State Marks 10K Virus Milestone, Cecil County Has 102; Hogan Orders Facemasks–but Claims Re-opening Business is Near

April 15, 2020

NEWS ANALYSIS Maryland marked a milestone in the spread of the COVID-19 virus on Wednesday (4/15/2020) with 10,032 confirmed cases in the state, and Cecil County’s count reached 102 cases. But Gov. Larry Hogan, while ordering all shoppers and store workers to wear facemasks and predicting that the state is still weeks away from...
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Cecil County Has Second COVID-19 Death: Nursing Home Patient Dies; County Exec Freezes Budget

April 13, 2020

A second Cecil County resident has died of the COVID-19 virus, the Cecil County Health Department reported Monday afternoon, after a man in his 80’s — who was a patient at the Calvert Manor nursing home in Rising Sun—died of the virus after an outbreak among patients and staff emerged in the past few...
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COVID-19 Virus Slams Calvert Manor Nursing Home, National Guard to Help; Elkton, Rising Sun Local Virus Hot Spots, Map Shows

April 12, 2020

A sudden onslaught of COVID-19 cases at Calvert Manor nursing home in Rising Sun, with patients and staff testing positive for the virus, prompted emergency steps Saturday to bring in a special state medical “strike force,” including the National Guard. And new zip code data released Sunday by the state show Elkton and Rising...
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Cecil County Budget: Virus “Crisis” and Revenue Uncertainty Shape Budget; County Exec Avoids Raid on Emergency Funds

April 4, 2020

NEWS ANALYSIS Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy admits putting together the Fiscal 2021 county budget was a bit like being in a hurricane bunker while hoping that the COVID-19 pandemic that has wreaked havoc with the state and local economy won’t overwhelm the fiscal safety measures he installed over the past three years that...
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State Virus Deathtoll Rises; Job Shutdowns Skyrocket Unemployment Numbers; Cecil County Gives Aid to Small Biz

April 2, 2020

The COVID-19 virus pandemic escalated its destructive path on Thursday (4/2/2020) as the Maryland death toll doubled in two days and out-of-work state and local residents filed massive new claims for unemployment benefits. The state Health Department posted new figures on the number of confirmed cases Thursday morning, showing 2,331 Marylanders have tested positive...
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BULLETIN: Cecil County Records First Fatality from COVID-19 Virus; Elderly Man Dies at Union Hospital

March 31, 2020

Cecil County has recorded its first fatality from the COVID-19 virus, which claimed the life of an 80-year old man at Union Hospital on Tuesday (3/31/2020), county sources said. Statewide, the lethal virus had claimed the lives of 18 people as of 10 a.m. on Tuesday (3/31/2020), according to a daily update by the...
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Cecil County Virus Count up to 9 Cases, Statewide Tally Rises Sharply; Jobless Numbers Soar in Cecil, State Due to Biz Closings

March 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is expanding rapidly across Maryland, as the number of confirmed cases more than doubled in Cecil County—growing from 4 to 9 confirmed cases– and grew exponentially statewide in just a day. The economic toll of the virus also made its first measurable impact, with soaring applications for jobless benefits in the...
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Public Schools to Remain Closed until 4/24, as COVID-19 Virus Spreads; Cecil Schools Prep Meals, Online Courses

March 26, 2020

Maryland has ordered public schools in the state to remain closed until 4/24/2020, extending for a month an earlier two-week shutdown due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, leaving thousands of Cecil County students at home as school officials prepare to roll out new online learning programs. Standing with Gov. Larry Hogan in Annapolis, State...
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Cecil County COVID-19 Cases Rise to 3, Local ‘Emergency’ Declared; Gov. Hogan Closes “Non-essential Business,” Offers Small Biz Aid

March 23, 2020

Cecil County now has 3 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, prompting County Executive Alan McCarthy to issue a “declaration of emergency” on Monday to accelerate county access to state emergency services and supplies programs. In addition, Gov. Larry Hogan ordered closure of all “non-essential businesses” while announcing several new programs to aid small...
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BULLETIN: Cecil County Reports 1st COVID-19 Positive Patient; Woman in her 20s Quarantined at Home in Western Cecil

March 22, 2020

Cecil County has received the first confirmation of a COVID-19 Coronavirus diagnosis in the county, a woman in her 20s who lives in the western sector of the county, County Executive Alan McCarthy announced on Sunday. He said the woman “has no history of recent foreign travel or known contact with anyone who traveled.”...
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Gov. Hogan Closes Maryland Public Schools; Expands Emergency Powers as Cecil County Prepares for Virus Impact

March 12, 2020

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced late Thursday (3/12/2020) a series of emergency steps to address the COVID-19 coronavirus, including closure of all public schools in the state for two weeks, effective on Monday 3/16/2020 until 3/27/2020. Hogan’s announcement came two hours after Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy held a press conference, surrounded by local...
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Cecil County Exec Candidate Forum: Politics, Pauses, Policy; Questions on Budget, Land Use, Route 40 Ugliness

March 3, 2020

Unlike national political debates in this election year that have often turned into rhetorical slugfests and personal attacks, a candidate’s forum for the four Republican candidates for Cecil County Executive was a mostly polite question and answer session, with candidates not engaging directly with one another. The most interesting moments came when some candidates...
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Councilor Jackie Gregory, Facing Ethics Order, Attacks Fellow Lawmakers; Council Attorney Paid by Taxpayers Aids her Cause

February 26, 2020

A CECIL TIMES Special Report NEWS ANALYSIS Cecil County Council member Jackie Gregory (R-5), faced with an ethics complaint and a directive from the county’s Ethics Commission to stop working as a substitute teacher in county schools while holding an elected Council seat, is pressing subpoenas against three fellow Councilors and County Executive Alan...
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Cecil County Primary Election Ballots Set; Meffley Unopposed for Council, Four GOPs Seek County Exec Post; Crowded US House Race

January 24, 2020

The deadline for candidates to file for the April primary elections passed at 9 p.m. on Friday (1/24/2020) with no last-minute surprises in Cecil County, as two late entrants filed several days ago in the County Executive’s race. Four Republicans are competing in the GOP primary while a Democrat is unopposed in his party...
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CECIL CHATTER: County Exec Race– Coutz Belatedly Dreams Big with Tiny $; Democrat Kase Plays Banjo for Votes

January 22, 2020

BILL COUTZ DREAMS BIG; CAMPAIGN $ SMALL, LATE AND LATENT Cecil County Council member Bill Coutz (R-2) has finally filed his campaign finance report that was due last week, with fines for his tardiness and a new treasurer and campaign chairman to replace two longtime supporters who resigned from his campaign. And while he...
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