Friday, March 5, 2021
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
Baltimore City Hall’s dome will be lit in amber in remembrance of the 807 Baltimoreans who have died in the year since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Maryland.
At a news conference, Mayor Brandon Scott stressed that the victims are “not just numbers.”
“We have to remember they are family members friends members,” Scott said. “They are people who will never be able to celebrate holidays, good times, birthdays with their families.”
At 3 p.m., a revised executive order takes effect that will allow adult entertainment venues to open. Scott signed the order after one strip club owner filed a lawsuit against the city.
“The city will continue to enforce the executive order and establishments allowed to open must follow all relevant health guidance from the CDC, state of Maryland and the city of Baltimore,” Scott said.
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As of Friday, 13.3% of city residents had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa said officials are working with providers to prioritize doses for certain populations, including seniors and the homeless.
The city is setting aside 1,200 doses for seniors, educators and first responders to get vaccinated at Baltimore City Community College. City officials are reaching out to some of the 20,000 seniors who registered their interest in the vaccine with an online form.
Those without internet access may call 410-396-2273 to register their interest in a vaccine.
Another 1,000 shots have been reserved for clinical partners serving seniors and educators and another 1,000 have been set aside for mobile vaccination clinics. The previously-announced clinics will prioritize buildings based on factors including the population of older adults and the vaccination rate of the census tract, Dzirasa said. The number of clinics is based on the supply of the vaccine at any given time.
Dzirasa stressed that all three vaccines now approved for use are completely safe and that side effects like soreness and body aches are completely normal.
Scott stressed the continued importance of testing.
“We have to continue to get tested. We know were all tired. everyone’s tired of having to get that thing through the nose but we have to,” Scott said. “Getting tested is as important as the vaccine. You’re doing it to protect yourself and those around you.”