COVID-19 Local Resources for Citizens

Healthcare

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/) offers health care coverage for uninsured Marylanders. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, special enrollment periods have been available. For more information and to enroll visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov or download the free “Enroll MHC” mobile app.
  • Your enrollment date determines when your coverage begins. If you enroll through Dec. 16, 2020 - Jan. 15, 2021, coverage starts Jan. 1, 2021. If you enroll Jan. 16 - Feb. 15, 2021, coverage begins Feb. 1, 2021. If you enroll Feb. 16 - March 15, 2021, your coverage begins March 1, 2021.  
  • 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:
    • Birthdates
    • 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.

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Medications

Prescription Delivery

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
    410-535-3838
  • CVS (Store #10606)
    7955 Bayside Drive, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
    410-257-2050
  • CVS (Store #1881)
    10095 Ward Road, Dunkirk, MD 20754
    410-257-0191
  • CVS (Store #2118)
    13390 HG Trueman Road, Solomons Island, MD 20688
    410-326-6731
  • Lusby Pharmacy (Delivers to Lusby area only)
    11870 HG Trueman Road, Lusby, MD 20657
    443-342-8209

Other pharmacy companies that deliver:

  • RevolutionMeds:  http://revmedsrx.com/
    703-272-7040
  • PillPack from Amazon:  https://www.pillpack.com/
    855-745-5725

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Food

Food Delivery

  • 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
    Phone: 410-257-2222
  • Nick’s of Calvert
    930 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
    Phone: 410-414-7105
  • Peapod by Giant
    655 Solomons Island Road North, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
    Phone: 410-535-5641
  • Peapod by Giant
    11740 Rousby Hall Road, Lusby, MD 20657
    Phone: 410-394-2160
  • Safeway
    10276 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk, MD 20754
    Phone: 301-855-3765

Please call store locations for hours of operation.

See below for food drop and food pantry information.

Food Pantries

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

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Goods & Services

What stores and services are open?

Calvert County Government is following the state’s reopening plan and recommendations. For information on Governor Hogan’s reopening guidance, please visit https://governor.maryland.gov/recovery.

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Housing/Shelter

Housing Resources

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.

Homeless Services

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.

Calvert County’s annual Safe Nights program providing winter shelter for the homeless will run Jan. 3 through Feb. 28, 2021. A one-time in-person registration is required each season. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Call Safe Nights of Calvert County at 443-486-8670 for more information. 

Those in need of shelter before Safe Nights opens can receive assistance by contacting the Department of Social Services at 443-550-6900; Department of Community Resources at 410-535-1600, ext. 8802; or Public Safety at 410-535-1600, option 6.


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Financial

Emergency Assistance


  • Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance: If you are having a hard time making your rent/mortgage and utility payments, and are in need of emergency assistance, contact Calvert County’s Department of Social Services(DSS) for a referral to a local agency that can provide you with emergency rental or utility assistance. You can reach Calvert County’s DSS office at: (443) 550-6900 If you are facing hardships due to COVID-19, a DSS referral is still required for assistance. You may also contact: 
    • Community Ministry of Calvert County 
      • Call 410-414-8007 or email us at: communityministrycalco@gmail.com for an appointment or for more information Hours: Monday and Tuesday from 1-5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to noon.
        Assistance Available: Rent and Utility 
    • Lifestyles of Southern Maryland, Inc. 
      • Call: 1-866-293-0623 for more information.
        Assistance Available: Rent
    • Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action 
      • Call 301-274-4474 for more information.
        Assistance Available: Rent, Mortgage and Utility 
    • DSS also can help you apply for Emergency Assistance which provides emergency cash assistance to families who need emergency help paying rent or utilities or for other emergencies. These funds are available through the local department once every two years when funds are available.
    • Rental and Mortgage Assistance Flyer (COVID-19) / Spanish Version
    • Have questions about how to apply for Rental Assistance and about the agencies providing assistance, view our recorded Q&A Session with LifeStyles of Maryland and Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee. Click here to view the recording.
    • Conflict Resolution - Free Community Mediation Services: The Community Mediation Center of Calvert County is has a long and successful history of working with families, the courts, law enforcement and businesses to help bring about meaningful and peaceful conflict resolution. They offer their services in a range of locations and settings conveniently located throughout the county. Learn more at https://www.calvert-mediation.org/
    • Rental Eviction Resources: Visit the People’s Law Library of Maryland for more information about rent court, eviction by sheriff, what to expect in court, and more.
    • COVID-19 Eviction Resources: The stay for residential evictions is lifted effective Saturday, July 25, 2020. A failure to pay rent case filed before March 27, 2020 and currently pending with the court will be set for trial on or after Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. Visit the COVID-19 information page on The People’s Law Library of Maryland’s website to learn more about evictions and failure to pay rent cases during COVID-19. 
    • You can also visit the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s website to learn more about guidance for rental tenants affected by COVID-19.
    • Legal Aid: Contact Maryland Legal Aid. You can complete an online or telephone intake. Local Phone Number: (301) 932-6661 and Toll Free Phone Number: (877) 310-1810. Telephone intakes are completed Monday – Thursday 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    • Maryland HOPE – Call 1-877-462-7555 to learn about your options, your rights, and avoid fraud during a foreclosure.  For more resources view the Foreclosure Information page.
    • Mortgages Affected by COVID-19:  Visit the Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development’s website to learn more about mortgages affected by COVID-19.

    • 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.
    • Customers can apply for benefits, check their benefits and update their information by going to their “myDHR” account. (https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/)
    • 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.

Unemployment

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 

Social Security 

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.

Credit Reports

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 During 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.

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Consumer Protection

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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 a.m. and 7 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)

  1. Check this list to see if there is child care near your home or work and contact the provider directly.
  2. 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.
  3. Download these four (4) forms, complete and take to the provider of your choice:

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Families with Newborns and Young Children


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 

Birthright

  • 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 

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Enrichment


Free Online Resources

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Communication

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. Hotspots are also available for citizens to check out with a library card.

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.

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Mental Health

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: 

Remember: If you or someone you care about are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety:

  • The Calvert County Local Behavioral Health Authority (LBHA) is responsible for managing the Public Behavioral Health System (PBHS) in Calvert County. The mission of the LBHA is the ensure all Calvert County Residents have access to quality Behavioral Health Services. The Calvert County LBHA offers two brochures full of resources for citizens.
  • 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

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Animal Care

Pet Care

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.

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Volunteer

  • 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.
  • North Beach residents in need of assistance or wanting to volunteer can call 301-855-6681 or email info@northbeachmd.org .

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Donate

  • 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. 

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