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(May 22, 2020) Here is what has occurred locally, statewide and nationally in regards to the coronavirus pandemic, since last Thursday. 

Local

May 14, 2020 — The Ocean City Mayor and Council held a special council session, during which Mayor Rick Meehan lifted his short-term rental ban, which had originally been slated to end on May 22. 

City officials also asked County Health Officer Becky Jones for clarification on hotel reopenings and carryout technicalities. 

Shortly thereafter, the Worcester County Commissioners followed suit and lifted the county rental ban. 

May 18, 2020 — Meehan sent a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan urging the governor to allow restaurants with outdoor seating to reopen this weekend. 

He also made a request for restaurants with no outdoor seating to be permitted to create outdoor seating at a limited capacity. 

May 20, 2020 — As of Wednesday morning, Worcester County had 169 confirmed cases of covid-19, seven deaths and one probable death. 

State

May 19, 2020 — Hogan announces appointment free testing to those who may have come into contact with covid-19, symptomatic or not. 

Testing will roll out gradually beginning on Thursday. 

May 20, 2020 — As of Wednesday morning, Maryland had 42,323 confirmed cases, 2,004 deaths, 173,007 negative test results, 2,993 patients released from isolation and 1,410 people currently hospitalized. 

National

May 14, 2020 — Another 3 million Americans filed for unemployment the week before, bringing the total count to 36 million. 

May 15, 2020 — The House passed a $3 trillion stimulus package, but it is unlikely to receive Senate approval. 

May 18, 2020 — Drug manufacturer Moderna said it saw promising results in early coronavirus vaccine trials. 

Following the drug trial announcement, the Dow Jones Industrial jumped by more than 900 points.

May 19, 2020 — Carbon emissions plunge by 17 percent following global lockdowns. 

The decrease in greenhouse gases, however, is expected to be temporary. 

May 20, 2020 — As of Wednesday morning, the United States has 1.5 million confirmed cases of covid-19 and 90,340 deaths.

Josh covers everything Ocean City government and crime. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a B.A. in French and Journalism.

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