BALTIMORE (WJZ) – At this very moment, the United States is approaching a very grim milestone of one million deaths from COVID-19.
Maryland has had more than 2,400 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, and if cases continue to rise, some jurisdictions may be forced to reintroduce mask regulations.
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Third, Baltimore’s health commissioner asked people to voluntarily wear masks in public indoor spaces. The city’s COVID-19 level was recently moved from “low” to “medium,” and if it does turn “high,” the health commissioner said masks will become mandatory.
“We’re asking people to really pay attention to the guidelines to voluntarily wear that mask when you go into the house. I understand we’re all wearing masks, but let’s put those masks back on so we don’t find ourselves in a position again where they’re required to be,” said Baltimore City Health Commissioner , Letitia Dzirasa said.
Just two months ago, Maryland’s positivity rate was at 1.5 percent, now 6 percent higher.
The sharp increase in the number of cases is also affecting schools that are experiencing outbreaks of the disease.
WJZ received an email that was sent home to THE parents of Worthington Elementary students in Howard County. The letter said 27 people at the school tested positive for COVID-19. Those affected are currently isolated.
Roland Park Elementary-High School in Baltimore has experienced an even bigger outbreak following an off-campus weekend event.
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About 30 people at the school were affected and sixth grade classes had to go virtual.
Anne Arundel County officials said they have also experienced the COVID-19 outbreak.
Bob Mosier with Anne Arundel County schools said there are about 30 days left of the year and families need to be cautious.
“Rest assured that our school system in conjunction with our county health department is continuing to talk about ways to best mitigate this problem in our schools so we can able to keep our school open to all of our students as safely and as cautiously as possible,” said Mosier.
The United States is approaching a grim milestone with one million deaths from COVID-19. It’s not just the numbers, but the stories of the people next door.
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“We know people have lost parents and their children, and we now have the tools to protect us all — our vaccines and increased mask wearing in places at risk. tall,” said Dzirasa.
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