July 15, 2020

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Pilot Project Will Monitor COVID-19 in Wastewater

Pilot Project Will Monitor COVID-19 in Wastewater

The St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission, St. Mary’s County Health Department, and St. Mary’s College of Maryland have partnered on a pilot project to monitor the presence of COVID-19 in local wastewater.

Walk-Up COVID-19 Testing in Lex Park

Walk-Up COVID Testing in Lex Park

Updates: Walk-up COVID-19 testing for St. Mary’s County residents will be offered in Lexington Park noon to 8 pm Wednesday, June 17. Business relief fund criteria changes.

Business Relief Fund Criteria Changes


The criteria for St. Mary’s County COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund has been altered to allow more St. Mary’s businesses and nonprofits to meet the eligibility requirements.

School Meal Service Continues Through June 18


St. Mary’s County Public Schools meal preparation and distribution sites have been approved to reopen for full-service food preparation and distribution. The school system will resume no-contact, drive-up lunch service Thursday, June 4, 2020, and continue service through June 18 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm daily.

Catapult Launch a Test, Not Hair-Raising Mishap

Videos, from two different angles, show a lowienergy catapult launch of an F-35C from an aircraft carrier, where it dips and is seen nearing the water. The sink was scary, said one observer, but it was part of the test plan.

Outdoor Dining, Other Activities to Resume; School Food Program Update

Event Updates

May 29 Updates: Outdoor Dining, Other Activities Resume in St. Mary’s; Update on School Food Program

St. Mary’s Women’s History Banquet Canceled


The St. Mary’s County Commission for Women has canceled the 2020 Women’s History Month Banquet, an event that honors women dedicated to providing outstanding community service. The banquet, originally scheduled for March 19, had previously been postponed in response to coronavirus concerns.

School Food Program Closed May 28 Due to COVID-19 Outbreak


An outbreak of COVID-19 has been identified involving St. Mary’s County Public Schools employees; the public health response involves universal testing of individuals working in the food preparation and distribution system for community feeding programs. As a result, drive-up meal service at all locations will be closed Thursday, May, 28, for deep cleaning and employee testing.

Contact Tracing Efforts Ramping Up in MD


Maryland’s statewide contact tracing operation across all 24 of the state’s jurisdictions will be fully operational next week.

Coronavirus Relief Heroes Act Passes House


The US House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act coronavirus relief legislation on Friday. “Congress has taken important and meaningful steps to address this public health crisis, but more must be done,” Rep. Steny H. Hoyer said.