By the numbers:
COVID cases, hospitalizations, deaths, testing volume and positivity rate
- Questions have been raised about the effectiveness and oversight of the COVID-19 relief program, which awarded $28.6 billion in grants to thousands of businesses.
- View visualizations of Maryland COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths, testing, positivity rate and vaccinations.
- From lower prescription costs to cleaner power, here’s what the federal "Inflation Reduction Act" means for Maryland. It's up for a U.S. House vote Friday.
- Emergent BioSolutions had to dump more COVID vaccine, bringing the total to more than a half-billion doses.
- Three hundred members of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services staff are receiving training on adolescent brain science, the psychology of trauma and cognitive behavioral therapy.
- Maryland health officials plan to continue operating a morgue in a downtown Baltimore parking garage for COVID-19 remains.
- Patricia Owens, a retired Red Cross public relations director who was a potter and accomplished gardener, has died. She was 93 and formerly lived on Guilford Avenue in Charles Village.
National health and fitness news
- Joyce Ann King, a Hampden resident remembered for her work with children at a recreation center, died of heart disease July 30 at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 71.
- Dr. Michael V. Johnston, former chief medical officer and executive vice president at the Kennedy Krieger Institute who enjoyed sailing summers in Maine, died July 30.
- In interviews with The Baltimore Sun, 15-year-old Jay’den Williams provides a rare look at what a victim of gun violence thought in the moments before she recanted her statements in court.
- Amid widespread staffing shortages of educators, bus drivers and other essential staff, the Baltimore County school system has launched weekly recruitment events around the district to put candidates directly in front of hiring managers.
- The city of Baltimore is officially throwing its hat in the ring for a new $1 billion federal agency being established to accelerate the pursuit of a cure for cancer and other ambitious medical research projects.
- A West Virginia man was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison after he sent emails threatening Dr. Anthony Fauci and another federal health official for talking about the coronavirus and efforts to prevent its spread.
- A Johns Hopkins-led consortium was granted $200 million to fight the global health scourge of tuberculosis.
- The federal government on Monday announced proposed new regulations that would force food processors to reduce the amount of salmonella bacteria found in some raw chicken products or risk being shut down.
- Richard “Rick” Sutton Pepersack died peacefully July 12 with his wife and mother by his side at a hospice in Timonium after a lengthy illness. He was 51.
- Robert R. “Smitty” Smith, Harford County‘s first Black corrections officer, died of symptomatic anemia July 14 at the Senator Bob Hooper Hospice House.
- The state of Maryland has now received 6,405 doses of a vaccine for monkeypox, but few Marylanders will be able to get a shot in their arm anytime soon.
- Lots of people want the monkeypox vaccine in Baltimore right now, but city officials say there aren’t enough shots for everybody — and it’s unclear when more are coming.
- Towson-based chiropractor Blake Edward Kalkstein was arrested in Texas earlier this month on charges of sexually assaulting a child.
- A group of public health academics is urging Baltimore leaders to speak up and act quickly to curb the rise of monkeypox, warning that the virus already is disproportionately harming the city’s LGBTQ community.
- Raymond Dennis “Bo” Menton Jr., a retired dentist and Atlantic Coast Conference football field official, died of blood cancer July 16 at Gilchrist Center Howard County. The Ellicott City resident was 89.
- A COVID-19 vaccine developed by Gaithersburg-based Novavax was recommended Tuesday for those age 18 and older by an advisory panel for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and only awaits final formal approval from CDC. The more traditional vaccine is expected to help overcome some hesitancy among the unvaccinated.
- Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the related health system are building a biobank of health data from 250,000 Marylanders.