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Everything you need to know about the coronavirus

Posted at 9:04 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 10:23:39-04

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak continues to spread, here's a look at everything you need to know on how the virus is affecting Maryland and its residents.

Governor Hogan issued an executive order requiring all workers and customers to wear face coverings inside grocery stores, retail establishments, and aboard public transportation including Uber and Lyft.

The order takes effect on Saturday, April 18 at 7 a.m.

Click here to see the additional guidance and executive orders put out by Governor Larry Hogan.

If you would like a look at the current numbers of positive tests, deaths, etc, you can check that here. Numbers are updated daily at 10 a.m.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

  • fever
  • cough
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath

According to the CDC, symptoms can appear between 2 to 14 days after exposure.

Who is at higher risk?

  • Older adults
  • People with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.

What should you be doing if you're sick?

  1. Stay at home!
  2. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
  3. Frequently disinfect and clean objects and surfaces you touch often.

What should you be doing if you're not sick?

  1. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.

Because of the recent executive orders of social distancing, local businesses are being affected detrimentally. We have a section on our page called "We're Open Baltimore" to showcase all of the places that are still open and serving the public through carryout, delivery, etc.

That section can be found here.

Due to the public school closures, many will be left without the normal lunches they get during the school hours. Several public school systems will be handing out free meals to students during the closures.

RELATED: Area schools to offer free meals during closures

How is the coronavirus going to be affecting your day-to-day life?

In addition to the closure schools, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland has announced that the Diocese of Maryland must shut down public worship services beginning Sunday, March 15.

If you're a student yourself or you're a parent to a student make sure to check with your college, university or school district to see if they're using to remote access.

Universities across Maryland made changes on campus due to coronavirus concerns, switching to teaching online.

If you'd like a full list of the universities affected, check the link below:

RELATED: Maryland universities suspending in-person classes

Universities aren't the only places being affected, events across the state are also being canceled or postponed.

We have a list running of events and schools being affected which can be found here at any time.

How coronavirus affects transportation:

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will begin implementing service reductions on all vehicle modes effective, March 18.

A complete list of service reductions is available at www.mta.maryland.gov/coronavirus [mta.maryland.gov].

MDOT MTA management will continue to monitor operations and evaluate if additional service adjustments are needed.

There is also a list of sporting events canceled as well.

  • Governor Hogan has directed all senior centers to close and large gatherings to be canceled.
  • The Port of Baltimore has closed.
  • The National Guard has been activated.
  • All public schools in Maryland are closed through April 24
  • All visits to prisons and state buildings are suspended.
  • All non-essential state employees that are approved to do so are directed to telework.

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With the outbreak, there has been an outpour of people flocking to grocery stores and loading up on items, leaving the shelves nearly empty.

Here's a list of local restaurants providing free food to the community.

RELATED: Local restaurants to give free meals for children during coronavirus outbreak

How does this affect elections?

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has postponed the April 28 Primary Election to June 2.

Early voting will begin May 21 and last through May 28.

The Governor is also ordering all vehicle emission stations to shutdown during the pandemic, and is planning to re-purpose them to create drive through coronavirus testing stations.

Citizens with a March emissions date will receive a new date.

All public transportation including MTA buses, light rail, subway, and MARC Train service will be reduced up to 50 percent.

Need help while isolated? Your neighbors have you covered

In these uncertain time, Baltimore neighbors are coming together to help those who really need it, those most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Due to the pandemic, and recommendations by state and local government regarding social distancing and remaining at home, all Baltimore County Public Library locations will be closed until further notice.

Programs and mobile services are discontinued. All meeting room reservations are also canceled, and deposits will be refunded.

Book drops will remain closed, but fines will not incur during the closure, and all books on hold will remain available for pickup for seven days after the library reopens.