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
- CalvertHealth Community Hotline: COVID-19 - 410-535-8469 - Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Provides guidance about COVID-19 testing criteria following guidance from the Maryland Department of Health and when to seek medical care. The hotline is not a substitute for medical advice from your primary care provider.
- For anyone who would like to be tested for COVID-19 due to recent onset of possible viral symptoms or possible exposure to someone with COVID, the Calvert County Health Department encourages you to contact your primary care provider. For information about testing sites in your area, please visit: https://www.calvertcountycovid19.com/testing-sites
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 is open through Dec. 15, 2020.
- Your enrollment date determines when your coverage begins. If you enroll Sept. 16 - Oct. 15, 2020, coverage starts Oct. 1, 2020. If you enroll Oct. 16 - Nov. 15, 2020, coverage begins Nov. 1, 2020. If you enroll Nov. 16 - Dec. 15, 2020, your coverage begins Dec. 1, 2020.
- 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.
- If you need help enrolling, consumer assistance is available from Maryland Health Connection Connector Entity Seedco local Navigators by calling 855-339-3007 weekdays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Maryland Health Connection call center is also available to assist 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.
- What you need to apply:
- Social Security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
- Proof of citizenship or immigration status
- Tax returns for previous years
- Employer and income information (pay stubs, W-2 forms)
- Policy numbers for any current health insurance
- Information about any job-related coverage you or someone in your household is eligible for
Where can I get a flu vaccine?
- Flu vaccines are available at most doctor’s offices. Call your doctor’s office to see when they’re offering flu shots, and what the cost may be to you.
- Calvert County’s Health Department’s Seasonal Flu Vaccination Schedule is available online at https://www.calverthealth.org/healthupdates/flunotice.htm
- CalvertHealth’s Flu Clinic Dates can be found online at: https://www.calverthealthmedicine.org/Flu-Shot-Clinic-Dates
- Schedule your flu shot at CVS online or Walgreens online. CVS and Walgreens both offer the flu shot at low or no cost with most insurance plans.
- Call the Department of Community Resources at 410-535-1600 x 8803 for more information and to inquire about free flu clinics in Calvert County throughout flu season.
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/
- Grubhub or DoorDash are available, which allow you to order locally through a restaurant of your choice.
- Instacart provides grocery delivery using personal shoppers at local grocery and market chains: www.instacart.com
- New Life Church is offering a free “SHOP FOR SENIORS” program to help seniors with groceries & prescriptions they cannot retrieve themselves.
- Sign up online https://newlifelp.churchcenter.com/people/forms/112291
- Call 301-609-8423 for assistance with form.
- Any homebound citizen over 60 who doesn’t drive is eligible for Meals on Wheels. Congregate meals are also available for eligible individuals. For more information, contact the Calvert County Office on Aging at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170.
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.
See below for food drop and food pantry information.
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 and Care for School-Age Children & Youth
- Calvert County Public Schools Grab ‘N Go Meal Service for School Year 2020 – 2021. Grab ‘n Go meals will be offered on Wednesdays from 11 am – 12 pm at pre-determined locations. Click here for the flyer from CCPS with information on registration and meal service locations.
- Maryland Family Network’s LOCATE: Child Care is a free and confidential service available to any parent seeking care for children of all ages. Contact 877-261-0060 or Marylandfamilynetwork.org for more information.
Visit the Calvert County Department of Community Resources Housing Resource Page for information about housing resources in Calvert County. Information is available on Landlord and Renter Resources, Eviction Resources, Foreclosure Information, Community Mediation/Conflict Resolution, and free Legal Aid through Maryland Legal Aid.
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.
- If you’re in need of emergency assistance or rent/utility assistance, please contact the Department of Social Services for assistance and assessment at 443-550-6900.
- If you are behind on rent and utilities, contact DSS for a referral to assistance and contact your landlord so they are aware that you are making your best efforts to pay your rent.
- Customers can apply for benefits, check their benefits and update their information by going to their “myDHR” account. (https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/)
- 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.
- To find out if you are eligible for SNAP benefits, visit https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/dashboardClient/#/home . If you have trouble or need help applying, call Maryland Hunger Solutions at 1-866-821-5552.
- Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services – Services will continue – please call (443) 550-6969 or after hours at (866) 898-9848.
- Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) provides food benefits to children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduce-priced meals at school due to COVID-19. View the P-EBT flyer (PDF) for more information.
- Resources for Your Unique Needs: Discover tools and resources for managing your budget during COVID-19. Find budgeting resources, employment information, food assistance, aid for expectant mothers and parents of young children, information for youth and young adults, financial aid, rent/mortgage assistance, and more. Scroll through the sections of this webpage to learn what resources might assist you and your household. View our resource page for more information.
For answers to frequently asked emergency assistance questions, click here.
- 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.
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 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.
Experian, Equifax & TransUnion are offering free weekly online credit reports through April 2021 using the following link https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action.
Managing Your Finances Under Covid-19
Discover tools and resources for managing your budget during COVID-19 at https://www.calvertcountymd.gov/2776/Managing-Your-Finances-During-COVID-19.
- 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
- FraudNet is a hotline that processes allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse about federal agencies and federally funded programs. To make a report, the public can visit the FraudNet website at http://www.gao.gov/fraudnet, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-800-424-5454 (an automated phone answering system).
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 Maryland WIC offices are closed to the public and all WIC services are being offered by telephone. Re-certifications for current WIC clients have been extended. WIC is accepting applications at MDwic.org or call 1-800-242-4942.
- CareNet offers services and essential goods for women and infants. Visit their website at https://carenetsomd.org/ for services and information.
- Contact CareNet at email@example.com by phone at 410-326-6866.
- Birthright of Prince Frederick offers a variety of free and confidential services for pregnant women and families with infants.
- For a full list of services and more information visit: : http://www.birthrightpf.com/index.html or call 410-257-1402 (24/7 hotline 1-800-550-4900)
Maryland Diaper Bank
- The Maryland Diaper Bank has a simple mission: To provide basic diaper needs to stimulate health, growth and good hygiene for babies in Maryland.
- For more information and a list of where to get diapers visit: https://www.marylanddiaperbank.org
- Find out the latest information about CCPR facilities https://www.calvertcountymd.gov/115/Parks-and-Recreation.
- The natural resources department is still hosting activities both virtual and onsite https://www.calvertparks.org/calendar.html.
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!
- 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.
- Calvert Nature Society is providing online nature activities for families to explore plants and animals from home: https://ourcalvert.com/news-and-events/news/calvert-nature-society-stay-home-activities
- The University of Maryland Extension has enrichment resources available for citizens on a variety of relevant topics: Finance, Telework, Food and Health Safety, as well as Resources for Farmers and Businesses at https://extension.umd.edu/learn/covid-19-resources.
- Upcoming virtual events for individuals to engage and stay connected from home in all Extension program areas are at https://extension.umd.edu/calvert-county.
- Internet Cafes at Calvert County Public Schools – Contact CCPS for information on Internet Cafes, to find answers to technology questions for your students, and more. Visit CCPS’s website at https://www.calvertnet.k12.md.us/ or call 443-550-8000.
- Join in the Calvert County Virtual Senior Center Activities at https://www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/VirtualSeniorCenter
- Our parks and recreation department has created a Virtual Activity Center that has videos, virtual field trips and more.
- View the Calvert County Office on Aging Newsletter, The Connection, at https://www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/827/Newsletters
- The Connection is the Calvert County Office on Aging bimonthly newsletter. It contains articles on current events, Eating Together menus, upcoming local trips, available agency services and inserts with monthly calendars for each of our senior centers. You can pick up a newsletter at any of the senior centers for no charge or you can receive the newsletter by mail for a subscription fee of $12 per year for six issues. It’s free to view the newsletter online.
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.
- Calvert Library in Prince Frederick has bolstered the building’s WiFi to provide a stronger signal to the parking lot/outdoor area for library customers to use.
Phone Service Late Fees
- Starting July 1, Verizon customers who signed up will automatically be enrolled in the Stay Connected repayment program to provide options to stay connected.
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
- Calvert County Behavioral Health Recovery Rapid Response 877-467-5628
- If you’re in immediate risk of harm or if there’s a threat of harm from others, call 911
If you’re concerned about providing for your pets, call your veterinarian for more information or the Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter at 410-535-7387. The shelter is open to the public by appointment only as a precautionary measure to slow the spread of COVID-19, but staff can answer questions.
- 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.
- Calvert Family Advocate's support for the basic needs of local residents impacted by loss of income
- End Hunger in Calvert County's distribution of food to local pantries and kid kits to youth
- Community Ministry of Calvert County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing emergency grants to people who need them in Calvert County. Community Ministry provides assistance with rent or utilities.
- CalvertMealsOnWheels.org – Calvert Meals on Wheels (CMOW), founded in 1982, uses volunteer drives to deliver a meal and smile five days a week to local homebound citizens.