Takoma Park’s mother dies of COVID-19 after giving birth

A pregnant Takoma Park woman contracted COVID-19 shortly before her due date, was admitted to hospital and gave birth to a baby boy about three weeks ago.

But due to the virus, Wogene Debele has never had the chance to see or spend time with his son. Then this week, she lost her battle with COVID-19.

Debele leaves behind her husband and three other children, in addition to the newborn. [WJLA]

Bank gets hundreds of small businesses approved for Paycheck Protection loans

A small community bank has helped hundreds of small businesses get approved for the first round of Paycheck Protection Program loans.

Capital Bank in Rockville knew it had to act quickly – and waiting for the government to tell them how it was going to work was not an option. Capital Bank secured 598 small business PPP loans, totaling $172 million. [NBC 4]

Silver Spring Company Refuses Paycheck Protection Funding

Astro Lab in Silver Spring is one of the lucky enough companies to receive funding through the Paycheck Protection Program. Emma Whelan, the co-owner, said her bank guaranteed the loan for her business.

But she plans to return the money. Whelan said his staff was mostly made up of part-time servers and bartenders. Currently, unemployment insurance pays its staff more than $1,000 a week, more than they would earn in a normal work week. [FOX 5]

Today’s weather

Cloudy with rain in the afternoon. The high will be around 62 and the low around 51.

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