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Upper Chesapeake Medical Center Declares ‘Hospital Disaster,’ Shifts To Crisis Protocols – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health on Friday declared a hospital disaster at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, citing a recent explosion in COVID-19 patients.

The health system said it’s shifting to crisis standards of care protocols at the Bel Air hospital to keep up with the demand for care after the hospital saw COVID-19 cases increase by 733% over the past four weeks.

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“This is a critical response to a dynamic situation, is not a decision we made lightly and is one that was made after exhausting all other avenues to address issues that are challenging our operations,” Chief Medical Officer Dr. Fermin Barrueto said.

The extraordinary measure comes as the health system has seen infections at UCMC and UM Harford Memorial in Havre de Grace rise by 458% in the past month.

“We have seen an unprecedented surge in our COVID volume,” Dr. Barrueto told WJZ.

Once Maryland reached 1,500 COVID-19 patients Thursday, hospitals statewide were directed to launch their pandemic plans, which involve maximizing bed space to make room for a potential surge of patients.

Implementing crisis protocols is intended to help the hospital managing a surge of patients. The shift might include adjusting surgical schedules to prioritize those most in need, pivoting staff and simplifying documentation.

“It allows us to continue to stretch our staff,” Barrueto said. “It allows us to use unconventional staff to be able to support our nurses. It also helps us set expectations for the community that it is not business as usual.”

As of Friday, there were 74 COVID-19 patients between the two hospitals, which Barrueto said are also dealing with staffing shortages.

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“We have a very weary staff after battling this bug for two years,” he said. “On top of that, we’re asking them to do more or give longer hours, to work on the holidays and weekends. It has been a challenge and it has been a marathon.”

Other hospitals are struggling, too. In Baltimore, health leaders said this week that hospitals are nearing capacity and hospitalizations are up 185% over the past month.

Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday he expects the number of hospitalizations to surpass the 2,000-mark soon.

“While we do expect that to peak in mid to late January, that is typically around when we also have the peak of the flu season, causing additional strain on our healthcare system,” the governor said.

Lyle Sheldon, the president and chief executive officer for UM Upper Chesapeake Health, said the health system is doing everything in its power to support its workforce in light of the toll they’ve taken during the pandemic.

“Our team members at UM Harford Memorial Hospital (UM HMH) are similarly impacted and stretched to near-crisis levels. We are monitoring that situation very carefully to take the same action if appropriate,” Sheldon said.

Dr. David Marcozzi, professor of medicine for the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the UMMS COVID-19 incident commander, said all UMMS hospitals are working to scale back the number of surgeries they’re performing by 20%.

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“While UM UCH may be the first in Maryland to formally implement [Crisis Standards of Care protocols], they will not be the last,” Dr. Marcozzi said.

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Woman Arrested In 2014 Murder Of Landlord In Maryland – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A North Carolina woman is under arrest in the 2014 murder of her landlord in Carroll County, the Maryland State Police said Thursday.

Charity Sophia Goodwin, 38, was arrested Monday in the wake of her indictment earlier this month on murder charges and related offenses in the shooting death of 50-year-old Prakash Rampatsingh.

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Rampatsingh’s body was discovered on a dirt road in Hampstead the morning of June 27, 2014, police said. His pickup truck was later found abandoned in Prince George’s County.

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Detectives suspect Goodwin, Rampatsingh’s tenant at the time, abducted and killed her landlord during a confrontation at a rental property in Baltimore three days before his body was found.

Goodwin is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, armed robbery and motor vehicle theft, among other offenses, police said.

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The 38-year-old remains in custody in Mecklenberg County, North Carolina, while awaiting extradition back to Maryland.

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Baltimore Officer Shot, Ambushed In Targeted Attack After Volunteering To Work Overtime; Family Pleads For Justice – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Officer Keona Holley, a two-year veteran of the Baltimore Police force, is on life support after being ambushed inside her patrol car at 1:35 a.m. Thursday in South Baltimore’s Curtis Bay neighborhood. Commissioner Michael Harrison said the shooter approached from the back of the vehicle and shot Officer Holley at least two times.

“The person who did this to my sister, you are a coward,” said Officer Holley’s sister, Lawanda Sykes. “…She is stronger than you will ever be, and the force behind her is stronger than you will ever be. You didn’t take anything. You just made us realize how much she’s needed, how much she’s loved, how much she’s appreciated. She left out of her house every day and dug her feet into the dirt to serve this city. She deserves better.”

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WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren reports police recovered a vehicle they believe is connected to the crime and have interviewed several people. No arrests have been made. A reward for information leading to an arrest stands at $118,000.

“Keona was a hard-working mother… and like hard-working mothers do—especially around this time of year—she volunteered to work overtime last night in an area where we have been experiencing violence because she is a a public servant,” Mayor Brandon Scott said.

Police canvassed the 4400-block of Pennington Avenue for clues Thursday afternoon. Harrison said Holley accelerated her vehicle after being shot and crashed into Curtis Bay Park.

“Understand my sister, she is the yin to my yang—all I’ve ever known. She’s the other part of me. And I refuse to give that up. For anybody. Especially a city that does not appreciate her,” Holley’s sister said.

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When Officer Holley was a trainee with the department in 2020, she spoke to Business Insider for a story about reforms in the Baltimore police force. “I feel like officers have a bad name and we have to change that,” she said at the time.

“Our crime level is so high. The community needs Baltimore City police officers who are not here for a paycheck. They’re here because they care,” Holley said about why she joined the BPD.

Her sister said being an officer in Baltimore was a life-long dream for Holley. “My sister dedicated herself to this job. She went in early. She stayed late. She spent countless hours away from her children to serve her community in the Southern District. I am going to ask you if you have an honest, decent and empathetic bone in your body that you speak up and say something.”

Doctor Thomas Scalea with Shock Trauma said Holley remains in intensive care and the path to recovery will be long. “We are bringing our A-game here. She is getting everything done that we possibly can do.”

The FBI, ATF and Maryland State Police are assisting in the investigation.

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Anyone with tips can call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-Lockup. You can remain anonymous.

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Baltimore Man Sentenced To Life Without Parole In 11-Year-Old’s Rape – CBS Baltimore

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