In Baltimore City
Good Samaritan takes precautions against infection
An increase in patients with flulike symptoms has prompted Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore to take added precautions to protect staff, patients and visitors from viral infection, a spokesman said yesterday.
Hospital officials noticed an "uptick" midweek in the number of emergency room patients suffering from diarrhea and vomiting, said Ken Walsch, director of quality management there. More than two dozen patients and staff members have been affected by the illness, and lab results are pending, he said.
Key to preventing spread of the flu is hand-washing. In addition, staff and visitors must wear surgical masks and gloves near patients. Staff members are also wearing gowns. Children younger than age 12 will not be allowed to visit patient floors until further notice.
"We are evaluating the situation on a daily basis," Walsch said.
Pratt library to observe Black History Month
The Enoch Pratt Free Library has several events planned this month to observe Black History Month.
Former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, the city's first elected African-American mayor, will discuss Brown vs. Board of Education, the landmark case that helped dismantle segregation in American schools, in a lecture at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the central library, 400 Cathedral St. Schmoke is dean of the Howard University School of Law.
A panel of literary scholars and educators will discuss the work of African-American writers such as W.E.B. DuBois and Richard Wright at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the central library. An exhibit, Maryland's First Black Lawyers: 1877-1977, is on display at the central library annex, also at 400 Cathedral St.
In Baltimore County
Villa Julie students collect items for city's needy
STEVENSON - Members of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority at Villa Julie College have set up a snowman inside the Student Union to collect cold-weather items for the Baltimore Department of Social Services.
Students will accept donations of mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and socks for distribution to needy city residents. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community can bring items to decorate the snowman until Feb. 28.
The college is at 1525 Greenspring Valley Road.
Women in Islam to be topic of presentation at Goucher
TOWSON - "Women's Impact in the Islamic Community Today" will be the topic of a program to be presented by the Towson chapter of the American Association of University Women at 10 a.m. Saturday in Alumni House at Goucher College.
The program will be led by a panel that includes Imam Khalil Majdalawi of An-nur Mosque in Carney and four Muslim women who live and work in the Baltimore-Washington area. A question-and-answer session and luncheon will follow the presentations. The public is welcome.
Information and luncheon reservations: Joan Taavon, 410- 823-1181.