Howard County Public School System will require masks in school buildings for all students, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status

Announced today by the Howard County Public School System: HCPSS Health and Safety Updates for 2021-2022 School Year July 30th, 2021 Howard County Public School System Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano today outlined several health and safety updates for the 2021-2022 school year, including that, effective immediately,  masks will be required in school buildings for all students, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination...

Carroll County Health Department shares: COVID-19 hospitalizations are up, after cases started to rise over the past few weeks

The Carroll County Health Department shared the following information on July 29th: COVID-19 hospitalizations are up, after cases started to rise over the past few weeks. For more local COVID-19 data and information, visit: https://cchd.maryland.gov/carroll-county-md-cases/ Other charts on the Carroll County Health Department website on July 30th include: Scott E

Howard County General Hospital offers free COVID-19 vaccinations in August

Howard County General Hospital will offer free Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to residents of Howard County, expanding vaccine access to those who are underserved, vulnerable and hard to reach. Vaccine clinics will take place at the following locations: East Columbia Branch Library at 6600 Cradlerock Way in Columbia Saturday, Aug. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal MI...

Maryland Governor candidate Kelly Schulz receives endorsement from Delegate Krebs from Carroll County

Kelly Schulz (Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce and current candidate for Governor in Maryland in 2022) posted the following endorsement today: Susan is a fierce fighter for Carroll County, and I’m proud to have her endorsement! Together, we’ll support law enforcement so every Marylander feels safe in their communities. We’ll work to lower your taxes and get people back to...

Statement from Howard County Executive on the vandalism that occurred this week inside the Harriet Tubman School

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball posted the following statement today: Our community is disheartened by the vandalism that occurred this week inside the Harriet Tubman School. As we work to renovate and create an impactful cultural center that will enrich our whole community, this act of violence is frustrating and upsetting. This site is where many Black Howard County residents...

Maryland adds more than 500 new COVID-19 cases; positivity rate now over 2.5%

Here are some of the latest COVID-19 stats for Maryland, Howard County and Carroll County as reported by the Maryland Department of Health on July 29th: Maryland new COVID-19 cases: +505 (highest single day number since May 22nd - +522 that date) Maryland Positivity Rate: 2.58%. First time over 2.5% since May 16th: Carroll County Positivity Rate: 2.26% Howard County Positivity Rate:...

Howard County is First Maryland Jurisdiction With 80% of Eligible Residents Fully Vaccinated

Yesterday, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced that 80% of eligible Howard County residents are fully vaccinated according to the Maryland Department of Health, becoming the first county in the state to achieve this metric. Howard County remains at the forefront of vaccine administration with 67.8% of its total population being fully vaccinated. “I’m so proud of our community. This...

Carroll County Commissioner Ed Rothstein files for re-election in District 5

Ed Rothstein (Carroll County Commissioner in District 5) filed for re-election in the 2022 election cycle on July 28th: View all local Carroll County candidates in the 2022 election cycle here: https://elections.maryland.gov/elections/2022/primary_candidates/gen_cand_lists_2022_1__by_county_07.html Here is a look back at the 2018 Primary results: Note: Commissioner Rothstein was unopposed in the 2018 General Election. I will do my best to continue to track new filings...

Indian Cultural Association of Howard County sends a letter to the County Council in opposition to the appointment of Sabina Taj to the Board of Library Trustees

It is not real often that you see significant opposition to pending appointments before the Howard county Council. I have seen it...but again...it does not happen often. There has been a number of social media posts recently about the pending appointment of Sabina Taj to the Board of Library Trustees in Howard County. The Indian Cultural Association of Howard County,...

Howard County Secures Land for Elementary School in Turf Valley

County Executive Calvin Ball announced (on July 27th) the acquisition of land for the future elementary school site in the Turf Valley development. This acquisition creates sorely needed school capacity in the County’s Northern Region for elementary schools, where all 6 elementary schools have been above 100 percent of capacity utilization for 6 of the past 8 years. With...