“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. Effective Friday, March 12 at 5 p.m., capacity limits will be lifted on retail businesses, fitness centers, casinos, personal services, and indoor recreational establishments. Masking, physical distancing, and other safety protocols will remain in place. Read the order. 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. Marylanders are strongly advised against traveling to any state with a positivity rate above 10% or any state with average case rates above 20 per 100K. 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.
|Churches, Synagogues, and Other Places of Worship. Effective Friday, March 12 at 5 p.m., capacity limits will be lifted on religious facilities. Masking, physical distancing, and other safety protocols will remain in place. Read the order.|
|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. The Maryland Department of Health launched MD COVID Alert, a contact tracing app for Marylanders to opt into COVID-19 exposure notifications on their smartphones. MD COVID Alert uses Bluetooth to notify users who may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals or nonprofits offering assistance should also email email@example.com. 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.|
|COVID-19 Information 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.|
Health Coverage. From now until May 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.
|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.|
|Licenses and Permits. 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.|
|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 and MarylandMedNow. The Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps is now recruiting active and retired health care professionals, medical students, and other interested volunteers to support vaccination clinics and other critical missions. You can register for the Medical Reserve Corps here. MarylandMedNow is recruiting Maryland job seekers with clinical backgrounds to work at state hospitals, nursing homes, testing sites, and vaccination clinics. Marylanders who are interested in being hired for these paid positions can go to www.marylandmednow.com.|
|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 allows the remote notarization of wills and trust documents, and allows remote notarization of estate planning documents to continue. Read the order.
|Nursing Homes. Indoor visitation at Maryland nursing homes will generally be limited to compassionate care, and all visitors must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to their visit. Read the order.
|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.|
|Restaurants. Effective Friday, March 12 at 5 p.m., capacity limits will be lifted on outdoor and indoor dining at restaurants and bars. 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. Read the Maryland Department of Commerce’s back to business guide for restaurants here.|
|Schools. Governor Hogan and State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon called on all Maryland school systems to return to hybrid instruction—a combination of in-person and virtual learning. As of March 9, 22 out of the 24 local school systems in Maryland have students back in the classrooms, while the remaining two have also outlined plans to resume in-person instruction. Read the school reopening guidance here.
|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.|
|Travel. Effective Friday, March 12 at 5 p.m., 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 are strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 upon their return from out-of-state travel. Read the updated MDH directives.|
|Unemployment Insurance. Unemployment insurance can provide economic relief and stability for those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. On November 12, Governor Hogan announced $15 million for the Maryland Department of Labor to expand call center staffing and adjudication staffing, to improve customer service management software, and to provide additional fraud detection measures. The department has administered nearly $8 billion in benefits to more than 640,000 Marylanders. To learn about benefits or file a claim, call (877) 293-4125 or visit the Maryland Department of Labor’s website.|
|Vaccines. Vaccine safety information, details about Maryland’s vaccine distribution plan, and answers to FAQs can be found here. Find a vaccine provider here.|