COVID Community Update - December 15 2020
2021 General Assembly Session
As 2020 ends, we are looking forward to 2021, things will certainly be different in the General Assembly. The Session will begin on January 13th 2021, Leadership and public health experts have crafted a reopening plan to keep everyone safe. I will provide more details in a future newsletter.
For the most up to date information on COVID-19, visit the Department of Health's Coronavirus website & tracker.
COVID-19 vaccine: the first round of vaccines arrived, the hospital workers and nursing home residents/employees will receive the first shots.
COVID-19 testing results: The County Health Department has recognized that long delays have been experienced by residents waiting for test results, they have switched labs and are seeing a 48-hour turnaround for results.
Anne Arundel County Executive Orders: County Executive Pittman announced new Executive Orders to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Anne Arundel County. These new restrictions will go into effect on Wednesday, December 16 and last for four weeks, until January 13, 2021. You can review the Executive Order here.
Support Local, Small Businesses
Our local, small businesses are desperately in need of our patronage during this critical time, many are struggling. Please shop local to help these wonderful businesses stay in business in 2021.
Unemployment Insurance Update
My office continues to assist those who are unable to get through to a representative at the Department of Labor. From the start of the Pandemic, we have received over 471 requests for assistance with the Unemployment system from District 32 constituents. The Legislative branch has pushed the Department of Labor to be more responsive to the needs of Marylanders, it is unacceptable that many have been waiting weeks if not months for benefits.
If you require assistance or if you are continuing to have difficulties contacting Unemployment, please fill out our unemployment contact form. It requires your name, address, phone, claimant ID, email and a short description of your UI problem. Once we receive this information we will contact the Department of Labor on your behalf.
As you may be aware, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Unemployment Emergency Compensation (PEUC) unemployment insurance programs program created by CARES Act will expire in Maryland on December 26, unless a new Federal Stimulus package is passed. Additional information is available on the Division of Unemployment website.
With the moratorium on evictions ending on December 30th , I wanted to share resources available in Anne Arundel County for anyone who may be facing eviction. Here is a link to our Eviction Virtual Town Hall where the District 32 Team was joined by Lisa Sarro, Kathy Koch and Kirk Murray. It remains a valuable resource and below I’ve included contact information for each. Click here to watch it.
The Anne Arundel County Eviction Prevention Program (EPP) will provide temporary rental and utility assistance for eligible renters whose employment income has been impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. This emergency assistance is to prevent evictions and utility turn-off, and is subject to funding availability. You can learn about the Anne Arundel County Eviction Prevention Program HERE
Arundel Community Development Services
Maryland Legal Aid
(Free Service for Low Income renters)
Maryland District Court Help Center
(Free Service for all)
Glen Burnie Office
7500 Ritchie Hwy
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Anne Arundel Lawyer Information and Referral Service
Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation
Other Available Resources COVID CARE Warmline 410-222-3663
There are resources available in Anne Arundel County for food assistance, behavioral health, domestic violence, Utility assistance, financial support and child support. Check out the helpful guide below or call the COVID Care Warm line to get additional information 410-222-3663.
Please continue to stay safe this holiday season and wear a mask,