SHELTER SOUGHT FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE: Baltimore housing advocates are pushing city leaders to convert city hotels into temporary homeless shelters to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Melody Simmons of the Baltimore Business Journal reports.

GROUP ASKS HOGAN TO VETO DIGITAL AD TAX: A coalition of advertising and media companies wants Gov. Hogan to veto a bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly that would implement a digital advertising tax, Holden Wilen reports for the Baltimore Business Journal.

IS HOGAN IRRITATING TRUMP? It appears Gov. Hogan (R) is starting to get under President Trump’s skin, writes Bruce DePuyt for Maryland Matters. The president made a passing reference to RINOs — Republicans in Name Only — during a lengthy and rambling COVID-19 briefing on Monday, though he left his audience to speculate about whom he was referring to. To Maryland-based observers, it sure felt like a swipe at Hogan.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (Customs & Border Protection)

BODY OF KENNEDY TOWNSEND’S DAUGHTER FOUND: After searching for four days, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police have found the body of former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s missing 40-year-old daughter, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean. in the Chesapeake Bay. McKean’s 8-year-old son, who went out on a canoe with his mother on Thursday to retrieve a ball, has not been found. Police said they are resuming the search Tuesday, the Sun’s McKenna Oxenden reports.

  • Police said McKean’s body was found 2½ miles south of the waterfront home of McKean’s mother in Shady Side, Md., where the McKean family had been staying to isolate from the novel coronavirus, Peter Hermann of the Post is reporting.

About The Author

Cynthia Prairie

Contributing Editor Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor since 1979, when she began working at The Raleigh Times. Since then, she has worked for The Baltimore News American, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Prince George’s Journal and Baltimore County newspapers in the Patuxent Publishing chain, including overseeing The Jeffersonian when it was a two-day a week business publication. Cynthia has won numerous state awards, including the Maryland State Bar Association’s Gavel Award. Besides compiling and editing the daily State Roundup, she runs her own online news outlet, The Chester Telegraph. If you have additional questions or comments contact Cynthia at: cynthiaprairie@gmail.com

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