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Coronavirus Resources



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

 

Steps to Prevent Illness
 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends several preventative steps that you can take to avoid exposure and stop the spread.

  • Wear a facemask in public spaces.
     
  • 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 percent alcohol.
     
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
     
  • Put at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
     
  • 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 surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks. (See here for a list of EPA-registered household disinfectants.)
     

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 or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
     

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 does not include all possible symptoms. 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.
       
    • See here for additional guidance for those living in close quarters.
       
    • See here for additional guidance for those living in shared housing.
       
    • See here for more information about COVID-19 and pets.
       
  • 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.
     
    • Even if you aren't sick, you should wear a facemask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
       
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
     
  • Clean your hands often.
     
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
     
    • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water.
       
  • Clean all high-touch surfaces everyday.
     
    • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, including counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables.
       
  • Monitor your symptoms.
     
    • Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
       
    • Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
       

Testing for COVID-19

  • There are two kinds of COVID-19 tests: viral tests and antibody tests.
     
    • A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
       
    • An antibody test might tell you if you had a past infection. An antibody test might not show if you have a current infection because it can take 1–3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies. Having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 might provide protection from getting infected with the virus again. It is not known how much protection the antibodies might provide or how long this protection might last.
       
  • Decisions about testing are made by state and local health departments, along with local health care providers.
    • Marylanders can visit the Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 testing webpage to find the closest testing locations.
       

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
 

  • Maryland has started distributing its allocation of approved COVID-19 vaccinations.
     
    • See here for the state’s vaccine distribution plan.
       
    • See here for the state's COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard.
       
  • Baltimore County will host a number of student vaccination clinics in order to distribute vaccines before the start of school on August 30, 2021. See here for more information.
     
  • See below for a list of county-level information pages about COVID-19 vaccine distribution:
     
  • See below for a list of county-level COVID-19 vaccine dashboards:
     
  • Marylanders can call the state's COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center at 1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829) seven days a week from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
     

Additional Health Care Resources
 

COVID-19 Exposure Alerts
 

Real-Time Updates
 

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

Economic Resources
 

  • Economic Impact Payments to Marylanders and Maryland Families
     
    • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has created a helpful FAQ to answer your questions about economic impact payments.​
       
    • The IRS has launched a “Get My Payment” web application that allows taxpayers who filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019 to submit direct deposit information in order to have their economic impact payments deposited directly in their bank accounts, instead of waiting for a check to arrive in the mail. The Get My Payment web application also allows taxpayers to track the status of their payment and is updated once every 24 hours. You can access the Get My Payment web application 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.
         
  • Unemployment Insurance and Worker Assistance Resources
     
    • If you have lost your job as a result of COVID-19, you can file your claim online via the Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance. For more information about how to file a claim, see here. The American Rescue Plan Act has extended federal unemployment benefits through September 4, 2021.
       
    • The Maryland Department of Labor has launched a new, one-stop shop to apply for Unemployment Insurance online. Marylanders who are self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, sole proprietors or individuals with insufficient work history can apply here. These classifications of workers – who are ineligible for normal Unemployment Insurance, but who cannot work due to COVID-19 – are now eligible to apply for up to 79 weeks of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) through September 4, 2021.
       
    • See here for information about employer assistance, worker assistance, licensing and permitting, tax assistance and financial assistance from the Maryland Department of Labor.
       
  • Small Business Paycheck Protection Program
     
    • The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides small businesses with forgivable, zero-fee loans. After the enactment of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, PPP reopened during the week of January 11. See here for more information.
       
    • 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.
       
    • The American Rescue Plan expands the reach of PPP loans. See here for more information.
       
  • 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 American Rescue Plan provides funding for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. See here for more information.
       
  • Relief for Restaurants
     
    • The American Rescue Plan allocates more than $28 billion to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a new program at the Small Business Administration. These grants, which are available for up to $10 million per entity, can be used for a variety of expenses – including payroll, mortgage, rent, utilities, supplies, food and beverage expenses, paid sick leave and operations. See here for more information about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
       
  • Low-Interest Disaster Loans for Maryland Small Businesses
     
    • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has extended the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program to December 31, 2021. See here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the program.
       
    • Loans are offered at affordable terms, with a 3.75% interest rate for small businesses and 2.75% interest rate for nonprofit organizations, a 30-year maturity and an automatic deferment of one year before monthly payments begin. Every eligible small business and nonprofit are encouraged to apply to get the resources they need.
       
    • The American Rescue Plan includes an additional resources for the Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance program. See here for more information.
       
    • Small businesses in Maryland can apply for assistance through the SBA's website.
       
  • Coronavirus-Related Information for Maryland Businesses
     
    • The State of Maryland has established a resources page for businesses impacted by the coronavirus.
       
  • Tax Filing Resources for Individuals and Families
     
    • Federal Tax Filings: The deadline for federal tax filings is Monday, May 17, 2021. The IRS is encouraging Americans to file as soon as possible and to explore electronic filing or use fillable forms to speed up the process. The IRS will begin receiving individual returns on January 27, 2021. If you are unable to file taxes before May 17, 2021, you can request an extension until October 15, 2021. See here for more information.
       
      • Please Note: The ongoing pandemic has delayed IRS processing. While most refunds can be processed in about 21 days, the IRS cannot guarantee that it will meet this timeline and urges taxpayers against making financial plans based upon the receipt of a refund by a specific date. See here for helpful tips about the upcoming tax season.
         
    • Maryland Tax Filings: The deadline for Maryland tax filings and payments has been moved to Thursday, July 15, 2021.
       
      • See here to learn more about the upcoming tax filing season in Maryland.
         
      • If you have questions about your state tax filings and payments, please email taxhelp@marylandtaxes.gov or call 1-800-MDTAXES.
         
  • Tax Filing Resources for Maryland Small Businesses
    • 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.
       
  • COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
     
    • ​Marylanders who lost loved ones to COVID-19 can apply for up to $9,000 in funeral assistance funding. To apply, please call 844-684-6333. See here for more information.
       

Housing Resources
 

  • For Renters
     
    • Eviction Moratorium: On March 29, 2021, the CDC announced an extension of the eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021. This order prevents evictions of tenants who are unable to make rent payments. See here for more information.
       
    • Emergency Rental Assistance: Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has a new tool to help renters connect with Emergency Rental Assistance programs. See here for more information.
       
  • For Homeowners
     
    • Foreclosure Moratorium: On Februray 25, 2021, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) extended several mortgage relief policies. See here for more infomation. On March 29, 2021, the Maryland Department of Labor’s Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation announced an extension of the state’s moratorium on new residential foreclosures through May 3, 2021. See here for more information.
       
    • Optional Mortgage Forbearance: Homeowners experiencing financial difficulty due to COVID-19 may request a temporary suspension of mortgage payments. Individuals who choose this option, however, will still be required to make payments at a later date. See here for more information on mortgage forbearance options in Maryland.
       
    • Expanded Protection for Housing Insecure Communities: The American Rescue Plan delivers $21.5 billion in emergency rental assistance, $5 billion in emergency housing vouchers for individuals experiencing homelessness and $5 billion in funding for the HOME Investment Partnership Program, which provides housing and services for individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Additionally, the American Rescue Plan allocates $10 billion in mortgage and utility payment assistance. See here for a complete list of housing provisions in the American Rescue Plan.
    • 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.
       
    • Other 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. The Maryland Office of People’s Counsel, a Maryland state agency that advocates for utility consumers, offers a number of helpful fact sheets on its website. See here for more information. 
  • 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.
       
  • County-Level Housing Relief

    • Anne Arundel County
       
      • Arundel Community Development Services, Inc. provides free financial counseling and referrals for eviction prevention, foreclosure prevention, utility turn-off assistance, property rehabilitation and homeownership advice. For assistance, call (410) 222-7600.
         
      • For emergency shelter, residents can call (410) 417-7260 on Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. In case of a crisis, Anne Arundel residents can call the county’s 24/7 hotline at (410) 768-5522.
         
      • Anne Arundel County's Eviction Protection Program provides direct rent and utility assistance, along with legal counseling, to residents who earn less than 80 percent of the area's median income. See here for more information. Eligible residents can apply online or call (410) 222-7600.
         
    • Baltimore City
       
      • Baltimore City residents facing imminent homelessness can call (410) 545-0136 or (410) 545-0900.
      • Baltimore City renters facing an eviction action can access free legal advice and information here.
         
      • To apply for Baltimore’s Eviction Protection Program, please call (410) 396-5555 or email eviction.prevention@baltimorecity.gov.
         
    • Baltimore County
       
      • Baltimore County’s COVID-19 Eviction Protection Program is currently accepting applications. Baltimore County residents can apply here.
         
    • Howard County
       
    • Montgomery County
       
      • The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services offers COVID-19 housing stabilization services, including financial assistance to prevent evictions, foreclosures and utility disconnections. To apply for assistance, you can schedule a phone interview by calling 311. If calling from outside of Montgomery County, please call (240) 777-0311.
         

​Household Tips
 

  • Food Security and Assistance
     
    • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan 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 and 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 learn 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.
       
    • Baltimore City offers a number of emergency food resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, including home-delivered grocery boxes and produce box distribution. See here for more information.
       
    • Baltimore County distributes groceries – including fresh produce, bread and other items – to food insecure families at 11 sites around the county. See here for more information.
       
    • Baltimore County residents that need assistance with food access can call (410) 887-2594 or email food@baltimorecountymd.gov.
       
    • Montgomery County’s food assistance database features a map of food assistance providers and benefits application assistance sites across the county. You can search the database by location, food assistance type, accessibility and many other categories. To access the database, see here.
       
    • A number of grocery stores offer home delivery, including:
    • Several grocery stores across Maryland offer special shopping times for coronavirus-vulnerable customers, including people aged 60+ and those with underlying health conditions.
       
      • GiantGiant locations in Maryland 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.
      • SafewaySafeway locations in Maryland 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 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: On Wednesdays and Sundays, during the first hour of operation, Trader Joe's prioritizes service for customers over the age of 60 and customers with disabilities who may need additional assistance while shopping.
      • Whole Foods MarketWhole Foods locations in Maryland offer special shopping hours for customers aged 60 and older every day from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM.
      • TargetTarget locations in Maryland provide special shopping hours for seniors and people with underlying health conditions every Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM.
      • Martin’sMartin’s Maryland locations provide special shopping hours for customers aged 60 and older every single day from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM.
      • Dollar GeneralDollar General locations in Maryland 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:
       
  • Child Care Services
    ​​
    • 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.
       
    • See here for a list of child care resources in Maryland.
       
    • Anne Arundel County’s Department of Recreation and Parks offers four different child care programs: School Age Child Care (SACC), Middle School Teen Group (MSTG), Pre-K Program and Child Enrichment Center (CEC) Program. See here for more information.
       
    • Baltimore City's Child Care Academy offers affordable daycare services for low-income families at two different locations. See here for more information.
       
    • Baltimore County provides a child care subsidy to low-income families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. This subsidy covers child care costs for school-age children participating in remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. See here for more information.
       
    • Howard County’s Department of Recreation and Parks has launched its RecZone Program, which helps families meet child care needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. See here for more information.
       
    • Montgomery County offers a Working Parents Assistance Program to help cover the cost of child care. See here for more information. 
       
    • Maryland also offers a Child Care Scholarship (CCS) Program that provides assistance to eligible working families in Maryland. See here for more information.
       

For Students
 

  • Meals for Maryland Students
     
    • 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.
       
    • Anne Arundel County Public Schools will offer free breakfast and lunch to children ages 2-18 at 119 sites across the county during the 2020-2021 school year. See here for more information, including a list of meal sites.
       
    • Beginning on September 8, 2020, Baltimore City will provide students with free breakfast and lunch during the 2020-2021 school year. Students can receive two days of meals – including two breakfasts and two lunches – at one time. Adults can pick up meals for their children. See here for meal sites.
       
    • Baltimore County Public Schools will provide free meals to all children ages 2-18 by curbside pickup or by bus delivery. See here for more information, along with a list of meal pickup locations.
       
    • Beginning on September 8, 2020, Howard County Public School System will provide free "Grab-N-Go" meals to all students during the 2020-2021 school year. See here for more information.
       
    • Beginning on August 31, 2020 Montgomery County Public Schools will provide breakfast and lunch to students at 24 sites across the county during the 2020-2021 school year. See here for more information.
       
  • School Reopening
    • On March 1, 2021, several school systems in Maryland began implementing hybrid plans that combine in-person and remote learning. Students in each school system may also choose to continue with virtual learning for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. See below for more information on reopening plans in school systems throughout Maryland's Third Congressional District.
       
  • Online Learning​
     
  • Student Loan Resources
    • The federal government has extended temporary suspensions of student loan payments and provided for a 0% interest period for most federal student loans until September 30, 2021. For more information, please see here and here. Private student loans, however, do not qualify.

For Seniors
 

  • Health and Support Services in Maryland
     
    • Senior Call Check is a 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 see here.
  • 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 placed ahead of time. To place an order, call (410) 222-0256 or email senior_nutrition@aacounty.org. See here for other services offered under Anne Arundel County’s Senior Citizen Nutrition Program.
       
    • The City of Baltimore encourages seniors to call Maryland Access Point at (410) 396-2273 to inquire about home-delivered meals.
       
    • The Baltimore County Department of Aging is providing boxes of food to older residents. See here to learn more about the program. To schedule a meal pickup, call (410) 887-2040. Baltimore County seniors with additional food access needs can call (410) 887-2594 or email aginginfo@baltimorecountymd.gov.
       
    • The Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services provides "Grab-N-Go" meals to residents who participate in the Department's 50+ Centers congregate meal program. For more information, call (410) 313-6410 or email aging@howardcountymd.gov. See here for more details about different meal programs in Howard County.
       
    • 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 monthly 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.
       
  • Virtual Wellness Classes and Programming for Seniors
     
    • The Baltimore County Department of Aging offers free online wellness classes and programming for seniors. To join a class, see here.
       
    • Senior Planet Montgomery offers virtual wellness classes for Montgomery County seniors. For more information, see here.
       
    • The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities offers online exercise, art classes, crafts, line dancing, music and more on YouTube and on Arundel TV. For more information, see here.
       
    • The Pasadena, Pascal and Annapolis Senior Centers in Anne Arundel County reopened for limited programming on May 3, 2021 and will lift additional restrictions on June 2, 2021. The County's four other Senior Centers — South County, Arnold, O'Malley and Brooklyn Park — will offer outdoor programming to members one day per week until reopening for regular programming on June 28, 2021. See here to sign up for Anne Arundel County's Virtual Programming Newsletter. See here for a list of frequently asked questions about the County’s reopening plan.
       
    • On May 17, 2021, Baltimore City reopened senior centers at 50 percent capacity. In-person services will be offered on a limited basis and social distancing will be maintained for all in-person activities. See here for a complete list of senior centers in Baltimore.
       
    • On April 30, 2021, Howard County reopened its 50+ Centers at 50 percent capacity. These centers will be open by appointment only. See here for more information.
       

​For Veterans
 

  • Health Care 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.
       
    • All VA Maryland Health Care System sites are now open for limited in-person appointments. You can find a complete listing of clinics and safety measures at VAMHCS facilities here.
       
    • To schedule an appointment with your VA Primary Care provider, please call (410) 605-7333 on Monday through Friday, between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM, and indicate if you would like a face-to-face or a virtual appointment. For more information about scheduling an appointment, see here.
       
    • 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.
           
    • To help veterans manage the anxiety and emotional impact of this pandemic, the VA’s National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has developed COVID Coach, a free app that provides information about how to cope during the pandemic. The app also features tools to improve emotional health and mood trackers. You can learn more about the app and download it here.
       
    • On March 10, 2020 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 in hospice units or inpatient spinal cord injury units.​ Please see the VA CLC Frequently Asked Questions page for updates to this policy.
       
  • Vaccine Distribution for Veterans
     
    • During the week of December 14, 2020, the Baltimore VA Medical Center began administering COVID-19 vaccines to veterans in long-term care facilities and to inpatients with spinal cord injuries, along with frontline VA health care workers.
       
    • ​See here for regular updates about COVID-19 vaccine distribution at VA facilities.
       
    • The VA Maryland Health Care System is currently administering COVID-19 vaccines to enrolled veteran patients of all ages. Additionally, the VA offers vaccines to spouses and caregivers of veterans, as well as Civilian Health and Medical Program beneficiaries. See here for more information.
       
    • To schedule an appointment, please contact the COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Line at (410) 605-7740  available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. See here for more information. 
       
  • Economic Impact Payments for Veterans
     
    • Veterans who receive monetary benefits from the VA by direct deposit will receive their economic impact payments to the same account.
       
  • Debt Collection Freeze for Veterans
     
    • Please carefully review any correspondence you receive from the VA regarding debt collection and explore any relief or resolution options for which you may be eligible.
       
    • On February 18, 2021, the VA announced an extension of debt relief for veterans through September 30, 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See here for more information. See here for a list of frequently asked questions.

For Travelers and Expatriates
 

  • Passports
     
    • The Passport Agency is currently undergoing a phased reopening and is working as quickly as possible to eliminate the backlog of pending passport applications. If you need to travel immediately (within 72 hours) for an emergency, you can request an emergency appointment.
       
    • If you have upcoming, non-urgent travel and a pending passport application, please contact Congressman Sarbanes' office at (410) 832-8890 to discuss how we may be able to assist you. See here for a list of frequently asked questions about passport operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Guidance from the U.S. Department of State
     
    • The Department of State has provided travelers with guidance and information regarding travel abroad during the pandemic.
       
    • As always, travelers should carefully review the travel advisories listed for your destination and enroll in STEP to receive important notifications in the event of an emergency.
       
    • If you are planning a domestic or international trip, please review the CDC information page about travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
       
  • 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.
       

COVID-19 Reopening Guidance and Restrictions
 

​Other Resources
 

  • Real ID
     
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that it will extend the REAL ID enforcement deadline to May 3, 2023.
       
  • 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.
       
  • Free Wi-Fi Access Points
     
    • Xfinity Comcast has opened its WiFi hotspots to anyone who needs them, including non-customers. See here to find a hotspot near you.

  • 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.
         
      • 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).

 

TRACK THE MONEY

The federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic includes financial support for American families, state and local governments, small businesses and public services.

 

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