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*Note this page will be updated frequently as new information becomes available.

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Steps to Prevent Illness


Currently, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. However, the CDC recommends several preventative steps that you can take to avoid exposure and stop the spread.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
     
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
     
  • Stay home when you are sick.
     
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
     
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
     
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for when to use a facemask.
     
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
     
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
       

Symptoms


Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
     

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop the symptoms listed above,  call your health care provider for medical advice.

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
 

What to Do If You Are Sick


If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

  • Stay home except to get medical care.
     
    • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
       
    • Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
       
    • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.
       
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
     
    • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
       
    • Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people.
       
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
     
    • If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
       
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick.
     
    • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
       
    • If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with the person who is sick should not stay in the same room with them, or they should wear a facemask if they enter a room with the person who is sick.
       
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
     
  • Clean your hands often.
     
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
     
    • Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
       
    • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday.
     
    • Clean and disinfect: Practice routine cleaning of high touch surfaces.
       
      • High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables.
         
  • Monitor your symptoms.
     
    • Seek medical attention: Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
       
    • Call your doctor: Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
       
  • Discontinuing home isolation.
     
    • Stay at home until instructed to leave: Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low.
       
    • Talk to your healthcare provider: The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
       

Real-Time Updates
 

  • Marylanders can receive real-time updates, tips and resources about the coronavirus by texting MdReady to 898211.
     

Additional Health Care Resources
 

Economic Resources
 

  • Direct Payments (Rebates) to Marylanders and Maryland Families
     
    • The IRS has created a helpful FAQ to answer your questions about the direct payments (rebates) that will be sent to individuals and families as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. See here.
  • Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family Leave Information
     
    • The U.S. Department of Labor has issued rules to implement new paid sick and family leave requirements for many employers and employees.
       
      • If you are an employee seeking information on the new paid leave policies, see here. (Also available in Spanish here.)
         
      • If you are an employer seeking information on the new paid leave policies, see here. (Also available in Spanish here.)
         
      • See here for frequently asked questions and see here for additional information.
         
  • Tax Filing Resources for Individuals and Families
     
    • The deadline for federal tax filings and federal tax payments has been extended to Wednesday, July 15. To learn more, see here.
       
    • The IRS recently created a website with tips for taxpayers and tax pros, along with an FAQ about this year's tax filing deadline extension.
       
    • Marylanders must file their state taxes with the Maryland Comptroller’s office by Wednesday, April 15. However, Marylanders can delay tax payments until Wednesday, July 15 without interest or penalties. For more information, see here.
       
  • Resource Guide for Maryland Employers and Workers
     
    • The Maryland Department of Labor has compiled information for employer assistance, worker assistance, taxes and financial assistance and licensing and permitting: https://businessexpress.maryland.gov/coronavirus.
       
    • Maryland businesses that temporarily or permanently layoff their employees can open an unemployment insurance claim for all affected employees through the Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance’s Bulk Claim Services. To file a claim, businesses can contact a claims representative by emailing dluibulkclaims-dllr@maryland.gov or by calling (410) 767-3252.
       
    • The Maryland Department of Labor has launched a COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, which helps businesses prevent layoffs and/or minimize the duration of unemployment. To learn more about this fund, see here.
       
    • Beginning on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, the Maryland Department of Labor's Unemployment Insurance Claim Center will extend its hours -- Monday to Friday, 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Marylanders can file their claims online, using the new filing system outlined below.

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  • Low-Interest Disaster Loans for Maryland Small Businesses
     
    • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) of up to $2 million to small businesses that suffer substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus. Learn more here. And see here for a FAQ from the House Committee on Small Business.
       
    • The SBA is also providing advance grants of $10,000 to eligible small businesses that apply for EIDLs. These grants do not need to be paid back.
       
    • Small businesses in Maryland are eligible to apply for assistance through the SBA's website.
       
    • Maryland has authorized $130 million in emergency assistance for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus. See here to learn more.
       
  • Small Business Paycheck Protection Program
     
    • The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with low-interest, zero-fee loans of up to $10 million. Funds can be used for payroll and benefits, and to pay interest on mortgages, rent and utilities.
       
    • Small businesses that maintain certain percentages of employees and payroll can receive debt forgiveness for a portion of the loan.
       
    • See here and here for an overview of the Paycheck Protection Program. See here for a lender factsheet. See here a borrower factsheet.
       
  • Small Business Debt Relief
    • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allows the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to cover principal and interest payments on certain existing and new SBA loans, among others. See here for more information.
       
  • The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act
    • The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has prepared a resource guide for small business owners to learn about the new loans, grants, and economic programs made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
       
  • Coronavirus-Related Information for Maryland Businesses
     
    • The State of Maryland has established a resources page for businesses impacted by the coronavirus.
       
  • Tax Filing Deadline Extension for Maryland Small Businesses
     
    • To help Maryland businesses affected by the economic impact of the coronavirus, the state’s business-related tax filing deadlines have been extended to June 1. The extension applies to certain business returns with due dates during the months of March, April and May 2020 for businesses filing sales and use tax, withholding tax, and admissions and amusement tax, as well as alcohol, tobacco and motor fuel excise taxes, tire recycling fee and bay restoration fee returns.
       
    • The Comptroller's Office of Maryland has created a dedicated email address to assist Maryland businesses with extension-related questions: taxpayerrelief@marylandtaxes.gov. Business owners can also call the Comptroller's Ombudsman at (410) 260-4020.
       

Housing Resources
 

  • For Renters
     
    • Eviction Moratorium: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act protects tenants who reside in property financed by federally backed mortgage loans or federally subsidized housing from being evicted for 120 days beginning March 18, 2020. The property owner (landlord) is also prevented from issuing an eviction notice until the expiration of the moratorium period.
       
  • For Homeowners
     
    • Foreclosure Moratorium: The servicer of a federally backed mortgage loan may not initiate a foreclosure, move for a foreclosure or order of sale, or execute a foreclosure sale on a homeowner for 60 days beginning March 18, 2020.
       
    • Optional Mortgage Forbearance for Homeowners: Under the CARES Act, homeowners with federally backed mortgages are eligible to postpone their monthly mortgage payments. Individuals with single-family mortgages may write to their mortgage servicer requesting forbearance for 180 days due to coronavirus-related difficulties. In such a case, no additional fees, penalties or interest outside of normally scheduled terms may be levied on the borrower. However, interest will be capitalized and owed by the borrower, which will increases the amount of future payments. Homeowners should contact their mortgage servicers to learn more about how to qualify for a mortgage relief program.
       
    • Expanded Protection for Housing Insecure Communities: The CARES Act also provides $4 billion in funding for homelessness assistance grants, $1.25 billion for tenant-based rental assistance, $685 million for public housing and additional funding for other programs designed to provide housing assistance for the elderly, people with disabilities and people with AIDS. 
    • Mortgage Lender/Servicer Inquiries or Complaints: If you have an inquiry regarding your mortgage lender or servicer, or if you’d like to file a complaint against your mortgage lender or servicer, you can contact the Maryland Department of Labor by emailing DLFRComplaints-LABOR@maryland.gov or by calling (410) 230-6077. See here for more information.
       
    • Maryland-Specific Resources: Maryland HOPE (Home Owners Preserving Equity) – a state-approved nonprofit agency – can provide information and resources to help Marylanders keep their homes. To learn, more see here or call 1-877-462-7555.
  • Guide to Coronavirus Mortgage Relief Options
     
    • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has assembled a helpful guide for homeowners who are financially impacted by the coronavirus. See here.
       

​Household Tips
 

  • Food Security and Assistance
     
    • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act expanded the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and boosted other anti-hunger efforts to help Americans access safe and nutritious food during the coronavirus pandemic. See here to learn more.
       
    • The Maryland Department of Human Services' Food Supplement Program can help Maryland families in need of nutrition assistance. See here to lean more and to apply online.
       
    • Maryland Hunger Solutions can help eligible individuals and families access SNAP benefits. It can also share valuable resources about food banks and food pantries near you. For more information, visit the Maryland Hunger Solutions website at https://www.mdhungersolutions.org/get-help/ or call 1-866-821-5552. To receive assistance applying for SNAP, call 1-866-821-5552 or apply online.
       
    • A number of grocery stores offer home delivery, including:
    • Several grocery stores across Maryland will offer special shopping times for coronavirus-vulnerable customers, including people aged 60+ and those with underlying health conditions.
       
      • Giant: Beginning on Friday, March 20, Giant locations in Maryland will offer special shopping hours for customers aged 60 and older and those with immune system deficiencies. These special shopping hours will occur every day, from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM.
         
      • Safeway: Safeway locations in Maryland will offer special shopping hours for vulnerable shoppers every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM.
         
      • ALDI: On Tuesdays and Thursdays, ALDI locations will offer special shopping hours from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM for senior citizens, expectant mothers and customers with underlying health conditions.
         
      • Trader Joe's: Beginning on Monday, March 30, Trader Joe's locations will reserve the first hour of operation every day (usually between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM) to serve customers over the age of 60 and individuals with disabilities who may need additional assistance while shopping.
         
      • Whole Foods Market: Whole Foods locations in Maryland will offer special shopping hours for customers aged 60 and older every day from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM.
         
      • Target: Target locations in Maryland will provide special shopping hours for seniors and people with underlying health conditions every Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM.
         
      • Martin’s: Beginning on Thursday, March 19, Martin’s Maryland locations will provide special shopping hours for customers aged 60 and older every single day from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM.
         
      • Dollar General: As of Tuesday, March 17, Dollar General locations in Maryland will reserve their first operating hour each day for seniors. Most Dollar General stores open at 8:00 AM. Please be sure to confirm your store’s opening hours on the store locator page.
         
  • Local Restaurant Take-Out and Delivery Resources​
    • Baltimore County's BaltCo To-Go Map features information about food delivery and take-out services offered by several county restaurants.
       
    • Montgomery County has assembled a list of restaurants that will remain open for take-out and delivery. See here.
       
  • Pharmacy and Prescription Resources
     
    • ​The following pharmacies offer delivery services:
       
      • South Baltimore Pharmacy: (410) 355-8500
         
      • Northern Pharmacy: (410) 254-2055
         
      • Austin Pharmacy: (410) 773-0300
         
      • Towson Health Mart Pharmacy: (410) 823-1818
         
      • Charles Meade Pharmacy: (410) 435-0210
         
      • CVS
         
      • Walgreens
         
      • Walmart
         
      • Target
         
      • Giant
         
      • Safeway
         
      • Wegman’s
  • Childcare Services
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    • Essential personnel in Maryland who need child care services can see here for a list of approved child care providers. If you don’t see a child care provider that meets your needs, please call the trained LOCATE: Child Care Referral Specialists to help you select the best child care option for your family: 877-261-0060. For additional information, see here.
       
    • Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, the Y in Central Maryland will provide child care for the children of frontline health care workers and first responders. Child care will be provided from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Y’s 11 family centers. Parents who qualify can register at ymaryland.org/emergencypersonnelservices. The centers are not open to the general public.
       

For Students
 

  • Meals for Maryland Students
     
    • Maryland now has the capacity to provide students impacted by the statewide closure of schools with three meals a day, and a snack. The Maryland State Department of Education has more than 500 meal distribution centers across the state. You can find a meal distribution center near you by visiting mdsummermeals.org.
       
    • Baltimore City will provide free "Grab-N-Go" to all Baltimore children and youth, aged 18 and under, from Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 24. See here for more information.
       
    • Baltimore County's Food Distribution Sites Map shows locations offering free meals for youth throughout the county.
       
    • Howard County Public School System will provide free "Grab-N-Go" meals to anyone age 18 and under, as well as any HCPSS student, regardless of age, at nine locations countywide. Meals are available from 11:30 AM to 1:30 p.m., weekdays, Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27. Participants will be given a Grab-N-Go lunch and dinner for that day, as well as a Grab-N-Go breakfast for the following day. Families are encouraged to bring a bag to carry home the three meals. Additional food distribution locations, not sponsored by HCPSS, are available on the MSDE website.
       
  • Online Learning​
     
  • Student Loan Resources
    • Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, principal and interest payments for all federally held student loans are automatically suspended through September 30, 2020. For more information about student loan relief, see here.
       

For Seniors
 

  • Health and Support Services in Maryland
     
    • Senior Call Check is free service available to Marylanders aged 65 and older. To register, see here.
       
    • Maryland Access Point (MAP), provides seniors with referrals and information about health and support services. To contact MAP call 1-844-627-5465 or visit https://marylandaccesspoint.info/.
  • Meals for Seniors
     
    • The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities will distribute food – a total of seven meals – to senior citizens every Tuesday, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Orders must be be placed ahead of time. To place an order, call (410) 222-0256 or email senior_nutrition@aacounty.org.
       
    • The Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services provides "Grab-N-Go" meals residents who participate in the Department's 50+ Centers congregate meal program. For more information, call (410) 313-6410 or email aging@howardcountymd.gov.
       
    • The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and Montgomery County Recreation (MCR) will provide seniors in need with frozen meal packs at "Grab-N-Go" locations and by limited delivery. The meal packs include seven different entrees, seven milk cartons and a mix of fruit and bread products. The food is diabetes-friendly. Eligible meal recipients include residents over the age of 60, spouses of residents over the age of 60, or people with a disability who live with a resident over the age of 60. For more information, see here.
       
  • Social Security
     
    • Until further notice, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will no longer provide in-person services. However, the SSA has expanded its telework capacity across the country and will continue to provide services online or by phone: 1-800-772-1213.
       
    • Beneficiaries who receive monthly payments by mail will continue to receive those payments. Beneficiaries who receive montly payments by direct deposit will continue to receive those payments as well.
       
    • For more information about how the SSA's operations during the coronavirus pandemic, see here.

       

​For Veterans
 

  • Resources for Veterans
     
    • VA Coronavirus Webpage
       
    • Veterans who think they’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms should first call their VA medical facility or call (844) 698-2311 and press #3 to be connected to a medical professional. Veterans can also send secure messages to their health care providers via MyhealtheVet, the VA’s online patient portal. VA clinicians will evaluate veterans’ symptoms and direct them to the most appropriate providers for further evaluation and treatment. This may include a referral to state or local health departments for coronavirus testing.
       
    • On March 30, the VA Maryland Health Care System will temporarily close its medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics to guard against the spread of the coronavirus. However, doctors and nurses at the clinics will continue to provide telehealth services, including phone and video appointments, for routine visits. Appointments for oncology, radiation oncology and other specialty care that is medically necessary may continue to be scheduled for in-person visits. Closed facilities in Maryland include:
       
      • Baltimore VA Medical Center
      • Loch Raven VA Medical Center
      • Perry Point VA Medical Center
      • Cambridge Outpatient VA Outpatient Clinic
      • Eastern Baltimore County VA Outpatient Clinic
      • Fort Meade VA Outpatient Clinic
      • Glen Burnie VA Outpatient Clinic
      • Pocomoke City VA Outpatient Clinic
         
    • Veterans with non-urgent health concerns can send a secure message to their VA providers at myhealth.va.gov. Veterans can also download and use the VA Video Connect app for telehealth appointments: mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connect. In addition, veterans can access the following telephone resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
       
      • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1
         
      • Medical Advice Line: 1-800-865-2441
         
      • Prescription Refill Line: (410) 605-7395
         
        • Before calling, veterans should have their Social Security number and prescription number ready.
        • Veterans can Press 2 for pharmacy prescription information.
           
    • On March 10, the VA announced that its 134 community living centers and its 24 spinal cord injury and disorder centers would be closed to all outside visitors. All clinical staff will be screened daily for coronavirus before entering the facilities. Exceptions to the new visitor policy will only be made for veterans in their last stages of life on hospice units or inpatient spinal cord injury units.​
       

For Travelers and Expatriates
 

  • Guidance from the U.S. Department of State
     
    • As of March 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4 Global Travel Advisory, which strongly cautions Americans abroad that if they do not make efforts to return to the United States in the immediate future, the ability of the State Department to provide repatriation assistance cannot be guaranteed.
       
  • Resources for Marylanders Traveling or Living Abroad
     
    • Marylanders who are living or traveling abroad should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This free service provides important updates to U.S. citizens and nationals who are traveling and living abroad.
       
    • Marylanders who are traveling or living abroad can also call the U.S. State Department's 24-Hour Consular Emergency Line.
       
      • Dial 1-888-407-4747 if you are calling from inside the U.S.
         
      • Dial +1-202-501-4444 if you calling from outside the U.S.
         
    • To find the closest embassy or consulate, see here.
       
    • For a list of embassy websites with country specific COVID-19 information, see here.
       

​Other Resources
 

  • 2020 Census
     
    • In the coming weeks, Maryland residents will continue to receive invitations in the mail to participate in 2020 Census. You can still complete your census form online, by phone, or by mail – even during this public health emergency. Learn more at http://census.maryland.gov or http://2020census.gov.
       
  • Real ID
     
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that it will extend the REAL ID enforcement deadline to October 1, 2021.
       
  • Donations & Volunteers
     
    • Visit governor.maryland.gov/marylandunites for information about opportunities to donate and volunteer.
       
    • The Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps seeks volunteers to help respond to the coronavirus crisis across the state. To apply, see here.
       
  • Families First: House Democrats' Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Guide
     
    • House Democrats have assembled a toolkit detailing all of the available benefits for individuals and families as we navigate this public health emergency. See here.
       
  • Free Wi-Fi Access Points
     
    • Xfinity Comcast has opeend its WiFi hotspots to anyone who needs them, including non-customers. See here to find a hotspot near you.
       
  • Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)
     
    • BGE is also suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges at least until May 1. It will also be working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options. For more information about BGE’s payment assistance programs, see here.
       
  • Washington Gas
     
    • Washington Gas will suspend customer disconnections and will waive late fees for anyone unable to pay their monthly bills during the coronavirus pandemic. For more information, call (844) 927-4427 or visit eservice.washgas.com
       
  • Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus-Related Scams
     
    • As the coronavirus spreads, we’ve noticed an increasing number of scams targeting Americans. Here are some helpful tips to guard against scammers during this difficult time.
       
      • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card or by wiring money, don’t do it.
         
      • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure coronavirus – online or in stores.
         
      • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the CDC website and the World Health Organization (WHO) website.
         
      • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
         
    • See here for some helpful consumer warnings and safety tips from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).