Health Department Working To Provide Access and Information For Critical Health Services, Announces Webpage For Clinical Updates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In response to the recent civil unrest in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen are working to ensure that that access to health care continues uninterrupted throughout this period of unrest in our city.  “We are working around the clock to protect vital resources and coordinate with mental health facilities, senior care centers, hospitals, pharmacies, local clinics, and other partners.” said Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen. 

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