Communities in Maryland are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. Protecting families in the Fifth District remains my top priority, and I want you to know that I am in constant contact with local, state, and federal officials to ensure our communities and health care workers have the resources they need to fight this virus.
Governor Hogan has instructed that face coverings should be worn in all businesses and on public transportation. Additionally, gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited, and no Marylander should leave their home except to get groceries, pick up a prescription, or travel to an essential job.
Each of the five counties in the Fifth District have compiled resources for individuals, families, and small businesses struggling during this time.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Prince George's County residents.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Charles County residents.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Anne Arundel County residents.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Calvert County residents.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for St. Mary's County residents.
Coronavirus Resources for Individuals and Families
Economic Impact Payments:
One-time economic impact payments are currently being distributed to individuals in Maryland. More information is available from the IRS by clicking here.
No matter when you file, Marylanders become eligible for unemployment benefits beginning the day after they are separated from employment. Through the CARES Act, which Congress passed in March, individuals claiming unemployment insurance will receive an additional $600 per week. Click here to file a claim online.
To file a claim:
- If your last name starts with A - F, file your claim on Monday.
- If your last name starts with G - N, file your claim on Tuesday.
- If your last name starts with O - Z, file your claim on Wednesday.
- Claim filing is open to all last names by phone on Thursday and Friday and online Thursday through Sunday.
The Claim Center telephone lines are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Please call 410-949-0022. The online claim portal is available 24/7. Click here for more information.
Schools in the Fifth District are providing meals to students while schools are closed. Click here for more information.
I encourage all Marylanders to follow the CDC's guidance to protect yourself and your loved ones from the coronavirus. Click here for additional learn more. The CDC has issued the following guidance on preventing the spread of the coronavirus:
“There is currently no vaccine to prevent the coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.”
If you are experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact your health care professional to consult with them before going to an ER or a physician’s office, which could put you or others at risk.