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 and our Governor’s website.

Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan: website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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

Maryland Department of Health information and local tracking here.

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 April 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. The special election in district 7 to fill the late Congressman Cummings’ seat will still be held April 28, but entirely by mail (as of 3/19).

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

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

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.

Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps — sign up here to register as a responder during a disaster or emergency situation. As MRC volunteers have already been activated, it is possible you will not be able to sign up to assist for this situation.

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.