🌱 UM Medical Centers Declare Emergency + Snow Advisory For Area

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Rise and shine, Laurel! Here's everything you need to know to get this Monday started off right.

First, today's weather:

Heavy snow in the a.m., 4-8". High: 32 Low: 14.

Here are the top five stories today in Laurel:

  1. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for D.C. and surrounding areas for 2 to 4 inches of snow, with some areas getting up to 6 inches or more of snow. Sleet will be involved and may cause hazardous driving conditions with slick roads. Snow is expected to fall between 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. (WUSA9.com)

  2. According to a press release, UM Capital Region Health (UM Capital) has seen a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in the last 30 days, substantial boarding in the emergency departments and significant staffing shortages. The current demand for care is depleting its available resources, including staffing, which is why UM Capital Region Medical Center, UM Bowie Health Center and the Emergency Department within UM Laurel Medical Center — all part of UM Capital— are declaring a hospital emergency (disaster) and implementing crisis policies, procedures and processes. Taking this action enables UM Capital to care for the increasing number of patients in the most safe and effective way during this crisis. This also affects the Emergency Room at University of Maryland Laurel Medical Center. (City of Laurel)

  3. The City of Laurel is offering free COVID-19 tests through the first week of January. The free coronavirus tests will be available at the Laurel Medical Mart & Mini Clinic on 14402 Baltimore Ave between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. through Friday. Walk-in appointments will not be accepted. (WTOP)

  4. As of Jan. 1, Maryland’s minimum wage will increase from $11.75 per hour to $12.50 per hour for employers with 15 or more employees, and from $11.60/hour to $12.20/hour for employers with 14 or fewer employees. It will reach $15 per hour in 2026. (City of Laurel-Government-Facebook)

  5. Another new law will require Maryland Medical Assistance Program to provide pregnant program recipients with comprehensive medical, dental, and other health care services during pregnancy. (City of Laurel-Government-Facebook)

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Today in Laurel:

  • Childcare hosted by Laurel Woods ES — Internet registration is not available for this activity. Please contact us during regular business hours for registration information. Please call 410-313-7275 to check space in Before Care (morning hours only) registration for 2021-2022 school year at Laurel Woods ES. (7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.)

  • Babies in Bloom—Babies from birth to 18 months (with caring adult) enjoy songs, action rhymes and playtime while building early literacy skills. This is a great way to get to know other families in your community! This event will be hosted by Maryland City at Russett Community Meeting Room. (10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)

  • Outdoor Ice Skating at Washington Harbour — Experience D.C.'s largest outdoor skating rink at The Washington Harbour! It's open for skating every day, including the holidays. Time to tee up those triple axels along the Potomac. Open for general admission, as well as private rentals. (11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

  • Artist Event — Join Artist Katie Detrich, owner of Welcome to Neverland School of Imagination, at The Greene Turtle in Pasadena (Md.)! Katie will guide you though the creative process while you enjoy time with friends and family. The ticket includes art materials and instruction only.Check-in starts at 6:00 p.m..Paint instruction will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Available on canvas, slate or pallet wood. (6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

  • Winter Relief — Hosted by Mid Atlantic Community Church Jan. 3 to Jan. 10. Sign up to donate needed items or volunteer your time. Winter Relief is a moving emergency shelter coordinated by Arundel House of Hope and Anne Arundel County. The shelter serves over 100 men and women mostly during the winter months. Over 70 churches volunteer to share the love of Jesus and service to brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness. (All day)

From my notebook:

  • City of Laurel - Government: The emergency room within the UM Laurel Medical Center has declared a hospital emergency, partly because of the surge in COVID-19 patients. (Facebook)

  • Laurel Police Department: After 8 1/2 years of loyal and dedicated service to the City of Laurel, K9 Rek is retiring today! K9 Rek started his career with his partner, Cpl. Mrozek, in May of 2013. K9 Rek fearlessly served to keep the citizens of Laurel safe. We thank him for his service to this city and we wish him all the best in his retirement! Today also marks Cpl. Mrozek's last day as a member of our K9 Unit. Cpl. Mrozek has been a part of the K9 Unit for over 15 years. Cpl. Mrozek, thank you for all that you have done as a part of the K9 Unit! (Facebook)

  • City of Laurel - Government: Happy New Year from the City of Laurel family to yours! We wish you good health, peace, and much love in 2022 and beyond. (Facebook)

  • PGCPS: Classes resume today (Jan. 3) with virtual learning.For help with a Chromebook, email, Zoom and more, see our tech tips: bit.ly/dlparentresources (Instagram)

  • LVFD Business Meeting: Laurel Volunteer Fire Department will have a business meeting today. (Laurel VFD)

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Alexis Goring

About me: My name is Alexis A. Goring. I'm a Bowie area resident with a pulse for people, news and feature stories! I've worked as a freelance writer/editor/proofreader in the media industry for 15 years. I'm also a published author, experienced blogger, and founder of Writer at Heart Editorial Services. Visit my website for more details about me and my work. Here's the link: https://alexisagoring.jimdofree.com.

This article originally appeared on the Laurel Patch

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