We will try to keep an ongoing list of resources for our community. Note that the most up to date information will be from outlets such as the CDC, the Maryland Department of Health, and our Governor’s website.

Sign up for the MdPHA Database of Public Health Professionals here!

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is running an online contact tracing program. Please access it here!

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has also created an online contact tracing course on Coursera. The course is free, with a fee of $50 to receive a certificate for the course.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s website, Facebook, and Twitter. The Governor is live online most days to give updates.

The Governor’s COVID-19 A-to-Z Resource Guide here.

Maryland Department of Health information and local tracking here.

Illuminating disparities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Collaborative for Health Equity is collecting resources.

By executive order of the Governor, all non-essential businesses including bars, restaurants, gyms, spas, malls, casinos are closed. This is rapidly evolving, so refer to the Governor’s website or the resource guide for the most up to date list.

In Maryland, call 211 for access to resources (it is possible that wait times could be substantial)

The Maryland Health Connection has extended the date for uninsured Marylanders to enroll to June 15. (You also can enroll when you submit your tax forms now, too.)

COVID-19 global tracker here.

CDC information and recommendations. Also, key facts to stop the myths!

White House infographic with guidance

World Health Organization (WHO) information and guidance. Mythbusters information.

Hesperian Health Guides plain language information on COVID-19. Multiple languages available!

American Public Health Association Get Ready campaign — videos, fact sheets, additional information and resources

Johns Hopkins experts discuss the novel coronavirus (recording).

Maryland elections postponed — executive order here. The primary has been postponed from April 28 to June 2.

Unemployment assistance — apply online

Social distancingwhat is it? How do I do it? Story from NPR.

Flattening the Curve – information here and a story in WaPo

MoCo Dept of Health and Human Services COVID-19 info

Takoma Park resources

A number of grocery stores have special hours for seniors or those at higher risk: MoCo list.

Behavioral Health during a pandemic — resources from JBS, International

Wellness resources here for coping during a pandemic compiled by board member, Jody Gan, and Pam Holland

Public Health Institute has a resource page–Protecting Public Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: PHI Response & Resources

How can I assist??

It’s in our nature as public health professionals to want to help others, especially in a time like this. Here are some resources and opportunities in Maryland that may allow you to assist financially or with expertise. Please send other resources to GetInfo@MdPHA.org and we can add to this list (and share on Facebook and Twitter). Keep in mind that donating money is easy and extremely useful to most organizations. We all love doing things with our hands, but this is definitely not the best time for that. Also note that the few things that are needed in person (blood donations, emergency reserve corps) should only be undertaken by those who are not at high risk for significant illness and are not caring for others who may be at higher risk at home.

Note that one of the most important things that absolutely everyone can do is take #SocialDistancing very seriously!

Maryland Unites — central website set up with many links to organizations to help or donate to

Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps — sign up here to register as a responder during a disaster or emergency situation.

Blood donation–the Red Cross is facing a severe shortage. Please consider finding a donation center (you may need to call or use the app if the website is busy).

Call Maryland seniors — The Maryland Department of Aging has a program where seniors can sign up to receive calls and volunteers can sign up to deliver the calls.

Donate unused cleaning and medical supplies at four locations. Info here.

WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

United Way COVID-19 Community Fund — United Way of Maryland operates a 211 service that is being taxed to its limits. Click here to volunteer or donate.

County resources

Baltimore Community Foundation — BCF opens the COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund

Harford County Virtual Tip Jar — We’re reaching out to help your favorite bartenders, waiters, hairstylists and other service industry employees! (hosted by WebIXI–a digital marketing firm in Harford)

Harford Community Action — Emergency virtual food drive for students

Community Foundation of Harford — “Harford County Cares Fund

Howard County Philanthropies Coordinate Coronavirus Response — The Community Foundation of Howard County, Horizon Foundation, United Way of Central Maryland and Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County are working together to assess where assistance may be needed, provide funding, and accept donations to assist Howard County nonprofits on the front line of support, focusing on assisting with food security, housing, childcare and healthcare.

Olney Help — has been providing food and financial assistance to local families since 1969.

Information about COVID-19 (from MDH website).

Background

In December 2019, Chinese health officials announced they were investigating a pneumonia outbreak of unknown etiology (cause) in the city of Wuhan, China.  At that time, it was reported that many of the cases were linked to a seafood and animal market in Wuhan.  Since then, health officials have reported that the outbreak was caused by a novel coronavirus, and the illness has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).  


 Since then, thousands of cases have been reported and some cases have been fatal.  Cases of COVID-19 have been identified elsewhere in China, and in other countries, including in the United States. 

About Coronaviruses

There are many viruses in the coronavirus family that can cause illness in both humans and animals.  Several coronaviruses commonly circulate among people all of the time, and cause mild to moderate illnesses, such as the common cold.  Other coronaviruses commonly circulate only in animals.  Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people as has been seen with MERS and SARS.

Coronavirus emergency extends special enrollment period until June 15

As part of the state’s overall response to the coronavirus, and in an effort to prioritize health and safety, Maryland Health Connection opened a new special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders.

When will the special enrollment period begin?

The coronavirus emergency special enrollment period will begin in March and ends Monday, June 15. Here are the dates coverage will begin, depending on what day you enrolled in a health plan:

  • Enroll by April 15, 2020, coverage starts April 1, 2020
  • Enroll April 16-May 15, 2020, coverage starts May 1, 2020
  • Enroll May 16-June 15, 2020, coverage starts June 1, 2020

How do I enroll?

To enroll, visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov or download the free “Enroll MHC” mobile app. When enrolling, you should request or select “Coronavirus Emergency Special Enrollment Period.”

Trained navigators and brokers can help you enroll by phone

This enrollment period is for new enrollments of uninsured Marylanders who are eligible, not an opportunity for currently enrolled consumers to change plans.

Useful Infographics to Share with Your Organization

Hannah Sawa, student at American University and Baltimore resident, created an infographic detailing Maryland’s stay-at-home order. Please share with your networks!