April 7, 2020

Face Coverings Now Required on All DoD Property

Face Coverings

DefSec Mark Esper: All people on DoD property, installations, and facilities must wear cloth face coverings.

New Safety Measures for Nursing Homes, Religious Services

April 6: 210 positive cases reported in Southern Maryland; governor orders new safety measures for nursing homes, religious services.

FEMA Calls for Face Shields; Lab at Pax River Responds

Face Shields

Demand for medical face shields has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 public health threat. And 3-D printers are stepping up to make the devices.

CARES Act Provides Funds to MD Jurisdictions


Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, along with the members of Maryland’s congressional delegation, announced $48,404,965 to support counties and cities in Maryland in their response to the economic and housing impacts of the 2019 novel coronavirus. These awards come through the CARES Act.

Increase in Positive Cases; Food Programs Continue

April 3 updates: Positive cases increase; food programs continue in St. Mary’s; health department surveying active and retired health care workers.

As COVID-19 Cases Rise, State Opens More Testing Sites

The Maryland Department of Health reports the number of coronavirus cases in the state has increased to 2,331. Reported cases in Southern Maryland: 27 in St. Mary’s County, 22 in Calvert County, and 69 in Charles County.

Evidence of Community Spread of Virus in St. Mary’s, Reports Health Dept.

The St. Mary’s County Health Department has confirmed additional positive cases of the novel coronavirus in county residents, bringing the total case count to 23. Additionally, there is now strong evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in St. Mary’s.

St. Mary’s Park Use Limited

The Maryland Department of Health is reporting the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Maryland has increased to 1,660, as of 10:10 am March 31. Reported cases in Southern Maryland: 15 in St. Mary’s County, 15 in Calvert County, and 40 in Charles County.

Amid Pilot Shortage, Marine Corps Assessing F-35 Fleet

A shortage of pilots has the Marine Corps assessing the F-35’s place in its fleet. “Our continued inability to build and sustain an adequate inventory of F-35 pilots leads me to conclude that we must be pragmatic regarding our ability to support” the program,” Gen. David Berger said.

Navy Hospital Ships Deployed on Both Coasts

Navy Hospital Ships

The Navy’s hospital ships — USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy — are deployed to New York and Los Angeles, respectively, to offer aid during the novel coronavirus pandemic.