Maryland’s GOP chair is picking up the tab to help businesses during coronavirus downturn

Maryland Republican Party chairman Dirk Haire and his wife Anne Arundel County Councilwoman Jessica Haire are sponsoring $10,000 worth of free food from local restaurants and caterers to bolster those businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, the party announced Tuesday. The free food, which is available to the public on a first come, first served basis, will be offered at Anne Arundel County businesses starting Wednesday. (Balt Sun)

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CareFirst Pledges $2M To Community Organizations For COVID-19 Response And Relief

CareFirst announced Tuesday it would contribute $2 million to community non-profit organizations amid the coronavirus pandemic. Through conversations with organizations, CareFirst identified health, social and economic needs as funding priorities. Investments will include, but are not limited to: Baltimore Community Foundation Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore Community Foundation for Northern Virginia County United Way of Cumberland Maryland United Way of Central Maryland United Way of the National Capital Area (WJZ-TV)

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HoCo organizations aim to raise $100K in 10 days to address COVID-19

Four local nonprofits are joining together to raise $100,000 in 10 days to meet needs in Howard County caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Community Foundation of Howard County, Horizon Foundation, United Way of Central Maryland and Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County are working together to determine needs and provide funding to Howard County nonprofits, with a focus on those assisting with food security, housing, child care and health care, according to a release sent out Tuesday. (Balt Bus Journal)


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Eggplant parmesan with a side of TP: HoCo restaurant offers something extra with takeout

In uncertain times like these, we could all use an occasional dose of levity. As a second week of coronavirus-induced isolation sets in, many of us could probably use an extra roll of toilet paper, too. A Howard County eatery has customers covered on both fronts. At Tony Locos Bar & Restaurant in Lisbon, owners Tony and Rosa Guarino have come up with a creative gimmick to draw in some business: they're offering one free roll of toilet paper with each carryout order. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Montgomery County readies $20 million for businesses affected by coronavirus

Montgomery County wants to create a $20 million fund to help small businesses affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak that would give companies up to $75,000 each to cope with the crisis. The full County Council introduced legislation on the topic Tuesday with County Executive Marc Elrich’s support. The new grants will be open to any business or nonprofit with 100 or fewer full-time employees, a bid to prop up retailers and restaurants, among others, forced to close to contain the virus. (Wash Journal)

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LifeBridge Health tightens hospital visitor policy

Officials with LifeBridge Health announced Tuesday its visitor policy for four medical facilities will tighten in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, there will be no inpatient visitors at Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Carroll Hospital and Grace Medical Center, with exceptions for one parent visitor for pediatric patients, one significant other for labor and delivery patients, one visitor for end-of-life care patients, one visitor for heart attack or stroke patients and one visitor for emergency surgery patients. (Daily Record)


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Under Armour's chief product officer latest C-suite exec to depart

One of the longest-tenured C-suite executives at Under Armour Inc. will leave this summer, the company disclosed in a federal filing late Tuesday. Chief Product Officer Kevin Eskridge will leave the Baltimore-based sportswear maker on Aug. 20 to "pursue other interests," according to the filing. His departure is the latest in a long line of executives who have come and gone during a tumultuous few years for the brand as its sales have slowed. (Balt Bus Journal)


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Gov. Hogan orders Maryland's non-essential businesses to close

Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered all non-essential businesses in Maryland to close, the latest in a series of major steps he has taken to try and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The order will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Monday. Hogan said the move is intended to force people to remain at home unless they need to buy groceries, go to the pharmacy or use any other "essential services." (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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