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Maryland Has 9 New Cases of Coronavirus

Maryland has nine new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the state’s total to 26, Gov. Larry Hogan’s office said Saturday.

Hogan spokesman Mike Ricci said those numbers don’t include children and there are no deaths in the state.

Montgomery County Health Officer Travis Gayles said Friday on a video posted on the county’s Twitter account that the first three reported cases in the county earlier this month “have been cleared to go back to their normal, daily-life schedules.”

Meanwhile, the General Assembly reconvened Saturday to work on legislation including the $3.8 billion Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, funding for the state’s four historically Black colleges and universities and the CROWN Act.

Hogan urged state lawmakers to take three actions no later than Tuesday:

• Approve the fiscal year 2021 budget to assure the government remains open and functioning.

• Confirm Col. Woodrow J. Jones as superintendent of Maryland State Police.

• Pass the emergency legislation to address the impact of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic in the state.

“It is impossible at this time to know how long this public health emergency will continue,” Hogan said in a statement. “It is critical for legislators to take these actions immediately in the event that this rapidly evolving situation requires them to immediately adjourn.”

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I decided I wanted to become a better writer while attending Bowie State University and figured that writing for the school newspaper would help. I’m not sure how much it helped, but I enjoyed it so much I decided to keep on doing it, which I still thoroughly enjoy 20 years later. If I weren’t a journalist, I would coach youth basketball. Actually, I still play basketball, or at least try to play, once a week. My kryptonite is peanut butter. What makes me happy – seeing my son and two godchildren grow up. On the other hand, a bad call made by an official during a football or basketball game makes me throw up my hands and scream. Favorite foods include pancakes and scrambled eggs which I could eat 24-7. The strangest thing that’s ever happened to me, or more accurately the most painful, was when I was hit by a car on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. If I had the power or money to change the world, I’d make sure everyone had three meals a day. And while I don’t have a motto or favorite quote, I continue to laugh which keeps me from driving myself crazy. You can reach me several ways: Twitter @jabariwill, Instagram will_iam.ford2281 or e-mail, wford@washingtoninformer.com

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