Monday April 27

We had a very wet Sunday.  Today’s weather will be cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. The low will be around 38. When will the weather turn warm and sunny?

Maryland officials reported Sunday that the state has confirmed 815 new cases of the coronavirus along with 30 fatalities, a decrease in both the number of new cases and deaths after the state reported its deadliest day of the pandemic Saturday. Hopefully the start of a trend.

I heard the new Maryland unemployment portal was down yesterday.  It will hopefully be up and running again by the time you read this Monday morning.  They had to fix a few glitches.

We’re all getting sick of the “c word”. Data from Wikipedia reveals that traffic to the page “2019-20 coronavirus pandemic” has fallen by about 70% since its peak back at the end of March. As curves have flattened, so has interest. Google data agrees, with peak coronavirus searches coming in the week beginning March 15th, more than a month ago.

On the local and good news front, the number of COVID-19 cases for Garrett County residents is holding at 4 cases. There has not been a positive case identified since April 6th and the cases that were identified were each related to travel. There have been 224 tests administered to date, with the first testing beginning at Garrett Regional Medical Center on March 16.

Also locally, The 2019 Maryland Recycling Act Recycling Reports that were originally due on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 are now due on Friday, May 15, 2020, due to the pandemic. Businesses can continue to send in reports by fax, email, or first-class mail. It is not recommended to drop-off reports in person to recycling sites or the Landfill Office. If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Madigan, Recycling Coordinator at the Solid Waste & Recycling office at 301.387.0322.

Have a great Monday folks…