January 26, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

COVID Testing Sites Changes Jan. 20

COVID Testing

The St. Mary’s County Health Department will temporarily close its COVID-19 testing sites Wednesday, January 20, 2021, in order to redirect staff resources for community-based COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics that day.

Lawmakers Announce Funds for Community Health Centers

Executive Actions

Maryland’s congressional delegation announced earlier this month that more than $8 million in federal funds was awarded to support Maryland community health centers.

Fire on Navy Ship Under Investigation


Officials are investigating a fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard on Sunday that injured a dozen sailors and several civilians. The fire is believed to have stated in a cargo hold on the ship docked at Naval Base San Diego.

Coronavirus Cases Spike Among Troops

Coronavirus Cases

The downward trend of COVID-19 cases among DoD-affiliated personnel has ended. Cases spiked 18% over the previous week among all employees and 20% among troops.

Weekend Intercept 6th Time This Month for US Fighters

Intercept F-22 Raptor

US aircraft scrambled on Saturday to intercept four Russian reconnaissance jets off Alaska. The intercept was the sixth time US fighters have intercepted Russian military aircraft near Alaska this month and the 10th time this year.

SMCM Scientists to Host Virtual Public Health Panel


Join the The Center for the Study of Democracy as it presents a virtual panel June 24 featuring St. Mary’s College of Maryland scientists on the St. Mary’s County COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Group and the St. Mary’s County Health Department to discuss public health issues including COVID-19.

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.

County Lifts More COVID-19 Restrictions

Event Updates

Beginning today, Friday, June 12, 2020, at 5 pm, re-openings in St. Mary’s County include other recreational establishments and food service establishments re-opening at 50% capacity and following established guidelines.

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.

Webinar Topic: Innovating in a Crisis

A three-part webinar series — an initiative of the smART Collaboration Working Group — will begin at 11:30 am today, June 9. Other sessions will be offered June 16 and July 14.