COVID-19 Update

Senator Shelly Hettleman – D11
COVID 19 Update, Information and Resources
Date: July 10, 2020

There are currently 71,910 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Maryland (an increase of 463 in 24 hrs) with 3,172 deaths (+12) and 8,581 cases, with 473 deaths (22 probable deaths) in Baltimore County (7/10). The MDH site and map will be updated daily and include data by zip code and ethnicity, as we are seeing the disproportionate racial and socioeconomic impacts this crisis is having on our community. 

Please use this resource guide, the Baltimore County COVID19 Portal and this MD Financial Relief Guide  to help navigate through the many challenges of this unprecedented crisis. If you have any questions or need any support, please reach out to my office 410-841-3131 or shelly.hettleman@senate.state.md.us 

 

COVID-19 Resource Guide

Baltimore County

Health Department

Health Insurance

Health Organizations

Seniors

Closings

Meals & Food Assistance

BCPS Information

Need Help? Emergency Contacts

Want to Help?

Unemployment

Business Resources & Commerce

Arts / Music / Non-Profit Information

Federal Response Information

Transportation

Translated Resources

Updated Election Information

Census Information

Other Resources & Helpful Links

The Governor’s Announcements & Updates:

    • REOPENINGS EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, JUNE 12 AT 5 PM:

      • INDOOR DINING. Restaurants can resume indoor operations at 50 percent capacity, with appropriate distancing, and following strict public health requirements consistent with the CDC, FDA, and the National Restaurant Association. Maryland Department of Health directives.
      • OUTDOOR AMUSEMENTS. Outdoor amusements and rides, including miniature golf and go-kart tracks, may resume with appropriate health and safety protocols. Capacity restrictions at pools will be increased to 50 percent with strict safety guidelines still in place. Guidelines and best practices.

      Read the updated executive order.

      REOPENINGS EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, JUNE 19 AT 5 PM

      • INDOOR FITNESS ACTIVITIES. After an extra week of sanitization and safety preparations, indoor gyms, martial arts, dance, and other indoor studio fitness activities may begin to safely reopen at 50 percent capacity with strict health, distancing, and sanitization measures. Guidelines and best practices.
      • CASINOS, ARCADES, AND MALLS. Casinos, arcades, and malls may also begin to resume operations with strict safety protocols.

      SCHOOLS AND CHILD CARE REOPENINGS

      • GRADUATION CEREMONIES. The governor is encouraging local school systems to plan and hold safe outdoor graduation ceremonies with appropriate capacity and social distancing measures in place.
      • SCHOOL BUILDINGS. School systems may now begin bringing small groups of students and staff into school buildings. School systems are encouraged to prioritize summer instruction for vulnerable populations. All nonpublic special education schools may reopen to serve students with disabilities.
      • CHILD CARE PROVIDERS. All child care providers may begin to reopen, and the number of individuals child care providers can have in one room has been expanded to a maximum of 15.
      • OUTDOOR HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS. Outdoor high school sports may begin to resume practice and training activities within the same guidelines that were previously announced for youth sports programs.

      EXPANDED TESTING IN BALTIMORE CITY. State officials are encouraging anyone who has recently attended peaceful demonstrations to get tested for COVID-19. As part of this effort, beginning next week, the Maryland Department of Health and the Maryland National Guard will open multiple high-volume COVID-19 testing sites across Baltimore City, including at the Baltimore Convention Center.

      REOPENING GUIDANCE. As additional industries and activities begin to resume, the Maryland Department of Commerce continues to develop and issue guidance and best practices to help businesses reopen safely. These resources are available at open.maryland.gov/backtobusiness.

      COMMUNITY-BASED APPROACH. Stage Two will continue to be implemented with a flexible, community-based approach that allows local leaders to allow reopenings at their discretion.

      Stage 2 Begins Friday, June 5th at 5:00pm lifting the closure of non- essential businesses.

      The list of open businesses in Maryland will include manufacturing, construction, large and small retail shops, speciality vendors, wholesalers, warehouses, and offices including information technology firms, legal offices, accounting, banking and financial institutions, insurance agencies, design studios, advertising and architectural firms, and media production companies. Read the governor’s order here.

      Additionally, real estate offices, travel agencies, auto dealer showrooms, bank branches and various other offices may all safely reopen with public health and safety guidance recommendations in place. This guidance includes:

      • Wearing face coverings whenever face-to-face interaction takes place.
      • Conducting temperature checks for workers and other personnel.
      • Limiting the proximity of employees by rotating employee hours.
      • Instituting split schedules, shifts, or shorter work weeks.
      • Staggering start, break, or shift times.

      Employees who can telework should continue to do so whenever possible.

      ADDITIONAL PERSONAL SERVICES. Additional personal services including nail salons, massage therapists, tanning salons, and tattoo parlors may resume operations at up to 50 percent capacity, by appointment only, and with appropriate health and safety guidelines.

      REOPENING OF STATE GOVERNMENT. Maryland state government will also begin returning to more normal operations on Monday, June 8. The Motor Vehicle Administration and other customer-facing agencies will begin reopening select branches to customers on a limited basis by appointment only. Staff will be required to wear face coverings and will have plexiglass dividers at each station. With more Marylanders back to work, transit will begin to return to a more normal schedule and the Maryland State Department of Education will continue with its gradual plan to reopen child care centers.

      REOPENING GUIDANCE. As additional industries and activities begin to resume, the Maryland Department of Commerce continues to develop and issue guidance and best practices to help businesses reopen safely. These resources are available at open.maryland.gov/backtobusiness.

      NEXT STEPS. State officials and the Maryland Coronavirus Recovery Team will continue to watch the data closely, and if encouraging trends continue, the next step, likely coinciding with the end of the school year, will be to consider opening additional amusement, fitness, sporting, and other summertime activities.

    • May 27th Update: OUTDOOR DINING. Restaurants as well as social organizations such as American Legions, VFWs, and Elks Clubs will be able to begin safely reopening for outdoor dining following strict public health requirements consistent with the CDC, FDA, and the National Restaurant Association. Read the governor’s order here. Guidance and best practices for restaurants.
    • YOUTH SPORTS. Outdoor youth sports may resume following appropriate CDC guidelines see Guidance and best practices for youth sports.

    YOUTH DAY CAMPS. Outdoor activities at youth day camps may resume under the following guidance: Department of Health directives regarding youth camp programs. Guidance and best practices for youth day camps.

    • OUTDOOR POOLS. All outdoor pools may reopen with strict safety guidelines-Department of Health directives regarding swimming pools. Guidance and best practices for outdoor pools.
    • For documents related to COVID19 in other languages- click HERE
    • Rumor Control- Get the facts 
    • Schools will be providing up to 3 meals a day for all students. Locations can be found HERE
    • Child care resources can be located HERE or by calling 1-877-261-0060
    • Residential customers are protected from gas, water, electric, sewer, phone, cable, and internet services being shut off during state of emergency. Providers will not charge late fees.
    • For the duration of the state of emergency, residents will not be evicted.
    • Continue to check with credible sources of information in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and promote social distancing in order to slow the spread of the virus.

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Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced the County’s Coordinated Response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • NEW! 6/9 Housing Relief Announced: Baltimore County Has funds available for the first phase of the COVID19 Eviction Prevention Program. Applications accepted from 10am June 9-5pm June 12 on a first come-first served basis. For information click here and here for Spanish and English versions.
  • Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that, effective Friday, June 5, at 5 p.m., Baltimore County will repeal all local orders to align with state actions to begin moving into Stage Two, which will allow additional non-essential businesses to reopen. The full list of businesses that may reopen under Governor Hogan’s Executive order is available here.
  • Residents Should Continue to Stay Home Residents and visitors to Baltimore County should continue to stay at home unless they are traveling to work or medical appointments, shopping for groceries or picking up other retail goods, or traveling to outdoor recreational opportunities. Older and more vulnerable residents are strongly advised to continue staying home as much as possible.
  • Residents and visitors should practice safe physical distancing and wear masks in public, and frequently wash their hands and sanitize high-touch areas.

    Employers should continue to encourage telework for their employees when possible. Individuals who can work from home should continue to do so.This applies to all retail establishments outside of those considered essential under the state’s previous orders. Curbside pickup and delivery is strongly encouraged, and all public health precautions should remain in place.

  • Click HERE for the Baltimore County COVID19 Resource Guide
  • May 6th- the County Executive announced that, beginning next week, the Baltimore County Department of Aging will be expanding its food distribution efforts by providing boxes of food for older adults- see senior section for details.
  • Click HERE for guidance from BCPD Chief Hyatt on the wearing of masks in Baltimore County
  • An executive order providing an extension of all county licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations has been issued until 30 days following the end of the local state of emergency.
  • All non-essential meetings of public boards, commissions, or committees have been cancelled or postponed. Members of the public are prohibited from attending meetings that are deemed not essential, but will be instructed as to how to participate or observe on a case by case basis.
  • As with the Governor’s instructions and County Executive’s request, Sheriff R. Jay Fisher has agreed to suspend all evictions for the duration of the state of emergency in the County.
  • Water shutoffs have been halted.
  • All meetings and appointments currently scheduled with the County departments or staff are cancelled. Access to County buildings will be restricted. For more information check the County website HERE.
  • Payments for property taxes, water bills, parking, red light and speed camera tickets as well as pet licenses can be made online There is a convenient payment (check only) collection drop-box located outside of Room 150 of the Historic Courthouse
  • Non-essential County employees will telework and all County travel is suspended
  • Baltimore County Employee Resources- click HERE
  • Residents can visit the BaltCo Go-Online Map to find the closest available free internet service throughout the County. Users can search for locations closest to where they live. 9 library locations offer free external WiFi access in their parking lots.
  • The Emergency Declaration remains in place to address COVID-19, and the County has taken actions to protect employees and members of the public and minimize the spread of COVID-19.

For a list of new County building restrictions, contact information, and details on fast-track bar and restaurant alcohol delivery, click HERE.

 


Baltimore County Health Department Hotline

The Baltimore County Department of Health has a hotline for residents to call with questions or concerns about COVID-19: the number is 410-887-3816. The hotline is open seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maryland Health Connection information HERE or call 410-500-4710

Guidance from the CDC on running necessary errands, click HERE

Baltimore County residents can reserve a slot for a free COVID-19 test online.

Appointments are available at both walk-up and drive-through sites for Thursday, June 4 through Tuesday, June 9. New dates are added every Wednesday.

Residents no longer need a doctor’s note to obtain a test. When scheduling a test, you will enter your contact information and choose a location and appointment time for your test.

While reserving a time slot is recommended, all individuals visiting a County testing location will be served.

Adults must show identification upon arrival for their test. Adults accompanying a minor for testing must write down the child’s name and date of birth to present to staff upon arrival at the site.

Individuals may visit any of the four County sites between 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the days indicated. Site locations and days of operation are:

Liberty Family Resource Center

3525 Resource Drive, Randallstown, Maryland 21133

Walk-up clinic, open Mondays.

Dundalk Health Center

7700 Dunmanway, Dundalk, Maryland 21222

Walk-up clinic, open Mondays.

Maryland Vehicle Emissions Program (VEIP)

11510 Cronridge Drive, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117

Drive-through clinic, open Wednesdays and Fridays.

Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium

2200 York Road, Timonium, Maryland 21093

Drive-through clinic, open Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Residents can check with their local pharmacies about testing availability and can call the Baltimore County COVID-19 Hotline at 410-887-3816 with other coronavirus-related questions. The hotline is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can make an appointment here.

 

Need health insurance? Access Maryland Health Connection information HERE or call 410-500-4710

If you had been diagnosed with COVID19 and are recovering, access resources, information and support HERE

Guidance from the CDC on running necessary errands, click HERE

Johns Hopkins COVID19 Resource Center HERE


Insurance Update: Enroll Now

As part of the state’s overall response to the coronavirus, and in an effort to prioritize health and safety, Maryland Health Connection opened a new special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders. This is a special enrollment period running through July 15th. Marylanders can enroll at MarylandHealthConnection.gov or by calling 1-855-642-8572 from 6am-11pm weekdays. Trained navigators are available by phone. For more information, click HERE


Health Organizations & Information

The American Diabetes Association is providing support and guidance to constituents impacted by diabetes, who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. You can access helpful resources, understand your risk, know your legal rights, and connect with community at diabetes.org/coronavirus. Make sure you know how to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 and what to do if you or a loved one develops symptoms. In addition, many people are now facing unexpected financial hardships. If you are struggling to pay for insulin, the ADA has resources to help – visit InsulinHelp.org.

Questions? The American Diabetes Association is here to help during this challenging time: click here or call their Center for Information at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383).

Other Diabetes Resources: The Lilly Insulin Value Program allows anyone with commercial insurance and those without insurance to fill their monthly prescription of Lilly insulin for $35. The program is effective today 4/7 and covers most Lilly insulins. Details and more information can be found in the press release here: https://e.lilly/2wjEr7J.

Maryland Humanities: Making time to stay connected with friends, family, and community is vital—especially right now. Join us next week as we launch a new online project. We’ll pose a question each week as a conversation starter, some serious and some just for fun. You will find the questions on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Comment on the posts or call our hotline at (443) 484-TALK and leave a message that we’ll share later. We hope you’ll join us in this new project. #LetsTalkMaryland

if you had been diagnosed with COVID 19 please click HERE


Seniors

The Maryland Department of Aging offers a senior check in call service-free! Simply register HERE and receive a daily check in call. For information on protecting older or vulnerable adults, click HERE.

If you are a senior, or contacting us on behalf of a senior, with food access needs, call 410-887-2954 or email aginginfo@baltimorecountymd.gov

For guidance on shopping information click HERE

Food for Seniors

Boxes will be distributed by appointment only at three senior center locations in three different regions of the County:

  • WEST – Tuesday, May 12 – 10 a.m. – Noon, Liberty Senior Center – 3525 Resource Drive, Randallstown, Maryland 21133.
  • NORTH – Tuesday, May 12 – 10 a.m. – Noon, Parkville Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road, Parkville, Maryland 21234.
  • EAST – Thursday, May 14 – 10 a.m. – Noon, Ateaze Senior Center, 7401 Holabird Avenue, Dundalk, Maryland 21222.

Baltimore County residents over 60 years of age should call 410-887-2040 to schedule their pick-up date, time and location. Only individuals with appointments will receive a box of food. During the appointment, individuals will be asked to show proof of age through their BCDA Senior Center Membership Card or other identification.

Anyone unable to travel to these locations should contact Maryland Access Point (MAP) at 410-887-2594 to discuss other food options with the MAP staff.

The Department of Aging plans to continue to provide meals through the end of June, or until the senior centers reopen to the public, whichever comes first.

Guidance from the CDC on running necessary errands, click HERE

Thanks to Councilman Patoka’s office for compiling the special senior shopping hours below.

Click HERE to find D11 restaurant delivery options

 


Baltimore County Closings

Baltimore County Public Libraries Closed: Digital resources are available 24/7.  

UPDATE: Phased opening starting Mon., June 15. This phased reopening begins on Monday June 15, 2020 with a limited number of staff returning to library buildings to begin internal preparations. Staff will be preparing work spaces, receiving and processing 8,000 new books and resources for users, gathering the 58,000 customer holds and planning for the return of the 400,000+ items borrowed before the library closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

Baltimore County Senior Centers Closed: All Baltimore County Senior Centers will be closed to the public beginning until further notice. Seniors can call the Maryland Access Point hotline at 410-887-2594. Calls are answered by a team of Certified Information and Assistance Specialists, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Department of Recreation and Parks: All Department of Recreation and Parks buildings are closed to the public until further notice. County parks remain open to the public, but playground equipment, dog parks, skate parks, comfort stations, and portable toilets are closed.

CCBC : Classes via remote instruction only.

 

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Baltimore County Public School Updates

 I know this crisis and resulting school closures creates challenging situations as students transition to distance learning, for parents who are still essential employees and require childcare services, and for families who rely on school meals each day for nutrition. Please help share the information below via social media and through your networks to connect Marylanders with available resources.

COVID 19 Resources and Information for Educators

BCPS Helpful links:

April 9th letter from Dr. Williams

https://www.bcps.org/system/coronavirus/

https://www.bcps.org/system/studentlearningresources/

Information on BCPS TV Content

  • BCPS schools and offices are closed through the end of the year, online learning continues. Buildings are closed through June 22. The new Continuity of Learning Plan is available for students through the BCPS site.
  •  BCPS Meals will be distributed from 62 locations. While students are encouraged to be present when picking up meals, accommodations will be made for students who are unable to be present. At all sites, students will receive a breakfast, lunch, and snack on Monday through Wednesday. On Thursday, students will receive two breakfasts, two lunches, and two snacks for Thursday and Friday. Meals will no longer be distributed on Friday.

  • The Dept. of Rec and Parks, under the Maryland Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, will also offer meal distribution (first come first serve basis) weekdays from 11AM-1PM to children 18 & under at the sites listed HERE
  • For printable list of site in Spanish, Chinese, Urdu click HERE
  • The BCPS Coronavirus Updates webpage contains Student Learning Resources for voluntary materials by grade and subject, meal locations, and a question portal for staff and community members.
  • Child care needs? LOCATE services can be found HERE or by calling 1-877-261-0060
  • Please continue to check the BCPS Coronavirus Updates webpage under FREE MEAL SITES for the latest list

Student meals are available in the parking lots of the locations identified on weekdays through April 24th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  1. Access Student Resources HERE
  2. Resources for students with Special Needs HERE
  3. Resources for parents of children with Autism HERE
  4. Directions for Accessing Practice Resources in Schoolology: HERE
  5. Need some additional ideas for your students at home? Check out resources HERE

AP students now have access to free live AP review sessions presented by AP teachers across the country, with a focus on course content that has been previously covered in the classroom. For the 2020 exams, there are secure 45-minute online exams for each course. There will be two exam periods: May 11-22 and June 1-5. Additional information and regular updates will be posted here.

To honor its extraordinary Class of 2020 during these extraordinary times, Baltimore County Public Schools is pleased to share the schedule for upcoming upcoming virtual high school graduations. Additional information about how to view the ceremonies and how graduating seniors will receive their caps and gowns will be forthcoming from school principals.


Baltimore County Meals & Food Assistance

 

Baltimore County Meals- Food Assistance

ON-LINE SNAP PURCHASING WILL BE AVAILABLE STARTING MAY 27

If you have questions or need assistance with food access, call 410-887-2594 or email food@baltimorecountymd.gov or for more information click HERE

Baltimore County Food Assistance Information

Click HERE for Baltimore County meal distribution locations. The following locations will offer grocery pickup every Saturday 11-1. Locations with *  will also offer Grab-and-Go meals from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on a first come, first served basis.  

  • Arbutus Community Center, 865 Sulphur Spring Rd, Halethorpe, MD 21227
  • Bear Creek Elementary School, 1607 Melbourne Rd, Dundalk, MD 21222
  • *Cockeysville PAL Center, 9836 Greenside Dr, Cockeysville, MD 21030
  • Colgate Elementary School, 401 51st St, Baltimore, MD 21224
  • *Dundalk PAL Center, 15 Commerce Place Dundalk, Maryland 21222
  • Eastern Regional Park, 11723 Eastern Avenue Baltimore MD 21220
  • Edgemere Elementary School, 7201 North Point Rd, Edgemere, MD 21219
  • Edmondson Heights Elementary School, 1600 Langford Rd., Baltimore, MD 21207
  • Fullerton Elementary School, 4400 Fullerton Ave, Nottingham, MD 21236
  • Grange Elementary School, 2000 Church Rd, Dundalk, MD 21222
  • Halethorpe Elementary School, 4300 Maple Ave, Halethorpe, MD 21227
  • Hereford Senior Center, 510 Monkton Road, Monkton MD, 21111
  • *Hillendale PAL Center 1111 Halstead Road Baltimore, Maryland 21234
  • Lansdowne Elementary School, 2301 Alma Rd, Baltimore, MD 21227
  • *Mars Estates PAL Center 1498 East Homberg Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21221
  • Martin Boulevard Elementary School, 210 Riverton Rd, Baltimore, MD 21220
  • Parkville High School, 8711 Avondale Rd, Parkville, MD 21234
  • Perry Hall Elementary School, 9021 Belair Rd, Nottingham, MD 21236
  • Randallstown Elementary School, 9013 Liberty Rd, Randallstown, MD 21133
  • Reisterstown Senior Center, 12035 Reisterstown Rd, Reisterstown, MD 21136
  • *Scotts Branch PAL Center 3651 Rolling Road Baltimore, Maryland 21244
  • *Shady Spring PAL Center 8876 Goldenwood Road Baltimore, Maryland 21237
  • Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center 323 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
  • Warren Elementary School, 900 Bosley Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030
  • West Town Elementary School, 401 Harlem Ln, Catonsville, MD 21228
  • *Winfield PAL Center, 8304 Carlson Lane Baltimore, Maryland 21244
  • Woodbridge Elementary School, 1410 Pleasant Valley Drive, Baltimore, MD 21228
  • Woodmoor PAL Center,  7111 Croydon Road Baltimore, Maryland 21207

BCPS Meal Distributions 

BCPS Meals will be distributed from 62 locations. While students are encouraged to be present when picking up meals, accommodations will be made for students who are unable to be present. At all sites, students will receive a breakfast, lunch, and snack on Monday through Wednesday. On Thursday, students will receive two breakfasts, two lunches, and two snacks for Thursday and Friday. Meals will no longer be distributed on Friday. 

Available Restaurant Services: BaltCo To-Go

Restaurants can self-report whether they are offering services during this time by completing the County’s online form. Restaurant operators can share their location and what services they are providing, and the data collected will populate an interactive online map, BaltCo To-Go, that residents can search.

Click HERE to follow Del. Belcastro’s daily grocery availability list

Click HERE to find D11 restaurant delivery options

 


 

Need Help? Emergency Contact Information

Need help? Click HERE for Baltimore County support services

Baltimore County Resource Guide

Consumer Financial Relief Resources

Sheppard Pratt’s Virtual Walk-In Clinic 

Mental health and well being are essential. For support and resources, click HERE

The MD Network Against Domestic Violence has a list of help: House of Ruth 24 Hour Hotline 410-889-7884, Turn Around 24 Hour Helpline 443-279-0379, or for immediate danger dial 911. 

Baltimore County support to prevent domestic violence HERE

Beware of scams associated with this crisis.The Attorney General has released guidance and information HERE and HERE

Johns Hopkins University: Resources and information click HERE 

LifeBridge: Offers guidance for accessing healthcare. For more information, click HERE

BGE: BGE is taking steps to expand awareness of programs in place to help customers through temporary or extended financial hardship. BGE customers can apply for energy assistance through the Maryland Department of Human Services, by visiting a Local Energy Assistance Office, or by contacting the Office of Home Energy Programs. Download our Community Resource Guide for a complete list of resources.

Verizon: Verizon announced for the next 60 days, it will waive late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus. Additional Verizon expanded data plans and services can be found HERE.  

Comcast:

  • Free “Internet Essentials” Service: Low-income families who live in a Comcast service area can sign up for 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service if you apply by May 13, 2020. To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com or by calling 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
  • Free Public Wi-Fi Hotspots: Any resident can now access hundreds of Comcast public Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the County. Locations available at: https://wifi.Xfinity.com

 


Assistance & Volunteers Needed– Can you help?

Maryland hospitals are desperately seeking “powered air purifying respirators” or “PAPRs” to equip medical professionals for the coming wave of corona cases. Contact: Brain Schott (443)417-5738 or for more information click HERE 

The District 11 Team has come together to match folks needing a hand with folks who want to lend a hand! For more information, click HERE

Baltimore County has established a COVID19 Emergency Response Fund to be managed by the Baltimore Co. Community Foundation to promote public health and support residents during this crisis. For more info. or to contribute, click HERE

Baltimore County Together- Donate, Volunteer, Find Resources HERE

A coordinated statewide effort for outreach and volunteers: Maryland Unites can be found HERE.

Baltimore County Student Support Network is asking for your help with essential needs. For more information, click HERE.

LifeBridge Health seeks volunteers to help make masks for health care providers, using material and equipment donated by Under Armour. Sewers and non sewers can sign up to volunteer HERE                                                                 

Emergency Grocery Card Drive for Food: From the Student Support Network- we need to replenish our grocery gift cards to purchase more food for distributions next week and possibly after, and for staff to distribute to students/ families facing hunger.

Grocery stores: Giant, Safeway, Aldi, Shoppers, Weis- Cards of $15 to $50 in value are best to divide for students and families

Options:

  1. Donate funds on the website below; choose “Emergency Grocery Card Drive” under donation categories – www.studentsupportnetwork.org
  2. Mail grocery cards to Student Support Network, 1740 E. Joppa Rd., Suite 200, Baltimore 21234
  3. Do an individual or group drive for cards – if you collect 10 cards or more and would like to drop them off, contact Jess at execdirector.ssn@gmail.com and we will arrange a pick-up.

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Unemployment Help

Consumer Financial Relief Resources

Maryland Unemployment Insurance

Maryland Division of Unemployment BEACON One-Stop Application. You will be able to file a claim for many different unemployment benefit programs using this one application. You will also use this site to request your benefit payments by filing your weekly claim certification   HERE

BEACON Tutorial Information HERE

What information will I need before I apply? Find a list HERE

Need other information about your claim? The Department of Labor Information for Claimants can be found HERE 

New online tool provided by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to help determine Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) eligibility.

If you, or someone you know has lost their job as businesses have been forced to temporarily close, Maryland’s unemployment insurance program is here to help pay the bills and keep families on their feet. Thanks to legislation passed in the Maryland Senate, Maryland has temporarily waived the work search requirement for individuals receiving unemployment insurance benefits. Additionally, Maryland does not require a lapse between unemployment and eligibility for benefits. 

Other Frequently asked Questions can be found HERE

Need to file a missing claim certification? Click HERE

Frustrated? Here is the latest update from the Governor’s Communication Office as of 4/8

Need a job? For current job openings and resources click HERE

IRS Rebate Check, also known as Stimulus money-click HERE Find out if you are eligible HERE and for more information click HERE

 


Baltimore County Business Resources

Although the public health emergency caused by the spread of COVID-19 is having drastic impacts on families, workers, and small businesses, the State of Maryland is doing its part to provide economic relief. Below, you will find information on a few of the programs created to support both workers and small businesses, as well as the web links to access them.

The Baltimore County website includes links to resources as well as a form to request COVID-19 Impact Assistance. Please consider taking this survey that will inform local and state leaders on how to best respond in supporting small businesses and non-profits during this crisis.

*NEW* A Guide for Preparing for the Payroll Protection Loan Program- Round 2

Baltimore County’s economic and workforce development professionals will host a series of free webinars to help small businesses and affected workers navigate available assistance resources and plan for eventual economic recovery. Check HERE for a recording of the first webinar and to register for future ones.

Small Business Emergency Relief Programs

*NEW* Maryland Business Relief Wizard

The Maryland Business Relief Wizard is a tool that helps connect businesses with the resources and programming for which they’re eligible, streamlining the process of finding support.

Worksharing Program

Employers who participate in Work Sharing reduce the hours of their employees, rather than laying them off completely, and their employees receive a UI benefit to help compensate them for the lost wages. These Work Sharing benefits are also increased by $600 per week. 

April 14th FAQ Update from MD Commerce Secretary Kelly Schultz HERE

  1. Why is my application still in review? The database/workflow system that we created places every completed application in the first workflow process – this is labeled as ‘in review’ in the OneStop system. The reality is that this is more of a ‘queue’ to be reviewed. The status will stay as ‘in review’ until the review team gets that specific application to move it forward. All applicants then have the ability to track their application through OneStop. 
  2. Why is it taking so long to get reviewed?  Within the first few hours of the applications being announced on March 23 (3 weeks ago), we had thousands of applications. Within 48 hours, we realized that our current Commerce programs couldn’t handle the workload. We quickly obtained a vendor to help us create the new OneStop system. Remarkably, the new system was up and running within 2 weeks, but it was going to take more bodies to address the high volumes. On March 25, our department sent out an emergency notification to our state agency partners asking for state employee volunteers to begin working on the business relief efforts. We have been working to onboard more than 150 volunteers into our effort, which included extensive training with our new database. As a point of reference, the Department of Commerce only has a little over 200 employees.  Additionally, we are putting in place internal controls so that the process has checks and balances. We are aware that we are utilizing tax payer funds and we are taking precautions to insure that these funds are spent appropriately. 
  3. When will I know if my application is accepted? Unfortunately, this is a date that I cannot provide. Our operations are getting stronger by the day, but we are still making improvements to the system. We simply ask for patience with the expectation that our state employees are working around the clock to deliver on their commitment. 
  4. Can you look up my application to see where it is in the process? Every time my team takes time to look up one of 40,000 applications in the system, we are missing an opportunity to approve someone else. I recognize that your constituents are putting a great deal of pressure on you. We are moving as fast as we can to get the job done. I ask you to not expect a personal review on any application. We are expected to have transparency for the entire process and do not want it to seem as if we were singling out specific requests from legislators. 
  5. Why isn’t the department getting this information out to the public? To date I have conducted 54 information sessions. This includes congressional webinars, legislative town halls, business industry conference calls,  etc. I have not turned one down. If you would like us to participate in one in your district, we would be honored to do so. Our website  https://govstatus.egov.com/md-coronavirus-business is a very extensive resource for our community. 
  6. What happens when we run out of state funds? This system was set up so that we could handle large quantities of applications. IF we receive additional federal funds, we could possibly look at putting additional funds into these programs. One of the reasons we kept the application open until last Monday was so that we could make it easier for businesses IF we get additional funds. There would be no additional start up time, or need for additional applications from the businesses.
  7. What’s next? Last week, we kicked off the Tourism Recovery Task Force. We want businesses to know that we are thinking about the future. We WILL open our doors soon, and we want to be ready. This week, we are starting a Manufacturing Recovery Task Force. This industry also needs some guidelines to be Open for Business!

Small Business Administration Resource

Join the SBA  Daily Conference Call every Monday-Friday for updates and ask questions.

3:00pm, Call 202-765-1264, Conf Call ID# 827-299-626

5:30pm, Call 202-765-1264, Conf Call ID# 310-688-488

We encourage businesses throughout Maryland to continue exploring other forms of assistance, such as federal and local programs found below, including SBA’s Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). For more information on federal resources, read the Small Business Owner’s guide to the CARES Act, or find more details from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Please continue to check the COVID-19 Information for Businesses webpage for the latest business resources and guidance. This site will be updated frequently as new information becomes available. It includes an FAQ for Maryland businesses planning and responding to the outbreak.

From the MD Department of Commerce: If your business does not fit into one of the categories for closing in the executive order, we strongly recommend that you use your best judgement and consider the possible impact on your employees and customers if you stay open. Public utility, such as the need to provide food or essential supplies, must be balanced with the need to preserve public health. If you remain open, it is critical that you follow social distancing guidelines and do everything in your power to prevent groups of 10 or more people from congregating in one area. This may require you to make difficult choices. Guidance from the CDC for businesses is available here.

MD Support for Businesses

CDC Guide for Businesses

Small Business Administration Resources

Emergency Management for Business

Workplace Recommendations 

National Federation of Independent Businesses

NFIB’s latest webinar on the CARES Act stimulus plan is now available on the website. A link to the presentation and slides is below:

NFIB Coronavirus Part III: Financial Resources and Updates for Small Business

NFIB has put together a new webpage providing guidance to our small business community on the Paycheck Protection Program – the centerpiece of the CARES Act. It includes a side-by-side graphic detailing the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). There are also links to the applications.

NFIB’s Guide to New Federal Lending Options

Important to note is that small business owners are eligible for a grant up to $10,000 through the SBA’s EIDL program. This money will be disbursed within 3 days of applying.

Businesses interested in a PPPL have been advised by the U.S. Treasury Department to apply as quickly as they can because there is a funding cap. 

Up to Date Business Guidance and Information HERE

Find a full list of Governor Hogan’s executive orders here, and find guidance on business closures here, here and here. If “essential” or “non-essential” status is still unclear, please use this as guidance.


Arts / Music / Non-Profit Information

Arts Organizations: The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has created special grant opportunities that provide emergency funding to arts organizations and artists in Maryland as they adjust to losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled. Full guidelines and rubrics are available here.

  • County Executive Olszewski is making available $100,000 to provide $1,000 stipends for up to 100 artists to help them recoup some of their financial losses due to the pandemic. 
  • NEW! Beginning Tuesday, May 12, 501c3 organizations in good standing or organizations with a fiscal sponsor can submit online grant applications to provide emergency needs up to $15,000 at www.bcf.org/emergencyresponsefund
  • Grants will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted, and priority will be given to lower income artists, making $37,500 or less per year. Applicants will submit a streamlined application, document their artistic portfolio, and must be adult Baltimore County residents over the age of 18. The application process will open on May 11, 2020 and details will be available on the Baltimore County Office of Tourism and Cultural Arts webpage
  • Maryland Humanities Grants due May 11th. Information can be found HERE
  • Guidance for Non-Profits can be found HERE and HERE
  • Baltimore Foundations have banded together to provide Funding Opportunities for Non-Profit Organizations that can be found HERE.

Federal Response

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed by Congress are intended to assist individuals, families, and business owners with whatever needs they have right now. For a small business guide to the CARES Act compiled by Senator Cardin, click HERE

For a comprehensive overview of COVID19 support available from the federal government, check the following federal representatives:

  • HERE for Sen. Cardin 
  • HERE for Sen. Van Hollen
  • HERE for Congressman Rupersberger
  • HERE for Congressman Sarbanes 

Resource lists include information on: families and individuals, health care, direct payments, housing assistance, child care, nutrition assistance, seniors, student loans, international travel, workers and small businesses, unemployment, emergency leave, loans and grants, tax relief, contracting and more.

Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The bill text is available here, and a section-by-section is here

FAQ on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) can be found HERE

Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

The federal government is beginning to announce programs to further support workers and small businesses and legislation works its way through Congress. The Small Business Administration (SBA) currently has two disaster loan programs available to all small business owners. Information on the programs can be found below and more information can be found HERE. 

  • Paycheck Protection Program:  The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: This program provides targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. 
  • SBA Express Bridge Loans: This program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loan or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan.

Transportation

MTA will run on a modified schedule FAQ’s can be found HERE

All Electronic Tolls-All drivers should KEEP MOVING through toll plazas without stopping. Cash payment lanes will operate as video tolling (cashless) lanes. Motorists who usually pay with cash will be mailed a Notice of Toll Due for the cash toll rate. For more info click HERE


Translated Resources

Translated Resources or documents related to COVID19 in other languages- can be found HERE 

Respuesta de la Administración Hogan al COVID-19: Recursos para Marylanders en Español

Aquí está el número de la línea directa en español 667-600-2314

Guia de recursos de asistencia para inmigrantes en el estado de Maryland Guide and CASA Resources


Updated Election Information

The Maryland Primary Elections scheduled for April 28th are now moved to June 2nd, by order of the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation. Voting will be a mail-in system, with limited locations open for our community members who are disabled and those who cannot vote by mail. All eligible active voters will be mailed an absentee ballot, including a return envelope with pre-paid postage. Contact the Board of Elections for more information.


2020 Census

Everyone Counts! The 2020 Census is currently underway. It’s important that every resident in Baltimore County is counted. For each person not counted, Baltimore County will  lose over $18,000 in federal funding for our schools, infrastructure, healthcare, and more. If 20 percent of our population goes uncounted in the 2020 Census, Baltimore County will lose $305 million per year in federal funding. We cannot afford to lose anything! The Census takes just five minutes to complete and we encourage you to ask family and friends to take it, too. You can complete the Census right now, right here. For specific information regarding the Baltimore County Census, contact 2020census@baltimorecountymd.gov 

CASA Census Information HERE

Remember, it’s easy, important, and it’s safe.


Other Resources

The following links will help you learn more about specific groups, travel advisories and other important information about COVID-19.


Take care, practice an abundance of caution, and don’t hesitate to reach out should you need assistance.

Sincerely,

Shelly Hettleman
Senator, District 11
203 James Senate Building
Annapolis, MD  21401
shelly.hettleman@senate.state.md.us
410.841.3131

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