July 24, 2020
Maryland has seen an upward trend in cases of coronavirus in recent weeks, resulting in some local officials calling for rollbacks on reopening measures. While the Governor's statewide face mask mandate and social distancing recommendations are still in effect, concerns remain about non-compliance. In order to reinforce the State’s guidance and ensure the health and safety of Maryland residents, some counties have implemented expanded measures and fines for
non-compliance.  Conduit Street  has your coverage.

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Howard County Public School System Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano joins Kevin Kinnally, Drew Jabin, and Michael Sanderson to discuss the health, safety, and logistical challenges of educating children in the fall.

As previously reported on Conduit Street , local education agencies are developing plans to reopen in the fall – whether that occurs in-person, remotely, or in a combination of the two – with a focus on the health and safety of students, teachers, and school personnel, while encouraging equitable access to the services and resources necessary for a high-quality education.
Listen to any Conduit Street Podcast Episode: www.mdcounties.org/Podcast
Counties In Action
@CouncilmanOpelJ Shares the Importance of Wearing a Face Mask in Public
Council Members @nwilliams23 and @Hawkins4PGC Help Deliver Groceries to Seniors
Somerset Public Schools Utilize Funds to Purchase New Laptops for Students

Corporate Partner Corner

With face covering mandates still in effect throughout Maryland, MACo's Gold Corporate Partner, UnitedHealthcare , has created a list of tips for wearing masks in the summer heat.

5 Tips for Wearing Masks in Summer

  1. Use breathable material: Find a tightly woven mask made of lightweight cloth materials like cotton, silk or mixed polyester. These materials may help you breathe more comfortably while still creating a necessary barrier. If you don’t want to go out and buy a face mask, consider getting creative with bandanas, old T-shirts or handkerchiefs. Make sure whatever you choose covers both your nose and mouth. 
  2. Make sure it fits: You mask should fit pretty snug, but it shouldn’t be too tight. Making sure your mask fits correctly may be important to help make it more breathable. Consider looking for one with adjustable straps. 
  3. Keep it clean: Wash your mask after every use, especially if it becomes wet from sweating. If you have a mask made of cloth, you can throw it in with your regular laundry cycle. Avoid touching the front of the mask and wash your hands promptly after each use. 
  4. Don’t forget your skin: Take care of your skin too, the moisture build-up from the effects of wearing your mask in hot weather may cause irritation or even acne. Consider skipping makeup under the mask to avoid further clogging your pores and rinse your face after removing it. 
  5. Understand who should not wear a mask: Those who have difficulties breathing should not wear a face mask, especially as heat may exacerbate those issues. Children younger than 2 should also refrain from wearing a mask, as it may be a choking hazard. Additionally, anyone who may be unable to remove a mask without assistance should avoid them.

For more from UnitedHealthcare, visit their website .

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