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Walktober In Maryland To Celebrate State’s Official Exercise

MARYLAND — The Maryland Department of Transportation is partnering with state and local agencies, nonprofits and communities across Maryland to host Walktober, a monthlong series of activities and virtual webinars in October promoting the state’s official exercise: walking. Maryland named walking as the official state exercise in October 2008.

Walktober includes the Oct. 7 celebration of the sixth annual Walk Maryland Day, as well as four webinars focusing on pedestrian safety, health and walking as a commuting option. The webinars – or “walkinars” – are being held online, rather than in-person events, to encourage safe practices as Maryland continues recovering from coronavirus. Residents are invited to sign up for the 90-minute walkinars, which feature local, state and national speakers.

“Walking is not only our state exercise, but it’s been an important strategy for Marylanders dealing with the challenges of COVID-19,” said Gov. Larry Hogan. “While many people have been teleworking

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Costa Rica to allow tourism from only six US states



Costa Rica announced that the residents of just six US states will be allowed to visit the country starting on September 1.

According to an announcement made by Costa Rica’s tourism board, only Americans residing in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont will be permitted to travel to Costa Rica.

“In these six states, there has been a very positive evolution of the pandemic and their epidemiological indicators are of high quality,” Gustavo Segura, Costa Rica’s Minister of Tourism, said in a statement.

In order to enter the country, American travelers will be required to present a valid driver’s license that shows they’re a resident in one of the approved states.

Tourists entering Costa Rica are also required to complete an online epidemiological health form prior to arrival and present negative results from a COVID-19 test administered within 48 hours of arrival.

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As of August 19,

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News from around our 50 states

Alabama

Montgomery: Alabama and much of the Deep South are seeing a spike in coronavirus cases as some have stopped heeding warnings of the disease, alarming public health officials and people who have lost loved ones because of COVID-19. Over the past two weeks, Alabama had the second-highest number of new cases per capita in the nation. South Carolina was fourth. Louisiana and Mississippi were also in the top 10. “We are extremely concerned about these numbers. We know if they continue, we will see more hospitalizations and more deaths,” Alabama State Health Officer Scott Harris said. The combination of preexisting health conditions and limited health care access in the region, along with pockets of public skepticism about health officials’ advice on the illness, complicate attempts to manage the virus. Dr. Selwyn Vickers, dean of the UAB School of Medicine, said the South has high rates of diabetes, kidney disease,

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