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Coronavirus Constituent Guide

The global community is experiencing a pandemic outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which has produced terrible consequences for the public health, our people, our businesses, our nonprofit community, and our economy.  My thoughts and best wishes continue to go out to anyone and everyone affected medically, psychologically and financially by this shocking crisis. 

I am deeply engaged in mobilizing effective legislative responses to the rapidly ballooning problems caused by the pandemic. We have been through social traumas before as a nation, and we have made it through them, and we will make it through this one too if we stick together and take care of each other. The health, safety and economic well-being of my constituents are of central and overriding importance to my excellent staff and myself. If you have any questions or concerns or need assistance, please do not hesitate to call my District office at 301-354-1000 or contact my D.C. office at 202-225-5341 if you would like to share your thoughts about federal legislation. In the meantime, be safe and well in this tough time. 

COVID-19 in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has a coronavirus information page here, which includes an interactive map of the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our state and counties. Maryland has set up a help line through MDH, which you can call during regular business hours at 410-767-6700. After hours, call 410-795-7365.

Guidance on COVID-19 Testing

Testing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) change frequently. Please visit the CDC website for updates on guidance about who should be tested.  

During this time of anticipated large demand on the health care delivery system, you are asked to avoid unscheduled visits to your health care provider. It is important to call ahead. People who are mildly ill should not go to emergency departments. Mildly ill people should stay home and contact their health care provider by phone for guidance. Like all laboratory tests, testing for COVID-19 is a clinical decision made by a health care provider. Testing for COVID-19 may not be appropriate for everyone. Testing availability will expand as more testing supplies become available.

Learn more here.

Latest Updates from the Governor 

The Governor has enacted new measures in Maryland to slow the spread of COVID-19. Click here for Governor Hogan's Emergency Orders and interpretive guidance. Click here for an A-Z comprehensive resource guide on the Governor's actions to combat COVID-19 in our state, including but not limited to:

  • Issuing a STAY AT HOME ORDER for all Maryland residents effective March 30th, 2020 at 8:00 PM. You can find a full explanation of guidance here.  
  • Authorizing remote notarizations in Maryland. Find out more information here
  • Closing all non-essential businesses, including restaurants, bars, movie theaters, gyms, enclosed malls, and event venues. Take-out and drive-through for services will still continue. To see a list of services that may remain open, click here
  • Closing all Maryland casinos, racetracks, and simulcast betting facilities
  • Closing all Maryland schools until April 24, 2020
  • Restricting access to BWI airport to include only travelers and employees
  • Limiting gatherings to 10 people, per CDC guidance on social distancing
  • Activating the Maryland Medical Reserve Corps, including 5,000 trained volunteers
  • Prohibiting all utilities, including electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable, TV, and your internet service provider from shutting off service or charging late fees during the state of emergency.
  • Postponing the primary election in Maryland from April 28th to June 2nd

Additional Resources

8th District County Resources - click here 

COVID-19 Federal Legislation FAQs and Fact sheets - click here 

Economic Impact Payments - click here

Education Resources for Students - click here

Health Insurance Special Enrollment Period Extended to June 15 - click here

Homeowner and Renter Protections - click here 

Mental Health and Wellness Resources - click here

Student Meal Distribution Sites - click here

Resources for Seniors and Older Americans - click here

Resources for Maryland's Business Community - click here

Resources for Veterans - click here

Scam and Fraud Alerts - click here

Student Loan Borrower Relief - click here 

Tax Relief Information - click here

Unemployment Insurance - click here

Volunteer Information - click here

Voting Information - click here