Maryland coronavirus updates for April 8: Maryland sees largest spike in coronavirus cases; Travel restrictions undid Brockers’ deal with Ravens; Printing PPE

Today’s top stories

10:52 a.m.: After two consecutive days in which Maryland’s count of new confirmed cases of the coronavirus was lower than that of the prior day, the state saw its largest spike yet, with more than 1,000 new confirmed cases announced Wednesday.

10:33 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


7:57 a.m.: Michael Brockers began his first trip into free agency with uncertainty and excitement about what might be next in an eight-year NFL career spent entirely with the Los Angeles Rams. The stalwart defensive tackle ended up grateful for the bizarre twist that sent him back to the Rams after all

6 a.m.: Passover plans? We checked in with Anne Arundel County to see how faith leaders are adapting for Passover, Easter and Ramadan.

6 a.m.: Carroll County Public Library branches are closed, but their 3-D printers are hard at work creating protective equipment for medical personnel.

6 a.m.: As a Baltimore doctor braces for the coronavirus surge, she traded scrubs and mask for a wedding dress.

5 a.m.: The government shut restaurants down because of coronavirus. Monica Alvarado found a way to keep them serving meals. That’s one of the reasons she is one of our heroes of the week.

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

Number of cases

There are 5,529 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.


Prince George’s: 1,310

Montgomery: 1,088

Baltimore County: 866

Baltimore City: 571

Anne Arundel: 466

Howard: 274


Frederick: 199

Carroll: 186

Charles: 164

Harford: 86

St. Mary’s: 62

Washington: 57

Calvert: 56

Cecil: 49

Wicomico: 20

Queen Anne’s: 16

Caroline: 11

Talbot: 10

Worcester: 10

Kent: 9

Allegany: 7

Garrett: 5

Dorchester: 4

Somerset: 4

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.

More than 126,000 Marylanders were among a record 10 million Americans who filed for unemployment in the second half of March — so many that the claims are overloading the system.

Yesterday’s top stories

11:02 p.m.: John Bessler, a University of Baltimore law professor, and his wife, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, spoke in a TV interview Tuesday night with NBC Nightly News after his battle with the coronavirus that landed him in the hospital.

10:43 p.m.: Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. says his administration projects that the county’s local revenues will drop by “tens of millions of dollars” next year as businesses suspend operations and furlough or lay off workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

9:32 p.m.: Baltimore officials on Tuesday held a Virtual Taxpayers’ Night to solicit residents’ feedback on the proposed 2021 budget but acknowledged that the plan will have to be almost entirely reworked to account for the economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

8:40 p.m.: An employee at the Seagirt Marine Terminal has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration announced Tuesday.

7:26 p.m.: Giant worker dies, another tests positive for COVID-19 as grocers roll out additional preventive measures.


7:11 p.m.: Four more people have died from COVID-19 in Carroll County, officials announced Tuesday, including the first death of a person outside of the two local elder care facilities most affected by the novel coronavirus so far.

6:45 p.m.: Howard County Public Schools will provide children enough meals to sustain them through the Easter holiday when all free meals sites are closed Friday and Monday.

6:44 p.m.: A coronavirus testing site at Pimlico Race Course could be open by the end of the week, Baltimore officials said Tuesday.

5:37 p.m.: Harford County earned a C from a company evaluating social distancing measures taken throughout the U.S. in response to the spread of coronavirus.

4:52 p.m.: The state of Maryland on Tuesday debuted a “rumor control” website intended to keep residents informed and dispel rumors during the global pandemic.

4:38 p.m.: The eight specialists have all been key in helping advise Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, spokesman Mike Ricci said, and were selected because the “governor wanted the best public health minds at the table to help lead this fight.”

2:30 p.m.: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced the creation of new healthcare and logistics “strike teams” to provide immediate support to nursing homes experiencing outbreaks of coronavirus cases across the state.

1:45 p.m.: Timonium-based chocolatier served customers for more than 20 years.

1:42 p.m.: Hogan has been pressured for weeks to release the data by those who are concerned that there are disparities in testing and care for people of color.

1:35 p.m.: More than one hundred officers assigned to the Baltimore Police Department’s Southwest District returned to work after the district briefly for cleaning when an officer first tested for the new coronavirus.

12:21 p.m.: Army researchers at Fort Detrick in Frederick began testing possible vaccines for the coronavirus on animals Monday, Department of Defense officials announced.

11:58 a.m.: Baltimore officials expect to end the fiscal year with a $42.3 million deficit as the virus stifles economic activity.

11:46 a.m.: Members of Baltimore’s culinary, literary and musical communities discuss their strategies for coping with the anxiety and uncertainty of this moment.

11:16 a.m.: Most taxpayers will get federal stimulus payments of up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per dependent child. But not everyone, and there are no solid estimates of how many people will get the cash.

10:40 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.

10:00 a.m.: A day shy of three weeks since the novel coronavirus claimed its first victim in the state, Maryland announced it has surpassed 100 deaths caused by COVID-19.

9:20 a.m.: Baltimore-based culture and lifestyle photographer Isaiah Robert Winters’ photo essay on the emptiness of a usually vibrant city.

6 a.m.: Every time Gov. Larry Hogan takes the podium to deliver a new message or emergency order pertaining to coronavirus, standing next to him his Jimmy Beldon, a Certified Deaf Interpreter.

5 a.m.: In the scramble to locate more ventilators for critically ill coronavirus patients, Maryland received some that did not work, according to Sen. Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat who has been pushing federal authorities for proper supplies.

5 a.m.: Small businesses in Maryland and elsewhere that have complained of unfairly being locked out of a federal coronavirus relief program say problems persist, leaving some wondering whether they will survive the pandemic crisis.


5 a.m.: High anxiety from the difficult balance of personal and professional life, frustration with lack of authorized personal protective equipment, even yearning for shoe recommendations to release the pressure of increasingly long hours standing up, flood the Maryland Nurses Unite ASAP Facebook group every day.