(April 3, 2020) Resort residents will not see higher property tax rates in the new fiscal year, as city government considers dropping the tax rate from $.4656 to $.4559 cents per hundred dollars of assessed value. `
(April 3, 2020) With nonessential services shut down and essential businesses scaling back operations to save money and to abide by Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive orders, 1,952 Worcester County residents filed for unemployment for the seven business days beginning on March 16 and ending March 24.
(April 3, 2020) Worcester County Public Schools served 9,030 meals to a more than 3,000 students from March 23-27 at seven different locations. The week before, March 17, 18 and 20, the schools served 3,786 meals to 1,262 students at five different locations.
(April 3, 2020) The Tri-County Council and emergency shelters in Worcester County have adjusted their services to the homeless populations and increasing number of people who need food in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
(April 3, 2020) With no definitive end date for the covid-19 pandemic, the Ocean City Council voted to cancel Springfest 2020, which was scheduled for May 7-10.
(April 3, 2020) As of Thursday morning, Maryland had confirmed 2,331 positive cases of covid-19 with 498 in Montgomery County, 473 in Prince George’s, 353 in Baltimore, 265 in Baltimore City, 206 in Anne Arundel, 152 in Howard, 105 in Carroll, 69 in Charles, 45 in Frederick, 37 in Harford, 2…
(April 3, 2020) ACME Markets in Ocean City will provide its employees with covid-19 paid sick leave.
(April 3, 2020) Ever since Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announced last Thursday that schools would remain closed for an additional four weeks, Worcester County Public School officials have been preparing parents and students with online learning material they can…
*The Ocean City Council made it official today that violations of its emergency orders can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor. A fine can be up to $500 or up to three months in jail, or both.
(April 3, 2020) Gov. Larry Hogan announced a stay-at-home directive Monday morning, which makes non-essential travel a misdemeanor.
(April 3, 2020) Employing even more municipal authority in the face of the covid-19 battle, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan and City Council on Tuesday said short-term rental reservations must be restricted until April 30.
(April 3, 2020) The Worcester County Health Department is turning to telehealth and online services for mental health care during the coronavirus pandemic. Mike Trader, assistant director for Worcester County’s behavioral health program, said that the state has relaxed the typical requiremen…
Program has connected 77 people to resources since opening seven months ago
(April 3, 2020) No longer stuck at sea, Ed and Dottie Pinto are now stuck at home in quarantine: he reading books, smoking special Key West cigars and enjoying a cocktail — a rotation of gin and tonics, bloody marys or a martini, and she on a mission to redecorate rooms in their condominium.
Coronavirus means fewer bookings, more cancelling and discounted room rates
(March 27, 2020) After 27 days at sea, 10 or so hours in flight, and a car at the airport that wouldn’t budge, Ed and Dottie Pinto are back in their Ocean City condominium and going nowhere, again.
New York area residents entertaining the possibility of visiting Ocean City between now and the end of April were warned by the mayor and City Council Sunday that should they arrive in the resort, they must self-quarantine for 14 days.
(March 27, 2020) As of Thursday morning, Maryland had confirmed 580 confirmed cases of COVID-19, or coronavirus.
(March 27, 2020) The Worcester County Commissioners made the following decisions during their meeting on Tuesday, March 17.
(March 27, 2020) The pleas of Ocean City officials for tougher sanctions on tuner car showoffs were heard last week, when the Maryland House and Senate passed special event zone legislation just before adjourning early because of the coronavirus sweeping the state.
(March 27, 2020) The bill allowing restaurants and other food service facilities to store EpiPens for trained and certified employees for emergencies was passed in the House and Senate last week and will be effective Oct. 1.
(March 27, 2020) Maryland will see major changes in public education as the House and Senate passed the Blueprint for America’s Future, commonly known as the Kirwan bill, just before the General Assembly adjourned early on Wednesday, March 18.
Bill allows unemployment benefits to expand, state also passes relief package
(March 27, 2020) Homeowners will still not be permitted to obtain a homeowner’s electrical permit because of safety concerns. None of the Worcester County Commissioners added their names to a bill amendment that would have allowed homeowner’s permits during their meeting on Tuesday, March 17.
(March 27, 2020) Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that he had requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the State of Maryland.
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Mayor: drastic action only way to ensure social distancing
Locals take action to help one another and urge OC to fight pandemic together
(March 27, 2020) The 17th update on the construction of the new Showell Elementary School was given to the Worcester County Board of Education last Tuesday via a telephone conference.
Years of frugal spending, saving and cost reductions means lots of backup money
Work necessary to help OC flooding, DPW seeks funds of $100,000 for next year
Once pandemic crisis fades Theobald hopes to work on unmanned aircraft systems
(March 27, 2020) The following took place on Wednesday, March 11 during the Ocean City Bike Committee meeting:
(March 27, 2020) The following took place on Wednesday, March 11 during the Ocean City Green Team meeting:
State plan being developed for continuation of learning opportunities for students
On March 25, during Gov. Larry Hogan’s coronavirus update, State School Superintendent Karen Salmon announced that schools will be closed at least through April 24, switching to distance and digital learning modes.
(March 21, 2020) The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) confirmed the second positive test for a case of COVID-19 in Worcester County on March 21, 2020. The patient is a female in her 20s who lives in Worcester County and is recovering at home. This case is a close household contact o…
Activates Field Hospital at Baltimore Convention Center and Hilton Hotel
(March 22, 2020) Closed until further notice — Ocean City officials chose public safety above all else Sunday afternoon, and have banned access to the resort’s beach and Boardwalk until April 15, to block the spread of COVID-19.
(March 20, 2020) As of Wednesday, the 965-foot Norwegian Jewel cruise ship was sailing at 20 knots northeast of American Samoa and bound for Honolulu.
(March 19, 2020) The Worcester County Health Department reported its first positive case of COVID-19, or coronavirus, this afternoon. The department held a press conference to discuss the case and advise the public.
(March 19, 2020) The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) confirmed the first positive test for a case of COVID-19 in Worcester County on March 19, 2020. The patient is a male in his 30s who lives in Worcester County and is recovering at home.
Legislators work overtime to pass priority bills, Kirwan receives Senate approval
(March 20, 2020) The Maryland State Department of Education last Thursday, ordered all schools closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27 to limit the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus.
(March 20, 2020) A discussion about constructing a cell tower with Verizon Wireless along Route 90 will be brought back to the Worcester County Commissioners per County Commissioner Joshua Nordstrom’s request on Tuesday.
*Updated Thursday afternoon to reflect that Wicomico and Worcester counties each confirmed a positive case
Commissioners to keep government building open, fund $1M for coronavirus
Starting March 25, permit applications must comply with accepted regulations
Commissioners delay work session to April 7, may plan for zero revenue increases
(March 20, 2020) Even with the threat of COVID-19, the U.S. Census still carries on with the decennial population count. The census went online last Thursday, March 12. According to Kelly Henry, Worcester County technical services manager and Complete Count Committee coordinator, the U.S. Ce…