Tuesday June 30

Yesterday was very nice and today should be even nicer.  There will be patchy fog before 9:00 am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 78 degrees with a calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 59.

Early on Friday morning, a group of workers clad in personal protective equipment took over the lots at the Northern Middle School in Accident, and were ready for the cars of non-symptomatic people desiring COVID-19 testing. In the first hour of operation, nearly 50 tests were administered, and by the time the last car drove away, the total had reached 175. Another testing day is scheduled for Friday, July 17th, in the parking lot between the Garrett County Health Department and the Mountain Laurel Medical Center, from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm. For more information, call 301.334.7770 or 301.895.3111.

GC Health Department testing

COVID-19 Testing in Accident

The next public meeting of the Garrett County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for July 6th at 4:00 pm.  The meeting will be Live Streamed at  tps://www.facebook.com/garrettcountygovernment/.  The agenda includes an update from Garrett County Health Officer Robert Stephens.  To comment on agenda items – please send to gccomments@garrettcounty.org.

This is interesting and timely: 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Monday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College on a webinar co-hosted by Ruth Enlow Library. You can register for this free virtual conversation with Dr. Kendi by visiting www.KendiPGC.eventbrite.com.

In order to determine where Americans’ health is recovering or worsening the most from the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus where reopening efforts can accelerate, WalletHub conducted a study that compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 13 key metrics. Those include the COVID-19 death rate, hospitalization rate and the rate at which people test positive. This report focuses on the latest developments in each state rather than which states have been hit the hardest throughout the pandemic. Below, are some key statistics about Maryland:

Maryland’s Health During Coronavirus (1=Most Improved; 25=Avg.):

  • 44th  Death Rate This Week
  • 32nd – Positive COVID-19 Testing Rate This Week
  • 17th – COVID-19 Current Estimated Transmission Number*
  • 35th – COVID-19 Hospitalization Rate This Week

*Estimates the average number of people to whom an infected person will transmit COVID-19.

Well, times sure have changed.  I thought I would include this throwback photo of the Glendale Bridge courtesy of Taylor-Made archives. Note the limited vegetation.  Gets you thinking…

Dam Pics Taylor Made Glendale Bridge

Glendale Bridge Back in the Day