As COVID-19 Crisis Escalates In Capital Region, Governor Hogan Issues Stay At Home Order Effective Tonight

As the COVID-19 crisis escalates in the National Capital Region, Governor Larry Hogan today issued a Stay at Home order to protect public health and safety. The order, which takes effect at 8:00 p.m. tonight, states that no Maryland resident should leave their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason, such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes.

“This is a deadly public health crisis—we are no longer asking or suggesting that Marylanders stay home, we are directing them to do so,” said Governor Hogan. “No Maryland resident should be leaving their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes.”


COVID-19 Announcement – March 30, 2020

Below is a comprehensive list of the actions the administration announced today:

STAY AT HOME ORDER. No Maryland resident should be leaving their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason, such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes.

Additional Guidance for Businesses. In addition, only essential businesses are allowed to remain open in Maryland, and those businesses must make every effort to scale down their operations in order to reduce the number of required staff, to limit interactions with customers, and to institute telework for as much of the workforce as is practical. This order does not change what businesses are deemed essential or nonessential.

Out-of-State Travel.No Marylander should be traveling outside of the state unless such travel is absolutely necessary. Those who have traveled outside of the state should self-quarantine for 14 days.

Penalties. This order is to be enforced by state and local law enforcement. Knowingly and willfully violating this order is a misdemeanor, and on conviction, offenders may be subject to imprisonment not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.

Curbside Pickup. Restaurants may continue selling food and drink on a carry-out or drive-through basis; however, because residents of Maryland are not permitted to leave their homes to purchase products from nonessential businesses, curbside pickup at nonessential businesses is no longer permitted. Read the interpretive guidance.

Guidance for Campgrounds. Campgrounds are now required to close, with the exception to residents of recreational vehicles at campgrounds who genuinely have no other viable place of residence. These individuals should continue to comply with CDC guidelines regarding social distancing. Read the interpretive guidance.

This afternoon, Marylanders received a wireless emergency alert regarding this order, which will become effective at 8:00 p.m. Read the governor’s order.

NEW TESTING SITES FOR PATIENT REFERRALS. Governor Hogan announced the opening of four Maryland drive-thru COVID-19 screening and testing sites. There is no charge at any of these sites. However, testing is strictly limited to Marylanders who have a referral from their health care provider and who have an appointment to be tested.

In coordination with the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland Department of Transportation, the State Highway Administration, the Maryland State Police, and local partners have begun offering drive-thru testing for COVID-19 at three Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) stations in Glen Burnie, Waldorf, and Bel Air.

A Prince George’s County COVID-19 screening and testing site opens today at FedEx Field in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System, the National Guard, the Maryland State Police, and Prince George’s County Police. Residents can call the Prince George’s County Health Department at (301) 883-6627 for more information.

HOSPITAL SURGE UPDATES. The governor provided the following updates on the state’s ongoing hospital surge efforts:

FEMA delivered 250 bed packages to the Baltimore Convention Center field hospital and the Maryland National Guard is currently constructing the site.

The State of Maryland assisted the University of Maryland Medical System in starting construction to reopen the 135-bed Laurel Hospital and is currently contracting for staff and equipment for the site.

The state ordered 500 additional bed packages for on-site surge expansion with an option for another 500 beds, which will be deployed to sites based on need and the location of any coronavirus hotspots.

The state ordered 100 advanced medical tents to provide for an additional 1,000 beds for on-site surge expansion at hospitals and convention centers.

Maryland is coordinating with the D.C. government to ensure that regional surge capacity is addressed by engaging MedStar and Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser is planning to surge another 500 beds throughout the region, including an increase of 218 beds at their Maryland facilities.

UPDATE ON ECONOMIC RELIEF PACKAGE. Governor Hogan provided an update on the $175 million economic relief package he announced last week.

He is authorizing an additional $2 million to the state’s COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, bringing this fund to a total of $9 million.

$8.8 million has been provided to more than 400 small businesses across the state to help more than 8,000 Marylanders who work in small businesses keep their jobs.

More than 5,300 applications have been submitted for the state’s small business relief fund, and more than 11,000 applications have been submitted for new grant funding.

Information and resources about these programs are available at

WAIVING FAMILY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MARYLAND CHILDREN’S HEALTH PROGRAM. Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order which temporarily suspends any requirement that families have to pay premiums into the Maryland Children’s Health Program so that families will not lose coverage during the crisis. Read the governor’s order.

REMOTE NOTARIZATIONS. The governor has issued an order temporarily waiving the in-person requirement for notarizing documents. Read the governor’s order.

For health resources regarding COVID-19, including case counts and clinician guidance, Marylanders should visit

STEMi Makers Africa, U.S Consulate Nigeria, Others Commemorate 2020 International Women’s Day

To commemorate International Women’s Day 2020 (under the theme Each for Equal), the STEMi Makers Africa in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos and MainOne Communications organized the inaugural “i-be-lady-o” in Nigeria.

The “I-be-Lady-o” Workshop program is an expression of STEMi Makers Africa and the STEMi Women initiative to raise young girls and women participation in STEM, learning outcomes and retention in STEM careers, it happened in the first week of March.

This project is an outgrowth of the organization where they offer an extensive range of career and personal development talk, enlightening discussions and inspiring conversations from trailblazing Advocates in Science and Technology who are speaking out to challenge the status quo.

The program was held at the U.S Consulate General, Walter Carrington, Victoria Island in Lagos. Amanda Obidike, the Strategy Lead of STEMi Makers Africa shared that the “i-be-lady-o” Summit is meant to correct the negative perceptions that females develop in STEM fields and to improve focus by motivating women to explore typically male-dominated fields. She said “reducing the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education areas could help reduce the skills gap, increase employment, help productivity of women, and reduce occupational segregation. Ultimately this would foster economic growth via both higher productivity and increased labor market activity.”

Alice Seddon, the Country Consular Coordinator of the U.S Consulate General in Lagos gave a Keynote address encouraging participants to celebrate themselves as women who are breaking the barriers and participating in STEM. She said whether at home or abroad, “promoting women in the STEM fields is a priority of the U.S Government.“

The Summit brought together a variety of influential women in STEM, offering the participants an opportunity for valuable networking and mentorship. The program had Engineer Charlotte Essiet, the Director Corporate and Regulatory Affairs of AOS Orwell Oil and Gas Limited; Dr. Ibukun Afolabi, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Covenant University, Otta; Engineer J.O Maduka, the First Female COREN Engineer in Nigeria and Yewande Thorpe, a Senior Associate in Marketing and Communications, Africa Finance Corporation.

The rest are Mojolaoluwa Aderemi Makinde, Head of Brand and Reputations for Google, Sub-Saharan Africa; Tinuola Ipadeola, Head of Corporate Services and Development, MainOne Communications; Ugo Okafor, an Architect, Design Director, and Prototype Engineer; Anthonia Agbonifo, the Executive Director of Food Concepts Plc and the Chicken Republic.

Key Partners of the event were the USA Consulate General – Lagos, MainOne Communications, Chicken Republic,, ThisDay Live, Google, and Calal Global.


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Watch: Governor Hogan Joins FOX News Sunday

This morning, Governor Hogan joined Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to discuss Maryland’s aggressive measures to combat COVID-19.


Governor Larry Hogan Discusses Coronavirus Updates with Chris Wallace


“Look, I think the virus is going to dictate the time frame, and we’re going to follow the advice of the scientists and doctors, like Dr. Inglesby, who you just had on a moment ago, he’s on our task force. But no, we don’t see any way that we’re going to be opening back up in a couple of weeks. The Washington Metropolitan area, [which] has Maryland, DC, and Virginia, quadrupled in the past week and we see that continuing to grow exponentially, and we think in two weeks, around Easter, we’re going to be looking a lot more like New York.”

“The messaging isn’t helpful because as we’re, as the governors out there on the front lines are trying to get people to stay in their homes for everything but very essential things like going out to get food or prescriptions or things that are basic needs for them to survive and then we’ve got messaging coming out saying that things are okay and you should get back to normal, it does conflict and it hurts with the messaging. But look, I think the president is just trying to be helpful, which is good. We don’t want people to be scared, but we do want them to take it seriously and we want the facts to be out there, so we’re going to follow the doctors and the scientists. I think most governors are going to do what they think is right in their own states to save lives.”

“We do appreciate the efforts of the federal government, and I hate to just point fingers and talk about what hasn’t been done or what didn’t get done. We’re all in this together and it’s going to take the federal, state, and locals working together to save lives. But there’s also frustration out there just that we’re all in the situation that we’re in, and the federal government is unable to solve some of these issues, and that the states are also not able to. So there’s frustration out there, but I think we should do less arguing, more working together.”

Civil Rights Icon, Dr. Joseph Lowery Has passed

Dr. Joseph Lowery, the Dean of the Civil Rights Movement has passed away. Dr. Lowery was very active in the Civil Rights movement since the early 1950s, serving along side Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He lead the Alabama Civic Affairs Association and co-founded and served as the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1977 to 1997. In 2009, Dr. Lowery received the the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama. Dr. Lowery was 99 years old.

This story is breaking and will be updated soon.

Governor Hogan Statement Regarding Outbreak At Carroll County Long-Term Care Facility, Doubling Of COVID-19 Death Toll In Maryland

State officials tonight, in coordination with the Carroll County Health Department, announced an outbreak of COVID-19 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy, where a total of 66 residents have tested positive, with 11 currently hospitalized.

Earlier this evening, the Maryland Department of Health announced five additional deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing the state’s total to 10 deaths.

Governor Larry Hogan issued the following update to Marylanders:

“It took nearly three weeks for the National Capital Region to go from 0 to 1,000 cases of COVID-19. It took three days for the region to go from 1,000 to 2,000 cases in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. This is a rapidly evolving and escalating emergency which is now surrounding the nation’s capital.

“The number of deaths in our state as a result of COVID-19 has doubled. We have lost 10 of our fellow Marylanders, and we mourn each and every one of them.

“Tonight, Maryland has experienced a tragic coronavirus outbreak at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy. Multiple state agencies are on the scene and working closely with the local health department and the facility as they take urgent steps to protect additional residents and staff who may have been exposed.

“I want to thank all of the doctors, nurses, and first responders all across our state who are working around the clock to respond to this pandemic.

“As we have been warning for weeks, older Marylanders and those with underlying health conditions are more vulnerable and at a significantly higher risk of contracting this disease.

“We continue to call for Marylanders to stay at home, except for essential reasons, in order to help stop the spread of this virus.

“We are leveraging the full arsenal of public health and government, but defeating this invisible enemy will require a unity of effort and spirit like nothing we have ever faced.”

Reverend Doctor Joseph Echols Lowery, Age 98 October 6, 1921 – March 27, 2020

Our beloved, Rev. Dr. Joseph Echols Lowery, made his transition peacefully at home at 10 p.m., Friday, March 27, at the age of 98. He was surrounded by his daughters.

Hailed as the “Dean of the Civil Rights Movement” upon his receipt of the NAACP’s

Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Lowery had assumed and executed a broad and diverse series of roles over the span of his nine decades: leader, pastor, servant, father, husband, freedom fighter and advocate.

Born in Huntsville, Ala., on October 6, 1921, his legacy of service and struggle was long and rich. His genesis as a civil rights advocate dates to the early 1950s, when he headed the Alabama Civic Affairs Association, which led the movement to desegregate buses and public accommodations. In 1957, with friend and colleague Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he was a co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

He served as Vice President (1957-1967), Chairman of the Board (1967-1977), and as President and Chief Executive Officer (1977-1998). To continue his legacy and promote non-violent advocacy among future generations, The Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights was founded in 2002 at Clark Atlanta University. The Institute was later renamed to include and honor Dr. Evelyn Lowery, his beloved partner in marriage and the movement for 67 years.

Calling on his over 40 years as ‘pastor’ and in his inimitable style, Dr. Lowery delivered the benediction on the occasion of President Barack Obama’s inauguration as the 44th President of the United States in 2009. Later that year, President Obama awarded him the nation’s highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the nonviolent struggle for the causes of justice, human rights, economic equality, voting rights, peace and human dignity.

Please pray and respect the privacy of the entire Lowery family during this difficult time. The family will not be conducting interviews during this grieving period.

Anthony Levine Epitomizes The Ravens’ Way

The Baltimore Ravens announced they have agreed to a one-year deal to bring back veteran defensive back Anthony Levine. This will be Levine’s ninth season in the NFL and eighth season with the Ravens.

Levine’s reputation as a grimy, ‘do whatever it takes player’ is the epitome of the Ravens culture. He is the underdog, an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee State who spent his first two seasons on the Green Bay Packers practice squad before joining the Ravens in 2012.

“I take pride in my hard work. I go out there and take coaching. I give them all that I have and they give me all that they have, so it works out,” Levine said last March. “I’ve been a guy that’s on the bubble my whole career. Every year I come in I have to make the team. I have to prove myself every year. You’re never safe. Every year you have to come out and show you still got it.”

The Ravens promoted Levine from their practice squad during his first season in Baltimore but he was placed on injured reserve after his first game. Levine recorded a tackle on special teams in his only 2012 appearance.

Special teams would be where he made his mark for the Ravens. He finished second on the team with 11 tackles in 2013. His excellence on special teams opened the door to playing time on defense. Levine also made three starts for Baltimore that season, playing both cornerback and safety.

Progressing from special teams to a more involved role is a path that Ravens head coach John Harbaugh also took. Harbaugh broke into the NFL as a special teams coach with the Philadelphia Eagles before adding defensive backs coach to his resume. Naturally, Levine is a player that Harbaugh pulls for.

“Levine is a great leader. Anthony Levine does a great job spearheading special teams. He’s a big veteran there,” Harbaugh said during the Ravens end of the season press conference.

Levine’s contribution off the field is another area where he also epitomizes the Ravens’ approach. The Ravens’ have long been a pillar in the Baltimore community. He has been a part of various community outreach programs ranging from providing coats for the homeless and team football camps for the youth. His foundation, 4EVERY1 Foundation has also worked to help Baltimore.

Bringing Levine back for another season was a good move for the Ravens. It was an effort to bring back a player that exemplifies the gritty spirit in Baltimore.

Baltimore area philanthropic couple to receive Sadie Award

The Children’s Guild Alliance, a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations, will honor Guy E. Flynn and Nupur Parekh Flynn with the 2020 Sadie Award for their leadership in innovation and philanthropy.

The Sadie Award recognizes people who embody the organization’s spirit and vision of making the seemingly impossible possible.

Guy E. Flynn practices law at DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest law firms, where he serves as chairman of the firm’s Maryland real estate practice and partner-in-charge of the firm’s Baltimore office.

Nupur Parekh Flynn is considered among the foremost women in the Baltimore area whose skills in board leadership have gained respect throughout the region. She serves as a trustee of LifeBridge Health; a trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art; and a trustee of the Open Society Institute – Baltimore. She is actively involved with the United Way of Central Maryland.

“The Sadie award is very special,” Guy Flynn told the Baltimore Times. “My wife and I are very philanthropic people, particularly when it comes to issues involving children. We think there’s a tremendous need around those issues and the well-being of children, and, in addition to the arts, we’ve focused our philanthropic efforts on children’s issues.”

Flynn noted that, initially, The Children’s Guild wasn’t a familiar organization to him and his wife. But, after researching the nonprofit, the couple was “blown away by the depth of the work they do and how long a period they’ve been in this space.”

“We really thought that this is a worthy organization and one that has done a lot of good work in the community, so we are thrilled,” Flynn said.

Recognized globally as a top lawyer, Guy Flynn serves as a trustee and board president of The Walters Art Museum. He also serves as a trustee and executive committee member of the Baltimore Community Foundation; a trustee of the Living Classrooms Foundation; a director of Maryland Legal Aid; a governor of The Center Club; and a member of the Baltimore City Ethics Board.

“Part of the legacy of DLA Piper, and I’ve spent my entire career at the firm, is the tremendous legacy of giving back,” Flynn said. “While being an extraordinary group of lawyers and civic leaders, we have to set an example of finding the time to practice law at the highest level but also taking our roles as leaders in society very seriously. We live, work, and play in the city in which the issues that we all confront exists. It would be folly not to address them head-on to the best of one’s capability.”

Flynn and his wife were raised in a similar fashion, which included the inculcation of philanthropy.

“I was raised by people who were professionals. My father was an immigrant from Jamaica, who came to the U.S. to attend medical school at Howard University,” Flynn said. “He became a successful radiologist in Howard County, and my mother was very successful in business. In both cases, they instilled the idea of excellence, the same characteristics at DLA Piper. They also demonstrated the need to give back and help people.

“My wife’s parents immigrated from India, and they raised her and her sister as very philanthropic people. My late father-in-law worked at Morgan State University, and he was very much a part of that circle of African American men and women who contributed to a lot of good civic works.

“My mother-in-law was a beautiful Indian woman who taught at Coppin State, Baltimore City Community College, and in prisons. She was an artist who enjoyed donating art to those less fortunate.

“My wife and I were raised the same way, and we view each other as amplifiers of this mission of ours where the idea is to do as much good for as many people as we can.”

Baltimore Filmmaker Documents Grandparents’ Travel In RV During Civil Rights

Carla Joelle Brown is nearing completion of a new film that documents her grandparents’ journey in a RV around the country in the 1960s— during the heart of the civil rights movement when racism and discrimination made such travel nearly impossible for African Americans.

Carla Joelle Brown retraced steps of  her grandparents’ journey around the country. Above left, Carla revisited Hermits Rest, Grand Canyon, Arizona in 2018. (Photo: Thomas A. Huggins). Above Right: Frances Graham at Hermits Rest, Grand Canyon in 1989


Carla Joelle Brown retraced steps of her grandparents’ journey around the country. Above left, Carla revisited Hermits Rest, Grand Canyon, Arizona in 2018. (Photo: Thomas A. Huggins). Above Right: Frances Graham at Hermits Rest, Grand Canyon in 1989

Growing up, Brown says she was riveted by stories from her grandparents, Baltimore residents Benjamin and Frances Graham, about their travels. She knew it was unusual for them to traverse the nation because they were African American.

When the Graham’s started their journey, President Johnson had just signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Watts Riots had erupted in California.

“My grandparents were unintentional civil rights pioneers when they traveled across the country by RV,” said Brown, who received her bachelor’s degree in 1998, and a master’s in fine arts in 2001 from the University of Maryland, College Park. “This was a year after the signing of the Civil Rights Act [of 1964], which prohibited racial segregation in public accommodations, and the same week of the signing of the civil rights Voting Rights Act and eruption of the Watts riots.”

Benjamin and Frances Graham, in 1970.

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Benjamin and Frances Graham, in 1970.

To put the complexities involved in the journey into further perspective, Brown’s grandparents had no prior camping experience.

They were accompanied by their three small children and embarked on their maiden voyage to the New York World’s Fair in their newly purchased 17′ Stardust RV Trailer.

In the end, they traveled for 35 years, in three trailers, while racking up more than 94,000 miles, spending $32,600, and visiting every state but two.

Brown captures the adventure in the new documentary titled, “Everyone But Two: The Life, Love & Travel of Benjamin and Frances Graham.”

“My grandfather kept a travel log, and I decided that I wanted to retrace their steps,” Brown said, adding that she plans to complete the journey by going to the few places her grandparents didn’t.

The film will examine how the RV lifestyle allowed her grandparents to break barriers and travel to predominantly white spaces of the outdoors in a racially divided America.

“My grandparents met a lot of friends who were white and they have managed to stay in touch over the years,” said Brown, who has worked for nearly 20 years in Baltimore, examining themes of gender, race, and family. “It was a counter-narrative to what you might think.”

In retracing her grandparents’ journey, Brown noted that she wanted to see what it was about their travels that made the couple inseparable, and also discover what inspired them to throw caution to the wind as though they were the only two people in the world.

“Most importantly, I wanted to truly understand how the simple act of physically being in the predominantly white spaces of the outdoors broke barriers in a racially divided America,” she said.

Today, the notion of African Americans traveling across the country in an RV remains unusual, Brown said.

“I want people to take away from this film that there are people out there that look like me, people of color, and see themselves out there doing this,” she said. “There is so much out there in this country to see, and we’re paying tax dollars for it. There are some African Americans traveling by RV, but you really have to be in the right place at the right time to witness it. And in general, I don’t see that many people of color exploring the outdoors.”

To view the trailer for Brown’s documentary, visit:


Baltimore based photographer Kyle Pompey has been capturing photos around the city of folks and how they are managing city life during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Kyle Pompey

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“During times of crisis and hysteria I find myself leaving my fears behind me and engulfing myself in the world as it’s known at the time. Photography is for documenting moments whether they are good or bad, either way they have to be recorded. When I go out, I think to myself, “What or ho is being overlooked?”, and then I go and capture the essence of whatever “that” is. In almost every crisis I’ve lived through in Baltimore, the homeless, mentally ill, and the drug addicted individuals are looked over. I always tell myself to take the realest images I can and that usually means taking an image without them knowing (my goal is not to exploit, so I try not to make their faces too visible). I posted these images in hopes that it will spark something in someone to want to do something about it. We all have our super power and mine is capturing life as I see it. Be safe y’all and remember your super power is no good if you don’t use it”, says Kyle.

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About Kyle Pompey

Kyle Pompey, owner of Nice Shot Media, LLC. considers himself an “organic photojournalist.” Whether photographing in his studio, for a shoot, or in the street, Kyle avoids posed or planned pictures. Instead, he perceives the energy of his subject, which then guides the story Kyle captures in each moment. Baltimore born and raised, Kyle takes pictures of what he knows, and what feels like home to him. He notes that this means he photographs the sides of life, particularly in Baltimore, that people want to overlook. “People don’t want to acknowledge it,” Kyle says. “So nothing’s happening. I use photography to stop time. I want to let people see what’s going on through the pictures.”

On November 12, 2017, Kyle, in collaboration with Ms. Nikiea Redmond and Mr. Sadiq Ali, published and realesed a photo journalism book in conjunction with poems entitled ‘Perspective: Baltimore’.


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Courtesy Photo/Kyle Pompey


‘PERSPECTIVE: BALTIMORE’. Kyle describes it as “A collection of street photos used to promote free thought and perspective.”

You can purchase book here:


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