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Update for 5/26/20

COVID Cases for 20770: 291

may 26 2020

CAPITAL FOOD BANK LINK

ThIS link for the Capital Area Food Bank will provide resources for a wide array of services.  There are also 5 community food banks listed within a 5 mile radius of Greenbelt.

 NEW INTERACTIVE TESTING MAP

A new interactive map of COVID-19 testing sites is now available from MDH. Users can find nearby testing locations and learn more about hours of operation and appointment policies. MDH

COVID TESTING SITES


  

STATE OF MARYLAND

  • Governor Larry Hogan announced that the state has now distributed more than 6,700 vials of the antiviral drug Remdesivir to hospitals statewide to help treat COVID-19 patients. Maryland
  • The Comptroller of Maryland is urging businesses temporarily closed due to COVID-19 to use the Business TeleFile system. This automated system is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week and streamlines the filing of sales and use tax, as well as withholding taxes when no taxes are owed for a filing period. Comptroller of Maryland
  • The State Court of Appeals has issued an Administrative Order on the Progressive Resumption of Full Function of Judiciary Operations. The administrative order provides direction to the courts across the state as the judicial branch continues to monitor the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Beginning June 05 at 5:00 PM (1700), Maryland courts will resume functions through a (Phased One through Five) plan. 
  • The courts will require all individuals seeking access to a courthouse or court office location, to answer a set of COVID-19 screening questions, be subject to temperature checks, wear a facial covering or mask, and practice social distancing. Maryland Courts
  • ANNAPOLIS, MDAdventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center today became the first hospital in the nation to install STAAT Mod TM (Strategic, Temporary, Acuity-Adaptable Treatment) modular units to care for COVID-19 and other critically ill patients.
  • These units, designed by HGA and prefabricated and assembled by The Boldt Company, arrived on site April 25, were assembled and connected to the hospital infrastructure, and are ready to receive their first COVID-19 patients this month

AMERICAN RED CROSS

o   The Red Cross is offering a free online course called “Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19”. Red Cross

 NEW CDC ARTICLE: WHEN YOU CAN BE AROUND OTHERS AFTER HAVING COVID-19

When you can be around others (end home isolation) depends on different factors for different situations. Find CDC’s recommendations for your situation below.

I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms

You can be with others after

  • 3 days with no fever and
  • Symptoms improved and
  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared
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Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you will be tested, you can be around others when you have no fever, symptoms have improved, and you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after:

  • 10 days have passed since test
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Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you will be tested, you can be around others after you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had COVID, and I had symptoms.”

I have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication. When can I be around others?

People with conditions that weaken their immune system might need to stay home longer than 10 days. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.  If testing is available in your community, it may be recommended by your healthcare provider.  You can be with others after you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

If testing is not available in your area, your doctor should work with an infectious disease expert at your local health department to determine if you are likely to spread COVID-19 to others and need to stay home longer.

For Anyone Who Has Been Around a Person with COVID-19

It is important to remember that anyone who has close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after exposure based on the time it takes to develop illness.

For healthcare professionals

Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19


Update for 5/22/20

COVID CASES FOR 20770: 275

MAY 23, 2020

GREENBELT TO HOLD VIRTUAL MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY 

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 at 11am, a virtual ceremony presented by the Greenbelt American Legion and the City of Greenbelt will be held on the City of Greenbelt Facebook page and the City of Greenbelt YouTube channel.  Help us honor all the heroes that have fallen for our country by tuning in. Decorate your bikes in Red, White and Blue and take a picture to post on the page to show your support for these Heroes. 

VIRTUAL ACE TEACHER AWARDS

Each year, the Greenbelt Advisory Committee on Education honors one teacher from each of Greenbelt's schools as an ACE Educator.  These educators have gone above and beyond in influencing and teaching our Greenbelt students.  This year, the ACE Educator Awards will be presented virtually on Wednesday, May 27th at 7:00pm on the City of Greenbelt Facebook page and here on YouTube.  Join us and see all of the wonderful things that have happened in our schools.

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS NEWSLETTER

Download this week's County Newsletter full on information on the upcoming opening phase for Prince George's County, Contact Tracing, Business Recovery Initiative, Opening of Golf Courses, the upcoming Primary Election, Summer at the Library, Covid Testing, and much more.


PGCPS VIRTUAL GRADUATION CEREMONY

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will honor the Class of 2020 with a systemwide “eGraduation” Celebration on May 30, at 7:00 PM (1900). The event will pay tribute to an estimated 8,000 seniors at 31 traditional, public charter and alternative high schools. PGCPS 

 

CHEVERLY TESTING SITE CLOSED ON MONDAY, MAY 25

Cheverly Health Center testing/screening site and the Health Department COVID-19 Call Center hotline will be closed May 25 for the Memorial Day holiday. The hotline will continue normal operating hours on May 26, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (0800 – 2000). Cheverly Health Center will reopen COVID-19 screening and testing by appointment only at 10:00 AM (1000) on May 26. Prince George’s County SITREP (May 21)

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES VACCINE TRIAL (HHS)

HHS announced a collaboration between the company AstraZeneca and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to accelerate the development and manufacturing of an investigational vaccine, AZD1222. HHS and AstraZeneca will make at least 300 million doses of the vaccine, the first of which will be delivered as early as this October.

  • Phase 3 clinical studies are set to begin this summer.
  • This vaccine is the fourth vaccine candidate to receive BARDA support for late state development and manufacturing under Operation Warp Speed.
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HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES RELIEF FUNDS FOR NURSING FACILITIES

  • HHS has begun distributing billions in additional relief funds to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to help them combat the devastating effects of COVID-19. Nursing homes play a pivotal role in providing skilled care to our nation’s vulnerable seniors. HHS

 U.S. DDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FUNDING

o   The USDA is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA Business & Industry CARES Act Program provisions. USDA


Governor Hogan and Walmart Announce Additional COVID-19 Test Sites in Maryland
Expansion of COVID-19 Testing Statewide Continues as Part of Long-Term Strategy
Testing Also Available at 17 CVS Stores and Two Rite Aid Stores 
Appointment-Free Testing at State-Operated Drive-Thru Sites Continues Today at Glen Burnie and Hyattsville VEIP Stations

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan and Walmart today announced the opening of additional COVID-19 test sites at Walmart stores in Maryland. This is the latest in a series of recent testing expansions in the state, including the announcement of new CVS sites yesterday, and follows Governor Hogan’s emergency order earlier this week authorizing the state’s nearly 1,200 pharmacies to order and administer COVID-19 tests.

“As Maryland continues to dramatically expand testing availability and broaden the criteria for COVID-19 testing statewide, we are excited to be forging new partnerships with private sector companies like Walmart,” said Governor Hogan. “With the addition of test sites at some of our Walmart stores, we are continuing to make significant progress on our long-term testing strategy for the state.” More...


BELTWAY PLAZA SURVEY FOR REOPENING

Beltway Plaza sent out the following:

"We're listening to your suggestions for the grand re-opening of Beltway Plaza Mall (Coming Soon).

As one of our valued Mall customers, we want to hear from you! We created a consumer survey because we'd like to get a better understanding of the types of stores and events that interest you and that will be active at Beltway Plaza. The recommendations from federal and local public health officials, as well as your comments and suggestions will help guide us as we prepare to re-open Beltway Plaza Mall."

Take this survey

Thank you for filling out the survey and by doing so you will be helping to make Beltway Plaza Mall a safe, healthy and secure shopping environment.

Sincerely,
Beltway Plaza Mall Management

 

 

Update for 5/21/20

COVID CASES FOR 20770: 270

May 21 2020

MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

MDH launched a new public service announcement encouraging parents to review their children’s scheduled vaccination status and bring them up to date on missed vaccinations.

  • The department is raising awareness based on recent data showing a significant decrease in pediatric vaccination rates both in Maryland and across the United States after the national emergency was declared on March 13, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MDH

 

 


 

 

RECOVERY PLAN FOR CHILD CARE 

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has developed Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Child Care, a plan to continue and expand childcare during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • Parents newly returning to work as part of the State’s Stage One opening of businesses can immediately access an open Essential Personnel Child Care or Essential Personnel School-Age program, recently expanded by 125 sites and ready to provide care for 21,500 more children than are being served presently.
  • In this transition stage, all new families, not designated as essential persons, accessing childcare will pay tuition directly to providers.
  • The State will extend payment of childcare tuition for all pre-recovery phase essential personnel through June 07; beginning June 08, tuition will be paid by all parents directly to the provider.
  •  MSDE will ensure that there are Essential Personnel School-Age Child Care facilities available to provide care for students through the end of the school year. MDSE

Update: Prince George’s County COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program is temporarily closed and no longer accepting applications. Residents are being asked to check back periodically for updates. Prince George’s County


 

Prince George’s County COVID-19 Business Recovery Initiative (Formerly Relief Fund) application deadline has been extended to May 29Prince George’s County

DRIVE THROUGH TESTING AT SELECT CVS STORES 

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan and CVS Health today announced 17 new COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across Maryland. The opening of additional test sites across the state will be announced by the end of the month.

This announcement comes two days after Governor Hogan signed an emergency order authorizing the state’s nearly 1,200 pharmacies to order and administer COVID-19 tests as part of Maryland’s long-term testing strategy. Beginning today at Timonium Fairgrounds in Baltimore County, state-operated drive-thru sites will be offering appointment-free COVID-19 testing, including for those who are asymptomatic.
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CONTACT TRACING

Maryland is launching a robust contact tracing operation that will be fully operational across all 24 jurisdictions next week. Maryland has more than quintupled its disease investigation capacity and will have more than 1,400 case investigators statewide. Maryland

Update for 5/20/20

COVID CASES FOR 20770: 266

MAY 5 2020

USDA

Details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program were announced by the USDA, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning May 26, the USDA, through the Farm Service Agency, will start accepting applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses. USDA

TESTING NEWS

Executive Order 20-05-19-01 was signed authorizing and actively encouraging the state’s pharmacies to directly order and administer COVID-19 tests. Maryland

o   Drive-thru appointment-free testing will be available beginning May 21 at the Timonium Fairgrounds and continue May 22 at the Glen Burnie and Hyattsville VEIP stations. Testing will become available at the Clinton VEIP site next week.  Maryland

NIH NEWS

NIH has launched a study to understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic during and after pregnancy. Researchers will analyze the medical records of up to 21,000 women to evaluate whether changes to healthcare delivery that were implemented as a result of the pandemic have led to higher rates of pregnancy-related complications and cesarean delivery. The study will also seek to establish the risk of pregnant women with COVID-19 infection transmitting the virus to their fetus. Newborns will be monitored and assessed until they are discharged from the hospital.

  • The study will track more than 1,500 pregnant women confirmed with COVID-19 infection, monitoring their health for six weeks after childbirth. NIH

Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services Makes More than a Half Million Dollars Available for Youth and Family Services During COVID-19 Pandemic
Funding Helps Connect Youth with Meals, Internet Access

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services, through its Children and Youth Division, has made more than $550,000 in new and existing Children’s Cabinet funding available to Local Management Boards.

“Our partnership with the Local Management Board in each county in Maryland and Baltimore City is important now more than ever,” said Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services. “The Local Management Boards know their communities, and have been key to identifying and meeting the needs of children and youth during this pandemic.”

The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services allowed Local Management Boards to modify their FY 20 budgets to account for changes to in-person services, trainings, and events as a result of the pandemic to address local needs including meals for children and families, personal protective equipment for service providers, as well as technology and mobile hotspots to allow young people to access internet service for learning. The requests granted aligned with Children’s Cabinet priorities, including addressing childhood hunger and certain Results for Child Well-Being, including “Children are Successful in School” and “Families are Safe and Economically Stable.”

“Maintaining resources for children and youth is crucial for our state,” said Jessica Wheeler, Deputy Director of the Children and Youth Division. “We will continue providing resources to help improve the well-being of Maryland’s children and families during this challenging time.”

The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services compiled a list of resources for children, parents, and youth-serving organizations to use during the COVID-19 pandemic: http://goccp.maryland.gov/coronavirus/youth-and-family-resources/

For more details on the Children’s Cabinet Interagency Fund, visit: https://goc.maryland.gov/ccif/ 

 


 

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

o   “Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations for State and Local Officials” was released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These recommendations are intended to help determine the level of mitigation needed to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in nursing homes. CMS

 

Update for 5/19/20

COVID CASES FOR 20770: 261

May 19 2020

Governor Hogan Announces Critical Milestone in COVID-19 Testing Strategy as State Broadens Criteria for Testing, Dramatically Expands Testing Availability Statewide
Maryland Expands Testing Criteria To Include Those Who Are Asymptomatic
Appointment-Free Testing in Maryland Begins Thursday; Two New VEIP Testing Sites to Open in Prince George’s County
Emergency Order Authorizes All of Maryland’s Licensed Pharmacists to Order and Administer COVID-19 Tests
Maryland Has Tested 3.5 Percent of State’s Population, Far Exceeding Goals Established By Federal Health Officials

ANNAPOLIS, MD–Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the state has reached a critical milestone in its long-term COVID-19 testing strategy, surpassing 200,000 tests and completing testing of 3.5 percent of the state’s population, and now has the capacity and supplies to offer testing to Marylanders who may have been exposed to the disease even if they do not have symptoms.

With this progress, Governor Hogan has directed the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) to make appointment-free COVID-19 testing available at community-based testing sites throughout the state. As part of this increased capacity, the state is establishing two new VEIP testing sites in Prince George’s County.

In addition, Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order authorizing the state’s hundreds of licensed pharmacists to directly order and administer COVID-19 tests.

“Beginning this week, we are able to offer appointment-free COVID-19 testing across the state, including for those who do not have symptoms, marking a critical milestone in Maryland’s long-term testing strategy,” said Governor Hogan. “This will help doctors diagnose and treat new cases more quickly, and it will further increase the safety of our state for all citizens. In addition, we are authorizing and actively encouraging the state’s hundreds of pharmacies to directly order and administer COVID-19 tests, another way we can make testing more widely available in our communities.”

TWO NEW VEIP SITES IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY: In March, state officials established Maryland’s first mass COVID-19 testing site at FedEx Field in Landover, which evolved to the Prince George’s County Health Department clinic in Cheverly. To further build on these efforts, the state is adding community-based testing sites at VEIP stations in Clinton and Hyattsville.

APPOINTMENT-FREE TESTING BEGINS THURSDAY: Drive-thru, appointment-free testing will be available beginning on Thursday, May 21, at the Timonium Fairgrounds in Baltimore County and continue on Friday, May 22, at the Glen Burnie VEIP site in Anne Arundel County, as well as the Hyattsville VEIP station in Prince George’s County. Testing will become available at the Clinton VEIP site next week. People who suspect that they may have been exposed to COVID-19, even if they are not yet symptomatic, can access a test at one of these sites without a prior doctor’s order or a scheduled appointment. Testing will be provided at no out-of-pocket cost.

AUTHORIZING PHARMACISTS TO ORDER AND ADMINISTER COVID-19 TESTS: Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order authorizing the state’s pharmacists to directly order COVID-19 tests. Additionally, the order authorizes pharmacies to collect specimens for COVID-19 tests onsite, provided that it is carried out safely by qualified personnel in accordance with all CDC guidance. Pharmacists must adhere to all test result reporting requirements. This order coincides with new federal guidelines expanding options to pay for pharmacists to offer COVID-19 tests for Medicare beneficiaries. Read the governor’s order.

LONG-TERM TESTING STRATEGY: As of today, Maryland has conducted 208,658 COVID-19 tests, which comprises 3.5 percent of the state’s population. Over the last month, the state has conducted 140,767 COVID-19 tests, double the previous period. On April 29, Governor Hogan announced that the state would focus additional testing resources on high-priority outbreaks and clusters, including nursing homes and poultry plants, as well as frontline health care workers and first responders at state facilities. With those efforts now in full swing, the state continues to expand the availability of testing  to Marylanders. 


HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HSS)

 

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is delivering $11 billion in new funding to states, territories, and local jurisdictions to expand COVID-19 testing capacity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide $10.25 billion. The Indian Health Service (IHS) will provide $750 million to IHS, tribal, and urban Indian Health programs. This funding will provide critical support to develop, purchase, administer, process, and analyze COVID-19 tests, conduct surveillance, trace contacts, and related activities. HHS

 

 


 

The Caregiver Services Corps (CSC) program has launched to support Maryland seniors who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CSC can deploy volunteers and other resources to the homes of seniors who need urgent assistance with everyday tasks when their typical caregiver becomes unable to help them due to COVID-19 exposure, illness, or other challenges. Maryland

Update for 5/18/20

COVID CASES FOR 20770: 251

May 18 2020

CDC BACKGROUND INFO ON MULTISYSTEM INFLAMMATORY SYNDROME IN CHILDREN 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing 1) background information on several cases of a recently reported multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19); and 2) a case definition for this syndrome. CDC recommends healthcare providers report any patient who meets the case definition to local, state, and territorial health departments to enhance knowledge of risk factors, pathogenesis, clinical course, and treatment of this syndrome. 


 

GOVERNOR HOGAN ANNOUNCES CAREGIVER SERVICES CORPS TO HELP MARYLAND'S SENIORS
Maryland Continues To Take Aggressive Action to Support Older and Vulnerable Citizens

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced the launch of the Caregiver Services Corps, a program to support Maryland seniors who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Caregiver Services Corps is able to quickly deploy volunteers and other resources to the homes of seniors who need urgent assistance with everyday tasks when their typical caregiver becomes unable to help them due to COVID-19 exposure, illness, or other challenges.


CVS TELEMEDICINE

 

CVS Health has extended cost-sharing waivers and benefits to help Aetna members access needed care during the COVID-19 pandemic. For members of Aetna-insured Commercial, Medicare Advantage and applicable Medicaid plans, the company is extending all member cost-sharing and co-pay waivers for inpatient admissions for treatment or health complications associated with COVID-19. Additionally, Aetna is extending all member cost-sharing waivers for in-network telemedicine visits for outpatient behavioral and mental health counseling services. These waivers, which were scheduled to expire on June 01 have been extended through September 30. CVS Health


 

Health and Human Services (HHS)

Operation Warp Speed (OWS), the administration's national program to fast-track the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics plans to have a vaccine available by January 2021. HHS


PEPCO EXTENDS POLICY

 

To support customers during the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic Pepco is further extending policies until July 1, by suspending service disconnections, waiving new late fees and reconnecting customers who were previously disconnected. PEPCO


 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

o   The CDC has released six “decision trees” aimed at helping businesses, communities, schools, camps, daycares and mass transit decide on whether it’s safe to reopen. (See links below for more information)

    U.S. Food & Drug Administration-AT HOME COLLECTION KIT

o   The FDA has authorized an at-home sample collection kit that can then be sent to specified laboratories for COVID-19 diagnostic testing. Specifically, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to Everlywell, Inc. for the Everlywell COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit. Everlywell’s kit is authorized to be used by individuals at home who have been screened using an online questionnaire that is reviewed by a health care provider allowing an individual to self-collect a nasal sample at home using Everlywell’s authorized kit. FDA


 

Update for 5/15/20

COVID CASES FOR 20770: 232

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COVID-19 Testing Available

We are offering free COVID-19 testing for residents, including those without health insurance or access to a primary care physician. Testing is by appointment only at our Health Department’s Cheverly Clinic. At this time, only those who meet CDC testing guidelines are able to receive testing. If you are feeling symptoms of COVID-19, such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle pains, headache, or new loss of taste or smell, call our hotline at 301-883-6627 for screening. The hotline is available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily.


 

Food Assistance Resources

There are a number of resources available to help our residents who are experiencing food insecurity. We are maintaining a map of food pantries in Prince George’s County. The list is updated regularly, so check back frequently to find the pantry nearest you.

The Capital Area Food Bank also has a number of food pantries and distribution sites that are operating. Please check out their website for more information. The Prince George's Food Equity Council is also maintaining a list of food resources. Click here for more information.


 

Mental Health Resources

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and mental health is even more critical during this pandemic. Living in the uncertain times of COVID-19 is causing increased anxiety and stress for many people. If you or a loved one is struggling with feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety or self-harm, please know that help is available. You can call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990, or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746. You can also reach out to the Maryland Helpline by calling 211 or by texting 741741 any time, for any kind of crisis.

We also continue to host weekly mental health mini-webinars throughout the month of May. See the graphic above for a schedule of events. If you would like to join any of these mini-webinars, please visit https://bit.ly/MentalHealthWebinars at the appropriate date and time.


 

June 2 Primary Election

Our State primary election is coming up on June 2. Due to COVID-19, it is also being conducted primarily by mail-in ballot this year. Ballots should be arriving in the mail for registered voters. If you are not registered to vote, the deadline to register is May 27. Visit our Board of Elections at elections.mypgc.us for more information on this election, the vote-by-mail process, and how to register to vote.


 

Department of Social Services

As the entity responsible for investigations of child abuse and neglect, the Prince George's County Department of Social Services (PGCDSS) is concerned about the decrease in reporting due to COVID-19. PGCDSS needs everyone in our community to play a part in protecting our children. There are resources available for families through our partners. The Family Tree is one such partner that offers a 24-hour Parenting Helpline, along with an online chat feature. Services include not only emotional support and guidance during times of stress, but also a clearinghouse of vital resources within the community. To receive help via the helpline, please call 1-800-243-7337.

May is Foster Care Awareness Month, and right now the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services is waiting for someone like you to help change a child’s life. Foster parents aren’t replacements, they’re extra support for children and their families in need. If you live in Prince George’s County and you want more information on how to be a foster parent, call 301-909-2300.


 

STATE OF MARYLAND UPDATES

Did you have COVID-19? The State of Maryland invites you to join COVIDConnect, where you can share experiences with other survivors, promote action, and find support.

The State of Maryland has acknowledged significant issues with the rollout of its new unemployment insurance online application system. They have recently implemented a virtual waiting line that includes estimated wait times. To read more about the changes they’ve made as well as to access the application system, visit their website here.

Unfortunately, there are those who will try to take advantage of the pandemic through illegal practices like scams and price-gouging. Price-gouging is illegal. If you see it, report it the Office of the Attorney General.

 


 

COVID'S IMPACTS ON MARYLAND'S ECONOMY

The Board of Revenue reviewed projections on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Maryland’s economy. The projections were designed to serve as fiscal guidance to the Governor and General Assembly. Comptroller of Maryland


 

MARRIAGE LICENSES

Governor Larry Hogan issued an emergency order that allows court clerks to issue marriage licenses and conduct marriage oaths remotely. Maryland


 

RETURN TO WORKPLACE PROTOCOL

 UnitedHealth Group and Microsoft Corporation have launched ProtectWell™, a return-to-workplace protocol and application (app) that provides employers a tool to bring employees back to work in a safer environment. The app helps employees determine they are safe to go to work, informs co-workers that their colleagues have been screened, and notifies employers that their workplace is ready to do business. The app incorporates CDC guidelines and the latest clinical research to limit the spread of COVID-19 by screening employees for symptoms and establishing guidelines to support the health and safety of the workforce and workplace. UnitedHealth Group


 

CLINICAL TRIALS ON MALARIA DRUG EFFECT ON COVID 

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of NIH, has begun a clinical trial to evaluate whether the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, given together with the antibiotic azithromycin, can prevent hospitalization and death from COVID-19. NIH


 

CDC ANNOUNCEMENTS

The CDC provided background information on several cases of a recently reported multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19; and a case definition for this syndrome. CDC recommends healthcare providers report any patient who meets the case definition to local, state, and territorial health departments to enhance knowledge of risk factors, pathogenesis, clinical course, and treatment of this syndrome. This information was distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network. CDC

 

  •   CDC published guidance on “Groups at Higher Risk for Severe Illness from COVID-19”. This guidance lists recommendations for older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions. CDC
  • CDC released guidance for colleges and universities on how to develop, implement and maintain a plan to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. CDC

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