Covid-19 Information and Resources - Maryland

March 31, 2020


Table of Contents:

Maryland: Maryland's Stay-at-Home Order | Financial Assistance for Renters for Maryland | Food | Childcare | Unemployment BenefitsAlerts by text | ElectionsWhat’s open?BankingPharmacies that Deliver | Health & Counseling | Expiring Licenses, Permits 

Baltimore City: Financial Assistance for Renters for Baltimore CityHealth | Food | Unemployment and Benefits

Maryland State Coronavirus site

Maryland Department of Health’s Coronavirus Testing FAQ

Maryland's Stay-at-Home Order:

Brief Summary:

The governor issued a stay at home order effective tonight at 8pm. Residents can still go to work at essential jobs, get groceries, medicine and other essential items, go to healthcare related appointments, go to schools to pick up instructional materials or meals exercise outdoors and check on family members.

Detailed Overview:

All persons living in the State of Maryland are hereby ordered, effective as of 8:00 p.m. on March 30, 2020, to stay in their homes or places of residences (“Homes”) except to participate in essential activities.

Essential Activities means:

1. Obtaining necessary supplies or services for one’s self, family, household members, pets, or livestock, including, without limitation: groceries, supplies for household consumption or use, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, laundry, and products needed to maintain safety, sanitation, and essential maintenance of the home or residence;

2. Engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of one’s self, family, household members, pets, or livestock, including such things as seeking medical or behavior health or emergency services, and obtaining medication or medical supplies;

3. Caring for a family member, friend, pet, or livestock in another household or location, including, without limitation, transporting a family member, friend, pet, or livestock animal for essential health and safety activities, and to obtain necessary supplies and services;

4. Traveling to and from an educational institution for purposes of receiving meals or instructional materials for distance learning;

5. Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, or biking, but only in compliance with paragraph III below and applicable social distancing guidance published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and the Maryland Department of Health (“MDH”);

6. Travel required by a law enforcement officer or court order; or

7. Traveling to and from a federal, State, or local government building for a necessary purpose.

8. Gatherings Large Than 10 Persons Prohibited.

For more info, see  this Baltimore Sun story.

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Alerts by text:

1. Text “MdReady” to 898211 to get alerts, tips, and resources related to the new coronavirus.


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Financial Assistance for Renters from Fair Action Housing Center of Maryland<:/a>

Anne Arundel County and Annapolis:

1. Emergency Assistance to Families with Children - Annapolis: 410-269-4500

2. North County Emergency Outreach Network: 410-766-1826

3. Salvation Army - Annapolis: 410-263-4091

4. Salvation Army - Glen Burnie: 410-768-0477

5. Emergency Assistance to Families with Children - Glen Burnie: 410-269-4500

6. Anne Arundel County Community Action: 410-626-1900

Baltimore County resources:

1. Community Action Network: 410-285-4674 ext. 111 or 123

2. Assistance Center of Towson: 410-296-4855

3. Maryland Kidney Foundation: 410-494-8545 for assistance to Maryland residents diagnosed with kidney conditions

Harford County:

1. Harford Community Action Agency: 443-456-3629

2. Salvation Army: 410-939-3535

3. St. Vincent de Paul Outreach: 410-642-3588

4. Aberdeen Bible Church: 410-272-3278

Howard County:

1. Community Action Council of Howard County: 410-313-6440

2. Community Action Council of Howard County (Laurel Residents Only): 410-313-0220

3. Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services (Zip codes 20707, 20708, 20723, and 20724 only): 301-776-0442

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What’s open?:

1. All non-essential businesses are closed as of 5:00 pm on March 23, 2020.

2. According to this Baltimore Sun article, essential businesses include “health care, law enforcement, emergency workers, food, energy, water, transportation, public works, communications, government, critical manufacturing, financial services, chemicals and defense. Restaurant carryouts, liquor stores and day care centers are among the businesses that can remain open.”

3. Here is another guide to what is considered essential.

4. All DHS services including emergency food assistance, cash assistance, SNAP food benefits, child support services, and home energy assistance remain available while buildings are closed. More info here.

5. Daycare services remain open limited to 10 children and must follow enhanced guidelines. More info here.

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1. Banks (on a case by case basis) are offering individual solutions, which may include fee waivers; loan modifications, payment deadline extensions, payroll advances, emergency lines of credit as well as other assistance. More info here.

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Health & counseling:

1. List and map of coronavirus testing sites

2. Maryland Medicaid Telehealth Program expanded telehealth to allow all distant site provider types. More info here.

3. State-wide 24/7 crisis intervention and supportive counseling hotline: 1-800-422-0009

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Expiring licenses, permits:

1. All expiring licences, permits, registrations and other government authorizations are extended until 30 days after the state of emergency has been lifted. More info here.

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Maryland Locate (visit online 24/7 or call toll-free 877-261-0060 7AM-7PM)

• Essential workers looking for child care can call (877) 261-0060. The state of Maryland is opening 1,200 day care slots for school-aged children of essential workers and hopes to find a total of 2,500 in locations such as the YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Maryland School for the Blind, public libraries, and parks and recreation facilities.

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Unemployment Benefits:


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Pharmacies that deliver:

1. South Baltimore Pharmacy: (410) 355-8500

2. Northern Pharmacy: (410) 254-2055

3. Austin Pharmacy: (410) 773-0300

4. CVS: CVS Pharmacy Locator

5. Walgreens: Walgreens Pharmacy Locator

6. Walmart: Walmart Store Locator

7. Target: Target Store Locator

8. Giant: Giant Store Locator

9. Safeway: Safeway Store Locator

10. Wegmans: Wegmans Store Locator

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1. Free meals for students

2. &Pizza is delivering FREE pizza for anyone who works in a hospital. Text #HERO to 200-03 with a picture of your valid hospital ID for free contactless delivery.

3. Grocery home delivery

1. Giant: PeaPod, 1-800-573-2763

2. Eddie’s Roland Park: 410-889-1558

3. Safeway

4. ShopRite

5. Chesapeake Farm to Table: 443-841-2327 or online

6. Resources for Seniors

1. Senior shopping hours, for smaller crowds

1. Giant: Seniors may shop from 6AM-7AM

  2. Dollar General: Seniors may shop during first hour of each day

  3. Target: Seniors may shop an hour before stores open on Wednesdays

  4. Whole Foods: Seniors may shop an hour before opening

  5. Safeway: Seniors may shop 6AM-9AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays

2. Meals

  1. If you are a current participant at a senior center or congregate meal site, call your center to reserve a boxed meal that will be available for pick up. If you are not a participant, call the Maryland Food Bank at 410- 737-8282 or visit

3. Meal Delivery: Meals on Wheels: 410-558-0827 & Moveable Feast: 410-327-3420

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1. Congressional 7th District (Elijah Cummings’ former seat): April 28 by mail only

2. Primaries Election Day: June 2

3. Early Voting: May 21 - May 28

4. Vote by mail (full info here)

1. Maryland voters do not need a reason to request an absentee ballot.

2. Any Maryland voter (registered or unregistered) can can fill out a request online. This request also registers you to vote. If you're already registered, it's ok to just register again.

3. Any registered Maryland voter can also mail this request for an absentee ballot.

4. You must request your ballot by:

•    May 26 if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax
•    May 29 if you want to download and print your ballot

1. Your ballot must be mailed, postmarked on or before June 2, 2020.

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If you are an 1199SEIU member, and if you have received an eviction notice, debt collection action, or are experiencing other civil legal issues, please contact your union organizer. We will contact you with legal resources you may be able to use.

List - Baltimore City resources (child care, food, etc.) from City Council President Brandon Scott’s office

Map - Baltimore City resources (child care, food, etc.) from City Council President Brandon Scott’s office

COVID-19 FAQ from Baltimore Department of Public Works

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Financial Assistance for Renters from Fair Action Housing Center of Maryland:

Baltimore City resources:

1. Franciscan Center: 410-467-5340

2. HealthCare Access Maryland (HCAM): 410-649-0529

3. American Legion Department of MD State Headquarters: 410-752-1405, 800-433-3318

4. New Shiloh Baptist Church: 410-523-5306

5. All Saints Church: 410-542-0445

6. Mount Moriah Baptist: 410-945-3575

7. New Creation Christian Church Love Outreach Ministry: 410-488-5653

8. Paul’s Place: 410-625-0775

9. Wallbrook Vicinity Churches Assistance Ministry: 410-383-1525

10. Zion Baptist Church: 410-837-4181

11. St. Anthony of Padua: 410-488-9918

12. Mercy Supportive Housing Program: 410-675-2125

13. Salvation Army Family Service Center: 410-783-2920

14. City Temple Outreach: 410-383-8040, 410-462-4800

15. Friendship Outreach Center: 410-444-1595

16. Bon Secours Community Works: 410.362.3808

17. Baltimore City District Court — Eviction Prevention Program: 410-878-8650

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1. Baltimore City Health Department

2. Clinics for people who do not have health insurance

3. How to cope with anxiety and stress

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Unemployment and benefits:

1. Assistance with unemployment insurance

2. Food and cash assistance

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1. Baltimore County free “grab and go” meals for kids

2. &Pizza is delivering FREE pizza for anyone who works in a hospital. Text #HERO to 200-03 with a picture of your valid hospital ID for free contactless delivery.

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