COVID-19 Virtual Resource Center

Ongoing updates for residents

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"We must not grow weary or let our guard down. We must continue the course to protect ourselves and our fellow community members. We will get through this together." Mayor Pat "Irish" Mahoney

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Covid numbers in MD News from Gov Hogan 

To view the Executive Orders guiding the Town's decision's please click here

The Office of Governor Larry Hogan's A-Z COVID-19 Resource page is available here

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COVID-19 Symptom Screening Tool. A Partnership between Apple, CDC and HHS to develop a screening tool to help users understand their risk for contracting COVID-19. Users can take the questionnaire online or by downloading the app. If you are exhibiting respiratory symptoms or feel you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.

The Calvert County Health Department announced that a drive thru COVID-19 testing site is now available Tuesdays and Thursday at the Prince Frederick VEIP. In order to arrange for a test, an individual needs to contact her/his primary care provider. Your healthcare provider will then determine if it’s appropriate for you to be tested for coronavirus. 


TOWN NOTICES: 

Open letter to Religious Leaders from the Calvert County Health Department.

According to the Maryland Department of Health as of May 22nd, there are 28 confirmed COVID 19 cases in Chesapeake Beach and 17 confirmed cases in North Beach, this is a 50% increase from last month in the Twin Beaches area. Residents are urged to continue to use caution. 

Town owned Parks Remain CLOSED, this includes:

  • Bayfront Park aka Brownies Beach- no recreational beach access is available. We are seeing a flux of individuals coming to the beach and parking along RT 261. Deputies will respond if visitors use the closed beach area. As a citizen if you see violations of this closure, please call the Calvert County Sheriffs office non-emergency # (410) 535-2800. 
  • Kellam's Field, Kellam's field entrance to the Chesapeake Beach railway trail head is closed and the Tot Lot is closed.
  • Chesapeake Beach Water Park will not be opening during the normal opening schedule of Memorial Day. More information to follow. 

Please maintain a safe distance of 6 feet or more, and have a mask available, when your out and about within accessible areas of Town.

As of May 22, 2020-Chesapeake Beach is still leading the County in Self Response for the US Census2020, lets keep going Chesapeake Beach! If you have not completed your Census, take a couple minutes and "Start the Questionnaire" and make sure your counted! For more information about how the Census 2020 can impact our allocation of COVID 19 vaccines please click here

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Virtual Town Hall: The Town has created a "virtual Town Hall" where the Mayor and Town Council conduct public meetings via virtual meeting technology. All meeting recordings are posted on the Town YouTube Channel. Town Government meeting notices available here

Town Hall operation: Town Hall remains closed to the public; however, Town Staff are here to assist you. Please call Town Hall at (410) 257-2230 during normal business hours for general questions or to reach a member of Town staff via phone. Emergency infrastructure services as still available 24/7 by calling Town Hall. For information regarding resident boat ramp passes, please click here to fill out a application for a ramp pass. If you already have a pass, it is still valid, please continue to use it until further notice. 

RESIDENT RESOURCES: 

Caregiver Services Corp launced a new service to support senior citizens, more information available here

Expanded test sites are available in Maryland, more information available here. 

Drive-Thru Testing: Expands test sites to include select CVS Health pharmacy and Walmart locations. 

Contact Tracing: Statewide tracing program to be fully operational next week, more information available here. 

Special Enrollment Uninsured Marylanders: The State of Emergency for coronavirus is extended to June 15, 2020, Uninsured Marylanders can enroll in private health plans in an open enrollment to support citizens as concerns about health increase. Information from the Calvert County Health Department is available here

Calvert County Services available to residents during COVID-19, guide avaiable here

Financial Relief Guide for Marylanders from the Department of Labor available here

Calvert County Jigsaw Looking for a new challenge? Try our online jigsaw puzzle! You can adjust the number of pieces to make it as easy or as hard as you want. Good luck! Interested in making your own online puzzle? Check it out here.

Learn from Home: fun things to do from the safety of your home, provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Senior Call Check: Are you a senior, or know of a senior who is in need of a Check In for safety reasons, click here for more information. 

Wondering where your stimulus check is? Head to the IRS Get My Payment page here and tap the blue Get My Payment button to check the status of your economic impact payment.

Calvert County Behavioral Health’s Recovery Rapid Response Program is available to assist during these trying times. Do you or someone you know want to stop using opiates? There is no time to spare when someone is ready to seek help. Call the Recovery Rapid Response Program at 1-877-467-5682 from 7am-11pm any day of the week. We will help streamline access to recovery services and can provide urgent same-day opiate treatment through our Mobile Crisis Team. Telehealth service is also available for clients who have access to either an iPhone, Android, or computer equipped with webcam. To view the current overdose report, please click here

Calvert Health COVID19 HOTLINE (410) 535-8469: Available M-F from 8am to 2pm. 

Domestic Violence resources are available through the 24 HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE (410)535-1121 or (301)855-1075, the Maryland Hotline is 1-800-MD-HELPS and the National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE. In the event of an emergency call 911. National statistics have revealed a surge in incidences of violence between couples, towards children and the elderly as well as cases of sexual assault. Be aware if someone appears to need help. 

Know your rights as an employee: Department of Labor Employee Paid Leave RightsIn-depth FAQ from the US Department of Labor regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This is a very helpful list that outlines paid sick leave regulatons, teleworking regulations, public sector workers and FMLA, available here

Unemployment Resources: Unemployment Trouble? In response to the positive feedback received, the Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance has created a second series of video tutorials to help Marylanders navigate their account on the BEACON One-Stop portal. All four new video tutorials can be found at MDunemployment.com.

State of MD Unemployment Resources available here. The Maryland Division of Unemployment Insurance is experiencing an extremely high volume of users due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which may result in long wait times. Maryland does not have a waiting week like many other states. No matter when you file, Marylanders become eligible for benefits beginning the day after they are separated from employment. Having trouble filing for unemployment? To help Maryland’s new and existing claimants access the new BEACON One-Stop, a Username and Password Handbook has been created. 

Student Loan Assistance: Students with federal student loans may be eligible to temporarily stop making payments on their student loans. Click here to learn more.

Veterans: The VA is working to ensure veterans can access the health care services they need. I encourage veterans to visit the VA’s website, where they can find a FAQ page. Veterans in crisis should call 1-800-273-8255. 

Free meals for children: Food is available for all families from the CCPS Child Nutrition program: This is a grab & go operation that will include 2-3 days worth of breakfast and lunch snacks and perishable items like fruit and milk.

Mondays and Wednesdays at Windy Hill Middle School from 11 am to 12 noon. To pre-register, call the Child Nutrition office at 443-550-8680. If you are registered, you do not need to bring your children with you in your car. If you are not registered, then bring your kids. You'll get a food bag for each kid, 2-18 years old.Other CCPS grab & go sites are located at Calvert HS, Southern MS, and Patuxent HS on the same days and times..Any questions, call the Child Nutrition office:443-550-8680.

Calvert Library is Always Open Digitally: Although Calvert Library is not open right now, we are still available to you, via your device or over the phone.  If you have any questions regarding library services, community services or if you have any information questions: Contact getanswers@calvertlibrary.info  OR call 410-535-0291 and follow instructions to leave your message. 


LOCAL BUSINESS UPDATES/ RESOURCES: 

New PPPL Guide – (updated May 20, 2020) The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released a new guide to help businesses navigate loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program: Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness. This guide is to help borrowers understand the process by which their loan forgiveness amount will be calculated and the overall approach of the loan forgiveness process.

Maryland Back to Business Stage One is being implemented with a flexible, community-based approach that empowers individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopenings, therefore it’s important that businesses consult guidance issued by their local jurisdiction.

Facebook Business Resources - Learn how free tools from Facebook can help you stay connected to customers with a free 5-minute training.

PPPL and EIDL Updates - The Paycheck Protection Program has done a total 4,406,267 loans for $512,151,608,195 as of 5pm (5/21). This summary data is updated daily and posted on www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection. Attached is an updated Lender Notice which lays out how lenders report on PPP loans and collect the processing fee on fully disbursed loans. Also attached is the most updated Economic Injury Disaster Loan approvals by state. Small businesses and lenders can find participating Paycheck Protection Program lenders here.

Maryland SBDC has prepared the "COVID-19 Small Business Survival" Guide (updated 5.4.20) to provide education and resources to guide business owners.  It is one of the most comprehensive guides I have found. Check it out here.

(Federal) Secretary of Commerce allocates $300 million in CARES Act aid to U.S. fishermen and seafood industries impacted by COVID-19. Maryland slated to receive $4,125,118* Find additional NOAA financial assistance information here: website

Maryland Restaurant Relief Fund OLD BAY, McCormick for Chefs, and CORECares have joined forces to offer support to local Maryland restaurants impacted by COVID-19 providing up to $2,500 in new grants. More information here 

Grant - Business Owners’ Idea Café Small Business Grant $1,000 plus advertising opportunities grant is open to anyone who currently owns a small business that has been in existence for at least six months. There are no entry fees and a complete business plan is not required.  Info available here


LOCAL BUSINESS RESOURCES: 

SBA Daily Calls & Webinars: The SBA conducts daily webinars and conference calls to help small business owners understand and apply for the coronavirus relief programs.

3:00 pm – Daily Conference Call- 202-765-1264; ID # 827-299-626

5:30 pm – Daily Conference Call - 202-765-1264; ID # 310-688-488

10:30 am and 8:00 pm – Zoom Webinar (download the ZOOM app for free)

               Meeting # 6794772946  Have all your necessary documents read

Small Business Development Center- Slide Deck from the recent webinar - available here. For example, if you received PPPL money and you want to know how to maximize the forgiveness amount, check out the slides to find out.

Relief Wizard Tool - If you answer the questions, the relief wizard will point you to the programs you are eligible to apply for, based on your answers.  https://reliefwizard.net/

    STATE PROGRAMS

The Maryland Departments of Commerce and Labor are offering four new business assistance programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

(1) Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund: This $75 million fund makes available loans of up to $50,000 to businesses with less than 50 employees. The loans carry no interest or principal payments for the first 12 months. After 12 months, the loans convert to 36-month term loans that include principal and interest payments with an interest rate at 2% per annum. Learn more.

(2) Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund: This $50 million program makes available grants of up to $10,000 to businesses with less than 50 employees. Learn more.

(3) Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund: This $5 million incentive program helps Maryland manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment, such as face masks and gloves. To learn more, please email fpaaworkflowcoordinator.commerce@maryland.gov.

(4) Maryland Department of Labor COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund: This fund is designed to prevent or minimize the duration of layoffs. Awards of up to $50,000 per applicant will be a quickly deployable. Learn More.

For the most up-to-date information pertaining to the business community and COVID-19: visit https://businessexpress.maryland.gov/coronavirus

If you have business assistance-related questions: email secretary.commerce@maryland.gov

     FEDERAL PROGRAMS

The federal Small Business Administration has also established programs to assist small business including non-profits, to assist in meeting payroll, rent, utilities and other expenses impacted by the virus. Individual businesses can apply directly to the SBA for low-interest loans through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Visit SBA's website to apply now.

Additionally, the program can provide up to $600/week to employees that are laid-off due to the virus. This program is called PPP - Paycheck Protection Program

General SBA guidance for businesses can be found here. If you need additional help navigating the SBA process, the Maryland Small Business Development Center can assist.

       NON-PROFIT ASSISTANCE: 

Attention Non-Profit 501C3 Organizations - Update CARES Act PPP: Clarity from SBA on Loan Calculation & More available here. The SBA released information to help clarify questions about PPP loan amounts. Tips for churches, Christian schools, and nonprofits. 

Maryland Nonprofit Association

Further events offering assistance and oppportunities available here

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
As a supplement to the resources listed above, an ongoing list of frequently asked questions for Maryland businesses planning for and responding to the coronavirus is available here. Click here for translations of these FAQs in more than 10 different languages.


WAYS TO GIVE BACK? 
 
Call and check on a neighbor or community member
 
Vendors: For vendors looking to sell or donate capabilities, personnel, and equipment to the state and other business resource-related questions: email psector@maryland.gov.
 
Individuals: For individual donations and volunteers, including instructions on how to donate or volunteer: refer to the Maryland Unites website at governor.maryland.gov/marylandunites. If not applicable, email ngs.mema@maryland.gov.
 
Medical, Public Health, Clergy and other Professionals: For medical, public-health, clergy, and other professionals who want to volunteer with the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps: register here.