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COVID-19 Joint Information Center Update: May 29, 2020

COVID-19 Joint Information Center Update: May 29, 2020

The Washington County, Maryland Joint Information Center (JIC) provides the following update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
Washington County Health Officer COVID-19 Update: May 29, 2020
At Governor Hogan’s most recent press conference, the announcement was made that effective today, Friday, May 29, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., the State of Maryland will allow for the reopening of multiple activities under Stage One of the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery. Please view Governor Hogan’s Executive Order and https://open.maryland.gov/backtobusiness/ for specific information.
  • Outdoor Dining– restaurants and social organizations (American Legion/VFW/Elks) may begin safely reopening for outdoor dining following strict public health requirements.
  • Restaurant patrons must be appropriately distanced, with no more than 6 people seated at a table. Restaurants must use single-use disposable menus or sanitize reusable menus between each use.
  • Restaurants must sanitize outdoor tables and chairs, and begin screening procedures, including daily temperature checks of staff. Masks must be worn when interacting with employees or patrons.
  • Youth Sports – safe youth sports activities may resume, following CDC guidelines with limited, low contact, outdoor practices. This is specifically for skill-building drills and team-based practice.
  • No group may exceed 10 individuals at any time.
  • Maintain 6 feet of physical distance
  • Outdoor Pools – outdoor pools may also reopen Friday with strict safety guidelines including 25% capacity restrictions and strict physical distancing and sanitization measures.
  • Pool visitors will be required to sign-in and sign-out, and pools will be required to post signage warning anyone who is sick not to enter.
  • Fitness center and aquatic center pools remain closed.
  • Youth Day Camps – outdoor activities at youth day camps may resume with capacity limitations of no more than 10 individuals in a group and daily COVID symptom checks for camp staff and campers.
  • Drive-In Movie Theaters – drive-in movie theaters are able to safely reopen.
  • Encourage seniors and vulnerable populations to stay at home
  • Continue teleworking unless essential
  • No gatherings over 10 people
  • Wear face covering at retail establishments and public transportation
  • Wash hands
To stay updated on the Stages of Reopening and Recovery in Washington County, Maryland, please visit www.washcorises.net.
As COVID-19 still exists in the County, citizens are reminded to continue washing hands and maintaining appropriate physical distance. Below are the additional reopenings under Stage One in Washington County, Maryland.
Governor Hogan Issues Two Additional COVID-19 Emergency Orders
In a press release earlier today, Governor Larry Hogan issued two additional COVID-19 emergency orders, extending a prohibition on utility shutoffs and residential late fees, and allowing breweries, wineries, and distilleries to provide service in outdoor seating areas.
EXTENDING MORATORIUM ON UTILITY SHUTOFFS AND LATE FEES.
Governor Hogan has extended his order prohibiting electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable TV, and internet service provider companies from shutting off any residential customer’s service, or charging any residential late fees. This order now remains in effect through July 1. Read the governor’s emergency order.
EXPANDING SERVICES PROVIDED BY BREWERIES, WINERIES, AND DISTILLERIES.
Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order expanding services by state-licensed manufacturers of alcohol, including breweries, wineries, and distilleries:
  • Allowing the service of alcoholic beverages in outdoor seating areas, consistent with the same Department of Health directives for restaurants and bars.
  • Allowing third-party shipment to consumers by common carriers, such as FedEx or UPS. Read the governor’s emergency order.
WASHINGTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Contact tracing is part of the 4 building blocks of public health response described by Governor Larry Hogan as critical in reopening Maryland. As Washington County has moved into Stage 1 of recovery the effective use of contact tracing is a critical step in decreasing the number of COVID-19 cases and breaking the chain of transmission. The Washington County Health Department has about 40 contact tracers and additional backups in order to efficiently track movements and locations of positive COVID-19 patients and notify all household and casual contacts of their exposure risk. If you receive a call or voicemail from The Washington County Health Department please pick up or give us a call back. We are calling to inform you that you or someone you have been in close contact with has contracted COVID-19.
What to Expect during your phone call with the health department:
We will ask you about:
  • Your health and symptoms
  • Locations you have been during a specific period of time
  • Names and contact information for any household and casual contacts (we do not disclose your name to anyone, only that they may have come into contact with an infected individual)
(Please be as specific as possible about the nature and location of your interaction with others)
We will NOT ask you about:
  • Social security number
  • Financial or bank account information
  • Immigration status
  • Personal details unrelated to COVID-19
For more information about contact tracing please visit https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/contact-tracing
MERITUS HEALTH
WALK-THRU COVID-19 SCREENING CENTERS CLOSING THIS FRIDAY
Click on the map to right to access the closest COVID-19 testing site.
The walk-thru COVID-19 screening center located at 24 N. Walnut St., will close permanently this Friday, May 29, at 4 p.m. For the remainder of this week, the walk-thru center is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
COVID-19 testing will continue at the drive-thru screening center for anyone, including those who do not currently have symptoms of the coronavirus, but suspect or are concerned that they have been exposed. No appointments or referrals are needed to be tested. Testing is now available for all ages and at no cost to the patient. The drive-thru screening center is located behind Meritus Medical Plaza, at 13620 Crayton Blvd. Hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and weekends from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
FREE TELEHEALTH VISITS AVAILABLE
Meritus Health continues to offer FREE telehealth visits. These visits will allow patients to speak directly with a primary care provider to discuss health concerns.
Telehealth visits are available from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. To request a telehealth visit please complete the form below.
VIRTUAL VISITS CONNECT PATIENTS AND FAMILIES
Meritus Health is now offering virtual visits to connect patients in the hospital with their families and friends. To setup a virtual visit, please contact the program’s coordinator at 240-313-3163.
WASHINGTON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
End of School Year Updates:
Washington County Public Schools is sharing information with families regarding how the school year will come to a close during distance learning.
Find out about:
  • Marking period 4 grades and a timeline for final grades and report cards
  • Eligibility for fall extracurricular activities
  • Summer school
  • Process for picking up student personal belongings and returning school items
The last day of distance learning for students is Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
RISE UP BUSINESS STABILIZATION GRANT PROGRAM
The Washington County Department of Business Development and City of Hagerstown Community and Economic Development announces the launching of a new grant program to support local small businesses in Washington County. The Rise Up Business Stabilization Grant program will award $8.9 million. The grant program is designed to assist small businesses that experienced financial loss caused by the coronavirus. Please see graphic below for details.
Applications will be accepted from 8:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 15, 2020. Applications for the Rise Up Business Stabilization Grant must be made online at www.washcorises.net. The website also provides guidelines, application instructions, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Please note any financial information shared as part of this application will remain confidential, but the names of businesses receiving grants and the amount they receive is public information.
For questions regarding eligibility criteria or required documentation, please email riseup@washco-md.net.
WASHINGTON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Visit www.hagerstown.org/rise for constantly updated resources and information to help you reopen your business, including the Back to Business Toolkit, 10 Things Businesses Should Do Now for Reopening, information on upcoming webinars and the MD Strong Back to Business Pledge that you can sign and post in your storefront!
Weiss Bros.: Clean Start Roadmap Offering Tools to Prepare Businesses for Reopening
The Chamber has partnered with Weiss Bros. to prepare for our eventual reopening. It’s an excellent tool for businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations also seeking ways to audit their own space efficiently and effectively.
TO sign up for an initial consultation, visit: https://form.jotform.com/201334199079156
Upcoming Webinars
Monday, June 1st, 1:30 p.m.
The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area is hosting a reopening webinar for historical and cultural sites
Visitor-serving cultural organizations, particularly those that invite visitors into historic structures, requested that our next session in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Planning for Reopening series be devoted to advice related to cleaning and disinfecting. A team of experts will join us for an hour to offer COVID-19 related guidance for general housekeeping and special considerations for historic materials, such as historic door fixtures and hand railings. Our guests will include:
  • Sarah Polzin (Training Manager) and Adam Mannarino (Health & Safety Officer) – NPS Historic Preservation Training Center
  • Mary Striegel, Chief research scientist (historic preservation, art conservation) National Center for Preservation Technology & Training
  • Nichole Doub, Head Conservator, Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory
The RSVP for the Zoom link to this conversation will arrive soon. You’ll have a chance to pose a question in advance at that time (live Q & A will also be invited).
Attention Employers:
Rise Up Washington County Business Stabilization Grant – APPLY ONLINE BEGINNING MONDAY AT www.washcorises.net
  • Application Period: June 1- June 15, 2020
  • Grants up to $10,000 are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • 8.9 million to be awarded
  • Businesses must be located within Washington County, including the City
Here’s how you can prepare to apply for a Rise Up Grant:
You are required to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered complete:
  • Income Statement and Balance Sheet for Year-end 12/31/19
  • Profit and Loss Statement for March 2020 and each month after to date, AND the prior year comparative statement.
  • Previous Year Tax Return
  • Schedule C of personal tax returns for sole proprietors (if applicable)
Visit www.washcorises.net to stay informed regarding the latest updates to the recovery and reopening in Washington County.
WASHINGTON COUNTY RECREATION SUMMER PLAYGROUND YOUTH DAY CAMPS
Per Governor Hogan’s announcement regarding youth camps, Washington County Parks and Recreation announces registration for summer day camp is now open. In accordance with health and safety guidelines set by the CDC and State of Maryland, camp sites and the number of students at each camp will be limited. All camps will be held outdoors at the following locations:
  • Clear Spring Park
  • Doub Woods Park
  • Marty Snook Park
  • Regional Park
The first week of summer camp is scheduled to begin June 29, 2020.
To view addition information regarding 2020 Washington County Summer Youth Camps, please click here.
CITY OF HAGERSTOWN
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law and made available a total of $5 billion in supplemental Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG-CV) to be used for grants to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. An allocation of $472,845 in CDBG-CV funds has been awarded to the City of Hagerstown and this funding can be made available in the form of grants to local non-profits to carry out eligible public service activities.
The City of Hagerstown is accepting applications from qualifying public service candidates who are able to serve residents in the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All grant applications must meet seek funding for CDBG Eligible Activities that meet a National Objective, AND prevent, prepare for, or respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City of Hagerstown will be accepting applications for this funding from Friday, May 29, 2020 to Wednesday, June 10, 2020. The funding application and guidelines can be accessed at https://www.hagerstownmd.org/1499/CDBG-CV-CARES-Act-Funding.
The City will also be holding an information session on the application and the CDBG-CV CARES Act funding on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Anyone interested in attending this event must register in advance online at https://www.hagerstownmd.org/1499/CDBG-CV-CARES-Act-Funding.
Federal HUD Regulations
To be considered for CDBG-CV funding a program or project must meet the following National Objective:
  • Benefit to Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) Persons: to qualify for funding under the LMI category, the persons or households served must have income levels at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI) as set forth in the chart available on the City of Hagerstown’s website. Programs that serve special needs populations, including the elderly or disabled, are usually considered to be a presumed benefit as these populations are principally considered to be low-to-moderate income.
Priority Eligible Activities:
The following types of public service activities will be considered to receive CDBG-CV program funds (please note that for each of these eligible activities the low-to-moderate income individual receiving benefit would need to demonstrate pandemic related hardship to qualify):
  • Housing stability programs for utility relief, rent relief payments, mortgage relief (up to three months) for low-to-moderate income households living within the City of Hagerstown;
  • Other housing stability/homeless prevention activities;
  • Food assistance programs.
Reasonable administration expenses incurred for carrying out the proposed public service activity will also be considered an eligible use of funds (not to exceed 15% of the grant award).
A full list of ineligible activities can be viewed on the City’s website at https://www.hagerstownmd.org/1499/CDBG-CV-CARES-Act-Funding.
Any questions or concerns over the application can be directed to Jonathan Kerns, Community Development Manager, at jkerns@hagerstownmd.org or 301-739-8577 ext. 134.
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.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES & INFORMATION
WASHINGTON COUNTY COVID-19 EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND
A campaign organized by the Community Foundation and United Way of Washington County, Maryland, announces the deadline to apply for the fifth and final cycle of grants is Monday, June 8th at midnight. Applications will be reviewed, and recipients will be announced the week of June 15th. Applications should have a focus on ensuring basic needs and essential services throughout Washington County. Applications to fund salaries will not be accepted.
Together, the Community Foundation and United Way have challenged the community to raise an additional $50,000, bringing the total up to $250,000. The initial goal for the Emergency Assistance Fund was $200,000. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, so does the community’s need for essential services and basic needs. The current amount of funds raised for Washington County COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund is $225,000.
Donations can be made online at https://bit.ly/2UR6fsy by texting COVIDWashCo to 313131, by calling 301.739.8200 x 104 or by mailing checks to United Way of Washington County, 83 West Washington Street, Suite 101, Hagerstown, MD.
For additional information, please contact the Public Relations and Marketing Department at 240-313-2380 or pr@washco-md.net.
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