Find frequently requested resources from state government agencies related to COVID-19 and community resources.
1. Maryland Department of Health
COVID-19 Information Portal: Information for cases by ZIP code and cases and deaths by race represent data that is available to MDH at this time. Data for ZIP codes with 7 or fewer cases is suppressed. MDH is continuously evaluating its data and reporting systems and will make updates as more data becomes available.
COVID-19 Connect: This secure portal is open to all Maryland residents who were confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 and who are now recovered from their disease. It will be a place for you to share information, promote action and find support. We invite you to connect with us to share your experience. We appreciate your time and effort in doing so.
Coronavirus Rumor Control: The purpose of this page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis. Do your part to the stop the spread of disinformation by doing 3 easy things; don’t believe the rumors, don’t pass them along and go to trusted sources of information to get the facts about the state of Maryland’s (COVID-19) response.
If you have a health benefit plan regulated by the State of Maryland, you should not have to pay for the test. Health carriers must waive any cost-sharing for any visit to diagnose or test for COVID-19 regardless of the setting of the testing, COVID-19 vaccination, and laboratory fees related to COVID-19. Treatment will be covered but subject to cost-sharing. If you are uninsured, contact the Maryland Health Connection which has opened a special enrollment period until April 15.
Please contact your health benefit plan at the number on your identification card to check: if your plan is regulated by Maryland; if your plan has comprehensive or limited coverage; if your policy covers in- or out-of-network care, etc.
If you are uninsured, please contact the Maryland Health Connection now. As part of the state’s overall response to the coronavirus, and in an effort to prioritize health and safety, the Maryland Health Connection opened a new special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders. Free consumer assistance is available by calling 855-642-8572 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Deaf and hard of hearing use Relay. Help is available in more than 200 languages.
During the temporary school closures, Maryland schools and agencies are providing free emergency meals to students and children. The direct links to the meal sites of 24 counties and Baltimore City public schools with additional information are listed here.
Senior Call Check Program: Maryland is the first state in the country to start a free, opt-in, telephonic service to check on Maryland’s older residents, all across the state. As many of our older adults take measures to avoid crowds and limit contact with others due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please be reminded of the Senior Call Check program. This program is free to MD residents 65+ and is a daily call to verify your well-being, at a time scheduled at your convenience. Register today or tell a loved one about this program! For more information, call 1-866-50-CHECK.
Information from the CDC for long-term care facilities is available here.
Maryland Department of Aging County Offices: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Cecil, Garett, Harford, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Washington Counties; Caroline, Kent, Talbot Upper Shore Aging, Inc.; and Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester MAC, Inc. have a language line service. Anne Arundel and Montgomery Counties have Spanish-speaking staff, and Baltimore County has Russian-speaking staff. Carroll County schedules time for translators.
For more information, visit aging.maryland.gov.
7. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Businesses
CLOSURE OF ALL NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
Check if your business is essential or not from the lists below.
Under the new federal CARES Act, $350 billion will be used to establish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides loan guarantees to small businesses to assist with payroll costs for workers who are forced to stay home. Read more.
For companies with more than 500 employees, the CARES Act provides $500 billion distributed to distressed industries, including passenger airlines, cargo air carriers, and industries related to national security. Read more.
The CARES Act establishes a refundable, 50% payroll tax credit covering up to $10,000 paid per employee, including benefits from the period of March 13, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Read more.
The CARES Act also includes support for economic development agencies and programs, including funding for the Community Development Block Grant, assistance to minority business development centers and minority chambers of commerce, several million for state arts and humanities agencies and partners, and more, to assist businesses in need. Read more.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan:
Individual businesses can now apply directly to the SBA for low-interest loans through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
Visit SBA’s website to apply now. Due to high volume on their website, SBA is also accepting applications through email and fax.
Sales & Use Taxes are NOT due March 20th. March 20th would have been the due date for Sales & Use Tax payments by businesses. THIS DUE DATE IS NOW June 1. Businesses who paid their Maryland Sales & Use Taxes for March early may request a refund of their payment by emailing email@example.com or by calling 410-260-4020. Read more here.
Maryland business and individual income taxpayers will be given a 90-day extension for tax payments. No interest or penalty for late payments will be imposed if 2019 tax payments are made by July 15, 2020. See 90-day extension for tax payments for more information, or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Taxpayers who have set up a payment through their own online banking services will need to stop that transaction through their banks. Taxpayers who have scheduled a payment through the Comptroller’s iFIle or bFile can request to have a debit from their account stopped as long as it is at least 3 days prior to the scheduled payment date. If taxpayers have individual requests for assistance, they should contact Taxpayer Services at 410-260-7980 or via email at email@example.com.
Workers Cannot be Terminated: Guarantees that Marylanders cannot be terminated from their jobs because they have been isolated or quarantined. Unemployment Benefits will allow the Secretary of Labor to extend unemployment benefits to workers who cannot work because they are quarantined, at risk for exposure, or to care for a family member with COVID-19.
Labor’s Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance is available to help Maryland business owners find timely and effective solutions to issues, so they can go about running their companies. They can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
During these uncertain times, as businesses transition to remote work and make changes to technology, we are more vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks than ever before. To assist, CAMI is providing an incident hotline for businesses.
Licensing & Permitting
According to the Governor’s Executive Order, all licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations issued by the state, its agencies or any political subdivision that would expire during the current state of emergency will be extended until at least the 30th day after the state of emergency is lifted.
To preserve the health and safety of customers and employees, all MDOT MVA branch offices and the Customer Service Center are closed. This operational change, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is effective immediately and until further notice. MDOT MVA’s eStore and self-service kiosks are still available.
Governor Larry Hogan has ordered an extension of all driver’s and business licenses, identification cards, permits and registrations that expire or are eligible for renewal during the state of emergency. As a result, they will not expire until the 30th day after the state of emergency has been lifted.
Customers with questions related to emergency business needs, like obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or registering fleet vehicles needed to bring resources to Marylanders, should reach out to MDOT MVA at COVID19MVAAction@mdot.maryland.gov or 1-800-950-1682.
Our hotlines are operational. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, you may have to leave a message but you will get a response as quickly as possible.
No Price-Gouging for food, fuel, medicine, cleaning products and other essential supplies.
Consumer protection and business complaints: 410-528-8662 or email@example.com
Health care and insurance billing: 410-528-1840 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Effective immediately, and until further notice, the Attorney General of Maryland will be accepting service of process by e-mail on the State, State agencies, and State officers sued in their official capacity. Click for more information.
The Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) provides bill assistance to low-income households in the State of Maryland to make their energy costs more affordable and to help with the prevention of loss and the restoration of home energy service.
13. Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services
Victim Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak: This list of resources – hotlines, help and support, legal services, crime victims’ compensation and assistance, guidelines for transitional shelters and houses, and pet assistance resources – has been compiled by the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services. This page will be updated periodically with new resources and information.
For up-to-date information on how nonprofits can navigate the COVID-19 crisis, visit Maryland Nonprofits’ What Nonprofits Need to Know About Coronavirus. This page includes advice on how to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program SBA loan, Maryland-specific resources, federal guidance, webinars, financial resources, advocacy actions, and health resources relevant for nonprofit organizations, staff, board members and volunteers. Receive the latest news when you sign up for updates from Maryland Nonprofits.
18. Submit Other Resources
If you have other resources for Marylanders, please contact email@example.com to contribute to this page.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to contribute to this page, if you are:
an organization that can provide community resources for the community.
an organization that can provide aid (space, volunteer management, etc.) to other organizations.
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