New opioid texting program launched from 211 Maryland and RALI

A new texting program recently launched by 211 Maryland and Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative for Marylanders suffering from opioid addiction, as well as their family and friends. Now, all they have to do is text MDHope to 898-211 to be connected to information. “It supports individuals who are suffering from opioid addictions, family members and friends where they can quickly and easily get hope for informational resources related to opioid use,” Quinton Askew, President and CEO of 211 Maryland, said. (WMDT)

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Maryland reports 743 new coronavirus cases and 12 deaths — the highest daily death count since August

Maryland reported 743 new coronavirus cases Thursday and 12 new deaths tied to COVID-19, the highest number of reported deaths in a day since late August. Cases are rising across the country, with 34 states seeing weekly increases in cases as of Wednesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus resource center. While Hopkins considers Maryland to be level over the past week, the state’s 14-day average of newly reported cases has grown from a recent low of 488 Sept. 30 to 611 as of Thursday.  (Balt Sun)

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Maryland, U.S. are realizing that day care is an economic problem, not a women’s issue. That was before the pandemic.

Shanea Napper’s distress is evident in every line of the email she sent to Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “There is no way I can go to work and home-school my 8-year-old son, and I cannot afford to pay someone to do it," wrote Napper, a 35-year-old mother who made ends meet with two custodial jobs. “There are many single parents like me that need to know what can we do so we don’t have to choose between working and our kids' learning. I DESPERATELY NEED SOME HELP WITH THIS.” (Balt Sun)

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Howard County Board of Elections gets $700k COVID-19 response grant

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Howard County Board of Elections announced Thursday the county received a COVID-19 response grant of $688,226 from the Center for Tech and Civic Life to assist in the upcoming general election with increased costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant from the Center for Tech and Civic Life comes from a $400 million donation from Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg to promote safe and reliable voting around the nation and provide Board of Elections officials with additional funds for staffing, training and equipment necessary to ensure a fair and equitable election. (Daily Record)

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COVID-19 decreased Maryland’s air pollution, research shows

In the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, as stay-at-home orders took effect and more commuters worked from home or lost their jobs, air pollution dropped markedly in Maryland, according to a recent report from the University of Maryland and the state’s Department of the Environment. (AP/News Post)

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Harford Health Department gives out nearly 31,000 face coverings as part of #MasksOnMaryland campaign

The Harford County Health Department distributed about 30,850 face masks to more than 60 local businesses at a drive-thru clinic on Wednesday as part of the state’s #MasksOnMaryland campaign. Businesses were asked to register in advance for masks which they could then pick up for free at the Health Department’s main office on South Hays Street in Bel Air. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Asking Property Owners To Plant Trees In Effort To Reduce Greenhouse Gases, Increase Tree Canopy

In an effort to reduce greenhouse gases and increase Baltimore County’s tree canopy, county executive Johnny Olszewski is calling on property owners to plant more trees. He says residents can request trees to be planted on their property for free, or they can do it themselves. (WJZ)

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In rural Howard County, some voters will have to travel twice as far to cast early ballots this year

After the fifth early voting site in Howard County was announced at the end of August, some voters, especially in the western part of the county, were left wondering why the options seemed less accessible to them. Like most things in this tumultuous year, the answer can be attributed to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Guy Mickley, director of the Howard County Board of Elections. (Balt Sun)

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