Weekly tracking charts of Coronavirus data in Howard County and Maryland – September 12th

Below are the weekly tracking charts in Howard County and Maryland I have been working on for some time now and some comments on the data this week. If interested in the data behind the charts I have this handy Google Sheet with the specifics of the data noted on the graphs in this article. Here are the weekly tracking charts looking at the...

Motion that all School Resource Officers be removed from all Howard County Public School System schools fails on September 10th

At the Howard County Board of Education meeting on September 10th a motion by Zachary F Koung (Student Board Member of the Board of Education) that all School Resource Officers be removed from all HCPSS schools failed in a vote of 4-2-2 (Yea: Mavis Ellis, Jennifer Mallo, Sabina Taj, Zachary F Koung | Nay: Vicky Cutroneo, Christina Delmont-Small |...

Howard County General Hospital offers COVID-19 testing in places of worship in September and October

Howard County General Hospital with support from the Howard County Health Department will offer COVID-19 community testing in places of worship throughout Howard County this fall at no cost to patients. Both adults and children can be tested, and a physician order is not required for testing events listed below. Sunday, Sept. 13, from 8 to 11 a.m. at...

County Executive Ball Announces Second Round of HoCo RISE Rental Assistance Funding

County Executive Calvin Ball announced a second round of HoCo RISE rental assistance funding, providing an additional $800,000 in CARES Act funds to support residents struggling to pay rent because of the pandemic. These funds build on the nearly $1.6 million provided for rental assistance by the Ball administration earlier this year. The County Executive also announced a $60,000...

HCC’s Arts Collective and HoCoPoLitSo Partner to Present “Meeting the Moment: Conversations about the Arts in the Age of Black Lives Matter”

Howard Community College’s (HCC) Arts Collective and the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) present “Meeting the Moment: Conversations about the Arts in the Age of Black Lives Matter,” a series of live, virtual conversations on equity, diversity, and inclusiveness in the arts. Free and open to the public, these conversations will bring together various distinguished writers, actors, visual...

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball Provides 2020 Census Progress

Today, County Executive Calvin Ball highlighted Howard County’s 2020 Census response rate of 79.9%, which has surpassed the 2010 rate of 76.7%. The rate is 34th highest in the nation out of 3,215 counties and 2nd highest in Maryland. Howard County’s internet response rate of 74.7% is the best in the state.   “We take pride in being a state and national leader in...

Teenager Sentenced to Nearly Two Years in Prison for Burglary of Laurel Gun Store

Antonio (TJ) Matthews, age 17, was sentenced to twenty-two months (1 year 10 months 20 days) in prison today by Howard County Circuit Court Judge Richard S. Bernhardt for burglary and illegal possession of regulated firearms stemming from a burglary of Fox Firearms last year. Matthews pleaded guilty to the two charges in March and his sentence will be...

Howard County has requested more than 45,000 mail-in ballots as of September 10th

According to the Maryland State Board of Elections more than 45,000 Howard County residents have requested mail-in ballots for the 2020 General Election (as of September 10th). Here is data that can be found on the SBOE website: The SBOE site reports (in August 2020) that there are 225,087 registered voters in Howard County...so that would work out to just...

Howard County General Hospital presents virtual Mental Health First Aid classes for adults and youth

Howard County General Hospital will offer the following virtual Mental Health First Aid classes: Mental Health First Aid for Adults will be held on Friday, Sept. 25 or Nov. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants will learn to assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge in a self-paced online course before participating in an instructor-led...

Kids on Campus at Howard Community College Expands Online Class Offerings; New Classes Created Just for Fall 2020

Howard Community College’s popular Kids on Campus program has created brand-new online classes to enhance learning for elementary, middle and high school students. Custom-made for kids and teens, topics range from animals of Maryland, computer programming, and algebra to biology, chemistry, geometry, history, and beginning Japanese and Spanish. All classes are taught by live instructors online, via Zoom. “We really...