COVID-19 Local Resources for Citizens
Where can I get information about COVID-19 in Maryland?
- Maryland Department of Health: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/.
- Calvert County Health Department: https://www.calverthealth.org/healththreats/diseases/cvirus.htm
What if I don’t have healthcare?
- Maryland Health Connection (https://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/) opened a new special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders. The coronavirus emergency special enrollment period ends Wednesday, April 15. Coverage begins April 1, 2020, regardless of when a health plan is selected during that time period.
- To enroll, you can visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov or download the free “Enroll MHC” mobile app. When enrolling, you should request or select “Coronavirus Emergency Special Enrollment Period.” This enrollment period is for new enrollments of uninsured Marylanders who are eligible, not an opportunity for currently enrolled consumers to change plans. 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.
Most pharmacies will deliver over-the-counter medicine such as pain killers/fever reducers, cough drops, cold medicine, vitamins and allergy medicine. Make sure to check that the pharmacy accepts your medical insurance.
Local pharmacies that deliver:
- Walgreens (Inside CalvertHealth)
110 Hospital Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
- CVS (Store #10606)
7955 Bayside Drive, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
- CVS (Store #1881)
10095 Ward Road, Dunkirk, MD 20754
- CVS (Store #2118)
13390 HG Trueman Road, Solomons Island, MD 20688
- Lusby Pharmacy (Delivers to Lusby area only)
11870 HG Trueman Road, Lusby, MD 20657
Other pharmacy companies that deliver:
- RevolutionMeds: http://revmedsrx.com/
- PillPack from Amazon: https://www.pillpack.com/
- Find a list of Calvert County restaurants, food trucks, breweries and wineries that are open for service on eCalvert.com: https://www.ecalvert.com/COVID19RestaurantsOpen
- Local growers and producers with pick-up and delivery options: https://www.calvertag.com/211/3094/COVID-19-Available-Ag-Products
- Grubhub or DoorDash are available, which allow you to order locally through a restaurant of your choice.
Grocery delivery is available at the following establishments:
- Bowen’s Grocery
4300 Hunting Creek Road, Huntingtown, MD 20639
- Nick’s of Calvert
930 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
- Peapod by Giant
655 Solomons Island Road North, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
- Peapod by Giant
11740 Rousby Hall Road, Lusby, MD 20657
10276 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk, MD 20754
Please call store locations for hours of operation.
Most food pantries are still in operation. Before visiting the food bank/pantry, call to see if their operating hours or practices have changed. Some allow food to be delivered to your home, instead of picking it up directly. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please let the food pantry know so they can take proper precautions. For a list of food pantries visit: https://ourcalvert.com/services/food-assistance
Food for School-Age Children & Youth
- End Hunger In Calvert County, working through local food pantry partners, will distribute a FREE supply of breakfasts and lunches called Kid’s Kits. Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry in Huntingtown, will have these kits available for community pick-ups on their lower level porch (drive around back), from 9:00 AM to Noon on Mondays and Fridays. See website or call for details.
- Helping Hands Food Pantry, NewLife Calvert Church on 231, is providing Kid’s Kits for pick-up.
- In conjunction with End Hunger, the following sites are providing breakfast and lunch (shelf stable) for two days. The child does not need to be present for pick-up and items can be picked up by families or friends of family. Pick-up is at the following locations:
- Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry
6045 Solomons Island Rd, Prince Frederick
Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon
- New Life Food Pantry
3710 German Chapel Rd, Prince Frederick
Mondays, 4-6 p.m.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland
9021 Dayton Avenue in North Beach
Monday and Friday, 10 a.m. to Noon (first come, first served) each week until school reopens.
E-mail Bayside@bgcsm.net or firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 410-257-0007 if you need a kit.
- Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry
- St John Vianney Interfaith Food Pantry, Wednesdays 3 to 6 p.m. and second Saturday 3-6 p.m.
Because of Easter, the April Saturday Food Pantry has been moved to April 4 from 3-6 p.m.
- During COVID-19 closures, free multi-day meals for youth ages 18 and under will be available at three Calvert County Public Schools locations, Monday and Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. to noon at the following locations:
- Elks Lodge Parking Lot, 1015 Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick, MD 20678
- White Sands Clubhouse Parking Lot, 8285 Sycamore Rd., Lusby, MD 20657
- Chesapeake Ranch Estates Clubhouse Parking Lot, 475 Clubhouse Drive, Lusby, MD 20657
Visit www.mdsummermeals.org for a site near you.
What stores and services are open?
Essential services such as banks/commerce, pharmacies, hospitals and grocery stores will still provide service, but hours of operation may be adjusted.
Many stores have online shopping available for you to have household goods shipped directly to your home. Take advantage of these services to receive household goods while you’re at home.
Ask for help! You can ask a neighbor or family member who is able to go out to pick up items for you and leave them at your door.
If you’re experiencing homelessness, please call the Department of Social Services at 443-550-6900 to be directed to services. If you currently receive services and you’re experiencing any symptoms or if you have any concerns, contact your shelter or agency directly. Each place of service has their own infectious disease operation plan.
- More information on financial assistance will be provided in the coming days. Gov. Larry Hogan issued an executive order (March 16, 2020) to stop all utility shut offs and late fees. The governor also stopped all evictions during this time.
- If you’re in need of emergency assistance, please contact the Department of Social Services for assistance and assessment at 443-550-6900.
- Customers can apply for benefits, check their benefits and update their information by going to their “myDHR” account. (https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/)
Customers due for benefit redetermination of supplemental nutrition, temporary cash assistance, and child care will be extended through the end of April.
- Food Stamp and Temporary Cash Assistance benefits- Print a paper copy of the application from the Maryland DHR website, complete it and put in the secure drop box outside of DSS. DSS will have some printed applications by their secure drop box for individuals who do not have access to a computer. Applications in the secure drop box will be collected every hour and DSS employees will process this and complete a phone interview and mail out any additional applications that are needed.
- Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services – Services will continue – please call (443) 550-6969 or after hours at (866) 898-9848.
- For workers who have lost their job or have reduced hours and meet the program’s expanded eligibility requirements, unemployment claims are being processed by phone; call 410-949-0022 Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For info on how to make a claim, visit https://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/unemployment.shtml
- Unemployment bulk claims from companies can be submitted to UI.email@example.com. DLLR is working on extending the number of allowable weeks for unemployment. Any permitting, licensing renewals, etc. are being deferred to 30 days after the State of Emergency declaration is lifted.
Information for Businesses
The Calvert County Department of Economic Development is available to assist local business owners. View a full list of available resources on eCalvert.com: https://www.ecalvert.com/COVID19
- If you know of a small business in Maryland that has been impacted, please have them email the Maryland Department of Commerce: Secretary.Commerce@maryland.gov
- Maryland Dept of Commerce FAQ with info for Maryland businesses: https://businessexpress.maryland.gov/coronavirus
- Maryland Department of Labor FAQ about COVID-19 and Maryland’s Unemployment for Businesses and Employees:
- Information from the Small Business Administration (SBA):
- SoMD food service establishments, please post your restaurant carryout/to-go menu in this new Facebook group:
- For more information visit Maryland’s website with information for businesses at https://businessexpress.maryland.gov/coronavirus and Calvert County’s website at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Coronavirus.
- The deadline to file federal taxes has been extended to July 15. For more information about COVID-19 tax relief, visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.
- On March 17, 2020, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced that Maryland business and individual income taxpayers would have a 90-day extension of the April 15 tax deadline. No interest or penalty for late payments will be imposed if 2019 tax payments are made by July 15, 2020.
The local Social Security Office based in Charlotte Hall is closed, however individuals should contact 888-866-5181 for their call center and visit https://www.ssa.gov/onlineservices/ for services available online.
Consumers that are concerned about price gouging and scams are advised to watch this video by the Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh for more guidance: https://www.facebook.com/MarylandAttorneyGeneral/videos/548353395800597
Childcare for Essential Personnel
Designated essential personnel may find child care programs using LOCATE: Child Care, a free service available by phone Monday through Friday at 877-261-0060 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Specialized services for parents of children with special needs, as well as Spanish language, are also available on these platforms. The child care programs established by the State are at no cost to designated essential personnel only. Children attending the State-funded child care programs will be kept an appropriate distance from each other with ratios of a minimum of 1 teacher and 9 children for school-age with smaller class sizes for younger children. Parents are strongly urged to keep children at home as the first and best option to protect them from the virus.
Three Easy Steps to Finding Child Care (FOR ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY)
- Check this list to see if there is child care near your home or work and contact the provider directly.
- If you don’t see a child care provider that meets your needs, call the trained LOCATE: Child Care Referral Specialists to help you select the best child care option for your family at (Toll-Free) 877-261-0060.
- Download these four (4) forms, complete and take to the provider of your choice:
- Family Enrollment Application
- Health History Form
- Medication Administration Authorization Form
- Emergency Form (SPA) (HIN)
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
- All Southern Maryland WIC offices are closed to the public. For current WIC clients, staff are teleworking from home and are able to load benefits to WIC clients’ cards. Clients can take the education classes needed to get their benefits dispensed online.
- WIC cannot sign up new clients. This includes newborns following discharge from the hospital.
- CareNet services are only at their office at 21562 Thames Ave. in Lexington Park.
- They are distributing formula, diapers and wipes (no clothing) on the following schedule: Monday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Schedules may be re-evaluated; call (301) 737-4604 first.
- On Wednesday, March 25, CareNet will be providing grab and go diapers, wipes, baby food and formula from their van at:
- Southern Calvert Baptist Church, 12140 HG Trueman Road, Lusby
10 a.m. to Noon
- Calvert County Baptist Church, 2190 Solomons Island Road South, Prince Frederick
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 1, CareNet will be providing grab and go diapers, wipes, baby food and formula from their van at:
- Southern Calvert Baptist Church, 12140 HG Trueman Road, Lusby, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Calvert County Baptist Church, 2190 Solomons Island Road South, Prince Frederick, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
- Project Echo, 484 Main Street, Prince Frederick, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Overflow Parking, 30 Church Street, Prince Frederick, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- On Wednesday, March 25, CareNet will be providing grab and go diapers, wipes, baby food and formula from their van at:
- Clients can continue to take their education classes online to accumulate points which can be used for things like cribs and car seats.
- Hours will be Tuesday 6-8:30 p.m. and Wednesday 5-8 p.m. at 301 Steeple Chase Dr. #405, Prince Frederick
- Birthright will continue to give formula, diapers, wipes and clothing, and will allow return requests BEFORE two weeks if they need supplies until the immediate crisis is over.
- Newborn layettes can be given prior to the birth of the baby.
Maryland primary elections have been postponed until June 2, 2020. In the meantime, you can request an absentee ballot for the primaries and general election be sent to you via e-mail, fax or physical mail and register to vote at the Board of Elections website.
Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot, but must re-register for absentee voting for each election. Maryland does not have a permanent absentee list. If you wish to vote by absentee ballot, you must apply for an absentee ballot each primary and general election cycle
- For the 2020 PRIMARY Election, your request must be received (not just mailed) by:
- Tuesday, April 21, 2020, if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax
- Friday, April 24, 2020, if you want to download your ballot from the State’s website
- For the 2020 GENERAL Election, your request must be received (not just mailed) by:
- Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax
- Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, if you want to download your ballot from the State’s website
Note: If you were born between April 29, 2002 and Nov. 3, 2002 and live in the 7th Congressional District, you may vote in the Presidential Primary and General Elections. You may not vote in the special elections.
Free Online Resources
- The Calvert Library has many free resources (https://calvertlibrary.info/research-learn/research-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-facts/) and online e-books!
- T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Comcast are all lifting their unlimited data caps for cell phone subscribers for at least 60 days. This gives individuals an opportunity to use online streaming service to watch a movie or read books.
- Parents and caregivers interested in fun and educational activities they can do at home and online with their children are encouraged to visit https://ourcalvert.com/news-and-events/news/enrichment-activities-kids for some ideas.
To receive text updates from the Governor regarding COVID-19, text “MdReady” to 898211.
Free Internet Access
- Comcast will be offering free service at its Xfinity hotspots for 60 days. The access points are mostly in public locations but some are in small businesses.
- Comcast will offer low-income families who live within Comcast’s service areas 60 days of free “Internet Essentials” service, one of its lowest cost programs. Internet Essentials normally costs $9.95 per month. To qualify: Be an eligible “qualified low-income household.” Go to InternetEssentials.com or call 855-846-8376 for English or call 855-765-6995 for Spanish. All new customers will receive “a free self-install kit” with no shipping fee.
- Spectrum is offering free public access at its hotspots and will not cut service to residential or small business customers who are unable to pay their bill because of coronavirus disruptions. Spectrum is also offering free broadband to households with students. To qualify: Be a household with a student enrolled in a K-12 school or college. Call 844-488-8395; installation fees will be waived for eligible households
Phone Service Late Fees
- Verizon announced it would not charge late fees or disconnect accounts for an indefinite amount of time.
Tools for Staying Social
- The traditional phone call or e-mail could be very helpful to remain connected to your loved ones. You can also text or use video-messaging services such as FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger.
- If you’re an older adult, you can sign up for a daily call from the Maryland Department of Aging at aging.maryland.gov or 1-866-50-CHECK. Someone will call you each day to make sure you’re well and share important information.
Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about and your community stronger. These resources from the CDC provide some tools to help:
- View the CDC’s resources: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
- Here’s some information on how to help children cope: https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html
Remember: If you or someone you care about are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety:
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 (TTY 1-800-846-8517)
- Text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Calvert County 24/7 Crisis Helpline: 410-535-1121 or 301-855-1075
- If you’re in immediate risk of harm or if there’s a threat of harm from others, call 911
- Individuals who are at risk according to CDC guidelines are encouraged to stay home, rather than volunteer.
- The United Way of Calvert County is organizing volunteers for the food pantries and meal deliveries. To sign up to volunteer during this time, call the United Way of Calvert County at 410-535-2000.
- Donate blood through the American Red Cross. The country is facing a severe blood shortage due to blood drive cancellations. Make an appointment to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.