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Maryland coronavirus updates for April 1: Maryland health exchange sign-up extends to June; BSO performance goes virtual

Today’s top stories

12:44 p.m.: The Maryland health exchange has extended a special enrollment period until June due to the coronavirus.

12:09 p.m.: The eight-minute piece consists of the powerful ending of “What Love Tells Me,” the final movement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3.

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11:06 a.m.: The diagnosed cases of COVID-19 were found in both staff and patients of the long-term care and specialty hospital.

11:05 a.m.: A Baltimore postal worker in South Baltimore has tested positive for the coronavirus, a USPS spokeswoman confirmed.

10:05 a.m.: Maryland’s latest morning update on the state’s rising count of cases came with an announcement of nine additional deaths Wednesday, bringing the total to 31.

10:05 a.m.: Maryland’s latest morning update on the state’s rising count of cases came with an announcement of nine additional deaths Wednesday, bringing the total to 31.

9:25 a.m.: Construction crews finished rehabilitating the westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday.

9:24 a.m.: Baltimore officials expect to end the fiscal year with a $42.3 million deficit.

9:16 a.m.: The market for oysters and crabs has dried up.

9:16 a.m.: Rules intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic will have a major impact on spring boating.

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6 a.m.: As the pandemic disrupts daily life for Americans, expecting parents are dealing with anxieties they never thought they would face, from new restrictions on hospital visitors to fears of getting sick or exposing a newborn to the virus.

6 a.m.: Baltimore family, reeling from daughter’s death, struggles to provide a proper funeral in era of coronavirus restrictions.

6 a.m.: A network of Baltimore neighbors is reaching out across the city to ask seniors how they’re doing, whether they have enough to eat and if they’re feeling depressed.

6 a.m.: When the coronavirus outbreak hit the state of Maryland, the Chinese community in Howard County quickly came together, organizing monetary drives to purchase meals and medical supplies for Howard County medical professionals and first responders.

5 a.m.: With the novel coronavirus spreading and lockdowns expanding, and two of the Judeo-Christian world’s major holidays coming up, faith leaders are hoping to preserve a sense of community.

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5 a.m.: Carroll County Public Schools’ nearly 25,000 students got started on distance learning this week, facing a semester that will take place mostly via computer screen due to the coronavirus. The mantra: “This process will take time.”

This list will be updated throughout the day. Yesterday’s links are available below.

Number of cases

There are 1,985 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Maryland. See below for a breakdown by county, according to the state health department, and go here to see charts and maps of the makeup of confirmed cases in the state.

Montgomery: 447

Prince George’s: 403

Baltimore County: 289

Baltimore City: 221

Anne Arundel: 158

Howard: 142

Carroll: 96

Charles: 56

Frederick: 35

Harford: 34

St. Mary’s: 19

Calvert: 18

Cecil: 16

Washington: 15

Queen Anne’s: 7

Wicomico: 7

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Caroline: 4

Somerset: 4

Worcester: 4

Garrett: 3

Kent: 3

Talbot: 3

Dorchester: 1


Precautions to take

Aside from wiping down surfaces, washing hands with soap and refraining from touching your face, Marylanders should prepare to work from home and brace themselves for closures of schools, businesses, airports and governments. While prep kits with food and prescriptions might be necessary for an extended quarantine period, wearing face masks likely does little to protect healthy people and should be primarily reserved for medical offices.

This will help medical professionals take steps to keep others from getting infected or exposed, the CDC website states. If you think you have the coronavirus, if possible, put on a face mask before coming into contact with other people or entering a facility and ask the health care provider to call the local or state health department.

Here is everything you need to know about traveling amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Maryland’s attorney general is warning residents and investors to be on the lookout for scams related to the new coronavirus, including websites that advertise products that claim to cure or prevent COVID-19.

Yesterday’s top stories

5:45 p.m.: Orioles slugger Chris Davis had his spring training renaissance cut short, but he doesn’t have any doubt that his comeback will continue once baseball returns from the coronavirus shutdown. Orioles’ Chris Davis believes coronavirus shutdown won’t halt progress at plate: ‘I can pick up where I left off’

4:57 p.m.: Five residents at a Northeast Baltimore nursing home have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the latest in a growing number of cases at communities of elderly and disabled people in Maryland. Five coronavirus cases reported at nursing home in Northeast Baltimore

4:08 p.m.: After being slated for demolition, a house where jazz giant Cab Calloway once lived in the Druid Heights neighborhood will stay up pending an appeal from his grandson Peter Brooks and a planned virtual hearing process. Demolition of Cab Calloway’s former Baltimore home delayed by coronavirus outbreak as grandson appeals

4:01 p.m.: The Rev. Dr. Alvin Gwynn, Sr., says he’ll continue holding services at Friendship Baptist Church even after Baltimore police tried to shut down his service on Sunday. Baltimore pastor vows to continue holding services despite coronavirus-related restrictions and a visit from police

3:26 p.m.: Four more Marylanders have died from the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 19, according to state officials. 4 more coronavirus deaths in Maryland brings total to at least 19, officials say

1:49 p.m.: Business owners across Howard County and the state are trying to stay afloat in a spiraling economy, while doing what they can to help during the coronavirus pandemic. Maryland businesses branch out to stay busy, help others during coronavirus outbreak

1:25 p.m.: A lot of news happened over the weekend and early this week. To keep Marylanders up-to-date, here are five key points from The Baltimore Sun’s coronavirus coverage. Coronavirus in Maryland: 5 takeaways from the past few days of news

1:02 p.m.: Car dealerships in Maryland will close sales departments and only sell cars either via appointment or online. Maryland’s car dealers to halt in-person sales amid coronavirus outbreak

12:57 p.m.: The new coronavirus lockdown in China, a key market for McCormick & Co., pushed the global spice maker’s sales and profits down in the first quarter, the company said Tuesday. McCormick sees drop in sales, profit due to coronavirus impact in China and faces uncertainty this year

12:11 p.m.: Violators could face a $5,000 fine and up to one year in prison. State police did not immediately say Tuesday how many, if any individuals were charged, just that law enforcement received 402 calls related to the order. Law enforcement responds to more than 400 calls after Hogan issues stay-at-home order, Maryland police say

12:10 p.m.: An employee at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in southeast Baltimore has tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday. Baltimore-area Amazon warehouse worker tests positive for the coronavirus

11:27 a.m.: Forget all the polls about how President Donald Trump is handling the COVID-19 response. The real question is how are Americans collectively doing during this crisis and are we taking care of each other? Taking care of ourselves and each other during coronavirus | COMMENTARY

11:26 a.m.: Early shopping hours created for seniors and at-risk customers might be helpful but there are no guarantees that people won’t be exposed to coronavirus. Here’s a better idea: Shop for groceries without ever going inside a store. Senior shopping hours could increase coronavirus risk. Here’s how to protect yourself and still get your groceries | COMMENTARY

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11:26 a.m.: In the midst of a viral pandemic, Maryland top tax collector offers some sage advice to the newly jobless mired in debt: The sooner you talk to those you can’t afford to pay the better. In dire financial straits because of coronavirus? Talk to your lenders. | COMMENTARY

11:12 a.m.: An online petition circulating among Maryland real estate professionals calls for the advancement of legislation authorizing electronic closings and notaries. Gov. Hogan authorizes remote notarization for real estate professionals amid Maryland coronavirus outbreak

10:56 a.m.: The Ravens have moved their final payment date for season tickets from May 15 to June 15, the team announced Tuesday, With coronavirus battering economy, Ravens push back final payment date for season tickets

10:24 a.m.: Under Armour will make face masks and other protective gear for the University of Maryland Medical System during the coronavirus pandemic. Under Armour making protective gear for Maryland hospital workers during coronavirus pandemic

10:19 a.m.: Three more Marylanders have died from the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 18, according to state officials. 3 more coronavirus deaths in Maryland brings total to 18, officials say

10:16 a.m.: These are the confirmed Maryland cases of the novel coronavirus, the illness that causes the COVID-19 disease, confirmed by the Maryland Department of Health. The table and map below shows what has been reported by the state and updates at 10 a.m. each day. Here are the known cases of coronavirus in Maryland [GRAPHICS]

10:07 a.m.: Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison’s son has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, according to a spokeswoman. Baltimore Police Commissioner Harrison’s son diagnosed with the coronavirus

6 a.m.: Here’s a list of resources for people looking for ways to pay rent during the pandemic. Maryland residents have lost jobs and income due to coronavirus. Here’s where to get help paying for housing.

5 a.m.: For many, rent is due tomorrow. Here’s a list of resources for homeowners, renters and the owners of small businesses or nonprofits who may be feeling the pinch of the state’s restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus.

5 a.m.: A Harford County distillery has gone from making spirits to high-proof sanitizer to help local first responders, medical facilities, day cares and senior living centers respond to the novel coronavirus.

5 a.m.: As the COVID-19 crisis has wreaked havoc on national and local businesses, some in the restaurant industry have tweaked their business model and started selling grocery store items that are in high demand. The change in approach has helped them maintain relationships with their customers and their purveyors. It has also allowed them to remain open and employ some staff while economic uncertainty looms.

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