VACCINES Luminis Health surpasses 116,000 COVID-19 vaccinations in first year ANNAPOLIS — In the year since it launched its COVID-19 vaccination efforts at hospitals in Annapolis and Lanham, Luminis Health has administered nearly 117,000 coronavirus vaccines in the communities it serves. Throughout the year, Luminis Health has given COVID-19 vaccines at its hospitals, businesses, churches, colleges, community centers, housing complexes, and barber shops. Our Community Health Team has reached vulnerable populations by administering COVID-19 vaccines at various mobile clinics throughout Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties. “Since the mission of Luminis Health is to enhance the health of the people and communities we serve, our Community Health Team is committed to meeting people where they are,” said Chris Crabbs, director of community health for Luminis Health. “We know first-hand that the COVID-19 vaccine saves lives and our mobile vaccine clinics will continue well into 2022.” Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center and Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. As of this week, both hospitals have more than 70 patients battling COVID-19. “Our hospitals are near capacity. In fact, hospitalizations have tripled in the past month,” said Dr. Stephen Selinger, chief medical officer for Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center. “The vast majority of our hospitalizations are unvaccinated patients. It is crucial for more people to get vaccinated and boosted.” Luminis Health spokesperson Justin McLeod said cases are continuing to rise in a “post-holiday surge,” which he said the healthcare providers had expected. See HEALTH Page A6
1Today’s Birthdays: Country singer Rose Lee Maphis is 99. Actor Inga Swenson is 89. Retired ABC newscaster Tom Jarriel is 87. Actor Barbara Steele is 84. Actor Jon Voight is 83. Singer Marianne Faithfull is 75. Retired Hall of Fame Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. is 75. Actor Ted Danson is 74. Singer-actor Yvonne Elliman is 70. The president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, is 68.
2A Maryland man who jumped into a bay from a bridge to rescue a drowning toddler has been awarded the Carnegie Medal, a national honor that recognizes civilians who put themselves in dangerous situations to save others. Jonathan Bauer of Berlin is among the 17 medal recipients that the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announced on Dec. 20. (Page A2)
3In 1993, I began working at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, eager to make my mark. The attention-getting, prehistoric-looking Atlantic sturgeon looked like low-hanging fruit. They are living fossils from the time of dinosaurs, a grab bag of evolutionary pieces and parts: a vacuum cleaner mouth, a fused head shield, electric sensors, barbels, sharklike sand-paper skin and lobed tail, plus conspicuous boney plates of armor. (Page A3)