USDA: Help for rural areas facing COVID-19

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America. OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEFRural Housing ServiceSingle-Family HousingEffective March 19, borrowers […]

Maryland reports 157 new COVID-19 cases

ANNAPOLIS, MD—The State of Maryland now has 580 confirmed cases of COVID-19—an increase of 157 new cases, which is by far the largest one-day increase to date. There are more than 1,200 confirmed cases in the National Capital Region—in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.  Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement:  “We are only at […]

Harris announces coronavirus grants to Shore

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (R-1) announced Wednesday afternoon the award of $218,217 in federal grants from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Funding was provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020, also known as the “Phase I” Congressional emergency legislation. HRSA-funded […]

Police and fire briefs, March 25, 2020

No gatherings of 10 or more • Capt. Justin Todd of the Cambridge Police Department released the following statement on Friday afternoon: Due to the State of Emergency and the executive order issued by Governor Hogan, there are to be no gatherings of 10 or more people. The Cambridge Police Department (CPD) has received calls […]

What happened to the Becky Phipps cannon?

TAYLORS ISLAND — Ever wonder how the Becky Phipps cannon was damaged? It was regularly fired by islanders for almost 100 years in celebration of important events. One night more than a century ago, the cannon blew up during a celebratory firing. Here is a news article from the Baltimore Sun dated Nov. 14, 1912 […]

DoCo Tourism has ideas for activities

CAMBRIDGE — During these uncertain times, getting out to get fresh air is still OK — as long as you’re staying at least six feet from other people — a statement from Dorchester County Tourism said on March 18. And it’s good for the body and mind. Here are a few ideas for (mostly) free […]

State offers help for businesses

CAMBRIDGE — The Maryland Department of Commerce on Friday announced resources being offered to help businesses weather the difficulties posed by the spread of coronavirus. “As you are aware, Maryland is being impacted by the COVID-19 and the current status is fluctuating every day,” the statement said. Maryland is currently operating under a state of […]

Dorchester groups continue COVID responses

CAMBRIDGE — As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to develop, local groups are reaching out to spread the word regarding changes to their events and schedules. It remains a good idea to call and check on the status of goods and services before leaving home. The Banner has compiled a list of announcements, which follows: […]

Local State of Emergency declared

CAMBRIDGE — A Declaration of Local State of Emergency and Executive Order was issued in Dorchester County on March 23, 2020 in order to provide the County Council the necessary powers and resources to combat the threat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has on public health and the safety and welfare of our citizens. This Declaration […]

State issues orders on COVID testing

CAMBRIDGE — Following is the full text of a message today from the secretary of the Maryland Health Department. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Dorchester as of 1 p.m. on Tuesday, but tests are being conducted in the county. DIRECTIVE AND ORDER REGARDING VARIOUS HEALTHCARE MATTERS Pursuant to Md. Code Ann., Health-Gen. […]