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The novel-coronavirus is a respiratory disease. The outbreak began in China is caused by a virus known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. (COVID-19). Symptoms include mild to severe respiratory illness with a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Information and numbers of confirmed cases changes rapidly.
To learn national and general information visit the Center for Disease Control here.
maryland department of health’s coronavirus cases dashboard, go here
Governor Hogan’s Covid-19 Related Executive Orders Here
NEW AS OF 5/27/2020
Pools Order Guidelines for Reopening
new as of 5/13/20:
Openings and Gatherings AMENDED-5.13.20
Stage 1 Reopening (effective May 15, 5:00 pm)
wHAT’S STILL CLOSED
KNOW THE FACTS
- Anyone can get sick with the coronavirus regardless of race or ethnicity or age.
- Signs and symptoms include: fever of 100.4 degrees or more, cough, and shortness of breath. Call your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have the virus or if you have recently traveled abroad.
- Protect yourself. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 sec. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Stay home if you are sick, cover your cough or sneeze. Practice social distancing.
- Protect yourself by practicing social distancing. Avoid gatherings and public places that are still open.
- Effective April 18, 2020, you must wear a face covering if in a retail or food facility.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Testing
information for churches and places of worship
face coverings faq
Where can I find a face covering? Stores are in short supply of pre-made face masks. Look for a bandanna or a scarf that will cover both nose and mouth.
How do I make a face covering? The Center for Disease Control has an excellent handout on making them for both those who do not sew and those who do sew. Click here to download.
Do I need more than one covering? It’s a good idea as they must be cleaned daily.
How frequently do I need to clean a face covering? Every day. Wash your covering in warm to hot water with soap.
Can I share my face covering? No. Everyone should have their own to limit the exchange of germs and stop the spread of infection.
children and families topics
Need help finding food during covid 19? read the list of local sites in both english and spanish here
Caring for children, Tips from the CDC
Managing teen anxiety
MENTAL HEALTH and substance use TOPICS
psychological first responder self-care health tips here
Resources for on-line access for those families and individuals dealing with Substance use disorders
- Narcotics Anonymous http://www.jftna.org or http://virtual-na.org or http://NAbyphone.com
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Recovery dharma
- SMART Recovery
- Celebrate Recovery
SAMHSA has also added a COVID-19 website which has several guidance documents and resources pertinent to treatment and recovery. https://www.samhsa.
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH TOPICS
COVID-19 Food Safety guidelines FOR HOME AND BUSINESS
pets and covid-19
There is currently not evidence that pets can transmit the virus. Pets can stay in a household if someone has a COVID-19 unless they are unable to care for the pets. To protect your pet, limit contact with them, avoid having them lick your face, wash your hands before and after you care for your pet. For more resources and information go to http://nasphv,org or http://amva.org
FACT SHEETS FROM THE CDC
Self quarantine tips Poster
For even more go TO CDC.GOV/CORONAVIRUS WEBSITE FOR PREVENTION TIPS, GUIDELINES FOR SPECIFIC populations AND MORE.