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Maryland coronavirus updates for April 3: InfieldFest at Preakness canceled; 60 nursing homes with coronavirus cases

Today’s top stories

2:30 p.m.: While the date of this year’s second leg of horseracing’s Triple Crown remains unknown, the 145th Preakness Stakes will not feature InfieldFest at Pimlico Race Course.

2:28 p.m.: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday said coronavirus cases or clusters of cases have now been identified in 60 different nursing home facilities across the state, as well as in multiple correctional facilities in the state.

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2:01 p.m.: As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold in Maryland, we want to make sure we’re listening to our readers and keeping you informed. Tell us: What questions you have about the outbreak in Maryland? We will use your questions to inform our coverage and answer select questions in a series of videos.

12:46 p.m.: One of the latest coronavirus tests to earn tentative FDA approval was developed in Baltimore County by scientists at Becton Dickinson.

12:15 p.m.: The University of Maryland, College Park has outlined plans to refund students for tuition, room and board and fees after the university system restricted access to campus in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

11:24 a.m.: 17 confirmed cases in Maryland correctional facilities across the state.

10:47 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.

10:38 p.m.: A total of at least 2,758 people in Maryland have been confirmed to have the acute respiratory disease that has infected more than a million people across the world in a global pandemic.

10:17 a.m.: Under Armour will layoff more than 600 temporarily at warehouses and stores.

6:30 a.m.: It’s been a busy week of coronavirus related news. Here are 5 takeaways from The Baltimore Sun’s coverage this week.

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For fans missing their favorite teams while in quarantine at home, some of Maryland’s most iconic sports figures have provided encouraging messages. The videos are part of a coordinated messaging strategy — along with Gov. Larry Hogan’s recent daily local and national media appearances — to get all Marylanders to grasp the seriousness of the situation and remind them “we’re all in this together."

As the coronavirus spreads, an untold number of Marylanders and other Americans remain waiting to return from overseas. The offices of Maryland’s Democratic U.S. senators, Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, say they are still working on dozens of cases involving Marylanders in such countries as Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, India, Peru, Taiwan and Ukraine.

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

Number of cases

There are 2,758 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: 566

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Prince George’s: 563

Baltimore County: 427

Baltimore City: 313

Anne Arundel: 249

Howard: 166

Carroll: 129

Charles: 90

Frederick: 54

Harford: 41

Calvert: 30

St. Mary’s: 30

Washington: 27

Cecil: 25

Queen Anne’s: 12

Wicomico: 7

Kent: 5

Talbot: 5

Worcester: 5

Caroline: 4

Somerset: 4

Garrett: 3

Allegany: 2

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.

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.

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Yesterday’s top stories

10:11 p.m.: The Maryland Transit Administration announced Thursday that it’s eliminating all nine Express BusLink routes plus two LocalLink routes next week as concerns for stopping the spread of coronavirus continue to rise.

8:04 p.m.: The Carroll County Health Department announced 27 additional cases of positive coronavirus tests on Thursday, with 21 of them linked to elder care facilities, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Carroll County to 130. The department also announced six recoveries in people who had been in isolation.

7:36 p.m.: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is getting pressure to close down the state’s gun stores, which have been allowed to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic when most other retailers have had to shut their doors.

7:12 p.m.: Yielding to pressure from voting rights advocates, the Maryland Board of Elections reversed itself Thursday, recommending the state offer at least one in-person voting center in each county for the June 2 primary despite concerns about the new coronavirus outbreak.

5:48 p.m.: Navy’s Joe Amplo, Loyola Maryland’s Charley Toomey, Duke’s John Danowski and Hofstra’s Seth Tierney have raised almost $7,500 toward their $10,000 goal of helping raise money to support hospital personnel battling coronavirus.

5:32 p.m.: Immigrants’ rights advocates on Thursday urged a federal judge to order the release of two people from Maryland immigration detention facilities, including one in Howard County, saying their medical conditions carry a high risk of death or serious illness from a coronavirus infection.

4:54 p.m.: Maryland’s health department has not published data on the racial breakdown of coronavirus cases, despite escalating pressure from black lawmakers.

4:25 p.m.: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will sign into law legislation that makes it easier for doctors to use telehealth to treat patients.

4:01 p.m.: The coronavirus has dealt a financial blow to millions of Americans and now April’s bills are coming due.

2:32 p.m.: The state received 34 percent of the 778,129 face masks it requested, 26 percent of the 421,532 N95 respirator masks it sought, and 43 percent of the 330,540 requested gloves.

2:14 p.m.: Johns Hopkins team 3D prints part to help coronavirus patients share ventilators.

1:29 p.m.: As of this week, there were only about 260 overdue requests for cleaning a dirty alley or street.

11:51 a.m.: Designating gun stores and ranges as ‘critical’ when so many other businesses are ordered closed is a Trump administration mistake that states like Maryland ought to correct.

11:04 a.m.: More than 42,000 Marylanders were among a record 3.3 million Americans who filed for unemployment last week — so many that the claims are overloading the system.

10:32 a.m.: A once-prominent Orthodox rabbi who secretly videotaped nude women at a Jewish ritual bath in Washington was released early from prison amid the coronavirus pandemic.

10:16 a.m.: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Maryland jumped another 17% Thursday to more than 2,000, and scores of out-of-work residents have filed for unemployment benefits as businesses continued to shut their doors in response, state officials said.

9:30 a.m.: To capture the widespread impact of COVID-19 in Maryland, we are making direct appeals to readers to be a part of our coverage. Responses to the prompts below supplement other reporting methods, including interviews and observations from the field, which continue with proper precautions.

9:20 a.m.: The $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program opens Friday, offering loans of up to $10 million, mostly to employers with fewer than 500 workers that are designed to help employers keeping paying their workers.

9:14 a.m.: The Baltimore Sun is looking to memorialize those who have died from coronavirus in the Baltimore area or who have connections to our region.

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9:08 a.m.: The disclosure came two days after the prison system said it had its first confirmed cases of COVID-19, with an inmate and two non-corrections contract staff testing positive at facilities in Jessup and Baltimore.

8:49 a.m.: Nearly 85,000 Maryland residents filed for unemployment benefits last week as business continued to shut their doors in response to the growing COVID-19 outbreak.

8:36 a.m.: The COVID-19 pandemic will create challenges for upcoming elections, but there are steps the state can take to make sure everyone can exercise their right to vote in this year’s crucial races.(

8:35 a.m.: Working parents are finding it hard to telecommute and watch and educate their kids from their homes. A more sound approach and one that reflects real compassion in these complicated circumstances, would be for businesses to adjust their expectations for productivity instead.

8:35 a.m.: We talk about social distancing and stay-home orders in terms of weeks, maybe even as much as a season: “We’ll be back to normal by summer, right?” – as if saying it will somehow bring it into being. But the reality is that “normal” won’t return for some time. Certainly not in 2020.

6 a.m.: We’ve highlighted 10 of the most frequently asked questions Gov. Larry Hogan’s spokesman Mike Ricci has answered on Twitter since the governor issued the stay-at-home order.

5 a.m.: The coronavirus pandemic will eventually end, but it might change the way we view our favorite sports, writes columnist Peter Schmuck. It remains to be seen just how comfortable sports fans will feel about going back to stadiums, arenas and ballparks while there is any possibility of catching the virus.

5 a.m.: Domestic and sexual violence service providers are remaining open — responding to emergencies with legal aid, personalized plans to ensure survivors’ safety and a round-the-clock hotline to connect survivors with help.

5 a.m.: Some people in the Carroll County community — from cosplay crafters to a local company equipped for 3-D printing — are stepping up to help by making masks for medical professional.

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