Senator Shelly Hettleman – D11
COVID 19 Update, Information and Resources
Date: April 6, 2021
There are currently 419,055 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Maryland (an increase of 867 in 24 hrs) with 8,192 deaths (+15) and 57,383 cases, with 1,347 deaths (35 probable deaths) in Baltimore County (4/6.)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.
All Marylanders ages 16 and above are now eligible to receive the vaccine at the Mass Vax sites 4/6 and all providers on Monday 4/12. Youth ages 16 and 17 can get Pfizer only (as that is the only vaccine approved for that age group.) Pre-register for your appointment here or call 1-855-634-6829 to schedule over the phone.
Getting your vaccine in Baltimore County:
- Fill out the Baltimore County Department of Health Vaccine Registry to indicate your willingness to receive a vaccine.
- Fill out the Statewide Pre-Registration Form for those eligible- currently EVERYONE ages 16 and above!
- You may wait to be contacted by a mass vax site or the Baltimore County Health Department or you can try to book an appointment:
- Text MDReady to 89821 to receive a text when appointments are available at our mass vaccination sites
- Utilize crowd sourced information from the Maryland Vaccine Hunters Facebook page and their tips and tricks document
- Call 1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829) 7am-10pm to schedule an appointment at a mass vax site
- Follow the @MDVaxAlerts twitter handle to get alerts when appointments are available
- Fully vaccinated? Congratulations! Check out the CDC Interim Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated to continue keeping our communities safe and healthy.
You can also reach the Department toll-free at 877-319-1525 with any feedback and specific questions related to the virus or the vaccine. For individuals who may not be able to access the vaccine registry via computer or who need additional assistance, please call 311 or use the Baltimore County COVID 19 hotline 410-887-3816.
If you have any questions or need any support, please reach out to my office 410-841-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Resource Guide
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EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, March 12th at 5pm:
- CAPACITY LIMITS LIFTED, MASKING AND DISTANCING PROTOCOLS MAINTAINED. Capacity limits will be lifted on outdoor and indoor dining at restaurants and bars, retail businesses, religious facilities, fitness centers, casinos, personal services, and indoor recreational establishments. Bars and restaurants will be open for seated and distanced service only—patrons may not stand at a crowded bar. Masking, physical distancing, and other safety protocols will remain in place. Read the order.
- LARGE OUTDOOR AND INDOOR VENUES MAY OPERATE AT 50% CAPACITY. Large outdoor and indoor venues may begin operating at 50% capacity. This includes theaters; concert, convention, and wedding venues; racing facilities, and outdoor entertainment and sporting venues. Masking, physical distancing, and other safety protocols will remain in place.
- MEDICAL ADULT DAY CARE CENTERS TO REOPEN. Medical adult day care centers may reopen, with facilities able to set appropriate restrictions and safety measures. Read the order.
- QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS LIFTED; TRAVEL ADVISORY REMAINS IN PLACE. Quarantine requirements and other restrictions on out-of-state travel will be lifted. A Maryland Department of Health (MDH) travel advisory will remain in place, and Marylanders continue to be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 upon their return from out-of-state travel. Read the updated MDH directives.
ADDITIONAL ORDERS AND GUIDANCE:
STATEWIDE MASKING ORDER REMAINS IN EFFECT. Maryland’s statewide masking order remains in full force and effect. This requires the wearing of masks or face coverings at any public indoor facility, including retail establishments, fitness centers, grocery stores, pharmacies, personal service establishments, in the public spaces of all public and private businesses across the state, and when using public transportation. Masks are still required in all outdoor public areas whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing.
TELEWORK. With contact tracing continuing to show some transmission among individuals who are working outside the home, particularly in office settings, the state continues to encourage employers to support telework whenever possible.
LICENSING AND PERMITTING. The governor’s order authorizing the suspension of license and permitting expirations will sunset on June 30, 2021. Timeframe suspensions made before this order will remain in effect until June 30, though agencies may terminate them earlier. Agencies are explicitly authorized to conduct virtual hearings and meetings. Read the order.
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- 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. Extended through Nov. 1 Gov, order is HERE.
- 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.
For documents related to COVID19 in other languages- click HERE
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced the County’s Coordinated Response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
In any indoor business, service, organization or establishment that serves the general public. This includes, but is not limited to, retail establishments, recreational establishments and fitness centers, houses of worship and other locations open to the public.
When outdoors and unable to consistently maintain at least six feet of distance from individuals who are not members of their household.
When moving in or about a restaurant or bar premises. (Masks are not required if eating or drinking while seated.)
CASES IN THE COUNTY
Use Baltimore County’s COVID-19 Response Hub to find statistics and geographical information about coronavirus cases within the County.
Baltimore County is aligned with the state’s actions which, effective Friday, March 12, at 5 p.m., will:
Lift capacity limits on outdoor and indoor dining at restaurants and bars, retail businesses, religious facilities, fitness centers, casinos, personal services, and indoor recreational establishments.
Permit large outdoor and indoor venues, includes theaters; concert, convention, and wedding venues; racing facilities, and outdoor entertainment and sporting venues, to begin operating at 50 percent capacity.
Lift state quarantine requirements and other restrictions on out-of-state travel.
While capacity limits are lifted, bars, restaurants and food service establishments must still maintain social distancing requirements. Customers must be seated to be served, and tables must be arranged with six feet of distance between them. Booths must have physical barriers separating them.
View County Executive Olszewski’s Executive Orders 2021-004 (PDF) and 2021-006 (PDF), and the Interpretive Guidance (PDF). Baltimore County officials will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and determine the appropriate course of action to keep Baltimore County residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19.
FACE COVERING REQUIREMENTS
Baltimore County individuals ages 5 and up are required to wear face coverings: Under a Health Directive and Order (PDF) effective Monday, March 1, updated face covering requirements are in effect for food service establishments, fitness centers and recreational establishments. Plastic full-face shields by themselves are not adequate face coverings in many indoor locations. The order also specifies restrictions for hookah lounges and cigar lounges.
The Interpretive Guidance (PDF) provides clarification regarding social gatherings as applied to indoor and outdoor recreation, including high school, youth, amateur, and/or recreation sports.
- 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
- 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.
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. 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
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 email@example.com
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.
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Baltimore County Closings
Baltimore County Public Libraries Closed: Curbside pickup available. 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.
Baltimore County Public School Updates
BCPS Helpful links:
Baltimore County Meals & Food Assistance
Baltimore County Meals- Food Assistance
Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Food and Nutrition Services Fall Meal Distribution 2020 Baltimore County Public Schools will provide school meals, at no cost, to all children ages 2-18 by curbside pickup or by bus delivery. For details, click HERE.
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
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.
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Need Help? Emergency Contact Information
Need help? Click HERE for Baltimore County support services
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
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. For your awareness, the Maryland Governor’s moratorium on residential service terminations expires Sept. 1, and the Maryland Public Service Commission issued an order Aug. 31, which prohibits formal utility termination notices to residential customer until Oct. 1 and utility disconnections of any residential customer’s service until after Nov. 15.
BGE is reminding customers that there are many flexible payment option and energy assistance programs available for customers having difficulty keeping their accounts current. Recognizing the financial challenges on some customers as a result of the pandemic, BGE will continue to work with customers to ensure the continuation of their gas and electric services.
Following guidance from the Maryland Public Service Commission, BGE has expanded billing and payment options to include:
- Elimination of down payment/security deposit requirements to secure a payment arrangement
- Extension of payment periods for balances for a minimum of 12 months for residential customers or 24 months for customers receiving energy assistance from the state’s Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP)
BGE will also connect customers to agency energy assistance funds to which BGE has increased contributions.
The most important step that residential customers who are not current on their BGE bill can take is to contact BGE at 1.800.685.0123 and BGE.com/assistance as soon as possible. Customers should never wait until they are in crisis to contact us. The time is now.
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.
- 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
- Donate funds on the website below; choose “Emergency Grocery Card Drive” under donation categories – www.studentsupportnetwork.org
- Mail grocery cards to Student Support Network, 1740 E. Joppa Rd., Suite 200, Baltimore 21234
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange a pick-up.
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
Baltimore County Business Resources
Baltimore County $600,0000 for Local Businesses through Chamber of Commerce Grants The COVID-19 Business Corridor Sustainability Grant Program is narrowly focused on providing financial support to Baltimore County’s small business associations and chambers of commerce so that they can provide professional-level services to support member and nonmember businesses in their communities.
A total of $600,000 will be awarded to eligible applicants, capped at $20,000 per organization. Applicants will be required to submit a proposal that demonstrates how the organization plans to utilize these funds to support small businesses in Baltimore County by providing COVID-19 related services.
7/19: Small Business Reimbursement Grant Program Applications available Wed. July 15 at 9am- First come, first served!
The Small Business COVID-19 Reimbursement Grant Program is a $3 million fund established to help Baltimore County’s small businesses harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Baltimore County will provide up to a maximum of $10,000 in reimbursement funds to a small business that has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If a business permanently closes, the entire reimbursement amount must be returned to the County within 14 business days. FAQ’s can be found HERE
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 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.
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.
- NFIB has posted that guidance along with the required posters for private sector employers:NFIB: USDOL Issues Mandatory Poster and New Guidance on Coronavirus Paid Leave Law This page also contains a fact sheet on the Paid Leave Law and a Coronavirus FAQ.
- View the NFIB webinar on the CARES Act stimulus bill that includes an explanation of the tax relief offered in the federal bills; information on how small businesses owners can get financial support, including a discussion of the grant and forgiveness programs Watch HERE
- NFIB COVID-19 Part IV: How to Apply for a Coronavirus Small Business Loan
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.
- 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
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.
FAQ on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) can be found HERE
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.
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 or documents related to COVID19 in other languages- can be found HERE
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The following links will help you learn more about specific groups, travel advisories and other important information about COVID-19.
- COVID-19 Website
- COVID-19 Fact Sheet
- Global Map of Virus Spread
- Guidance for Healthcare Professionals
- Guidance for High-Risk Groups
- Guidance for Infection Control
- Guidance for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women & Children
- Preventing COVID-19 Community Spread
- Resources for Healthcare Facilities
- Situation in the United States
- Travel Alerts
- What You Should Know
Take care, practice an abundance of caution, and don’t hesitate to reach out should you need assistance.
Senator, District 11
203 James Senate Building
Annapolis, MD 21401