Message wall, Nov. 25, 2020

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Neighbors are posting notes on social media, sending flyers and emails, all trying to spread news of how they are dealing with the COVID-19 situation.

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

Hogan and Biden plan
Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday joined a video conference with President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris, leaders of the president-elect’s COVID-19 advisory board, and fellow members of the National Governors Association’s Executive Committee to discuss the ongoing fight against COVID-19.
“I want to thank the president-elect and vice president-elect for taking the time to meet with governors on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19,” said Governor Hogan. “As I said on the day that the president-elect was declared the winner, his election has provided a mandate for cooperation. A strong collaboration between federal, state, and local partners will be essential in the months ahead, and we look forward to working closely with the Biden-Harris administration as we continue to face this unprecedented global pandemic.”
Travel with caution
The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has released holiday guidance for Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, urging families to be extremely cautious with holiday travel and celebrations as infection numbers continue to spike in Maryland and the surrounding region.
Maryland is currently experiencing a significant increase in cases and hospitalizations compared to the summer, with more than 174,733 confirmed COVID-19 cases by the middle of last week, with and more than 1,192 hospitalized. Since the onset of the pandemic, more than 4,220 Marylanders have died from the virus.
“We are all tired of this pandemic and desperately want it to be over, but now is not the time to let our guard down,” said MDH Secretary Robert R. Neall. “While we tend to feel safe around people we know — family, friends and neighbors — the reality is we are experiencing a spike in infections. We have to maintain the habits that help keep us all safe — wear your mask, wash your hands, maintain social distance and isolate when sick.”
The MDH Frequently Asked Questions About Holiday Safety are available on the CovidLINK website. These guidelines align with holiday recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommending that Marylanders limit large indoor gatherings with people from different households, avoid unessential travel, and consider alternatives to in-person celebrations.
Federalsburg Christmas Parade
The Federalsburg Lions Club is once again sponsoring the Federalsburg Christmas Parade. This year’s parade will be held Monday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.
The theme of the parade is, “It’s a 2020 Christmas.” We know the parade will be different this year because of the pandemic so we are expanding the parade route by two blocks.
The parade will begin this year at University Avenue. In the past we have used Bloomingdale as line up locations, but this year we are asking people to spread out and social distance so we have backed the parade up two blocks so you can watch the parade from Bloomingdale as well.
We are looking for entries and asking entries to include Christmas music with their entries. We don’t anticipate bands being allowed to participate so we will need music.
If you are interested in participating in the parade, message the club on Facebook. The parade will run down Bloomingdale on to North Main to South Main and end at the Railroad Station.
We want you to be safe and still enjoy the parade so please spread out and as always, The Federalsburg Lions Club wishes you all Happy Holidays!
Dept. of Emergency Services
So we want to come to you on a personal level. We know that COVID fatigue is real. We know there is panic, confusion, frustration, feelings of being overwhelmed, just all the emotions, so many levels of emotions and so many questions.
We want you to know that resources are available for those in need. No one is alone in this fight. What we are asking for from each of you is responsibility, patience, and kindness. Responsibility for your actions, your words, responsibility for you and your community.
Patience of knowing at some point, this too shall pass. Kindness to understand that we all deal with things differently, that words matter and actions speak far louder than words.
Be supportive of yourself, your family and friends, and of your community. Support businesses within our community, they too are struggling and are one of us. Here in Dorchester, we are fortunate; a small community, where we know our neighbors, our community, and what we are capable of. Our EMS, our 911, our local Emergency Management, our local health department, our local partners are all in this together but we need you.
We need you and your actions to remain positive and responsible. We ask that you help us to help you. We are here, no questions asked, whenever you call.
Many of us live right here in the community that we serve. We are one of you. In turn, we ask that you help us to keep our numbers manageable. Keep a distance, wash your hands, and wear a facial covering.
If you are not feeling well, stay home and contact your physician and/or go get tested. Our hope is that if we all give a little, no one should have to give a lot. If we all do our part, we will get through this, Dorchester Strong.
Cambridge elections
The Post Office had received 1,490 ballots for Cambridge runoff elections as of Nov. 18. City Council seats from Wards 2 and 3, as well the mayor’s post, are being contested.
Citizens should have mailed their ballots by Nov. 21 to reduce the risk of not arriving in time, a statement from City Manager Patrick Comiskey said. It typically takes three business days to process the mail and the Thanksgiving Holiday is this week.
The polls will be open on Dec. 1 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote. The election site is Chesapeake College at 418 Race St. and voters will enter the building from the rear entrance of the building, just as the last election.
Any citizen who needs assistance or has a question about the election may call the election Hotline at 410-228-8970.
MidShore Meals til Monday
Girl Scout Troop #29 may be our new record holders — watch out guys from Vision Quest/Morning StarAcademy, these ladies are fast — they packed 600 Meals til Monday bags in under an hour!
We thank all our young packers. Thanks to all of you we’re ready to send out 1600 bags of food.
Make sure your family has enough over the Thanksgiving break. No turkeys in the bag but all good things to eat.
We’ll see you, soon!
No parade in Ridgely
The 2020 Ridgely Lions Christmas Parade has been cancelled for this year. We look forward to coming back next year for a healthy and hearty celebration of the season. Stay safe.
UM Extension-Dorchester
Coronavirus cases are surging across the country, including Maryland. Given Governor Hogan’s directives on Nov. 10, 2020, Extension in Dorchester County is reverting to telework. Some of our capacity to deliver services will be diminished due to this, but we are still able to hold virtual meetings and training sessions.
Please contact educators individually with questions or requests for virtual training. As members of your community, we want to serve in manners consistent with health and safety measures as determined by the CDC and required by the County and State level health officials. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
You can find our office personnel with their roles and emails at agnr.umd.edu/about/directory/dorchester-county.
Easton Volunteer Fire Dept.
Amid concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have cancelled the 2020 Holiday Train Garden. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2021.


Helpful Coronavirus links

Maryland Department of Health Coronavirus Page
CDC: About the Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC: What to do if You Are Sick
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
AP News Coronavirus Coverage

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