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The Daily Dose: Maryland Confronts COVID-19
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An evening roundup of WYPR's latest reporting on Maryland's COVID-19 response, a summary of essential state and local updates, and a forum for locals who want to share stories about everyday life in the era of Coronavirus.  Let your voice be heard on the podcast! Leave a voicemail with your thoughts, questions, and insights about life in the Coronavirus era at 410-235-6060.
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  • Health officials are concerned over spiking COVID numbers in Baltimore. And the ongoing pandemic has aggravated another continuing national health crisis: opioid overdose deaths.
  • Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby rebuffs reports of a lien on his home and other concerns stemming from a federal investigation into his finances. And while some jurisdictions took an economic hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore County is flush with money. We’ve got the details on the County Executive’s new budget proposal.
  • We’ll hear from a clinical psychologist who asks: After the psychological stress of the pandemic, what will it take for us to unlearn the habit of social distancing? Plus, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski proposes a $30 million funding increase for the county’s school system. And the County Council worries about the noise complaints that might come with expanding live entertainment permits.
  • Maryland will stop administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine today after federal health agencies called for a pause in its use. Dr. Leana Wen says the FDA & CDC recommendation is precautionary and is no cause to second-guess the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in general. And the Maryland General Assembly has just wrapped up a historic legislative session – we have the highlights.
  • The Maryland General Assembly wraps up its annual session tonight at midnight in what’s been an historic session. We take a look at its major legislative accomplishments, including a final bill to reform the parole process over Republican objections. Plus: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott gives an update on the city’s ongoing vaccination efforts.
  • A new bill lowers the age of consent for Maryland minors to access mental health treatment. Governor Hogan creates a working group to combat hate crimes against Asian Americans. And, she’s got giant eyelashes, purple eyes and a big mouth. We’ll take you to the site of Baltimore’s newest trash wheel designed to clean garbage from the Gwynns Falls.
  • After a long contentious debate, the Maryland General Assembly passed a landmark police reform bill Wednesday. Governor Larry Hogan hasn’t committed to signing the bill, but had a sharp rebuke for it this morning. Maryland senators have inched the state closer to legalized sports betting. The University of Maryland Medical System aims to tackle racial disparities in health care with its first chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. And we’ll hear from a leader at the Justice Policy Institute, about the toll this pandemic has had on Maryland prisons.
  • Baltimore City’s newly released 3.2 billion dollar budget for the upcoming fiscal year reflects the financial toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken. The University of Maryland Medical System’s first Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer says he will prioritize reconnecting with Baltimore’s communities of color. And Dr. Leana Wen spells out what vaccinated and unvaccinated people can and cannot do safely.
  • Maryland is opening vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and older, weeks earlier than anticipated. The Maryland State Fairgrounds will become a mass vaccination site. Baltimore County is expanding services to help residents experiencing a mental health crisis. A bill limiting no-knock warrants is moving through the Maryland General Assembly. Meanwhile, a controversial bill that would provide Baltimore renters alternatives to security deposits, awaits the mayor’s signature. And the director of the state health department’s call center for vaccines talks about pre-registration and how to secure your first dose.
  • All Maryland adults are now eligible to register for a COVID-19 vaccine. With infection numbers up in Baltimore, city officials urge residents to stay cautious over the holiday weekend. And advocates for Baltimore renters say a bill being considered by the City Council will only help landlords.