“I know that there’s a lot of anxiety out there and a lot of stress. Folks are worried about what lies ahead and how we’re going to get through this. We’re all worried about our family members and our loved ones, about our communities and neighborhoods. But I want everybody in Maryland to know that if we continue to lead, we continue to work together, and if we rely on and help each other, we will get through this crisis.”
HOW MARYLANDERS CAN HELP
As essential second responders, the Maryland Food Bank is working diligently to continue core operations amidst this public health crisis.
Volunteer today for this force of dedicated medical volunteers. Now recruiting active and retired health care professionals, medical students, and other interested volunteers.
This organization provides support and safety-net services to seniors—a population that needs extra support during this crisis.
The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.
The Hogan Administration’s COVID-19 A-to-Z Resource Guide
|Businesses. As Maryland’s economic recovery continues to make progress, the Maryland Department of Commerce has provided Back to Business recommendations and best practices. More business resources related to COVID-19 can be found here.|
|BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport. Governor Hogan has directed the Maryland Department of Transportation to restrict access to the BWI Marshall Terminal to ticketed passengers and employees only. Exceptions will be made for visitors assisting disabled passengers. Maryland Transportation Authority Police will strictly enforce this policy. For more details on safety measures being taken at BWI, please visit the airport’s website.
|Census. Self response to the 2020 Census continues through September 30. To get counted, visit my2020census.gov or call (844) 330-2020.|
|Child Care. You can search for child care online at this website. For free, personalized assistance, contact a LOCATE: Child Care referral specialist by calling (877) 261-0060 Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. A referral specialist will help you to identify child care options based on your family’s specific needs.|
|Churches, Synagogues, and Other Places of Worship. Churches and houses of worship can now safely hold religious services, at up to 50 percent capacity, with outdoor services strongly encouraged. Religious leaders are strongly urged to do everything possible to keep their congregants safe, and particularly to protect the elderly and vulnerable within their congregations. Read guidance and best practices for religious services.|
|Contact Tracing. Please answer and/or return any calls from “MD COVID.” If you do not have caller ID on your phone, look for the phone number (240) 466-4488. You can access contact tracing information here.|
|Data. The Maryland Department of Health updates COVID-19 data daily during the 10 a.m. hour, including breakdowns by jurisdiction, ZIP code, and demographic groups. You can find COVID-19 data here.|
|Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Coronavirus updates and other resources for the Deaf and hard of hearing community can be found at odhh.maryland.gov/coronavirus.|
|Donations. Businesses or organizations offering capabilities, personnel, and equipment should email email@example.com. Individuals or nonprofits offering assistance should also email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email will be routed appropriately.|
|Emergency Orders. Governor Hogan’s COVID-19 pandemic-related proclamations, executive orders, and interpretive guidance are available at governor.maryland.gov/covid-19-pandemic-orders-and-guidance/.|
|Food Assistance. Marylanders can see if they qualify for nutrition assistance benefits on the Maryland Department of Human Resources website. Access the website here.|
|Free and Reduced Meals. The Maryland State Department of Education can provide three meals a day and a snack to students in need. There are hundreds of meal distribution centers across the state. You can find a meal distribution center here.|
|Hotline. For frequently asked questions, including information about symptoms, how COVID-19 spreads, where you can get tested, and updated statistics for Marylanders, you can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 211.|
|Housing Relief. The State of Maryland is working to bring rental delinquencies current and provide relief for tenants. For tenant guidance and programs, visit here. Additionally, Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order that prohibits Maryland courts from ordering the eviction of any tenant who can show that their failure to pay rent was the result of COVID-19 or because they are diagnosed with, or under investigation for, COVID-19. Read the governor’s emergency order.|
|Health Coverage. From now until Dec. 15, you can sign up for health insurance using Maryland Health Connection, our state’s health insurance marketplace. To enroll, visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov, download the free “Enroll MHC” mobile app, or call 855-642-8572.|
|Licenses and Permits. All licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations issued by the state, its agencies or any political subdivision that would expire during the current state of emergency will be extended until the 30th day after the state of emergency is lifted. Read the executive order.|
|Masks. Governor Hogan has expanded an emergency order, which requires all Marylanders over the age of 5 to wear face coverings in the public spaces of all businesses across the state. The expanded order took effect July 31 at 5 p.m. Face coverings are also required in outdoor public areas, whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing. The expanded order continues to provide certain exceptions, including for medical conditions. Read the CDC guidance regarding how you can make and use homemade cloth face coverings.|
|Medical Reserve Corps. The Maryland Responds Reserve Medical Corps is now recruiting active and retired health care professionals, medical students, and other interested volunteers. You can register here.|
|Mortgages. Governor Hogan enacted an executive order that stops lenders from initiating the mortgage foreclosure process. Nearly 70 of Maryland’s largest banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders, state agencies, and other financial entities have collaborated to provide additional flexibility to borrowers. Learn more.|
|Notaries. Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order that temporarily waives the in-person requirement for notarizing documents in Maryland for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, subject to guidance provided by the Secretary of State’s office. Read the updated guidance from the Secretary of State’s Office.
|Parks. Maryland has opened state parks, including all state beaches, for walking and exercise, as well as safe playgrounds at state parks. Information about individual state parks will be available from the Maryland Park Service. See guidance on outdoor recreation from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
|Recovery, Reopening, and Reentry. After weeks of consulting with leading scientists, business leaders, and public health experts, Governor Larry Hogan introduced the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ which provides a safe, effective, and gradual approach to reopening the state as it continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. All Marylanders should continue to avoid crowds and gatherings, and they should continue to practice physical distancing and to take precautions to protect themselves, their families, and their fellow Marylanders. Read the plan.
|Repossessions. Governor Hogan has issued an executive order that prohibits lenders from initiating the mortgage foreclosure process and prohibits the repossession of cars and trucks, as well as homes that are not considered “real property,” such as mobile homes, trailers, and live-aboard boats. Read the executive order.|
|Schools. On August 27, Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon announced that every county school system in Maryland is fully authorized to begin safely reopening. The authority and decision making on safe openings continues to rest with county boards of education. 16 of the state’s 24 school systems have developed plans for returning children to schools for some form of in-person instruction this calendar year, and Dr. Salmon is urging all school systems to reevaluate their modes of instruction at the end of the first quarter. Decisions must be based on a set of statewide metrics, guidelines, and benchmarks issued by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) in collaboration with MSDE. The state is making $10 million in grant funding available to help systems that are able to move toward in-person instruction. Find resources to support the safe reopening of Maryland’s schools.
|Senior Call Check Program. The Maryland Department of Aging has a first-in-the-nation, free senior call check program, which provides peace of mind by checking in on seniors living at home alone. Register by calling 1-866-50-CHECK or by visiting this website.|
|Testing. All Marylanders are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19, particularly if they have recently traveled, attended a large gathering, or believe they may have been exposed to the virus. Make a plan to get tested today and find a site near you by visiting covidtest.maryland.gov.|
|Text Message Updates. To receive alerts, tips, and resources related to COVID-19 and other threats and hazards affecting or that may affect Maryland, text “MdReady” to 898211.|
|Translations. Marylanders can access FAQs in more than 10 different languages. COVID-19 resources have also been made available through a Spanish language webpage. Haga clic aquí para obtener recursos de coronavirus en español.|
|Unemployment Insurance. Unemployment insurance can provide economic relief and stability for those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. To learn about benefits or file a claim, call (877) 293-4125 or visit the Maryland Department of Labor’s website.|
|Utilities. Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order that prohibits electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable TV, and internet service provider companies from shutting off any residential customer’s service, or charging any residential late fees. The order was recently extended to be effective through September 1. Read the governor’s emergency order.|
|Vote. In the 2020 general election, Marylanders can vote by mail, participate in early voting, or vote in-person on election day. All eligible Maryland voters may request a mail-in ballot to vote safely from home. Visit the Maryland Board of Elections website or text ‘VBM’ to 77788 to access the mail-in ballot request form. Postage to return your form is free.|