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NEW YORK (AP) — New York state reported 731 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, its biggest jump since the start of the outbreak, dampening some of the cautious optimism officials have expressed about efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

The state’s death toll grew to 5,489.

The alarming surge in deaths comes as new hospital admissions have dropped on average over several days, a possible harbinger of the outbreak finally leveling off. Cuomo said the death tally is a “lagging indicator” that reflects the loss of critically ill people hospitalized earlier.

“That’s 731 people who we lost. Behind every one of those numbers is an individual. There’s a family, there’s a mother, there’s a father, there’s a sister, there’s a brother. So a lot of pain again today for many New Yorkers,” Cuomo said at a briefing at the state Capitol.

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Royal Caribbean is stepping up to help their employees get home and get happy

HOW CAN A BUNCH OF
PEA-PICKING POLITICIANS DECLARE THAT WALMARTS AND OTHER STORES CAN STAY OPEN BUT CHURCHES MUST CLOSE?

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Dear Maryland State Police Chief Col Woodrow Jones III,

     Thanks for your recent clarification of State Police enforcement of the Governor’s Coronavirus orders essentially informing that most church compliance could be voluntary.  However, we believe that the totality of those orders are unlawfully destructive of our Constitutional Liberties and extremely damaging to the economic welfare of St. Mary’s County citizens, as summarized in our recently-published Letter to the Editor, see Attached.

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     We hope you give the Governor a heads up about our intent to pursue legal action to correct these injustices stemming from his treatment of the entire state under severe “Basket-Case-Baltimore” standards.  Those damaging restrictions are unnecessary in our Amish and Mennonite communities and elsewhere in St. Mary’s Co. and other counties minimally impacted (not absolutely) by Coronavirus. 

     If the Gov. would immediately lift the 10-person occupancy restriction for churches in SMC to the “Walmart” standards just in time to allow Easter services to freely occur, he will be seen as a national hero setting reasonable standards for other governors to follow.  And he would warrant our “Hosannas” as we then become free to worship our Real King Jesus with our unsuppressed “Hosannas!”

     Respectfully and prayerfully, 

DeForest Rathbone, Member and Trustee

Callaway Baptist Church

St. Mary’s County

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan gives update on Washington area hotspot;
Maryland Governor Hogan says it is under consideration to lease one ice rink to store dead bodies, that the report of leasings two ice rinks as morgues is false.

Number of Confirmed Cases 4,045
Last 24 hours: +436
Number of Deaths 91
Last 24 hours: +24
Number of Negative Test Results 25,572
Last 24 hours: +844
Hospitalizations 1,059
Last 24 hours: +123
Released from Isolation 184
Last 24 hours: +25

 
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HOW CAN A BUNCH OF
PEA-PICKING POLITICIANS DECLARE THAT WALMARTS AND OTHER STORES CAN STAY OPEN BUT CHURCHES MUST CLOSE?

Dear Maryland State Police Chief Col Woodrow Jones III,

     Thanks for your recent clarification of State Police enforcement of the Governor’s Coronavirus orders essentially informing that most church compliance could be voluntary.  However, we believe that the totality of those orders are unlawfully destructive of our Constitutional Liberties and extremely damaging to the economic welfare of St. Mary’s County citizens, as summarized in our recently-published Letter to the Editor, see Attached.

     We hope you give the Governor a heads up about our intent to pursue legal action to correct these injustices stemming from his treatment of the entire state under severe “Basket-Case-Baltimore” standards.  Those damaging restrictions are unnecessary in our Amish and Mennonite communities and elsewhere in St. Mary’s Co. and other counties minimally impacted (not absolutely) by Coronavirus. 

     If the Gov. would immediately lift the 10-person occupancy restriction for churches in SMC to the “Walmart” standards just in time to allow Easter services to freely occur, he will be seen as a national hero setting reasonable standards for other governors to follow.  And he would warrant our “Hosannas” as we then become free to worship our Real King Jesus with our unsuppressed “Hosannas!”

     Respectfully and prayerfully, 

DeForest Rathbone, Member and Trustee

Callaway Baptist Church

St. Mary’s County

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Coast Guard oversees, escorts at-sea medevacs from cruise ships along Florida Coast

MIAMI — The Coast Guard coordinated three at-sea cruise ship medevacs within the Miami and St. Petersburg areas of responsibility Saturday and Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders oversaw the medevac of one Celebrity Infinity crew member with COVID-19 like symptoms. The cruise ship’s small boat tender transported the ill member ashore to awaiting emergency medical services for further transport to local area hospitals. The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg 45-foot Response Boat—Medium crew who escorted the tender ashore.

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Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders oversaw the medevac of two Oasis of the Seas crew members with COVID-19 like symptoms. The cruise ship’s small boat tender transported the ill members ashore to awaiting EMS for further transport to local area hospitals. The Sector Miami watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Miami Beach 45-foot RB—M crew who escorted the tender ashore. 

Coast Guard 7th District flight surgeon was consulted, who assessed the symptoms of each person, and carefully considered the medical necessity for these medevacs. 

There are currently more than 35 cruise ships with 35,000 crew members aboard in U.S. territorial waters around Florida.

The Coast Guard, under guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and working with the Florida Department of Health, along with hospitals and EMS in Miami and St. Petersburg areas, facilitated the safe landing of these crew members in a manner to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

There are currently more than 35 cruise ships with 35,000 crew members aboard in U.S. territorial waters around Florida.

“The entire DHS team is working together to ensure no seafarer will be left untreated during this emergency to the best of our collective ability, however, proactive measures are critical to ensuring our limited search and rescue resources and already stressed shore-side medical services do not get over-burdened,” said Rear Adm. Eric Jones, commander of the 7th District. “This emergency situation requires cruise ships to take additional measures to be reasonably self-sufficient in these emergency circumstances through improved onboard medical care and protocols and pre-approved medical transport procedures.”

The Coast Guard 7th District also oversaw two other medevacs this weekend, one unrelated COVID-19 emergency from an anchored cruise ship near Miami and one from a pleasure craft vessel near Cape Canaveral.  

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Dear Friends, with deep sorrow we would like to inform you that a fellow crew member who tested positive for the novel coronavirus has passed away.

Our hearts are saddened of the passing of the Costa Favolosa security officer Andrew Fernandes, age 48, from Mumbai, India.

On Sunday, March 29, Andrew was transferred via tender boat and escorted by the Coast Guard from Costa Favolosa off the coast of Miami and sent to a hospital. People wearing hazmat suits took the crew member from the Coast Guard station in Miami Beach.

His wife Maria and her four children have been hoping for a miracle ever since Andrew, tested positive for COVID-19 and transferred from the ship to Larkin Community Hospital in Miami, Floridan, reports the Indian newspaper Mid-Day.

Andrew’s wife said his condition worsened and the doctors had to sedate him and put him on ventilator support after he had pneumonia and lung infection.

He needed to be transferred to Miami Jackson hospital, however, there were no beds available at the time said, family member. MORE

Maria Fernandes and her four children have been hoping for a miracle ever since Maria’s husband Andrew, 48, tested positive for Covid-19 and has been put on ventilator support in a hospital in Miami, Florida, USA.

Andrew, who hails from Mumbai, worked as an assistant security officer onboard Costa Favolosa, one of the largest and oldest passenger cruise liners and had boarded the cruise from the Dominican Republic and was on a Caribbean cruise since February. MORE

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COPS BREAK UP JEWISH FUNERAL

FROM THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS:
Police were forced to break up a Brooklyn funeral on Sunday after dozens of mourners gathered in violation of the state’s social distancing rules.

Video of an NYPD squad car attempting to disperse the large crowd on 55th St. and 12th Ave. in Borough Park made the rounds on social media. MORE

 

Governor Hogan Takes Aggressive Action to Protect Nursing Home Residents and Staff Amid COVID-19 Outbreaks
Nursing Home Facilities Required to Provide Personal Protective Equipment for Staff
Facilities Must Expedite Testing of Symptomatic Residents Through Maryland State Lab
Separate Observation Areas Must Be Created for Residents Who Are Sick and Require Monitoring
State Officials To Directly Coordinate Placement of Discharged Patients

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today enacted an emergency order to protect residents and staff at Maryland nursing home facilities, and bolster the state’s mitigation and suppression efforts amid outbreaks of COVID-19. Effective immediately, new directives will require facilities to direct all staff who interact with residents to wear personal protective equipment, create separate observation and isolation areas for residents, and expedite all testing through the Maryland State Public Health Laboratory. 

“As we have been saying for several weeks, older Marylanders and those with underlying health conditions are more vulnerable and at a significantly higher risk of contracting, getting more severely ill, and dying from this disease,” said Governor Hogan. “Of major concern is that we currently have cases or clusters of cases at 81 nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the state. Our highest priority is keeping Marylanders safe, and we will use every tool at our disposal to protect the most vulnerable among us.”

On March 10, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) issued strong guidance to long-term and continuing care facilities to restrict visitation and begin implementing infection control protocols. Today’s directives requires nursing home facilities to adjust and strengthen their policies, protocols, and procedures in line with all state and federal guidance related to COVID-19, and immediately adopt a series of enhanced protective measures:

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR STAFF. All personnel who are in close contact with residents of nursing homes shall wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including a face mask, appropriate eye protection, gloves, and gown. The PPE should be worn at all times while providing care to residents in the facility and personnel should follow CDC guidance for using personal protective equipment. Facilities must use the process established by MDH to request PPE from the state.

EXPEDITED TESTING FOR SYMPTOMATIC RESIDENTS. All facilities must use the most expeditious means available for testing. This includes using either a COVID-19 test kit provided by the state laboratory or another lab to send specimens to the state laboratory for expedited COVID-19 testing of residents and staff. Symptomatic residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities are among the patient groups prioritized by the state laboratory, alongside hospitalized patients and symptomatic health care providers and first responders.  

SEPARATE OBSERVATION AREAS. All facilities must designate a unit of staff who are assigned to care for known or suspected COVID-19 residents; designate a room, unit, or floor of the nursing home as a separate observation area where newly admitted and readmitted residents are kept for 14 days on contact and droplet precautions while being observed every shift for signs and symptoms of COVID-19; and designate a room, unit, or floor of the nursing home to care for residents with known or suspected COVID-19.

PLACEMENT OF DISCHARGED PATIENTS. MDH’s Office of Health Care Quality will assist acute care hospitals, if necessary, in discharging patients who require nursing-home level care.  Facilities must cooperate with the Office of Health Care Quality and hospitals in the placement of discharged patients.

RIGHT OF RETURN FOR RESIDENTS. Nursing home residents admitted or seen at a hospital for COVID-19 must be allowed to return to the nursing home as long as the facility can follow the approved CDC recommendations for transmission-based precautions. If the residents must temporarily go to other facilities, every effort must be made by the receiving and original nursing homes to transfer the residents back to their original nursing homes as soon as possible.

Governor Hogan’s order makes compliance with these directives mandatoryAnyone who knowingly and willfully violates this order is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding one year, or a fine not exceeding $5,000—or both.

All of Governor Hogan’s emergency orders and proclamations are available here. For COVID-19 resources, including case counts and clinician guidance, visit coronavirus.maryland.gov

Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force, IRS-CI Warn of Potential COVID-19 Economic Impact Payment Scams

ROANOKE, Va. – The Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI) are warning taxpayers to be alert about possible scams relating to COVID-19 economic impact payments.

United States Attorneys Thomas T. Cullen and G. Zachary Terwilliger,and the Virginia State Police along with Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS-CI Washington DC Field Office, made the announcement today in an effort to prevent taxpayers in need from being victimized by criminals using the recently approved payments as an opportunity to commit a crime.

“During this time of crisis, scammers and thieves prey on those most vulnerable in our community in an attempt to personally benefit by stealing their money and personal identifying information,” Special Agent in Charge Jackson said today. “Please help us protect everyone in your community by telling family, friends and elderly neighbors to be on the lookout for these potential scams.”

“While most act selflessly and responsibly in a crisis like this, there are fraudsters out there who are attempting to scam and exploit good people,” said U.S. Attorney Terwilliger. “We are likely to see an uptick in government check scams tied to coronavirus-relief, including advanced-fee schemes promising government relief checks, student loan relief, and adjustments in other government benefits, such as increased social security payments. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

“As we have seen over the past few weeks, the worst among us are finding new ways to exploit a global pandemic and prey upon the vulnerable,” said U.S. Attorney Cullen. “Americans need to be extremely vigilant in protecting their personal, financial, and tax information. Assume all unsolicited phone calls and emails regarding IRS or COVID-19 refunds and are potentially fraudulent. Do not respond and report them to law enforcement.” 

In a matter of weeks, COVID-19 economic impact payments will be on their way. For most Americans, this will be a direct deposit into your bank account. For the unbanked individuals who have traditionally received tax refunds via paper check, they will receive their economic impact payment through the mail.

Scammers may try to get you to sign over your check to them or get you to “verify” your filing information in order to steal your money. Your personal information could then be used to file false tax returns in an identity theft scheme. Because of this, everyone receiving a COVID-19 economic impact payment is at risk.

Special Agent in Charge Jackson offers the following information and tips to spot a scam and understand how the COVID-19 related economic impact payments will be issued.

  • The IRS will deposit your payment into the direct deposit account you previously provided on your tax return (or, in the alternative, send you a paper check).
  • The IRS will NOT call and ask you to verify your payment details.  Do NOT give your bank account, debit account, or PayPal account information to anyone – even if someone claims it’s necessary to get your check.  It’s a scam.
  • If you receive a call, do NOT engage with scammers, even if you want to tell them that you know it’s a scam.  Just hang up.
  • If you receive texts or emails claiming that you can get your money faster by sending personal identifying information or clicking on links, delete these texts and emails.  Do NOT click on any links in those texts or emails.
  • Reports are swirling about bogus checks. If you receive a “check” in the mail now, it’s a scam.  It will take the Treasury a few more weeks to mail out the COVID-19 economic impact payments. If you receive a “check” for an odd amount (especially one with cents), or a check that requires you to verify the check online or by calling a number, it’s a scam.
  • Remember, the federal government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get a legitimate benefit. No fees. No charges. Anyone who asks for an up-front payment for a promised benefit is a scammer. 

Do you think you know exactly how incompetent your government officials really are? Just wait until the liberal bozos start letting out the inmates across America.
Minnesota Jails could soon be releasing inmates amid concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak. Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2020.

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The US box office made just $5K in the last week of March

The same time last year, it made over $200 million.

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COVID-19 Statistics in Maryland

HOGAN: PRAY!

Number of Confirmed Cases: 2331
Number of negative test results: 18,890
Number of Deaths: 36
Hospitalizations: 582 ever hospitalized
Released From Isolation: 81

Gov. Hogan frustrated by rise in coronavirus cases at senior-living facilities

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBFF) – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is voicing frustration with the growing number of confirmed cases of coronavirus at senior living facilities throughout the state.

In the most recent case, the Baltimore City Health Department has confirmed six new cases of the virus at Future Care at Good Samaritan on East Belvedere Avenue in Northeast Baltimore. MORE

 
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Wuhan Virus Grim Reaper Has Now Collected more than 1,867 Souls in Big Apple

By Friday night, the bruised Big Apple had its biggest spike in coronavirus cases and deaths in a single, 24-hour period since the outbreak hit New York last month.

A staggering 6,582 additional people tested positive for the deadly bug since Thursday evening, bringing the city’s total confirmed cases to 56,289. Another 305 New Yorkers died from the virus, pushing the death toll up to 1,867.

More than 1,100 more coronavirus patients were hospitalized in the past day. Currently 11,739 people are in local hospitals. The city’s ICU capacity is at 88 percent with just 370 beds left unfilled.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday, just before the new statistics were released, that the coming days will be even darker.

New York City’s coronavirus death toll topped 1,500 on Thursday, with more than 10,000 people now hospitalized with the illness, city data shows.

Over 24 hours, 188 deaths from COVID-19 were recorded in the Big Apple, bringing the total to 1,562 as of 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Maryland reported 1,985 confirmed cases of Wuhan Virus—an increase of 325 new cases, which is the largest one-day increase to date. The Maryland Department of Health announced 13 additional deaths as a result of the Corona-virus from China pandemic, bringing the state’s total to 31 deaths. There are now more than 4,000 COVID-19 cases in the National Capital Region.

 

Dover – As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to progress, the amount of information associated with it seems to be ever-changing, sometimes causing more confusion than clarity. With this in mind, the Delaware State Police are providing the following information to both Delaware residents and non-residents alike, to specifically address travel related restrictions set forth in Governor Carney’s State of Emergency Declaration.

While certain restrictions outlined in the declaration do have arrest consequences associated with them, the primary intent and goal of the Delaware State Police is to uphold their sworn duties by providing information to the public that we serve, in order to gain voluntary compliance with the mandates, and to promote, and further ensure public safety and health.

The seventh modification of the Governor’s State of Emergency Declaration specifically addresses the requirement for out-of-state persons traveling in to the State of Delaware to self-quarantine for 14 days. This order authorizes any Delaware law enforcement officer to stop a vehicle driving within the state simply because it is displaying out-of-state tags. During the stop the officer may ask limited questions related to the driver’s recent travel. The driver then must be informed of the Governor’s declarations and will be explicitly advised that if they are coming into Delaware from out-of-state, they are required by law, to self-quarantine for 14 days while in Delaware, or immediately return to their home state. This authorization does not apply to vehicles traveling on I-95, I-295, or I-495.

Troopers will be conducting directed patrols on non-interstate roadways which have been identified as having a large volume of out of state travelers, in an effort to enforce the Governor’s declaration. Again the intent of this order and the purpose of the stop is to achieve voluntary compliance. These stops are intended to serve the public welfare.

Now is not the time to visit Delaware. As a State and a nation, we are facing a serious situation that is getting worse each day.  Our goal is to limit a surge in COVID-19 cases that would overwhelm our hospital system. Per the order, we must control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our Delaware communities coming in from other states. We’ll get through this – but everyone needs to do their part.

Contained within this modification there are limited exceptions that allow for out-of-state persons and vehicles to enter Delaware without being required to self-quarantine, including:

  • Motorists may pass through Delaware en-route to other states.
  • Motorists may leave their home state (PA, NJ, MD, etc.) to work for a Delaware designated essential business, to care for a family member in Delaware, or for healthcare reasons (pharmacy, going to vet, visiting PCP) in Delaware.
  • Out-of-state employees who work for an essential business in Delaware but who could otherwise do their work from home should remain home.
  • The Delaware Department of Justice and Delaware law enforcement agencies are empowered to respond, inspect and react accordingly. Out-of-state visitors who fail to self-quarantine could face criminal charges.

Please click on the following link to view FAQ’s regarding the Governor’s Stay at Home Order: https://attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/public/covid-19-faqs-delawares-stay-at-home-orders/

CAN YOU GO BOATING? Yes, if you are fishing to feed your family or are a commercial fishing vessel.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Governor Hogan’s Stay at Home Order

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan

March 31, 2020

Governor Hogan has issued a Stay at Home Order in response to the global COVID-19 public health crisis. While there are certain exceptions for essential functions, the primary intent of the order is for people to stay at home in order to limit the spread of the virus. 

With that in mind, here is some additional guidance in response to questions the department has received. This is current guidance and subject to change throughout the duration of the public health emergency. 

Pamunkey and Mattaponi Indian tribes pay an annual rent to the Governor of Virginia, this group of tribal leaders paid with a deer in 1928

Can I go hunting?

Limited hunting is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family, but the social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.

Can I go fishing?

Limited fishing is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family, but the social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.

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Can I go boating?

Recreational boating is prohibited until the governor lifts the executive order or until the State of Emergency has ended. However, if an individual is boating to seek food for them or their family, boating is permitted. Boats used to transport essential employees or goods as defined in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce are also permitted. 

CAPT. LARRY JARBOE on one of his Wave-walker kayaks for fishing!

Does kayaking or paddle boarding count as recreational boating?

Since kayaking and paddleboarding are a form of exercise, they are permitted under the executive order. Guidance on social distancing and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.  

I live on my sailboat – can I still be in my boat slip or moored out?

If your boat serves as your residence, you can remain on the vessel.

Can I go to a state park?

Hiking, biking, and walking are allowed under the executive order but social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed. Most state parks are open but some have been closed or have restricted areas. Please choose a park nearest your home to limit travel and be sure to check our website before you leave for the park and read our guidelines for social distancing in state parks. Natural Resources Police and Maryland Park Service rangers are authorized to enforce the governor’s executive order and will close areas and disperse crowds as necessary.

Can you fish in a state park?

Limited fishing is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family, but the social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.

Can you fish/crab from a boat if it is for sustenance? 

Limited recreational fishing and crabbing is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family, but social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed. 

Can charter boats work next month since they technically fall under the recreational quota from a fisheries standpoint? 

As part of the food supply chain, charter boats can continue operating but must abide by social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people. Charter boats and head boats should NOT have more than 10 individuals on the vessel at any time.

Wildlife offices are closed, so hunters cannot get a permit to hunt on managed lands. Are managed lands closed to hunting? 

Limited hunting is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family, but the social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed. Hiking, biking and walking are also allowed. Please check the department’s website for the most recent information on closures before visiting DNR’s managed lands.

Are marinas an essential business now that boating is not allowed?

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) defines certain marine trades and marine services as essential. Additionally, the interpretive guidance that accompanied Executive Order 20-03-23-01 includes the following language:

  • “Companies engaged in the … distribution, and sale of oil, gas, and propane products” (section 2.g.ii) and “companies that supply parts, or provide maintenance and repair services for transportation assets and infrastructure including… marine vessels” (section 2.m.xii).

H. L. Mencken said more than 100 years ago that the common man knows what he wants and he deserves to get it, good and hard.

The politicians in the following video all preached for people to go out to eat in Chinatown, go to the Lunar New Year Parade in New York, attend Mardi Gras and more. Don’t believe your lying ears and eyes.

 

VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS WHO STAY THE HECK HOME

RICHMOND – The Virginia State Police encourages all Virginians to adhere to Virginia Governor Northam’s directives and do their part by staying home in order to best mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19 within the Commonwealth. State troopers, for their personal protection and for the safety of the public, are minimizing their direct contact with the public. All Department recruitment events, public presentations, training, ceremonies, etc., have all been canceled or postponed through June 10, 2020.

Governor Northam has directed state and local law enforcement to initially address violations of the following Executive Order 53 and Executive Order 55 directives with education and warnings. Persistent violation of these Executive Order (EO) directives can result in an individual(s) or business being charged with a class one misdemeanor, which carries up to a year in jail and $2,500 fine:

  • ·     Prohibition of all public and private in-person, indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 10 individuals – with the exception of the operation of businesses not required to close under EO 53 and the gathering of family members living in the same residence;
  • ·   Closure of all dining and congregation areas in restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms and farmers markets;
  • ·      Any brick and mortar retail business (not listed in paragraph 5 of EO 53) failing to limit all in-person shopping to no more than 10 patrons per establishment. If any such business cannot adhere to the 10-patron limit with proper social distancing requirements, it must close.
  • ·       Closure of all public access to recreational and entertainment businesses;
  • ·       Closure of public beaches for all activity, except for exercising and fishing;
  • ·       Cancellation of in-person classes and instruction at institutions of higher education;
  • ·       Cessation of all reservations for overnight stays of less than 14 nights at all privately-owned campgrounds

Virginia State Police have been and will continue to assess Virginia EO violations on a case-by-case basis.

State police is required to uphold the laws of the Commonwealth and will continue to have a visible presence within our communities and on the roads for the safety of those living, working and traveling in Virginia. The law still requires law enforcement to have reasonable suspicion to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle. Virginia State Police will not be making random traffic stops on vehicles nor conducting checkpoints to determine if a driver is traveling for a permissible reason, as granted by EO 53 and EO 55.

The current Governor’s Executive Orders related to COVID-19:

  • ·       Do not require an individual to carry documentation related to one’s purpose of travel;
  • ·       Do not close Virginia roads/interstates to Virginia residents;
  • ·       Do not restrict non-Virginia residents from traveling into and/or through Virginia;

·       Do not prevent Virginians from traveling out of the state. State police does encourage any Virginian(s) traveling out-of-state to check, in advance, the other state(s) for any travel restrictions in effect for that state(s). Governor Northam has advised Virginians returning from out-of-state and/or international travel to self-quarantine for at least 14 days.

For any additional questions related to the statewide “Stay at Home” order, please go to www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/faq.

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Join Me for a Telephone Town Hall April 2, 2020, on the Coronavirus

A MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSMAN STENY H. HOYER    

I invite you to join me for a telephone town hall tomorrow, April 2, from 7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. ET as I provide an update on what I’m doing to keep Marylanders safe during this pandemic and answer your questions. I’ll be joined on the telephone town hall by:

  • Dr. Josh Sharfstein, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; 
  • Antonio Doss, District Director of the Small Business Administration’s Washington Metropolitan Area District Office; 
  • Stephen D. Umberger, District Director of the Small Business Administration’s Maryland District Office; 
  • Michael Harrison, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation; 
  • Andrew Fulginiti, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. 

Together, we will provide an update on federal, state, and local efforts to keep our communities safe and how we are working to limit the economic impact on families and businesses during this time. You can participate in the telephone town hall by calling the participant phone number 877-229-8493 and using code 118522. 

Before the town hall begins, Fifth District residents will receive an automatic generated telephone call at their home inviting them to join the town hall. Those who receive a call can simply pick up the phone and follow the telephone prompts to participate. You will have the option of staying on the line to hear brief opening remarks from me before we begin the question and answer session.

If you do not receive a phone call but wish to participate, please call 877-229-8493 and use code 118522. 

 
 

U. S. and European Leaders all said go on with your lives, go to Chinatown, have fun at the parade for Lunar New Year and take the subway

President of Holland America cruise line pleads for compassion while Florida debates allowing ships to dock

HOW THE STAY AT HOME ORDER WORKS, WHAT IS OKAY TO DO



(PIKESVILLE, MD) — Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Woodrow Jones III has directed troopers to continue their public education and enforcement efforts regarding the Governor’s Executive Orders and last night issued specific instructions regarding the stay-at-home order. Those instructions are as follows:
Enforcement of the expanded Governor’s Executive Order will be conducted by Maryland state troopers. However, troopers will not make traffic stops simply to ask drivers where they are going to determine if their travel is essential or not.
If, in the course of the regular performance of his/her duties, such as during a crash investigation or a traffic stop, the trooper develops information indicating the individual was engaged in non-essential travel, enforcement action can be taken, in consultation with the state’s attorney’s office in that jurisdiction.
While it is not necessary for drivers in Maryland to have documentation about the purpose of travel, having such documentation may help resolve questions.
Troopers will continue to initiate enforcement action when a business or group of more than 10 people is observed in violation of the Governor’s Executive Order.
The Order does not prohibit people from going to the store to get groceries or prescriptions, seeking medical attention at an urgent care facility, getting cleaning or laundry supplies. In addition, the Order does not prevent people from going out to get necessities for pets or other livestock.  The Order allows for travel to care for a family member, friend, pets, etc. Citizens are also permitted to travel for transporting family, friends, pet or livestock for essential health and safety activities.
 The Order also allows for travel to and from an educational institution to receive meals or instructional materials for distance learning.
The Order allows for outdoor exercise activities (done in accordance to with social distancing guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and crowd gatherings of 10 people or less. However, such actives may not be done at a park that has been closed by state or local government.
Restaurants can be visited if obtaining food for carry-out or drive-thru only.

POLITICAL POSTURING: Every peapickin’ mayor, county executive and likely, soon, dogcatcher, will now be hosting a press conference to give the latest number of virus infections, deaths, and their ‘local’ executive orders. Whew! Who knew these bozos could read prepared statements so well?

FOX and iHeart Media’s “Living Room Concert for America” raised nearly $8 million and counting for coronavirus relief, and attracted some 8.7 million viewers across FOX, Fox News Channel, Fox Business, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2 and FOX Deportes on Sunday night, according to early Nielsen ratings.

The donations to Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation included $500,000 from corporate partner Procter & Gamble, which Fox Corporation matched.

Coronavirus: relief agency sets up field hospital New York City’s Central Park | AFP

Samaritan’s Purse, a US-based Christian global relief agency, is building a field hospital on Central Park’s East Meadow lawn, with workers in face masks setting up white tarps and other equipment. The site is right across from one of the facilities in the Mount Sinai hospital group.

The Statute of Liberty. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY

NYC sees a coronavirus death every 2.9 minutes in horrific six-hour stretch

 
The coronavirus death toll in New York City surged to 914 on Monday afternoon, accelerated by six hellish hours that saw the tally spike by 124 — or one death every 2.9 minutes.

Trump shows off new rapid coronavirus test kit in Rose Garden, as HHS announces milestone of tests

Companies Are Still Hiring During COVID-19—Here Are 28 That Want Your Applications Now

NORTHERN VIRGINIA HOT SPOT FOR WUHAN VIRUS PLAGUE

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As COVID-19 Crisis Escalates in Capital Region, Governor Hogan Issues Stay at Home Order Effective Tonight
“We Are No Longer Asking Or Suggesting That Marylanders Stay Home,

We Are Directing Them To Do So.”

ANNAPOLIS, MD—As the COVID-19 crisis escalates in the National Capital Region, Governor Larry Hogan today issued a Stay at Home order to protect public health and safety. The order, which takes effect at 8:00 p.m. tonight, states that no Maryland resident should leave their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason, such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes.

“This is a deadly public health crisis—we are no longer asking or suggesting that Marylanders stay home, we are directing them to do so,” said Governor Hogan. “No Maryland resident should be leaving their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes.”

Below is a comprehensive list of the actions the administration announced today:

STAY AT HOME ORDER. No Maryland resident should be leaving their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason, such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes.

  • Additional Guidance for Businesses. In addition, only essential businesses are allowed to remain open in Maryland, and those businesses must make every effort to scale down their operations in order to reduce the number of required staff, to limit interactions with customers, and to institute telework for as much of the workforce as is practical. This order does not change what businesses are deemed essential or nonessential.
     
  • Out-of-State Travel. No Marylander should be traveling outside of the state unless such travel is absolutely necessary. Those who have traveled outside of the state should self-quarantine for 14 days.
     
  • Penalties. This order is to be enforced by state and local law enforcement. Knowingly and willfully violating this order is a misdemeanor, and on conviction, offenders may be subject to imprisonment not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.
     
  • Curbside Pickup. Restaurants may continue selling food and drink on a carry-out or drive-through basis; however, because residents of Maryland are not permitted to leave their homes to purchase products from nonessential businesses, curbside pickup at nonessential businesses is no longer permitted. Read the interpretive guidance.
     
  • Guidance for Campgrounds. Campgrounds are now required to close, with the exception to residents of recreational vehicles at campgrounds who genuinely have no other viable place of residence. These individuals should continue to comply with CDC guidelines regarding social distancing. Read the interpretive guidance.

This afternoon, Marylanders received a wireless emergency alert regarding this order, which will become effective at 8:00 p.m. Read the governor’s order.

NEW TESTING SITES FOR PATIENT REFERRALS. Governor Hogan announced the opening of four Maryland drive-thru COVID-19 screening and testing sites. There is no charge at any of these sites. However, testing is strictly limited to Marylanders who have a referral from their health care provider and who have an appointment to be tested.

  • In coordination with the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland Department of Transportation, the State Highway Administration, the Maryland State Police, and local partners have begun offering drive-thru testing for COVID-19 at three Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) stations in Glen Burnie, Waldorf, and Bel Air. 
  • A Prince George’s County COVID-19 screening and testing site opens today at FedEx Field in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System, the National Guard, the Maryland State Police, and Prince George’s County Police. Residents can call the Prince George’s County Health Department at (301) 883-6627 for more information.

HOSPITAL SURGE UPDATES. The governor provided the following updates on the state’s ongoing hospital surge efforts:

  • FEMA delivered 250 bed packages to the Baltimore Convention Center field hospital and the Maryland National Guard is currently constructing the site. 
  • The State of Maryland assisted the University of Maryland Medical System in starting construction to reopen the 135-bed Laurel Hospital and is currently contracting for staff and equipment for the site. 
  • The state ordered 500 additional bed packages for on-site surge expansion with an option for another 500 beds, which will be deployed to sites based on need and the location of any coronavirus hotspots.
  • The state ordered 100 advanced medical tents to provide for an additional 1,000 beds for on-site surge expansion at hospitals and convention centers.
  • Maryland is coordinating with the D.C. government to ensure that regional surge capacity is addressed by engaging MedStar and Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser is planning to surge another 500 beds throughout the region, including an increase of 218 beds at their Maryland facilities.

UPDATE ON ECONOMIC RELIEF PACKAGE. Governor Hogan provided an update on the $175 million economic relief package he announced last week. 

  • He is authorizing an additional $2 million to the state’s COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, bringing this fund to a total of $9 million.
     
  • $8.8 million has been provided to more than 400 small businesses across the state to help more than 8,000 Marylanders who work in small businesses keep their jobs.
     
  • More than 5,300 applications have been submitted for the state’s small business relief fund, and more than 11,000 applications have been submitted for new grant funding.
     
  • Information and resources about these programs are available at businessexpress.maryland.gov.

WAIVING FAMILY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MARYLAND CHILDREN’S HEALTH PROGRAM. Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order which temporarily suspends any requirement that families have to pay premiums into the Maryland Children’s Health Program so that families will not lose coverage during the crisis. Read the governor’s order.

REMOTE NOTARIZATIONS. The governor has issued an order temporarily waiving the in-person requirement for notarizing documents. Read the governor’s order.
 
For health resources regarding COVID-19, including case counts and clinician guidance, Marylanders should visit coronavirus.maryland.gov.

Disturbing video shows dead bodies loaded onto truck outside Brooklyn hospitals

MILLIONS OF CASES AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DEATHS EXPECTED

 
 
 

A plea from rural America: Urban covid-19 refugees, please stay home

New York tags on a car parked at an Air BnB on the Potomac River near Leonardtown in St. Mary’s County in Maryland has been parked since March 21, 2020. Rural areas are concerned about city dwellers bringing the dangerous virus to rural areas, cleaning out stores of limited supplies and groceries.
THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

NEW YORK TAGS on cars parked at an AirBnB in Maryland shows that hotspotters from New York are impacting rural areas on the east coast. This from a County Commissioner on the west coast:

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST:
“When this unprecedented public health crisis is over, we will welcome back tourists, and life can return to normal. Perhaps, with a newfound appreciation of the challenges rural areas face, our urban visitors will even enjoy our communities more. But if those communities are decimated — if we lose our elders, our parents and grandparents, and our beloved friends and neighbors because we failed to act — it will be a devastation we can never overcome.” MORE

FAILING TO STAY HOME: Ohio-tags-on-a-vehicle-parked-at-an-Airbnb-located-on-the-Potomac-River-in-Maryland. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY.
 

First death at Pleasant View Nursing Home was a 90-year-old resident, scores infected, dozen sent to hospitals

Florida Gov. DeSantis worried about the spread of Wuhan Virus from both New Orleans and New York

New Orleans is experiencing a coronavirus surge of more than 1,000 infections linked to the Mardi Gras celebration in February, sending Louisiana’s total number of cases past 3,300 as of Saturday. DeSantis wants to intercept any Louisiana travelers from “seeding” the virus in Florida.

New-York-City-on-foggy-day-in-2018, now consumed in the gloom, doom, and death by an invisible enemy. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Excerpts:

“Look, I think the virus is going to dictate the time frame, and we’re going to follow the advice of the scientists and doctors, like Dr. Inglesby, who you just had on a moment ago, he’s on our task force. But no, we don’t see any way that we’re going to be opening back up in a couple of weeks. The Washington Metropolitan area, [which] has Maryland, DC, and Virginia, quadrupled in the past week and we see that continuing to grow exponentially, and we think in two weeks, around Easter, we’re going to be looking a lot more like New York.”

“The messaging isn’t helpful because as we’re, as the governors out there on the front lines are trying to get people to stay in their homes for everything but very essential things like going out to get food or prescriptions or things that are basic needs for them to survive and then we’ve got messaging coming out saying that things are okay and you should get back to normal, it does conflict and it hurts with the messaging. But look, I think the president is just trying to be helpful, which is good. We don’t want people to be scared, but we do want them to take it seriously and we want the facts to be out there, so we’re going to follow the doctors and the scientists. I think most governors are going to do what they think is right in their own states to save lives.”

“We do appreciate the efforts of the federal government, and I hate to just point fingers and talk about what hasn’t been done or what didn’t get done. We’re all in this together and it’s going to take the federal, state, and locals working together to save lives. But there’s also frustration out there just that we’re all in the situation that we’re in, and the federal government is unable to solve some of these issues, and that the states are also not able to. So there’s frustration out there, but I think we should do less arguing, more working together.”

VIRUS RACES THROUGH MOUNT AIRY NURSING HOME; 66 INFECTED, 11 HOSPITALIZED

Governor Hogan Statement Regarding Outbreak At Carroll County Long-Term Care Facility, Doubling of COVID-19 Death Toll In Maryland
Now More Than 2,000 Cases In The National Capital Region

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Maryland officials on March 28, 2020, in coordination with the Carroll County Health Department, announced an outbreak of COVID-19 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy, where a total of 66 residents have tested positive, with 11 currently hospitalized.

Earlier, the Maryland Department of Health announced five additional deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing the state’s total to 10 deaths.

Governor Larry Hogan issued the following update to Marylanders:

“It took nearly three weeks for the National Capital Region to go from 0 to 1,000 cases of COVID-19. It took three days for the region to go from 1,000 to 2,000 cases in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. This is a rapidly evolving and escalating emergency which is now surrounding the nation’s capital.

“The number of deaths in our state as a result of COVID-19 has doubled. We have lost 10 of our fellow Marylanders, and we mourn each and every one of them.

“Tonight, Maryland has experienced a tragic coronavirus outbreak at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy. Multiple state agencies are on the scene and working closely with the local health department and the facility as they take urgent steps to protect additional residents and staff who may have been exposed. 

“I want to thank all of the doctors, nurses, and first responders all across our state who are working around the clock to respond to this pandemic.

“As we have been warning for weeks, older Marylanders and those with underlying health conditions are more vulnerable and at a significantly higher risk of contracting this disease.

“We continue to call for Marylanders to stay at home, except for essential reasons, in order to help stop the spread of this virus.

“We are leveraging the full arsenal of public health and government, but defeating this invisible enemy will require a unity of effort and spirit like nothing we have ever faced.”

 

That time I explained corona virus quarantine to Mum and Dad…

Rhode Island Police to Hunt Down New Yorkers Seeking Refuge

(Bloomberg) —

Rhode Island police began stopping cars with New York plates Friday. On Saturday, the National Guard will help them conduct house-to-house searches to find people who traveled from New York and demand 14 days of self-quarantine.

“Right now we have a pinpointed risk,” Governor Gina Raimondo said. “That risk is called New York City.”

New York is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., on Friday reporting a total of 44,000 cases. MORE

 

This video below from Twitter just might make you *hit a brick

 

A shocking new Facebook video shows disturbing, crowded conditions inside the emergency room at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens — with gurneys crammed side by side and sick patients waiting on chairs amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Who is the sickest patient needs to go up?” a stressed voice can be heard asking at one point.

“I don’t know,” another voice answers.

The video was posted Thursday by a Facebook user who received it from an anonymous hospital worker.

At the time it was posted, the latest city figures showed Queens leading New York City with 7,362 reported cases of infection — the highest percentage in the five boroughs.

Friday, March 27

Number of Confirmed Cases: 774
Number of Deaths: 5
Hospitalizations: 173 ever hospitalized
Released From Isolation: 25

Cases by County:

Anne Arundel63
Baltimore City88
Baltimore County103
Calvert9
Caroline1
Carroll9
Cecil9
Charles17
Frederick15
Garrett3
Harford18
Howard62
Kent2
Montgomery208
Prince George’s148
Queen Anne’s1
St. Mary’s4
Somerset1
Talbot1
Washington5
Wicomico5
Worcester2

Cases by Age Range and Gender:

0-94
10-1911
20-29107
30-39136
40-49161
50-59149
60-69110
70-7975
80+21
Female: 382, Male: 392

Harford County Sheriff Gahler updates you on our response to COVID 19

Just in case you haven’t already figured it out…THE MEDIA STINKS!

GALLOP POLL:
Coronavirus Response: Hospitals Rated Best, News Media Worst

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hospitals’ handling of disease rated best of nine institutions, leaders
  • All institutions and leaders receive majority approval, except news media
  • Republicans and Democrats tend to differ drastically in approval

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans are generally positive in their evaluations of how each of nine leaders and institutions has handled the response to the coronavirus situation. Eight of the nine receive majority positive ratings — led by U.S. hospitals, at 88% approval. Only the news media gets a more negative than a positive review. Approval Ratings of U.S. Leaders’ and Institutions’ Handling of Response to CoronavirusDo you approve or disapprove of the way each of the following is handling the response to the coronavirus in the U.S.?

ApproveDisapproveDoes not apply (vol.)/No opinion
%%%
U.S. hospitals88102
Your child’s school or daycare †8398
Your state government82171
Your employer ^82144
Government health agencies such as the CDC or NIH80172
Vice President Mike Pence61327
President Donald Trump60381
Congress59374
The news media44551
^ Based on 536 employed adults; † Based on 262 parents of children under 18; (vol.) = volunteered response
GALLUP, MARCH 13-22, 2020

These data are from a March 13-22 Gallup poll, with the field period starting on the same day President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, and spanning sharp increases in the number of documented cases in the U.S., as well as the number of deaths.

About four in five Americans approve of the way their state government and government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health are handling the coronavirus outbreak. Similarly, 83% of parents of children younger than 18 rate their children’s school or daycare positively for its handling of the situation. And 82% of U.S. workers rate their employer’s response positively.

Meanwhile, about six in 10 U.S. adults approve of the response by their elected leaders in Washington: President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the U.S. Congress as a whole.

Trump’s 60% approval rating for his handling of the coronavirus is higher than his 49% overall job rating, meaning that a substantial percentage of Americans approve of his handling of the current health crisis while disapproving of his performance more generally. MORE

NEW YORKERS SPREAD VIRUS!

Maryland Reports 194 New Cases of Wuhan Virus;
Cases In National Capital Region More Than Quadruple Over The Last Week as New Yorkers Spread Out – Just like what happened in China when Wuhan residents left for Lunar New Year

ANNAPOLIS, MD—The State of Maryland now has 774 confirmed cases of COVID-19—an increase of 425 cases over the last three days. There are now more than 1,500 confirmed cases in the National Capital Region—in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia—4.5 times more than there were just one week ago.

Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement: 
 
“Over the last three days, the number of COVID-19 cases in Maryland has more than doubled. Cases in the National Capital Region have more than quadrupled over the last week alone. There is no timetable and no model that can tell us exactly how long this will last or how bad this is going to get.
 
“The federal administration’s swift approval of our request for a Major Disaster Declaration will drive more resources to our coordinated response. As chairman of the National Governors Association, I will continue to press for additional federal resources, including a Title 32 designation for Maryland and all the states to fund National Guard missions.
 
“Later today, I will convene conference calls with my full Cabinet and our Coronavirus Response Team of Maryland’s top doctors and public health experts to continue to address this crisis. I cannot stress this enough: Marylanders need to stay in place at home to help slow the spread of this deadly virus.
 
“Our state has already faced and overcome daunting challenges before, and we will do so again.”

NOTICE TO FARE JUMPERS, MUGGERS AND ARMED ROBBERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, Metro will operate significantly reduced rail and bus service this weekend, maintaining a core network of 26 “lifeline” bus routes and providing twice-hourly rail service for our region’s essential travel needs. Essential travel includes medical providers and hospital staff, first responders, critical government functions, individuals involved in helping the community respond to COVID-19, grocery and pharmacy trips, among others.

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From the don’t believe your lying eyes and ears department:

New York City Mayor Bill DiBlassio star speaker at Lunar New Year in Chinatown on Feb. 9, 2020

The 21st Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival celebrates through Lower Manhattan. This year’s Lunar New Year celebrations usher in the Year of Rat.
The Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is celebrated in China and other Asian countries that begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends on the first full moon of the lunar calendar (15 days later).

Coronavirus fear: Chinatown’s restaurants suffering in New York City

FROM ABC NEW YORK Feb. 11, 2020: It’s an unlikely victim of the coronavirus – restaurants in Chinatown and other Asian neighborhoods are supposed to be booming with Lunar New Year celebrations. Instead, businesses are tanking. Fear of the virus is apparently keeping locals at home, even though there is no evidence they should stay home. Helen Ng is the owner of Amazing 66 restaurant on Mott Street. She says business has dropped by about 50%. “People are very concerned. We understand their feelings, but it’s hurting us, too. Business is not here,” Ng says. Even though there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York, just the fear of it seems to be keeping residents at home. Robin Mui with Sing Tao Newspapers says restaurants and stores in Chinatown, Flushing, and Brooklyn are all suffering because locals are afraid to gather in public.

We’re all gonna die!

Maryland Reports 157 New COVID-19 Cases; Now More Than 1,200 Confirmed Cases In National Capital Region
We have never faced anything like this ever before, and I continue to urge the people of our state to stay in place at home and stay safe.”

ANNAPOLIS, MD—The State of Maryland now has 580 confirmed cases of COVID-19—an increase of 157 new cases, which is by far the largest one-day increase to date. There are more than 1,200 confirmed cases in the National Capital Region—in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. The number of cases 

Governor Larry Hogan on March 26, 2020, issued the following statement: 

“We are only at the beginning of this crisis, in our state, in the National Capital Region, and in America. As I have repeatedly stressed, we should continue to expect the number of cases to dramatically and rapidly rise.

“Today, we are also seeing an unprecedented increase in the number of Marylanders filing for unemployment. We are going to do everything we can to help people and small businesses get back on their feet.

“This battle is going to be much harder, take much longer, and be much worse than almost anyone comprehends. We have never faced anything like this ever before, and I continue to urge the people of our state to stay in place at home and stay safe.

“I want Marylanders to know that if we continue to lead and work together—if we rely on and help each other—together we will get through this crisis.”

City Officials Urge New Yorkers To Visit Chinatown Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, New York City officials are reminding the public that it’s safe to head to Chinatown. Feb 8, 2020

A Coronavirus Great Awakening?
Sometimes the most important ingredient for spiritual renewal is a cataclysmic event.

EMPTY CHURCHES OR FULL CEMETERIES: Saint-Francis-Xavier-Church-in-Compton-Md.- THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

From the Wall Street Journal:
Could a plague of biblical proportions be America’s best hope for religious revival? As the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, there is reason to think so.

Three-quarters of a century has dimmed the memory of that gruesome conflict and its terrible consequences: tens of millions killed, great cities bombed to rubble, Europe and Asia stricken by hunger and poverty. Those who survived the war had to grapple with the kinds of profound questions that only arise in the aftermath of calamity. Gazing at the ruins from his window at Cambridge University, British historian Herbert Butterfield chose to make sense of it by turning to the Hebrew Bible.

“The power of the Old Testament teaching on history—perhaps the point at which the ancient Jews were most original, breaking away from the religious thought of the other peoples around them—lay precisely in the region of truths which sprang from a reflection on catastrophe and cataclysm,” Butterfield wrote in “Christianity and History” (1949). “It is almost impossible properly to appreciate the higher developments in the historical reflection of the Old Testament except in another age which has experienced (or has found itself confronted with) colossal cataclysm.”

Americans, chastened by the horrors of war, turned to faith in search of truth and meaning. In the late 1940s, Gallup surveys showed more than three-quarters of Americans were members of a house of worship, compared with about half today. Congress added the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954. Some would later call this a Third Great Awakening. MORE

America marshals all its resources to fight the Coronavirus
Last night, the Senate unanimously passed a $2.2 trillion emergency deal—the largest economic relief package in our nation’s history. “96-0 in the United States Senate. Congratulations AMERICA!” President Trump wrote on Twitter.
 
The American people have heroically joined forces and stepped up to help defeat the Coronavirus. But this outbreak has left American workers and small business owners in immediate need of financial relief.
 
The CARES Act, as it’s called, will provide just that:$1,200 direct payments to middle-class Americans, plus $500 for each child—a total of $3,400 for a family of four
 $100 billion in direct support to our hospital systems, first responders, and health care workers
 $370+ billion to small business owners to keep employees on the payroll
 Delays federal student loan payments for the next 6 months 
“As we fight to protect American lives, we’re also protecting American livelihoods,” the President said during yesterday’s White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing. “I encourage the House to pass this vital legislation and send the bill to my desk for signature. Without delay, I will sign it immediately.”
 
 VP Pence: American companies are stepping up to supply medical equipment!
 
The Coronavirus has put both America and the entire world through an unprecedented medical crisis. But from the beginning of the outbreak, President Trump took clear and decisive action, immediately putting life-saving travel restrictions in place and forging a partnership between the Federal government and private sector to take on this challenge together.
 
Today, those efforts continued as the President participated in a video teleconference with fellow G20 leaders to address global needs. Later, he and Vice President Mike Pence held another teleconference with our nation’s Governors to continue supporting local response efforts.
 
 President Trump: The more aggressively we commit to social distancing, the sooner we can return to normal.
 
Dr. Birx: “When you are protecting yourself, you are protecting others.”

Dow Escapes Bear Market With a 6% Rally
The blue-chip index is now up 20% from its low, qualifying as a new bull market

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Churches and Non-Profits are included in the Stimulus Package for the retention of their staff

White House Reaches Deal With Lawmakers on $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill;
Sens. McConnell and Schumer are set to deliver remarks from Senate floor

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (March 25, 2020) – WASHINGTON—Lawmakers and the Trump administration reached a preliminary agreement on an estimated $2 trillion stimulus package aimed at shielding the U.S. economy from the worst consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Ladies and gentlemen…we have a deal,” Eric Ueland, the White House director of legislative affairs, said early Wednesday morning.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) were set to deliver remarks from the Senate floor after a flurry of negotiations on Capitol Hill, with Democrats saying they had secured higher unemployment benefits, among other items. MORE

Gov. Justice holds a press briefing on COVID-19 response – March 25, 2020

Maryland’s Unconstitutional Restriction of Citizens’ First Amendment Rights

 TO THE EDITOR:

    Currently, our Coronavirus-terrorized population seems willing to sacrifice their God-given, blood-preserved Constitutional Liberties for an uncertain sense of safety from ‘The-sky-is-falling” minimally-documented health problems from Coronavirus in St. Mary’s County– as contrasted to those in “Basket-case Baltimore.”  All Citizens are now being subjugated under Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s new overkill, counterproductive, and questionably legal restrictions on our basic First Amendment Rights.   Under Hogan’s new unprecedented jackboot rules, we Citizens are virtually forbidden to freely practice our religions, to freely assemble to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and to freely assemble in business and recreational enterprises that enhance the Citizens’ life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness— and produce profits and tax revenues to sustain provident and productive products and services for “We The People.”  Such usurpation of our constitutional rights is well explained in the article, I am an American constitutional lawyer – and I see our government using Covid-19 to take away our fundamental rights” see at the link: https://on.rt.com/ad9q      

     Gov. Hogan’s Order (see at the link: file:///C:/Users/dzr/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/IE/6LY6R66B/OLC%20Interpretive%20Guidance%20COVID19-04[612].pdf) specifies “Businesses That May Remain Open.”   It includes“Medical cannabis growers, processors, and dispensaries.”  This insane inclusion of the federally-illegal, FDA disapproved, and local health-department condemned the marijuana industry, literally puts state approval to smoking medical marijuana as a treatment for Coronavirus-destroyed lungs.   Such is evidence of the corrupting Stoner Caucus’ tenacious grip on Maryland state legislators who have created, promoted, and profited by the addictive and lung-killing marijuana industry that Gov. Hogan now protects under a perverse health-protection rationale.  See article, “Coronavirus Harms are Severely Elevated by Marijuana” at the link: file:///C:/Users/dzr/Documents/Coronavirus%20and%20Pot.pdf 

     At the same time, Hogan has destructively shut down attendance at all places of worship and small businesses by limiting attendance to 10 persons.  We don’t doubt the seriousness of the virus.  But we wonder if the damaging governmental restrictions have any real benefit when grocery stores are still swarming with lots of customers using carts without wiping and violating the 6-foot personal separation in narrow aisles and checkout lines.  Such too-tight restrictions on small businesses like restaurants and meeting places could also cause an economic depression that can lead to violence and crime that could reach deadly epidemic proportions. 

      Since recent projections are for a prolonged Coronavirus crisis extending months or even more, we see a need for government officials to consider a more-reasonable alternative Liberty- and Safety-protection strategy as recommended by organized church leaders, organized business leaders, and organized political leaders.  Their collective wisdom and recommendations should include (1) a specific limited time for such emergency governmental restrictions, (2) specific documentation of the actual threats justifying such imposition on our Constitutional freedoms (few Coronavirus cases in SMC), and (3) immediate reversal of the overly-restrictive 10 persons allowed to assemble in light of the previous CDC standard of 200 which would allow most restaurants and small businesses to re-open thus re-employing many laid-off poverty-threatened workers.  And keeping most churches alive to restore ministering their charity and faith counseling to disadvantaged victims of this disease.

     Restoring reasonable protection for both Liberty and Public Health/Safety during this current Coronavirus pandemic should substantially reduce the debilitating and paralyzing fear that has gripped many of our confused weaker citizens who also may be suffering depression.  They need to be assured that we able-bodied freedom-loving citizens will fight like hell to protect our faiths, our businesses, our Constitutional Rights, AND our health/safety.  

DeForest Rathbone

Leonardtown, Md.

Chinese propaganda and the mainstream media news seem to be aligned on blaming Trump for the coronavirus. Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2020.

City dwellers fleeing to deserts, mountains…
‘Go home rats!’ Furious locals in rural towns fight back…

Gov. DeSantis derides those ‘bringing the virus’ from hot zone

New York hospitals treating coronavirus patients with vitamin C

Makeshift morgue for coronavirus victims set up outside NYC hospital

People leaving NYC metro area urged to self-quarantine for 14 days

 
 
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on March 4, 2020, with officials at a briefing on Wuhan Virus when social distancing wasn’t cool for them, just for others.

Officials Say Anyone Leaving New York Area Should Self-Isolate for 14 Days

Trump administration officials urged anyone leaving the New York metro area to self-isolate for 14 days to avoid spreading the coronavirus to other parts of the country.18

THIS CITY NOW HAS ONE INFECTED CASE OF WUHAN VIRUS
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FIVE SAILORS NOW TEST POSITIVE

FROM THE HILL: Five sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Pacific have tested positive for coronavirus after three other sailors on the aircraft carrier tested positive for the virus on Tuesday.

Naval officials told The Wall Street Journal that four of the eight sailors were transported to a medical facility in Guam and that the others would also be evacuated.

Officials also said that the Navy is working to identify others on the ship who could possibly be infected with COVID-19, with Adm. John Aquilino, commander of the Pacific Fleet, saying that they’re working “towards the goal of minimizing any additional transmission.”

The ship docked in Da Nang, Vietnam, two weeks ago, but acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly noted that the sailors could have contracted COVID-19 from another source, as members of a flight crew had also visited the aircraft carrier.

Aquilino also said that because he was asymptomatic, he hasn’t been tested for the virus. MORE

TELL THE DEMOCRATS TO GO TO HELL!
SAY NO TO SOCIALISM!

A reader from Easton, Md.: “Safer to live in Baltimore City.  All they have is the lead disease, but it only spreads among a select few – and a few strays.”

A reader from Lexington Park, Md.: “A total of 423 cases and 4 deaths in the entire state and Hogan extends the closure of schools to April 24 and requests a federal disaster declaration. You have got to be kidding! What idiots are advising him?”

Governor Hogan Reviews Plans for Coronavirus Field Hospital

As part of the state’s hospital surge plan, Governor Hogan has ordered the establishment of a field hospital and alternate care site at the Baltimore Convention Center. The site, which is being leased by the State of Maryland through the Department of General Services, is being stood up by the Maryland National Guard. Medical care and daily operations will be managed jointly through a partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins Medicine. The governor has requested that FEMA deliver 250 beds and 50-bed packages to support the initiative.

Later, Governor Hogan and Mayor Young helped hand out boxed lunches at Greenmount Recreation Center, which has become a designated meal distribution site through the Maryland State Department of Education (MDSE). The Maryland National Guard is providing assistance and support at these sites throughout the city.

Following the closure of schools to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, MSDE has established more than 500 meal distribution sites to ensure students’ continued access to nutritious meals.

On Feb. 9, 2020, New York City officials were urging people to show up in large groups for the Chinatown Parade to counter misinformation about Coronavirus! The political agenda of the New York Democrats is more important than the health of the citizens. Now, there are over 20,000 cases of Wuhan Coronavirus – just five weeks after the public was urged to assemble for a parade in Chinatown.

 

Grocers Stopped Stockpiling Food. Then Came Coronavirus.

Grocers Stopped Stockpiling Food. Then Came Coronavirus.

Supermarkets once kept months of inventory but drastically cut the amount to save on costs such as warehousing. Facing a shopper rush, they’re now buying all they can get and storing it wherever they find space.

Governor Larry Hogan Discusses Latest Coronavirus Updates with Bill Hemmer

Delaware beaches closed to help slow spread of coronavirus

REHOBOTH, Del. – Governor John Carney on Saturday issued a third modification to his emergency declaration. The new orders close Delaware beaches to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The public is prohibited from accessing the beach except to exercise or walk their dogs where dogs are permitted. Local officials may choose to enact tighter restrictions.

These modifications go into effect at 5:00 p.m. tonight, March 21, and will last until May 15, or until the public health threat of COVID-19 has been eliminated.

“We need everyone to take this situation seriously. We saw too many people on the beaches yesterday and we weren’t seeing the kind of social distancing that we need in order to slow the spread of coronavirus,” said Governor Carney. “This was a difficult decision, but we need folks to follow the rules to keep all Delawareans safe. Don’t go out in public unnecessarily. Wash your hands and disinfect surfaces frequently. Stay home, especially if you feel sick and even if you have mild symptoms. We will get through this together.”

“We fully understand Governor Carney’s decision to close the beaches,” said City of Rehoboth Mayor Paul Kuhns. “This move is for the health and safety for all our citizens.”

In the second modification of the emergency declaration issued on March 18, Governor Carney authorized state and local law enforcement to enforce the provision in any State of Emergency. The State of Emergency has the full force and effect of the law, and violations constitute a criminal offense.

“Governor Carney’s action to close all Delaware beaches sends a vital message to all Delawareans and those who may be thinking of coming here,” said City of Lewes Mayor Ted Becker. “Our beach communities are a very important part of the state’s economy but they are not equipped to be a safe harbor for those who come from other areas. We urge everyone to shelter in the location of their primary residence.”

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West-Virginia-Governor-Jim-Justice-on-March-23rd-got-it-right-on-social-distancing-announces-16-positive-cases-including-a-nursing-home-staffer.

It is said that sometimes people “cannot see the forest for the trees” when small details obscure the broader view, or “tunnel vision” occurs when awareness suffers from a very narrow perspective. We see the appearance of something rather than the thing itself. Attention is diverted from the actual object or purpose.

Often, to garner public support, a manipulative pretext is used to hide the real reasons for decisions and actions. Dr. David Gibbs, Professor of History, University of Arizona, argues that there are two forms of pretexts. An “orchestrated pretext” involves “the deliberate manufacture of key events to be used as pretexts,” and a “pretext of convenience” is when “events occur fortuitously and serve to justify a preexisting program.” Gibbs further explains: “The two types of pretexts have this in common; in both cases, the public is fundamentally misled regarding the true motivation.”

Is the occurrence of the Coronavirus in Communist China, whether naturally occurring or man-made, and its subsequent worldwide spread and effects, whether negligent or intentional, a pretext for the attainment of geopolitical and economic goals? Is it merely a coincidence that the virus effectively served to suppress growing civil unrest and protests in China, for example, in Hong Kong? Was a biological agent used instead of military intervention, which may explain the concealment of the outbreak for two months?

In the “trade war” with Communist China, and the socialist Democrats’ campaign against capitalism and President Trump’s re-election, the virus is a functional weapon in economic and political warfare. Is its timing and influence in a U.S. presidential election year only a coincidence? Recall that the Democrats have repeatedly said that Trump could not be defeated if the economy remained prosperous. It is self-evident that Communist China does not want to see Trump re-elected.

We are witnessing an economy devastated by unconventional and psychological warfare against the American people, aided by the spreading of fear and panic through the social and news media. Note the incorrect use of the emotionally-charged word “pandemic” instead of the appropriate terms “outbreak” or “epidemic” to describe specific health conditions inside of the United States.

COVID-19 pales in comparison to the more virulent seasonal influenza. A political over-reaction to the virus is compounding its detrimental effects through self-inflicted harm. Politicians and bureaucrats use the excuse of “the worst-case scenario” to rationalize their actions, which may magnify conditions. The remedy prescribed is worse than the illness. Containment of the disease should target infected, exposed, and vulnerable people instead of state-wide, one-size-fits-all, interventions that are lacking in necessity and proportionality.

In Maryland, as of March 23, a total of 288 confirmed virus cases and three deaths does not justify profound adverse consequences for the civil liberties and economic status of over six million residents. Defeating the virus may become a Pyrrhic victory that inflicts a catastrophic toll of direct and collateral social and economic damage far exceeding that of the disease alone – a man-made fiasco. An “abundance of caution” appears to be suffering from a scarcity of common sense.

Where are the NBC and ABC reporters who believed it was their job to call President Trump a racist for calling the Wuhan Virus “CHINESE VIRUS”? Did they live on another planet on Jan. 27, 2020 and fail to see this front page of the Washington Post?
The media and the Democrats can’t handle the truth. Editorial Cartoon by A. F. Branco.

What is that government at every level never figured applied to them about “social distancing”?

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT Temporary Suspension of
* Argument Requirement for * Standing Order 20-01
Published Opinions *
O R D E R
Fourth Circuit Local Rule 36(a) sets forth the court’s standards for publication of opinions and further provides that the court will publish opinions “only in cases that have been fully briefed and presented at oral argument.” To enable the court to continue to issue opinions in accordance with its publication standards and in response to the need for social distancing to contain the novel coronavirus, the court temporarily suspends its oral argument requirement for published opinions. Accordingly, cases calendared for oral argument in March or April 2020 but not presented at oral argument may be decided by published opinion with the unanimous consent of the panel.
IT IS SO ORDERED. FOR THE COURT: _____________________
Roger L. Gregory Chief Judge
Dated: March 23, 2020

Hogan blasts those who ignored warnings of gathering at Cherry Blossoms and Ocean City Boardwalk with “irresponsible and reckless behavior” steps will be taken to counter illegal conduct and will close nonessential businesses.

Package for Workers and Small Businesses Affected By COVID-19
Activates Field Hospital at Baltimore Convention Center and Hilton Hotel
Establishes Pilot Assessment Location at FedEx Field
Laurel Hospital to Reopen as Part of Hospital Surge Plan
Issues Emergency Order to Prohibit Price Gouging
Signs Directive to Bring More Testing Capacity Online

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on March 23, 2020, ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses in the state and announced a $175 million relief package to assist employees, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The governor again urged Marylanders to help their neighbors by staying home in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“We are telling all Marylanders to follow all of the directives and to follow the state law against crowds of more than ten people,” said Governor Hogan. “And we are telling you, unless you have an essential reason to leave your house, stay in your home. Today’s actions of closing non-essential businesses are absolutely necessary to protect the health of Marylanders and to save lives.”

“To my fellow Marylanders, let me say that I know how difficult this is on each and every one of you,” continued the governor. “There is a great deal of fear and anxiety, and the truth is, none of us really know how bad this is going to get or how long it’s going to last. But I can promise you that there are a great many dedicated people doing tremendous things, working around the clock, and doing their very best to help keep Marylanders safe.”

Below is a list of the comprehensive actions Governor Hogan announced today:

  • CLOSURE OF ALL NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES: Governor Hogan has enacted an emergency order to close all non-essential businesses across the state, effective at 5 pm today.
    • In addition to what is already closed by prior orders, this order requires the closure of anything that is not included in the new federal guidelines for critical infrastructure sectorsInterpretive Guidance from the Office of Legal Counsel.
    • While this is not a shelter-in-place order, all Marylanders are urged to remain home and adhere to the governor’s guidance for social distancing. The governor announced that beginning today, further enforcement actions will be taken to disperse any gatherings in violation of the governor’s orders.
  • ECONOMIC RELIEF PACKAGE: Governor Hogan announced more than $175 million to assist small businesses and workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information and resources about these programs is available at businessexpress.maryland.gov/coronavirus.
    • The Maryland Department of Commerce will offer up to $125 million in loans and grants to small businesses and nonprofits through the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. A $75 million loan fund and a $50 million grant fund, with $1 million in grants dedicated to non-profits, will provide working capital to be used for payroll, rent, fixed-debt payments and other mission critical cash operating costs. Businesses and nonprofits with under 50 full- and part-time employees will be eligible, and loans will range up to $50,000 and grants up to $10,000. Additional eligibility requirements can be found here.
    • Maryland Commerce is also working on creating a $5 million fund to incentivize businesses to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to satisfy the increasing needs of the healthcare industry.
    • The Department also has a number of existing financing programs, like Advantage Maryland, which provides conditional loans for new businesses or business expansions; the Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority and Fund (MIDFA), which provides loan guarantees; the Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority (MSBDFA), which provides financial assistance to economically disadvantaged businesses; and the Non-Profit Interest-Free Micro-Bridge Loan Program, which provides loans to nonprofits to support ongoing operating costs while waiting on a future government grant or contract. A total of about $40 million is available through these existing programs.
    • Governor Hogan has allocated $5 million and the Maryland Department of Labor has allocated $2 million to collaboratively launch the COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund. A total of $7 million in funds will be available to provide flexible rapid response services to proactively support businesses and workers undergoing economic stresses due to COVID-19. Funding can help Maryland’s workforce adhere to social distancing policies by purchasing remote access equipment and software to allow employees to work from home, providing on-site cleaning and sanitation services at businesses that have workers delivering essential services, and implementing other creative strategies to mitigate potential layoffs or closures in the business community.

AN ORDER TO PROHIBIT PRICE GOUGING: Governor Hogan has signed an emergency order to protect families from price gouging on everyday household items and essentials. Retailers who attempt to exploit this crisis for profit or personal gain will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Read the emergency order.

FIELD HOSPITAL AT BALTIMORE CONVENTION CENTER: As part of the state’s hospital surge plan, Governor Hogan has ordered the establishment of an Alternate Care site at Baltimore Convention Center and Hilton Hotel. This will be a joint partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and Johns Hopkins. The governor has asked FEMA to deliver 250 beds and 50 bed packages to support the initiative.

REOPENING OF LAUREL HOSPITAL: As part of the state’s hospital surge plan, UMMS has agreed to reopen Laurel Hospital, which will make another 135 beds available.

PILOT ASSESSMENT LOCATION AT FEDEX FIELD: Governor Hogan has directed the Maryland National Guard and the Maryland Department of Health to collaborate with Prince George’s County and UMMS on a pilot assessment location at FedEx Field in Landover.

FAST-TRACK PROCESS FOR TESTS: The governor has enacted an emergency order to authorize a fast-track process to bring more testing capacity online without FDA approval—dramatically shortening a process that would ordinarily take several months. Read the governor’s order.

NEW HEALTH TESTING ORDERS: The Maryland Department of Health is issuing an order requiring health care providers to prioritize tests for hospitalized and chronic care patients, symptomatic first responders, and symptomatic nursing home patients; and requiring all health care facilities to cease elective or non-urgent medical procedures at 5 p.m. tomorrow. Read the Health Department’s order.

State of Emergency. The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. The State of Maryland is continuing to operate under a state of emergency, and all levels of government are taking a comprehensive, collaborative approach to keep Marylanders safe. The list of ongoing state actions is available at governor.maryland.gov/coronavirus.

Y announces help

The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington will be distributing meals and groceries at some of its locations across the DMV area.

Boxes of meals contain 3-days’ worth of breakfast and lunch. Any child, regardless of their affiliation with the YMCA, may pick up boxed meals two times per week – children must be 18 or younger.

Produce is available for anyone, regardless of their affiliation with the YMCA. Produce will be distributed while supplies last.

For more information on locations and times of meal distributions, please see the graphic below:

One week after announcing that Ocean City would hold it’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Ocean City has now shut down hard, closing boardwalk and beaches.

What a difference a week makes: Beach and Boardwalk Closed, Mayor & City Council Urge Visitors to Stay Home

Ocean City, Maryland – (March 22, 2020): As confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) increase throughout the State of Maryland, and in Worcester County, the Mayor and City Council continue to encourage visitors to stay safe and stay home. Policy leaders met today, March 22, for an emergency meeting which resulted in the closure of Ocean City’s beach and Boardwalk.

Effective at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2020, the beach and Boardwalk in Ocean City will be closed due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. This closure will remain in effect thru April 15, 2020, at which time it will be re-evaluated based on the status of the global health crisis. Restaurants on the Boardwalk will be allowed to remain open for carry out service only.

“The number one priority of the Mayor and City Council is to protect our citizens and employees,” stated Mayor Rick Meehan. “We are facing an invisible threat and we are the carriers of this potentially deadly virus. At this time, we continue to request that visitors postpone traveling to Ocean City and that our non-resident property owners reframe from traveling to Ocean City as well. The safest place for everyone right now is in their own home.”

Only residents who reside within the corporate limits of the Town of Ocean will be allowed to walk their dogs or exercise on the beach or Boardwalk in groups of no more than two adults and children at any time. Social distancing will remain a requirement. This will remain in effect until which time it is abused or ignored.

“We are doing everything in our power to protect the health and safety of our citizens, but everyone has a critical role to play,” Mayor Meehan continued. “We all have to work together to do whatever we can to mount our only known defense against this common enemy and that is to practice extreme measures of social distancing. We are taking these drastic steps to shorten the duration of this health crisis. If every single person steps up and does their part by making sacrifices now it will slow the spread of this virus and help us flatten the curve.”

EMPTY CHURCHES OR
FULL CEMETERIES?

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Saint-Francis-Xavier-Church-in-Compton-Md.- THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Governor’s Edit to Limit Church Attendance Blasted by
St. Mary’s Resident

To: Baltimore Sun
I hope you take pictures of the sheriffs busting the Amish and Mennonite church services on Sunday for exceeding the Governor’s silly 10 person limit.  Will the governor insist that they are fed to the lions as the ancient dictators did? 
Tell the governor to issue a waiver in the shutdown law for all churches!  Or God may punish him!
DeForest Rathbone, Leonardtown, MD
(Editor’s Note: The above letter was sent to THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY for publication. The writer is a candidate for St. Mary’s County Board of Education.)

All-Faiths-Church-cemetery. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

WUHAN VIRUS DEATH IN MARYLAND #2:
Governor Hogan Announces Coronavirus Death in Baltimore County

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan has issued the following statement regarding Maryland’s second COVID-19 death, a Baltimore County resident in his 60s who suffered from underlying medical conditions:

“A second Marylander has lost his life as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. On behalf of our entire state, we send our heartfelt condolences to his family and to all those who loved him. 

“As the number of positive cases in Maryland continues to dramatically rise, we need everyone to take this seriously. This is a public health crisis like nothing we have ever faced before—we are all in this together, and we will get through this together.”

STATE POLICE LIST EFFORTS TO REDUCE EXPOSURE FOR EMPLOYEES AND CITIZENS

(PIKESVILLE, MD) – In compliance with the Executive Orders of Governor Larry Hogan and as a partner in the state’s ongoing efforts to reduce exposure to COVID-19, steps have been taken by the Maryland State Police to reduce the potential of exposure to our employees and to the citizens we serve. Public safety services provided by the Maryland State Police are continuing. However, there have been modifications made to how some of those services are provided.

They include the following:

  • CALLS FOR SERVICE:
  • In addition to the information routinely obtained during a 911 call or other request for police service, callers will be asked additional questions that include:
  • -Do you, or anyone with you, have a fever?
  • -Do you, or anyone with you, have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath?
  • -Do you, or anyone with you, have a cough?
  • If the answer is yes to those questions, or anytime a trooper responds to a scene suspected to be associated with COVID-19, the information will be relayed to the duty officer who will ensure all troopers responding to the scene put on the personal protective equipment they carry.
  • Contact will also be made with emergency medical services for assistance, if possible.
  • When possible, contact with all victims, witnesses or suspects will be made outside of the home or building in order to reduce exposure.
  • If possible, a distance of six feet from all persons will be maintained. Persons should not be offended if troopers maintain their distance or have protective equipment on during the encounter. Precautions are being taken to protect our employees and our citizens.
    TELEPHONE REPORTING:
    Troopers will take reports by telephone from incidents including the following:
    malicious destruction of property;
    -theft; -tampering with a vehicle;
    -attempted vehicle theft;
    -credit or debit card theft;

    -telephone misuse;
    -trespassing (not in progress).
  • Troopers will continue to respond and will not take a report via telephone if:
    -the incident is in-progress; ‘
    -the suspect is still on scene, in the vicinity, or the potential for immediate arrest exists;
    -there is any injury or the likelihood for injury exists;
    -an identifiable suspect exists; or
    -there is physical evidence.

ACCESS TO BARRACKS:
Citizens are asked to limit any personal visits to a barrack to emergency issues or situations absolutely necessary. Upon arrival, they will see signs posted at the entrance notifying them that if they are sick, they are not to enter the barrack. For those who do enter, screening questions may be asked by the duty officer. Anyone planning to visit a State Police barrack for a safety equipment repair order verification should delay that visit.
The state of the emergency declaration has suspended the due date of repair orders until 60 days after the state of emergency has been lifted.
MARYLAND STATE POLICE LICENSING DIVISION:
The Maryland State Police Licensing Division at 1111 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, is closed to the public for walk-in service.

The Licensing Division remains open and will continue to serve the citizens of Maryland and process all applications and requests in accordance with statutory and regulatory requirements.

Applications not electronically submitted should continue to be submitted via the US Postal Service or by a commercial postal service.

For those insisting on submitting their application(s) in person, a temporary mail drop box is available outside of the Licensing Division, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm.

Assistance from the Licensing Division may be obtained at the following email addresses:
Firearms Registration (Firearm Purchases) Unit: msp.firearmsregistration@maryland.gov
Handgun Qualification License Unit: msp.hql@maryland.gov
Handgun Permit Unit: msp.handgunpermits@maryland.gov
Security Services (Guard) Unit: msp.securityguard@maryland.gov Security Services (Private Detective) Unit: msp.privatedetective@maryland.gov
Police & Security Systems (Special Police / Railroad Police) Unit: msp.specialrailroadpolice@maryland.gov
Police & Security Systems (Security Systems) Unit: msp.securitysystems@maryland.gov

You may also reach the Licensing Division by telephone: 410-653-4500 Maryland Regulated Firearm Dealers may continue to contact the Licensing Division via the Livehelp Now feature within their Licensing Portal.

MARYLAND STATE POLICE AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY ENFORCEMENT DIVISION:

  • Until further notice, assistance with safety equipment repair orders, or related services by ASED personnel has been suspended. These services will not be taking place at any of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration branches. For those individuals seeking to become Maryland safety inspectors, all inspection mechanic tests have been suspended until further notice. At this time, the MVA is not allowing testing to take place within their facilities. If anyone has already signed up to take an inspection mechanics test, the receipt will be honored once restrictions have been lifted and we are allowed to test again. If you have any questions about these changes, please reach out to your assigned ASED investigator. You can also email the ASED at: msp.ased@maryland.gov. If you have questions about a safety equipment repair order, please email: msp.sero@maryland.gov.
  • MARYLAND STATE POLICE FORENSIC SCIENCES DIVISION:
  • Pursuant to the state of emergency declaration, the Forensic Sciences Division made certain staffing reductions, but does remain open and continues to serve the citizens of Maryland and provide forensic services to our law enforcement partners across our state. All Forensic Sciences Division services are still available.
  • Crime scene technicians are responding to crime scenes and forensic scientists are analyzing cases. Casework is still being accepted and released by appointment at each of our three laboratories located in Pikesville, Berlin, and Hagerstown. Please be aware that the availability of appointments for the submission and retrieval of evidence is currently limited due to our reduced staffing. We appreciate your flexibility in scheduling appointments.
  • The Central Receiving Unit in Pikesville can be reached at msp.cru@maryland.gov or cindy.hoffmann@maryland.gov.
  • Hagerstown appointments can be made by contacting naomi.mcauley@maryland.gov.
  • Berlin appointments can be made by contacting shelly.adams@maryland.gov.
  • If Forensic Sciences Division operations must change in the future due to escalating COVID-19 concerns, a message will be distributed to all of our customers advising them of the changes. If you have a specific question about submissions or casework, please reach out via email to the appropriate unit as you normally would.
Drive-thru- confessions conducted by a Priest-in-Bowie-Md.

Father Scott Holmer, the pastor at St. Edward the Confessor Parish in Bowie, Maryland, is running a drive-thru confessional to help parishioners repent

ATTENTION D.C. AREA MUGGERS, RAPISTS, ARMED ROBBERS & FARE JUMPERS

Due to workforce availability challenges during the COVID-19 outbreak, Metro is making additional adjustments to this weekend’s service, Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22, 2020:

Metrorail

·   Trains will now operate every 30 minutes on all lines
·   Hours remain 8AM-11PM
·   Smithsonian and Arlington Cemetery stations remain closed until further notice to prevent Cherry Blossom travel

Metrobus

·   Buses will operate on a Sunday schedule with no supplemental routes
·   In the event of crowding, bus operators may bypass stops to maintain safe social distancing aboard the vehicle.

DO NOT TRAVEL UNLESS NECESSARY. METRO SERVICE IS LIMITED (EVERY 30 MIN/LINE). ALL SPACE MUST BE PRESERVED FOR ESSENTIAL TRIPS ONLY. Consider alternatives to using transit, such as walking, biking, scooters, or delivery services.

Chinese government propaganda with some help from Mainstream media is trying to shift blame to Trump and the U.S. Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2020.

Four senators sold stocks before coronavirus threat crashed market

 

...AND THEN HE DUMPED HIS STOCK BEFORE THE MARKET WENT TO HELL!!!

TREASON! Senate Intelligence Chair Richard Burr’s selloff came around the time he was receiving daily briefings on the health threat.

FROM THE HILL:
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, sold a high volume of personal stocks the week before the stock market began its steep dive due to fears of coronavirus, ProPublica reports.

According to the investigative publication, Burr offloaded between $582,029 and $1.56 million of stock on Feb. 13 in almost 30 different transactions.

At the time, Burr and the intelligence committee were reportedly receiving daily briefings regarding the coronavirus.

The report comes as Burr drew considerable criticism earlier on Thursday when NPR obtained an audio recording from Feb. 27, in which the North Carolina senator privately warned a group of constituents that the coronavirus outbreak was “akin to the 1918 pandemic.”

“There will be, I’m sure, times that communities, probably some in North Carolina, have a transmission rate where they say, ‘Let’s close schools for two weeks. Everybody stay home,'” he said during the meeting.

The public tone that Burr has taken about the virus has been less serious than the message he conveyed during the private meeting.

On Feb. 7, Burr penned a Fox News op-ed, in which he said the “public health preparedness and response framework that Congress has put in place and that the Trump Administration is actively implementing today is helping to protect Americans.”

However, much of what Burr predicted during his luncheon with constituents has come to pass. Last week, President Trump declared the coronavirus a national health emergency. Schools all across the country have closed for at least two weeks because of the continued spread of the virus and states have shut down restaurants, bars and other leisure businesses such as movie theaters. 

FROM PRO PUBLICA:
Soon after he offered public assurances that the government was ready to battle the coronavirus, the powerful chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, sold off a significant percentage of his stocks, unloading between $628,000 and $1.72 million of his holdings on Feb. 13 in 33 separate transactions.

As the head of the intelligence committee, Burr, a North Carolina Republican, has access to the government’s most highly classified information about threats to America’s security. His committee was receiving daily coronavirus briefings around this time, according to a Reuters story.

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This hanging in 1865 in view of the U.S. Capitol took place when the Lincoln assassination conspirators were hung for treason. This should be the same punishment for traitors such as Bradley Chelsea Manning and those who aid ISIS.
NOW US Senator Richard Burr can be hung for treason if he is convicted of insider trading.

Tucker Carlson calls on Burr to resign amid reports of stock selloff

Sen. Richard Burr sold large amount of stocks before sharp declines in market

WASHINGTON POST:
The sales by the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman included stocks in some of the industries that have been hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak, records show.

While Sen. Kelly Loeffler was attacking Democrats for distorting the truth about President Trump, she was dumping her fortune in stock just before the market tanked!

THE DAILY BEAST:
The Senate’s newest member sold off seven figures’ worth of stock holdings in the days and weeks after a private, all-senators meeting on the novel coronavirus that subsequently hammered U.S. equities.

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) reported the first sale of stock jointly owned by her and her husband on Jan. 24, the very day that her committee, the Senate Health Committee, hosted a private, all-senators briefing from administration officials, including the CDC director and Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on the coronavirus. 

 

FUNERALS POSTPONED DURING PESTILENCE

FROM RETIRED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY POLICE:
It is with Great Sadness that the membership of the Retired Association is notified of the passing of Brother Francis “Frank” Bubba” Nelson #598 on March 16, 2020. Bubba joined the Department in 1973 and retired in 1997. He was 78 years old. Please keep his wife, Lori in your prayers. There will be a service in Maryland at a later date.

Calvin Linburg Morgan
Dr. Chester LeRoy George

John Thomas “Tom” Hurley
Jack Allen Grubber
Patricia Ann Wells

HORROR STORIES

New York Gov. Cuomo orders 75% of nonessential workforce to stay home as coronavirus cases surge to 4,152

Bank of America says the recession is already here: ‘Jobs will be lost, wealth will be destroyed’

A demographer says Florida could be ‘like an uber-Italy’ during the coronavirus, and it shows why it’s so important for young people to stay at home

NYPD, FDNY hit with growing number of coronavirus cases within their ranks

N.J. family ravaged by coronavirus loses fourth member

UK puts military on standby, queen addresses anxious nation

In Madrid, 80% of people expected to get COVID-19, official says

Morbid ‘boomer remover’ coronavirus meme only makes millennials seem more awful

Younger Adults Make Up Big Portion of Coronavirus Hospitalizations in U.S.

Even most isolated corners of country not safe…


‘There are no funerals:’ Death in quarantine leaves nowhere to grieve…

Dating Gets Complicated: ‘Things Going Alright Until I Sneezed’…


Disinfectant Wipes Being Flushed Down Toilets Causing Major Pipe Problems…

CALIFORNIA: 56% WILL BE INFECTED…
STATE-WIDE LOCKDOWN…
TESTING CHAOS CONTINUES…
Outbreak: A Cascade of Warnings, Heard but Unheeded…
U.S. jobless claims could top record 1.5 million next week!
DELAY REPORTING NUMBERS?
Newly unemployed grapple with fallout…
Virus killing far more men than women…
Half Of Patients Have Digestive Symptoms…
NETFLIX asked to slow streaming so Internet doesn’t buckle…
AMERICAN AIRLINES grounds 55,000 flights…
DELTA, UNITED sending largest planes to desert for storage…
State Dept tells citizens not to travel; Return home if overseas…
National Guard Chief Sees ‘Tens of Thousands’ Deployed…
Gathering bans raise religious freedom questions…
Flocking to the Safety of Comfort Foods…
Grocery Delivery Strains to Meet Demand…
Eating Out May Never Be the Same…
Looming psychological crisis…
SICK MAP…

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Governor Hogan Enacts Emergency Legislation to Enhance Ongoing Response to COVID-19
Supports Governor’s Emergency Actions; Protects Marylanders from Economic Hardships That May Result from Pandemic

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today signed HB1663/SB1080, the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Protection Act of 2020, which supports the governor’s ongoing actions to combat COVID-19 and protects Marylanders from certain economic hardships that may result from this pandemic.

The governor was joined by House Speaker Adrienne Jones and
Senate President Bill Ferguson.

Under Public Safety Article Section 14-107 of Maryland law, the governor has broad powers during a state of emergency to take actions that will help keep Marylanders safe. The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Protection Act of 2020 specifies additional measures that the governor may take to address the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, including facilitating access and delivery of health care.

The bill establishes a series of protections for individuals directly affected by COVID-19 or more broadly impacted by the state of emergency, including empowering the governor to: 

  • Prohibit cost-sharing by an insurance carriers for COVID-19 testing and associated costs
  • Establish or waive telehealth protocols
  • Require carriers and Medicaid to cover a COVID-19 immunization (should one be developed) and any associated costs, without cost-sharing, for certain patients
  • Work with Maryland Department of Health (MDH), the Maryland Insurance Commissioner, and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to minimize disruption in enrollment in health insurance and Medicaid
  • Allow MDH to offer more flexibility in staffing during the state of emergency
  • Prohibit employers from terminating an employee solely on the basis that the employee has been required to be isolated or quarantined or if the individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection COVID–19 or to care for a family member due to COVID-19
  • Provides flexibility to the Secretary of Labor to allow workers who have not been terminated to collect unemployment insurance if their employer has been closed due to COVID-19, if they have been quarantined, or if they are caring for a family member who is quarantined

It also prohibits retailers from unfair price gouging for essential goods like food, fuel, medicine, medical supplies, and cleaning products, and affirms that such action is subject to the enforcement by the attorney general.

A list of ongoing state actions is available at governor.maryland.gov/coronavirus.

For health resources regarding COVID-19, including case counts and clinician guidance, Marylanders should visit coronavirus.maryland.gov.

FAT CATS GOT WARNING FROM SENATOR WHILE HIS CONSTITUENTS WERE LEFT IN THE DARK – Just to let you know that even in a crisis it will never be women and children first….

Click above to listen to this audio secretly recorded of Sen. Richard Burr giving fat cats warnings he never shared with the peapickers back home in North Carolina!

FROM NPR: The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee warned a small group of well-connected constituents three weeks ago to prepare for dire economic and societal effects of the coronavirus, according to a secret recording obtained by NPR.

Sen. Richard Burr didn’t give a warning about the iceberg to anyone but the fat cats in North Carolina.

The remarks from U.S. Sen. Richard Burr were starker than any he had delivered in more public forums.

On Feb. 27, when the United States had 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19, President Trump was tamping down fears and suggesting that the virus could be seasonal.

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“It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle. It will disappear,” the president said then, before adding, “it could get worse before it gets better. It could maybe go away. We’ll see what happens.”

On that same day, Burr attended a luncheon held at a social club called the Capitol Hill Club. And he delivered a much more alarming message.

“There’s one thing that I can tell you about this: It is much more aggressive in its transmission than anything that we have seen in recent history,” he said, according to a secret recording of the remarks obtained by NPR. “It is probably more akin to the 1918 pandemic.”

The luncheon had been organized by the Tar Heel Circle, a nonpartisan group whose membership consists of businesses and organizations in North Carolina, the state Burr represents. Membership to join the Tar Heel Circle costs between $500 and $10,000 and promises that members “enjoy interaction with top leaders and staff from Congress, the administration, and the private sector,” according to the group’s website. MORE

EDITOR’S NOTE: Officials are now spacing out themselves at press conferences – maybe they saw photos of prior announcements where they squeezed in for the photo op. This is a learning experience for everyone.

Governor Hogan Announces Further Actions To Slow The Spread of COVID-19,
Relaunches ‘Maryland Unites’ Initiative
Limits Gatherings to 10 People, Orders Closure of Shopping Malls 
Announces Five Requests Nation’s Governors Will Submit to President and Leaders of Congress
Restricts Access to BWI Terminal and Urges Transit for Essential Travel Only
Activates First Phase of Hospital Surge Plan: 900 Beds Available Immediately

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced a series of new actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland, including limiting gatherings to 10 people, ordering the closure of shopping malls, restricting access to the BWI Marshall Airport terminal, and urging the use of transit for essential travel only. 

“Despite all of our repeated warnings for weeks, and in spite of the rapid escalation of this crisis across our state, the nation, and the world, some people are treating this like a vacation or a spring break with parties, cookouts, and large gatherings,” said Governor Hogan. “Let me be very clear—if you are engaged in this, you are in violation of state law and you are endangering the lives of your fellow Marylanders.”

Today’s daily count shows that Maryland has 107 confirmed cases of COVID-19—an 88 percent increase over 48 hours. Last night, Governor Hogan announced the state’s first death as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and today the state reported its first case of a child contracting the virus.

Orange County Bans All Public, Private Gatherings – Including Work – Outside Single Household

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Cuomo: NY coronavirus cases surpass 2,000; Trump sending ‘floating hospital’ to NYC

 

Stocks and Currencies Slide as Cash Shortage Worsens

Stocks and many currencies tumbled, as another bruising selloff cast doubt on the ability of global central banks to ease cash shortages and counter a growth slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

MORE COVERAGE

Americans Losing Work as Businesses Cut Back Over Virus

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Senate Passes Bill to Combat Pandemic, Turns to Stimulus Plan

Senators turned their full attention to the Trump administration’s proposal for $1 trillion in spending to combat the coronavirus pandemic, including aid for airlines and direct payments to American households, after passing a paid-leave bill.388

Detroit Car Makers to Temporarily Close U.S. Plants Over Virus Concerns

The Detroit car companies have agreed to temporarily shut down factories in the U.S. to protect workers against the rapidly spreading coronavirus.42

 
 
 

We deal with risks and threats daily as corrections professionals. Infectious diseases are part of what officers and staff face on their daily walk. We can’t stop taking in detainees just because there’s a pandemic. So what do we do? Dr. Spaulding met with GUARDIAN RFID at St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office (MD) to break down what COVID-19 (coronavirus) is, how we can help stop the transmission from inmate to inmate, and inmate to officer. Our goal is to help supply the information and tools to reduce risk and help provide a safer, smarter, more secure facility.

President Trump Participates in a Briefing
with Nurses on COVID-19 Response

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan

Governor Hogan Announces
First Wuhan Virus Death In Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on March 18, 2020, announced the first COVID-19 death in Maryland, a Prince George’s County resident in his 60s who suffered from an underlying medical condition:

“It is with profound sadness that I announce the first death in Maryland as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. I ask all Marylanders to join me in praying for his family and loved ones during this difficult time. As we pray for his loved ones, I ask that we continue to pray for each other, for our state, and for our nation as we face this crisis together. We must use every possible resource at every level of government to save lives and keep people safe.”

Together, America will prevail
“I want all Americans to understand,” President Trump wrote on Twitter this afternoon. “We are at war with an invisible enemy, but that enemy is no match for the spirit and resolve of the American people.”
 
He’s right. Thanks to the dedication of our doctors, nurses, and scientists—as well as the love, patriotism, and determination of our citizens—no country is better prepared to meet this challenge than America. No nation on Earth will emerge stronger and more united than ours.
 
The Federal Government is leaving no stone unturned in its unprecedented response. Today, the President announced more groundbreaking steps to slow the spread of the virus and help every American community brave the storm:The Defense Department will massively expand medical resources, making 5 million respirator masks and 2,000 ventilators available for use
 FEMA is now activated in every region of the country and at the highest level
 The Department of Housing & Urban Development will be suspending foreclosures and evictions until the end of April
 Health & Human Services will also suspend foreclosures and evictions
 Navy hospital ships are being deployed to impacted areas
 America and Canada will halt all non-essential travel across their border 
President Trump held a phone meeting today with 130 CEOs to hear directly what they need to respond to this crisis. Defeating this virus will take a historic partnership between our public and private sectors. The Trump Administration is leading that charge.
 
 President Trump: With Defense Production Act, more resources will be mobilized
 
History has shown that our nation always rises to the occasion when staring down uncertain and trying times. The American people are proving that once again now—and the President couldn’t be prouder, Vice President Mike Pence wrote in USA Today.   
 
“In the weeks ahead, President Trump and this administration will continue to take strong action to protect the American people, and we will continue to build on the partnerships that we’ve forged with state and local governments, as well as with the scientific and business communities,” he said.
 
“But for all of these important steps, there is no substitute for the action of the American people.”
 
MUST READ: “VP: We need the American people’s help to fight coronavirus now”
 
 Health experts: Social distancing works!

Dear subscriber,

On January 8 this year, Washington Post reporters Gerry Shih and Lena Sun reported an outbreak of an “unidentified and possibly new viral disease in central China” that was sending alarms across Asia in advance of the Lunar New Year travel season.

Already, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines were contemplating quarantine zones and scanning travelers from China for “signs of fever or other pneumonia-like symptoms that may indicate a new disease possibly linked to a wild animal market in Wuhan.”

Gerry is a correspondent for us in China, with extensive journalistic experience in the country. Lena, a former Beijing bureau chief for The Post, is a veteran national reporter covering health, with a particular focus on public health and infectious diseases. Both are fluent in Mandarin.

These two reporters launched our coverage of the coronavirus and the disease Covid-19, declared this month to be a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Lena and Gerry are emblematic of the highly skilled journalists The Washington Post has deployed to cover this complex, ever-expanding and profoundly serious story.

Thank you again for subscribing to The Washington Post, and please stay safe and healthy during a period unlike any of us has ever seen before.

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New York City Had a Coronavirus Warning Sign: Spikes in ER Visits

WALL STREET JOURNAL: New York City hospital emergency rooms started seeing a sharp rise in people coming in with flu-like symptoms in early March—a concerning signal before the coronavirus crisis ramped up.14

FBI Shuts Online Public Records Operation Over Coronavirus, Encourages Standard Mail

FROM JUDICIAL WATCH: As mandatory social distancing forces Americans and federal government employees to telework, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is using coronavirus as an excuse to shut down its electronic public records operations. Instead, the agency that dropped the ball on 9/11 and more than 20 terrorist attacks in the U.S. since then, is encouraging the public to send requests via standard mail. Even for a famously inefficient government with a talent for keeping the public in the dark, this is a bit much. Furthermore, it is a scary display of attitude and conduct by the same bloated entity that is supposed to save us all from the new pandemic.

The bizarre move comes amid a nationwide mandate to avoid the outside world and a maximum telework order for federal government employees. Shutting its online Freedom of Information/Privacy Act (FOIPA) operation and accepting only standard mail makes no sense unless the law enforcement agency is simply trying to stop the flow of public records requests. 

The bizarre move comes amid a nationwide mandate to avoid the outside world and a maximum telework order for federal government employees. Shutting its online Freedom of Information/Privacy Act (FOIPA) operation and accepting only standard mail makes no sense unless the law enforcement agency is simply trying to stop the flow of public records requests. That would be unethical, to say the least. FOIPA is a valuable tool used by Judicial Watch to expose government corruption and it is essential that there be no disruption in the system. Who will receive the mail with the new requests? When will the FOIPA requests get processed if employees are under a mandatory telework order? Judicial Watch reached out to the FBI, but never received a response. Apparently, everyone is home teleworking which means the requests could easily be accessed if the FBI didn’t shut down its electronic system.

Here is the absurd message that greets those wishing to obtain records from the FBI during the viral crisis: “Due to the emerging COVID-19 situation, the FBI is not accepting electronic Freedom of Information/Privacy Act requests or sending out electronic responses through the eFOIPA portal at this time. You may still submit a FOIPA request via standard mail. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.” The print is in red, indicating a sense of urgency, and appears above the original eFOIPA submission portal, which was designed to facilitate the process by allowing requesters to submit and receive responses electronically. “The eFOIPA portal’s normal operating hours are 24 hours a day seven days a week,” according to the FBI website, which offers simple directions on how to proceed with public records requests. “The FBI would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and looks forward to receiving and responding to your request,” the agency writes. “If you have any additional questions or experience any issues while using the eFOIPA system, please e-mail FOIPAQuestions@fbi.gov for assistance. To report a matter concerning national security or another federal crime, submit a tip at tips.fbi.gov.”

 

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Spring-Breakers Pack Florida & Texas Beaches As Pandemic Threatens Societal Collapse

 
 
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China Banishes U.S. Journalists

Reporters from the Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal have been ordered out of Communist China due to their objective reporting on the origins of the Wuhan Virus and the deception of China over the facts of the epidemic.

China said it was revoking the press credentials of American journalists working for three major U.S. newspapers in the largest expulsion of media since the Mao era, amid an escalating battle with the Trump administration over media operating in the two countries. MORE

Sen. Mitch McConnell speaks to press on coronavirus aid

A Generational War Is Brewing Over Coronavirus
Scientists say lack of alarm among young people could hinder the fight against the virus and endanger elders

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ATTENTION CRIMINALS & FARE EVADERS: Metro has reduced service!

Metro’s Pandemic Task Force today announced major service reductions during the ongoing pandemic response. The changes further draw-down service to protect frontline employees, while maintaining regional mobility for essential trips taken by hospital staff, government officials, and emergency responders. The reduction takes into account the urgent public guidance from regional leaders, along with emergency orders to cancel events, close schools and offices, and limit social gatherings across the nation.

Our region is speaking with one voice: Stay home. Essential travel only.

Metro ridership was down nearly 70 percent across the board yesterday. As a result, starting tomorrow, service will be further reduced – on both bus and rail – to allow even more cleaning and to reduce sharing of workspaces and vehicles for employee safety. For the first time, the Metro Task Force will reduce rail system hours with an earlier closing time across the week.

FOR SERVICE INFORMATION VIEW FULL NEWS RELEASE:
https://www.wmata.com/about/news/METRO-SERVICE-FURTHER-REDUCED-TO-SUPPORT-ESSENTIAL-TRIPS-ONLY.cfm

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Cashless Tolling at All MDTA Facilities Begins

March 17, 2020 – In response to Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order this morning and to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will initiate statewide all-electronic (cashless) tolling effective at 3 p.m. today until further notice, and will close all E-ZPass® Maryland Customer Service Centers effective Wednesday, March 18, until further notice.

To assist Marylanders with these changes, the MDTA will provide video tolling at the cash rates at toll facilities where cash is normally accepted, and establish grace periods for E-ZPass® Discount Plan expirations, Notices of Toll Due and citations.

We thank drivers for their understanding as we strive to protect our employees and customers.

All-Electronic Tolling Statewide

Toll collection will be automated at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95), Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95), Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895), Bay Bridge (US 50/301) and Nice/Middleton Bridge (US 301).

All drivers should KEEP MOVING through toll plazas without stopping. Cash payment lanes will operate as video tolling (cashless) lanes. Motorists who usually pay with cash will be mailed a Notice of Toll Due for the cash toll rate.

E-ZPass® will be accepted in all open toll lanes. E-ZPass® customers using a rental vehicle can add the vehicle temporarily to their E-ZPass® account. Rental car drivers without an E-ZPass® should contact the rental car company prior to traveling a route that includes a toll facility. 

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The Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200, I-95 Express Toll Lanes in Baltimore, Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) and Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) already operate all-electronic tolling.

Closure of E-ZPass Customer Service Centers

All E-ZPass® Maryland Customer Service Centers, including those at MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration branches, will close effective Wednesday, March 18, until further notice. MDTA will extend the time to pay Notices of Toll Due and citations without penalty, and will extend E-ZPass® Discount Plan expirations. Additional details on these extensions will be released as information becomes available.                                                             

Customers should visit ezpassmd.com or call 1-888-321-6824 (711 for MD Relay) to replenish/update their accounts or pay video tolls. The interactive voice response system is available 24/7. However, to speak with a customer-service representative, customers may call the toll-free line between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. New customers can also open E-ZPass® accounts online at ezpassmd.com.

All E-ZPass® outreach events, including pop-up events scheduled in Queen Anne’s and Anne Arundel counties, have been postponed until further notice.

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New Castle woman ill with Wuhan Flu; 8th case in Delaware

DOVER (March 15, 2020) – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is announcing the eighth positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The case involves a New Castle County woman over the age of 50. The individual is not severely ill and is currently self-isolated at home. She was exposed to a positive case in another state. Epidemiologists from the Division of Public Health indicated she has minimal close contacts in the state and are working to identify any who were possibly exposed to provide guidance. DPH will not be disclosing additional information about the individual.

With the additional number of test samples that health care systems and providers across the state are submitting to commercial labs, the numbers of patients being tested have increased significantly. To ensure that DPH is reporting the most accurate numbers, going forward the agency will only be releasing the number of positive cases in Delaware, and not the numbers of patients under investigation (PUIs) or the number of persons being monitored. The number of positive cases will be updated on the DPH website de.gov/coronavirus.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are most similar to lower respiratory infections with patients having fever, cough, and shortness of breath. There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection at this time. While in some cases illnesses can be severe and require hospitalization, many individuals infected with COVID-19 recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids and taking pain, and fever-reducing medications.

Testing for coronavirus disease is not recommended for individuals who do not have any symptoms of illness. For individuals who have symptoms of illness (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), testing is being run at both the Delaware Public Health Lab as well as commercial labs. Medical providers must collect specimens for testing; specimens are not collected at the DPH Lab or at commercial labs. Medical providers should evaluate patients and rule out other causes of illness first before recommending testing for COVID-19.

While testing for the disease at the Public Health Lab requires DPH approval, providers do not need DPH approval to submit test samples to commercial labs. With commercial lab testing now available, Delaware has enough capacity to accommodate its current testing needs. Providers only need to collect nasal swabs as they would for flu to submit samples for testing. Commercial labs are required to report testing and results to DPH.

Delawareans with questions about COVID-19 or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899, or 711 for individuals who are hearing impaired, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or email DPHCall@delaware.gov. The DPH Call Center does not have test results. Individuals awaiting test results should wait to hear back from their medical provider. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For more information, visit de.gov/coronavirus.

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VIRGINIA: Wuhan Virus targets Northern Virginia

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VDH Interim Guidance: Information for Food Establishments Regarding COVID‐19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed interim guidance for assessing the exposure risk and managing healthcare personnel (HCP) with potential exposure in a healthcare setting to patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19).  The purpose of this document from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is to summarize key CDC recommendations and provide VDH‐specific recommendations or details.   Key Concepts and Recommendations for Food Establishments

1. There is no evidence that COVID‐19 is spread through food or food shipped from affected regions.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures. Even in areas experiencing outbreaks, meat is safe to eat when safely handled during preparation and cooked thoroughly.

2. There is no advisory at this time for food establishments to switch to single‐use articles (disposable cups, etc.).

3. Race, ethnicity, and national origin are not factors in the likelihood of contracting COVID‐ 19.  Cuisines reflective of regions where outbreaks are occurring pose no specific risk to consumers.

4. Food establishments should continue to practice routine environmental cleaning, including in customer areas and frequently‐touched surfaces.  Consider providing customer areas with tissues and alcohol‐based hand sanitizer.  Clean and disinfect any objects or surfaces that may have been touched by those coughing or sneezing.  Sanitizers and disinfectants should only be used according to directions on the EPA‐registered label.

5. Employees should stay home when sick.  Brief your employees, contractors and customers that if COVID‐19 starts spreading in your community anyone with even a mild cough or fever (100.4 F or more) needs to stay at home.  Food establishments are encouraged to review their company’s plans for absenteeism and employee health, emphasizing to staff to stay home when sick.  Ensure that sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of these policies; punitive leave policies are discouraged.  Consider cross‐training personnel so that the workplace is able to operate even if key staff members are absent.  

6. Coordination with state and local health officials is strongly encouraged for all businesses; keep up to date on the COVID‐19 situation and guidance specific to your local community

$1,000 TO ALL! —Americans, that is.

FROM NEW YORK POST:
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday the Trump administration is working with Congress on a plan that would send checks to Americans in an effort to blunt the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the economy.

“We are looking at sending checks to Americans immediately,” Mnuchin told reporters. “Americans need cash now and the president wants to get cash now. And I mean now, in the next two weeks.

“We want to make sure Americans get money in their pockets quickly,” Mnuchin said at a White House briefing on the virus. “We want to make sure small business owners have access to the funds. We want to make sure airlines, hotels. We have an entire package.”

He said President Trump has also floated the idea of a payroll tax holiday.

“The tax holiday would get people money over the next six to eight months,” Mnuchin said. “We are looking at sending checks to Americans immediately. We have heard from hard-working Americans that many companies have shut down. People need cash now.”

He also encouraged people who can file their federal taxes later to do so, saying individual Americans can defer up to $1 million and companies can defer up to $10 million.

“We’ll have a pretty good idea by the end of the day what we’ll be doing,” Trump told reporters as Mnuchin headed to Capitol Hill to meet with senators. “We’re going big.”

Mnuchin said the government would like to send out the checks in about two weeks. 

Sens. Mitt Romney and Tom Cotton have floated the idea of giving Americans $1,000 a person. 

Mnuchin is negotiating an $850 billion stimulus package to inject into the economy – $50 billion of that would go to the airline industry, which has been devastated by global travel restrictions because of the pandemic.

“We look forward to bipartisan support to pass this legislation very quickly,” Mnuchin said. “You can think of this as something like business interruption payments for American workers.”

Eunice’s brother (Tom Smothers) is in the hospital waiting for surgery and is visited by The Family (Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence) in their true “caring” way. Want even more laughs? Shop The Carol Burnett Show DVDs today at http://bit.ly/ShopCarol

OUTER BANKS CLOSED TO VISITORS

In response to updated guidelines from the CDC to avoid discretionary travel and follow The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, the Dare County Control Group has made the decision to restrict visitor access to Dare County beginning today, Tuesday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m.   

While there are currently no individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Dare County, officials weighed the potential benefits for community health along with the tremendous impacts these restrictions have on our community. These restrictions may be inconvenient, disappointing and have financial impacts, however, they were made in the interest of public safety to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Beginning at 2:00 p.m., checkpoints will be established at entry points to Dare County and no visitors will be allowed access. Permanent residents, non-resident property owners and non-resident employees of Dare County businesses may review entry guidelines at www.darenc.com/entry. Reentry permits from previous years will not be accepted. Staff is working to activate the online permitting system by 1:00 p.m. 

To avoid contact with personnel, please display your permit on your dashboard so it is clearly visible for checkpoint personnel. 

Visitors will not be allowed to travel through Dare County to access Currituck County (Corolla), Hyde County (Ocracoke Island), or Tyrrell County. People who reside, own property or work in Corolla or Ocracoke will be allowed entry. 

Personnel working at the Emergency Operations Center are available to answer COVID-19 related questions using a dedicated phone line. Please call 252.475.5008. Personnel anticipates a high volume of calls. If you reach a voicemail, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. 

General COVID-19 Information

There are currently 39 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina. Currently, no individuals in Dare County have tested positive for COVID-19. 

 
The new recommendations are simple to follow but will have a resounding impact on public health. While the President leads a nationwide response, bringing together government resources and private-sector ingenuity, every American can help slow the virus’ spread and keep our most high-risk populations safe:Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
 If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
 If your children are sick, keep them at home. Contact your medical provider.
 If someone in your household has tested positive for the Coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.
 If you are an older American, stay home and away from other people.
 If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition—such as a significant heart or lung disease—stay home and away from other people. 
Today’s guidelines build on the CDC’s recommendations to help prevent spread of the virus. Americans should continue practicing strict personal hygiene, including washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds at a time and wiping down surfaces in the home regularly. 
 
Even if you are young and otherwise healthy, you are at risk—and your activities can increase the risk of contracting the Coronavirus for others. Everyone can do their part.
 
There’s no better way to protect your family and your community than by arming yourself with accurate, up-to-date information.
A massive, unprecedented nationwide response
President Trump declared a National Emergency in response to the Coronavirus on Friday, freeing up more than $42 billion in resources for states and localities.
 
The emergency declaration will give healthcare providers on the front lines of this pandemic the flexibility they need to respond. President Trump continues to cut through every piece of unnecessary Washington red tape that may hinder response efforts, and he is continuing to make every Federal resource available to those who need it.
 
“I know I speak on behalf of the President and our entire team when I say how grateful we are for governors all across the country and the seamless partnership that we have forged with them and with state health officials,” Vice President Mike Pence said yesterday.
 
“We also want to express great appreciation to the American people. Not surprisingly, it is inspiring to see the way tens of millions of Americans are responding with compassion [and] with common sense.”
 
Kay Coles James: President Trump’s declaration helps mobilize our nation
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The Carnival Liberty slips into dock behind NCL Epic in the port of Miami as cruise ships seek ports for duration of cruise industry shutdown while virus runs its course. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Cruise Industry’s Daunting Efforts to Berth

What to Know Now – Wall Street Journal

Live updates: American life is shutting down due to coronavirus; dire China numbers hint at worse to come – Washington Post

Follow the outbreak with Coronavirus Updates

Proclamation on the National Day of Prayer for all Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging a nationwide halt to gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, citing the risk of the coronavirus.
  • The Federal Reserve made an emergency interest rate cut to zero on Sunday night.
  • Several major cities, including New York, have ordered schools, bars and restaurants to close in last-ditch efforts to stem the spread of the virus.
  • Retailers across the United States are closing their doors as authorities urge extreme social distancing, in a move that will inevitably dramatically disrupt the U.S. economy.
 

From Celebrity Cruises: Due to continued port closures and global travel restrictions, as well as to help ensure the continued safety of our guests and crew, we are temporarily suspending all cruising operations globally beginning tomorrow, 3/15th wand plan to resume sailing again on Saturday, 4/11.

Chile and Puerto Rico blocked two Celebrity ships from their ports; Celebrity says Summit is headed for Florida and the Celebrity Eclipse is in a state of limbo.

 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Celebrity Eclipse in port at Madeira. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Celebrity Eclipse

The port in San Antonio, Chile is currently closed. We are working with local authorities to facilitate entry to port and get our guests home. If we are unable to receive permission for Celebrity Eclipse to debark guests, we will find alternative ways for them to safely return home. We regret the inconvenience this unexpected closure has caused our guests, and we are determined to make things right by them. 

The Celebrity Summit in port at Halifax, Canada. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Celebrity Summit

We’d like to put some rumors to rest. Celebrity Summit is sailing to Port Everglades to help passengers return safely home at the conclusion of her itinerary. There are currently no issues of medical concern on the ship.  The ship was one of several to be turned away after the arbitrary closing of the Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico, despite having previous clearances from both CDC and the US Coast Guard to bring guests ashore. We regret the inconvenience has caused for our guests, and we’re working diligently to assist in any way necessary to make things right.   

BEWARE OF THE IDES OF MARCH!

Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing March 14, 2020

Eugene L. Meyer at the Calvert Marine Museum. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

“The Dread Disease”

In 1918, the Spanish flu caused illness, death and fear in all corners of Montgomery County.

BY EUGENE L. MEYER| Published: 2010-09-26 00:00
BETHESDA MAGAZINE

William Reuben Jr., representing the third generation of the Pumphrey Funeral Home family, went “from house to house with an embalming buggy equipped with instruments, embalming fluid and an operating table,” according to a company history. “Large farm wagons followed, leaving caskets at the home of the flu victims…. Because of the large number of deaths, funerals were performed only when there was a break in the embalming.”

Some county residents died elsewhere. Edward Carroll Cissell, 22, of Rockville, was stationed at Camp (now Fort) Meade, where, The New York Times reported on Sept. 27, 1918, “Influenza is increasing.” Virginia Douglas Thomas, daughter of Maj. and Mrs. George M. Thomas of Rockville, succumbed in Baltimore at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she had been training to be a nurse. She was “taken sick while performing her duties and died a few hours later,” the Sentinel said. “Miss Thomas was a young lady of bright and happy disposition.” MORE

  • One sign held up by anti-meateaters connected the Coronavirus to eating meat. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY

OFFICIALS FOLLOW THE CHINA MODEL

Steny Hoyer admits during Friday the 13th of March celebration of the bill passing that “we aren’t practicing social distancing.”

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When the left-wing media reveals their true colors:

MSNBC Touts Coronavirus as ‘Gift’ for Biden
Video of the Day
On Thursday morning, while previewing an upcoming speech from former Vice President Joe Biden on coronavirus, MSNBC correspondent Mike Memoli gushed that the global pandemic and Trump administration response would “gift wrap” a political “opportunity” for Joe Biden. “When the former Vice President addressed briefly the coronavirus in his election night remarks on Tuesday, he called this a presidential moment….I don’t think the Biden campaign could have expected that the White House, that President Trump would essentially gift wrap them such an opportunity,” Mike Memoli exclaimed.

WALMART REDUCES HOURS AT 24-HOUR LOCATIONS IN ORDER TO RESTOCK
Temporary Changes to Our Hours to Better Serve Customers

A busy day at Walmart in California, Mdl, after the newly renovated SuperCenter opened. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

March 14, 2020
By Dacona Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S.

I could not be prouder of our associates and what they continue to accomplish for our customers. I don’t think any of us have been through an experience like this, and we continue to be amazed at what our people, whether in the stores or in the supply chain, are doing to make sure customers have what they need.

To better support our associates and serve our customers, we will adjust our operating hours beginning Sunday, March 15. Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice. This will help ensure associates are able to stock the products our customers are looking for and to perform cleaning and sanitizing. Stores currently operating under more reduced hours (for example they regularly close at 10 p.m. or open at 7 a.m.) will keep their current hours of operation.

As we make this change, associates will continue to work the hours and shifts they are scheduled, and our supply chain and trucking fleet will continue to move products and deliver to stores on their regular schedules. As a reminder, we have a temporary COVID-19 emergency leave policy to support associates at this unprecedented time.

To our associates, thank you for your incredible work during this time. I know it hasn’t always been easy, but your entire Walmart family is so proud of what you are doing and the important difference you are making, both for your neighbors and for your country.

Governor Hogan Issues Emergency Order to Close All Maryland Casinos, Racetracks, and Simulcast Betting Facilities to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Reiterates That Failure to Follow Order Prohibiting Mass Gatherings Is a Crime, And Will Be Enforced If Businesses Fail to Comply

ANNAPOLIS, MD—In light of the serious public health emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order to close all Maryland casinos, racetracks, and simulcast betting facilities to the general public indefinitely.“This situation continues to evolve and will escalate rapidly and dramatically,” said Governor Hogan. “These are unprecedented actions in an extraordinary situation, but they could be the difference in saving lives and keeping people safe.”

The following properties are affected by the governor’s emergency order, which takes effect at midnight on Monday, March 16, 2020 and will remain in effect until the state of emergency has been terminated or until superseded by other orders:

  • MGM National Harbor
  • Live! Casino & Hotel
  • Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
  • Hollywood Casino Perryville
  • Ocean Downs Casino
  • Rocky Gap Casino Resort
  • Laurel Park
  • Pimlico Race Course
  • Timonium Race Course
  • Fair Hill Races
  • Rosecroft Raceway
  • Ocean Downs
  • All simulcast betting facilities in the state

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency will work with casinos to facilitate an orderly shutdown of operations. This order does not apply to hotels adjacent to casinos. Read the governor’s emergency order.

Additionally, Governor Hogan reiterated that failure to follow his order prohibiting large gatherings is a crime, and will be enforced if businesses fail to comply.

“It is critical to public health and safety that bars, restaurants, and other businesses across the state comply with the law,” said Governor Hogan. “Anyone who hosts or is part of the crowds in bars this weekend is jeopardizing the health of others and must avoid any contact with family members or friends over the age of 60 or those with underlying health conditions.”

Resources for Businesses. The Maryland Departments of Commerce and Labor have compiled resources to help businesses whose daily operations are affected during the state of emergency. We encourage members of the business community to reach out with their questions by sending a message to Secretary.Commerce@maryland.gov.

State of Emergency. The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. The State of Maryland is continuing to operate under a state of emergency, and all levels of government are taking a comprehensive, collaborative approach to keep Marylanders safe. The list of ongoing state actions is available at governor.maryland.gov/coronavirus.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says the coronavirus began in Wuhan.

Infectious Disease Expert Discusses What We Know about the New Virus in China

Stanford hospital board internal message.

The new Coronavirus may not show sign of infection for many days. How can one know if he/she is infected? By the time they have fever and/or cough and go to the hospital, the lung is usually 50% Fibrosis and it’s too late. Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning. Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, etc., it proves there is no Fibrosis in the lungs, basically indicates no infection. In critical time, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air. Serious excellent advice by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases: Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat are moist, never dry. Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least. Why? Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill all the virus. If you don’t drink enough water more regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and into the lungs. That’s very dangerous. Please send and share this with family and friends. Take care everyone and may the world recover from this Coronavirus soon.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – CORONAVIRUS

1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold

2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.

3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the Sun.

4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.

5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.

6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it.

7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.

8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.

9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.

10. Can’t emphasis enough – drink plenty of water!

THE SYMPTOMS

1. It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days

2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.

3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.

4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning. It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention.

Federal disease agency director Anthony Fauci discusses the novel pathogen that has, so far, sickened hundreds in Asia and one person in the U.S.

Do we know how the U.S. patient contracted the virus?

He was not in any market where there may have been an animal reservoir, and he does not recall coming into contact with someone who was ill. That’s not surprising: often people contract respiratory infections without knowing the definite exposure source. But he was in Wuhan.

Is the most likely source of this virus an animal market in Wuhan?

It almost certainly came from an animal—almost certainly.

Do you suspect the virus is transmitted via a respiratory route?

A respiratory infection is almost certainly transmitted through droplets. Respiratory spread is a very good guess. We have not definitively proved that the virus entered through the respiratory tract, but it is highly likely. When you have symptoms of fever, cough, infiltrates in the lung and respiratory symptoms, historically, respiratory is the route.

FROM SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN:
The first confirmed U.S. case of a traveler infected with the virus behind China’s continuing pneumonia outbreak has health authorities on alert to prevent it from spreading. The patient—a man in his 30s—returned from the country’s city of Wuhan (where the virus appears to have originated) to his home in Snohomish County in Washington State on January 15. He developed symptoms and sought treatment from his doctor on January 19, and a day later, a real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) test confirmed he had the virus. The patient appears to be doing well and was being treated this week at a hospital in Everett, Wash., and placed in isolation out of an abundance of caution, said a spokesperson for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a news briefing on Tuesday afternoon.

The virus, called 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), is known to have infected hundreds of people so far, and Chinese authorities have now reported at least 17 deaths. It was first identified in Wuhan late last year and is believed to have jumped from animals to humans at a local seafood market that also sold other wild animal meat. Authorities have since confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission. The pathogen is a coronavirus, a member of a family of viruses that include severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), which caused major outbreaks in 2003 and 2012, respectively. MORE

PREACHERS OF SOCIAL DISTANCING DON’T FOLLOW THEIR OWN ADVICE –
Virginia officials stand shoulder to shoulder to jam into the camera shot in making announcements! Do they even realize how ridiculous they appear?

Virginia now has 29 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus, up from 17 a day ago, Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday. Northam made the announcement Friday at a visit to a Richmond hospital. The state Department of health did not yet release any details on where the 12 new cases are located.

FROM VIRGINIAN-PILOT:
Northam declared a state of emergency Thursday and said he was canceling all state conferences and large events for the next 30 days. He urged local governments and private organizers to follow suit. He also announced new restrictions on travel for state workers.

Dr. Lilian Peake, the state epidemiologist, said there is so far no sign of “community spread” of the virus in Virginia.

Live updates on coronavirus in Hampton Roads: Here’s what’s happening today »

The coronavirus has infected around 136,000 people worldwide and killed more than 5,000. For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for some, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people who contract it recover within weeks.

Maryland: Schools closed starting on March 16, 2020, thru 27th
National Guard to assist

Big Tech tells workers to work from home
Governor restricts all public events to 250 people – Easter too!

GUIDANCE TO HOSPITALS FOR VISITATION POLICIES: The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is advising hospitals to adopt new procedures to limit visitation, including:

  • No one under the age of 18 is permitted to visit, including in all waiting areas and common spaces.
  • Only one adult visitor per patient in all areas of the hospital. 
  • Visitors should be screened for flu-like symptoms.
  • Visitors who have traveled internationally may not visit for 14 days after arrival into the United States.

SUSPENSION OF VISITS TO CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES: The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) is suspending all visits to its correctional facilities effective immediately. The department will provide free phone calls and video visitation for inmates.

  • There have been no cases of coronavirus in our correctional facilities. 
     
  • At this time, facility programming will continue on a case-by-case basis. 
     
  • DPSCS will re-evaluate the situation often in an effort to restore normal visits as soon as possible.  

MANDATORY TELEWORK FOR NON-ESSENTIAL STATE EMPLOYEES: Governor Hogan is directing the Department of Budget and Management to implement a period of mandatory telework, beginning Friday, March 13, across state agencies for all non-essential state employees. Read the executive order here. Read the Department of Budget and Management’s guidance here.

DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS OF STATE GOVERNMENT: As he continues to manage the crisis, Governor Hogan is delegating the day-to-day operations of state government to Lt. Governor Rutherford.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan endorses Jack Bailey to represent St. Mary’s in State Senate.

TIME TO RENEW TAGS EXTENDED

  • Hogan order extends all deadlines for professional license renewals, vehicle tag renewals, driver’s license renewals to 30 days after the crisis is declared over.
Schoolhouses will be empty under the strict executive orders issued by Gov. Larry Hogan in Maryland. This old school building in Marion Station in Somerset County has been closed for a long time.
The Grandeur of The Seas. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY

Hogan’s executive order will allow two ships that left Baltimore to return under strict screening procedures. This order applies to the Grandeur of the Seas and the Carnival Pride

The Carnival Pride passes under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Princess Cruises Announces a Voluntary and Temporary Pause
SANTA CLARITA, Calif (March 12, 2020) In proactive response to the unpredictable circumstances evolving from the global spread of COVID-19 and in an abundance of caution, Princess Cruises announced that it will voluntarily pause global operations of its 18 cruise ships for two months (60 days), impacting voyages departing March 12 to May 10.

VIKING TO TEMPORARILY SUSPEND CRUISE OPERATIONS UNTIL MAY 1, 2020


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Hogan is an idiot. Most of the people catching the virus are middle and old age, not children. In two weeks the situation may not be any better and probably worse. What is he going to do then – extend the closures another two weeks? No more than 250 people will make any difference? If that many people is permissible then why close the schools?
What evidence exists that children are vectors of the disease?
Reader in Lexington Park, Md.

The seasonal flu is more widespread and lethal than the coronavirus. So, why the over-reaction? This appears to be a panic induced by the news media and social media, and in reaction to it the politicians are playing CYA. The idiots do not even understand the difference between a pandemic and an epidemic.
A Reader in Lexington Park, Md.

America Red Cross has suspended all volunteer jobs at Walter Reed National military medical center. This is an Excellent stock market buying opportunity. The world is not coming to an end. 
Reader in Silver Spring, Md.

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