As we quickly approach one year of fighting against the COVID-19 global pandemic, it is important to recognize that many of us have never been through anything like what we have experienced over the past 365 days. Routines were disrupted, activities were canceled, and many of us have stayed home and had limited social interaction. The video above is the most recent project from the Threads of Hope campaign. This video depicts the monotony many high school students have faced over the past year. Regardless of age, this has been a trying time for everyone. Please check on your family and friends. As weather allows, take a walk or get outside to move around. Send cards or have virtual gatherings. Find a way to connect with others that is safe and healthy.
We are hopeful that our fight against COVID-19 is coming to a close, but it is not over yet. Please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance, and limit gatherings with those outside of your household.
While many residents are anxious and looking forward to receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, the State is facing delays with receiving vaccine shipments. Governor Hogan released the following statement on Thursday, February 18th:
“The winter weather affecting much of the country, including Maryland, is leading to delays in shipping COVID-19 vaccines, Gov. Larry Hogan’s office said Thursday.
In an update to local leaders on Thursday, state officials said they anticipate delays in shipments and deliveries, including as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
On Wednesday, the state’s health department said Moderna vaccines weren’t shipped on Monday or Tuesday and were not likely to ship on Wednesday either. Due to the weather, officials said they expect a ‘significant back log of orders for distribution once operations resume and every effort will be made to catch up as soon as possible while safely delivering the vaccines.’
Pfizer vaccines were also not shipped on Monday but limited quantities were on Tuesday and Wednesday, they added.
A number of COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites, including those at Six Flags America and the Baltimore Convention Center, are closed Thursday due to the weather.”