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Health Commissioner Extends Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert for Baltimore City through Sunday Morning

BALTIMORE, MD (January 7, 2022)— With temperatures remaining in the teens with wind chill and a forecasted wintry mix, Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa today extended a Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration for Baltimore City through Sunday morning, January 9. 

Health Commissioner Declares Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert for Baltimore City Friday Morning through Saturday Morning

BALTIMORE, MD (January 6, 2022)— With winter weather expected throughout the area tonight and temperatures predicted to fall into the teens with wind chill, Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa today issued a Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration for Baltimore City beginning Friday morning, January 7 through Saturday morning, January 8. 

Senior Center Activities Suspended through January 31st

Baltimore, MD (January 4, 2022) – Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases the Baltimore City Health Department will suspend in-person senior center activities effective today (01/04/2022) to help curb community transmission. This directive impacts the following city-operated senior center locations, including the Cherry Hill location operated in partnership with the Department of Recreation and Parks.

Health Commissioner Declares First Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert of the Season

BALTIMORE, MD (January 3, 2022)— With winter weather throughout the area today and temperatures predicted to fall into the teens with wind chill, Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa today issued a Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration for Baltimore City beginning Monday afternoon, January 3 through Tuesday morning, January 4.  This is the first Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert for Baltimore City this season.

Health Department Announces Plan to Distribute Rapid At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Through Community-Based Organizations Serving VALUE Communities 

BALTIMORE, MD. (Tuesday, November 30, 2021) – Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) is excited to participate in the distribution of free Abbott BinaxNOW Antigen at-home rapid COVID-19 test kits received from the Maryland Department of Health. BCHD will make COVID-19 rapid test kits available to eligible community-based organizations in limited quantities to be distributed to clients and community members.

Baltimore City Health Department Awarded National Accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board

BALTIMORE, MD (November 16, 2021) — The Baltimore City Health Department today announced it has been awarded national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Established in 2007, PHAB is the nonprofit organization that administers the national accreditation program, which aims to advance and transform public health practice by championing performance improvement, strong infrastructure, and innovation.

Baltimore City Announces Beginning of Code Blue Extreme Cold Season

BALTIMORE, MD (November 15, 2021)—Mayor Brandon M. Scott and Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa today announced the start of Baltimore City’s Code Blue Extreme Cold program for the coming winter. Code Blue Extreme Cold is a multi-agency effort to reduce hypothermia deaths by protecting individuals experiencing homelessness, seniors, and other vulnerable populations from extreme cold weather.

Health Department and Convention Center Field Hospital Announce Appointment Only Pediatric Vaccination Clinic

BALTIMORE, MD. (Friday, November 5th, 2021) –Today, Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa and the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital announced an appointment only pediatric vaccination clinic. This Saturday, November 6th, The Baltimore City Health Department in partnership with the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital and Five Medicine will hold a by appointment only 5-11 year old vaccination clinic at the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital from 8 am to 12 pm.

Press Release: Health Commissioner Declares Code Red Extreme Heat Alert for Wednesday through Friday

BALTIMORE, MD (August 24, 2021) With temperatures expected to rise in the Baltimore region and the heat index forecasted to reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit the next few days, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa has issued a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert for Wednesday, August 25th through Friday, August 27th.  The heat index is a measure of air temperature and relative humidity and indicates how hot it feels to the human body. 

Health Commissioner Extends Code Red Extreme Heat Alert Tuesday through Friday

BALTIMORE, MD (August 10, 2021) With temperatures expected to rise in the Baltimore region and the heat index forecasted to reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit over the next few days, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa has issued a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert for Tuesday, August 10 through Friday, August 13.  The heat index is a measure of air temperature and relative humidity and indicates how hot it feels to the human body. 

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