Maryland County Pledges Investigation of Health Worker’s Coronavirus Death

Officials in Maryland’s Prince George’s County say they “will spare no time or expense” investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a veteran public health worker who died of COVID-19 after relatives and co-workers believe she contracted the coronavirus on the job.

The probe follows a story by KHN and the Associated Press two weeks ago focusing on the worker, Chantee Mack, a 44-year-old disease intervention specialist at the Prince George’s County Health Department who union officials said was among at least 20 department employees infected by the coronavirus. The outbreak underscores the stark dangers facing the nation’s front-line public health army, the subject of an ongoing series by KHN and the AP, “Underfunded and Under Threat.”

Mack’s co-worker Rhonda Wallace, leader of a local branch of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said she and others from the union met with two county council

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If the taste of chocolate chip cookies helps you manage the state of things, let no one declare cookies off limits. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Scared. Overwhelmed. Anxious. Angry. Bored.

These are just a few of the more challenging emotions we often find ourselves dealing with in the face of a worldwide pandemic.

In response, many of us have engaged in a variety of stress-relieving behaviors.

A common one: stress eating. This is when someone chooses to eat in response to challenging feelings, versus eating in response to hunger cues.

Stress eating is a coping method.

It serves to help us “check out” or “numb” anxious feelings, or it provides a temporary moment of comfort during an otherwise overwhelming day.

And I am here to say, “It’s OK!”

Stress eating is a normal human behavior. Savoring the taste of some cookies while tuning out the news might be the best

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