Articles by Maryam Shahzad

March 27, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Senator Feldman Offers List of Resources for Marylanders During Pandemic

Maryland Sen. Brian Feldman sent out an email listing resources residents can take advantage of during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For Montgomery County residents, Feldman listed the following resources:  Assistance programs  Grocery stores with special hours Support local businesses Meals for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students MCPS schedule  MCPS school and community resources MCPS […]

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March 27, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Announces Funding for Research into Coronavirus Treatment

The state of Maryland, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Johns Hopkins University are working together to fund research for a possible COVID-19 treatment, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday.  According to a statement from Hogan, researchers plan to collect and process blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors and run clinical trials to evaluate effectiveness for critically ill coronavirus patients […]

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March 27, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

UMD Says Student Crisis Fund Has Almost Run Out, Asks for Donations

The University of Maryland (UMD) is asking for donations to its Student Crisis Fund.  The fund helps students who are hit with emergency financial needs, according to its page. The crisis fund usually gets a few requests for assistance per week, but recently has gotten at least 50 per day due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  […]

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March 27, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Trone Announces Two Bills Passed as Part of Dignity in Aging Act

U.S. Rep. David Trone (MD-06) announced Thursday that two of his bills to help aging citizens were signed into law.  The laws intend to reduce social isolation among seniors and increase access to care for people with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The Protecting Older Americans from Social Isolation Act will support services that detect and prevent […]

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March 26, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

UMD Offers All Undergraduate Classes as Pass/Fail

All undergraduate classes at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) will be pass/fail (P/F) for the spring 2020 semester unless the student chooses to receive a letter grade, Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin said in a letter Thursday.   The decision comes after the COVID-19 outbreak led the university to cancel in-person […]

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March 26, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

REAL ID Deadline Postponed One Year

The REAL ID deadline has been postponed one year to Oct. 1, 2021, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf announced Thursday.  Originally, the deadline was Oct. 1, 2020. It was delayed to accommodate COVID-19 response efforts, as many MVAs and DMVs are currently closed or restricting access.   “Protecting both the health […]

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March 26, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Adventist HealthCare Asks for Donations to COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Adventist HealthCare has a COVID-19 Community Response Fund where people can donate money to help the medical organization purchase hospital resources.   PLEASE DONATE, SHARE and MESSAGE if you can: https://t.co/4Ju0EXveif#HeroesWorkHere pic.twitter.com/METm5Kh60R — Adventist HealthCare (@AdventistHC) March 26, 2020 It is also asking for donations of new/unused materials like N-95 masks, eye shields, hand sanitizer and […]

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March 26, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

José Andrés Makes TIME Magazine Cover

Celebrity chef and Bethesda resident José Andrés is featured on the cover of TIME magazine this week.  His non-profit World Central Kitchen (WCK) feeds people in areas suffering from natural or man-made crises. Now, it’s feeding people impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  TIME's new cover: "Without empathy, nothing works." Chef José Andrés wants to […]

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March 26, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Takoma Park Wants to Spread Neighborly Love with Phone Calls to Seniors

The City of Takoma Park is offering a “Phone a Neighbor” program during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The program wants to spread neighborly love to senior residents by offering phone conversations with volunteers. The city said there are enough volunteers but it is still looking for more senior participants who would like to talk.  Sign-up […]

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March 26, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Coronavirus Cases up to 164 in Montgomery County, 580 in Maryland

The number of Montgomery County coronavirus cases has increased to 164, according to figures the state Department of Health released Thursday morning. There were 93 cases on Monday morning, which increased to 107 on Tuesday and 127 on Wednesday. As of Thursday morning, there are 580 confirmed cases in Maryland, up from 423 on Wednesday. […]

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