Cecil County Closures and Updates Due to Novel Coronavirus - Updated as of 03/17/2020, 3:40 p.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2020
Updated at 3:40 p.m.
ELKTON, MD. – There are ZERO confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus in Cecil County at this time.
Currently, there are 5,068 confirmed cases in the United States, and 57 confirmed cases in the state of Maryland in the counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Charles, Harford, Howard, Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Talbot, and Baltimore City. Please visit the Maryland Department of Health website for more information and the latest statistics: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/.
County Executive Alan McCarthy is asking that the public continues to limit face-to-face interaction for business and personal matters as much as possible during this time. The Cecil County Administration Building remains open, however, it is strongly encouraged that all county business be conducted remotely, via email, fax and telephone, as much as possible. Physical visits to the County Administration building should be done as a last resort. This request is being made to protect our employees and the general public and to ensure that health and welfare are maintained to the maximum extent practicable. Plans are being developed in the event we move to suspend public access.
Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, mass gatherings should be avoided -- groups of 10 or people should be avoided. To stop or slow down the spread of this highly contagious virus, please continue to practice social distancing. Watch this video to learn more about the importance of social distancing:
Cecil County Government is working closely with local agencies and organizations to provide as much information as possible concerning the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is affecting our community. In an effort to provide our citizens with a thorough, consist message, a list of county-wide closures and updates is available on the Cecil County Government website at www.ccgov.org.
The following information was provided by local public information officers throughout Cecil County this morning:
Cecil County Council
Cecil County Council work session and legislative sessions of March 17, 2020 have been cancelled due to the public health crisis.
Cecil County Health Department
In order to provide our residents with timely, accurate information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Health Department will be initiating a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Call Line beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Residents who have questions relating to COVID-19 can contact the call line at 410-996-1005. Health Department staff will be answering calls during business hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and a number will be provided for after-hours emergencies. For updates on the COVID-19 pandemic please visit http://cecilcountyhealth.org/coronavirus/.
Also, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, effectively immediately, the Health Department is closed to the public. Staff who can telework are being asked to do so. Please contact the Health Department at 410-996-5550 if you have any questions.
Cecil County Public Schools
We have established an email address to take questions specific to the school closure: firstname.lastname@example.org. The number one question we have received is exactly how long the closure will last. Unfortunately, that is a question to which we do not yet know the answer. We will keep families as updated as we possibly can as to any new information or changes that may come out in the coming days.
The At Home Connection website is populated with educational opportunities for our students. Be sure to check it out here: https://ccps.blackboard.com/webapps/portal/execute/tabs/tabAction?tabId=_44566_1&tab_tab_group_id=_209_1
Yesterday, 550 meals were served through our Nutrition Program. We will begin distributing both breakfast and lunch and later this week, we hope to begin giving families three meals to take home.
Please visit https://www.ccps.org/cecil for updates.
Week of March 16: College closed for the week.
Weeks of March 23 through April 5: All credit classes will move online for the week. Career and Community Education/workforce training classes are cancelled for the two weeks. Labs and onsite clinical rotations have been suspended for the two weeks.
Visit www.cecil.edu/coronavirus for updates.
While the library is closed, there are no fines and no need to renew materials. Please keep what you have at home until the library reopens.
Cecil County Office of Economic Development
As a result of COVID-19 and related protective measures, many of our local businesses and their employees will suffer a significant financial impact. The federal government and the State of Maryland have implemented guidelines and plans to minimize the impact to both employers and employees. To find out about these resources, please use this link https://businessexpress.maryland.gov/coronavirus.
In addition, the Cecil County Office of Economic Development is surveying small businesses in an attempt to find out the magnitude of the situation and how we may be able to help at the local level. If you are a Cecil County business owner, please complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TD6L75Q
Cecil County Sheriff's Office
In response to COVID-19, the following precautions are being taken by the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office:
- All civilian ride-alongs with the patrol division have been suspended.
- Building tours will not be conducted until further notice.
- Public fingerprinting services will not be available until further notice.
- Visitation to the Cecil County Detention Center has been suspended.
- Access to the Detention Center by volunteers for all programs has been suspended.
The Cecil County Sheriff’s will continue to respond to all calls where a deputy’s on-scene response is needed. However, the Sheriff’s Office will handle non priority calls and incidents that do not require a deputy’s physical presence by telephone. There is no change regarding how the public will contact the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.
State’s Attorney’s Office
As a result of COVID-19, the Office of the State's Attorney has implemented a plan for continuation of services during this emergency. After consultation with Administrative Judge Keith Baynes, and in the interests of the administration of justice, State's Attorney, James Dellmyer, announced that the Cecil County Grand Jury's term of service has been extended and will convene as scheduled. Every precaution will be taken to protect the health and safety of Grand Jurors and Courthouse personnel.
Cecil County Circuit Court
On the evening of Monday, March 16, 2020, Chief Judge Barbera issued an administrative order further updating and guiding court activities. The new order which can be found at the link provided below essentially directs courts to reduce staffing levels to those essential staff necessary to carry out the current functions of the court.
The primary change, which is of great importance to the public, concerns where they may seek a domestic violence protective order. At this time all requests for new protective orders are being received by the District Court Commissioner’s Office. Their office is located within the District Court building located at 170 E. Main St. Elkton, MD. Those individuals who already have an active protective order and have a hearing scheduled in the Circuit Court should still report for those hearings as scheduled.
In order to continue ensuring the safety of our community and providing accountability for serious violations of the criminal law, the Grand Jury for Cecil County will remain in session throughout this time. At the discretion of the State’s Attorney they will be called upon to hear cases and hand down indictments as needed until we resume normal operations.
Register Of Wills
The Register of Wills office is closed to the public. Most needs can be fulfilled by phone, mail or through online services. Call 410-996-5330 or visit: http://registers.maryland.gov/main/cecil.html.
Cecil County Election Office
The primary election has been postponed until June 2nd. We are still encouraging everyone to vote by mail. If you need help from the Election office, please call 410-996-5310, or email email@example.com. Someone will be available to answer the phone, or respond to your email, as soon as possible. More information regarding, absentee voting can be found on the website at: https://www.ccgov.org/government/election-board.
To view the complete Maryland State Board of Elections Statement on April 2020 Elections, visit: https://elections.maryland.gov/press_room/SBE%20Delayed%202020%20Primary%20Election.pdf.
Cecil County Housing and Community Development
Due to ongoing disruptions and precautions undertaken across the region resulting from the COVID-19 virus, the Division of Cecil County Housing and Community Development has determined it will make the following changes to operations effective Tuesday March 17, 2020:
- The office is closed to the public and visitors will be accepted by appointment only
- To the maximum extent possible all business to be conducted remotely by mail, phone, fax, and email
Housing Choice Voucher Program
- Waiting List mailings for new admissions are suspended until further notice
- Eligibility determinations already underway will continue as much as possible
- New vouchers will not be issued until further notice
- Vouchers to move or change units will not be issued
- Annual Recertification- Paperwork will be completed by mail, email, fax and will be processed as much as it is possible to do so
- Income Reporting- Report only decreases in income to the office by phone
- Moves- Moves will not be possible until further notice, except where a Request for Lease approval and rental unit has already been submitted
- Portability – Portability move-in will be accepted, but interviews and voucher issuance will be suspended until further notice.It is strongly advised that portability clients check with their local PHA before deciding to execute portability.Portability Move-out will be permitted.
- Program Owners/Managers – The CCHA portion of rents will be paid as scheduled at this time.Owners should seriously consider setting up direct deposit payments.CCHA asks that owners please be reasonable if participants experience income changes as a result of Coronavirus events, and owners should also note that evictions are suspended.Owners should return paperwork and communicate with CCHA by email, or by phone if necessary.
Housing Counseling Programs
- Homebuyer Education- First Time Homebuyer classes are cancelled until further notice. One-on-one appointments are available
- Foreclosure/Default- Services by appointment or remotely
- Financial Education/Capability- Services by appointment or remotely
- Reverse Mortgage Counseling- Suspended until further notice
All of the measures outlined above are designed to reduce the likelihood of virus transmission in the community and especially to protect everyone over the age of 60 and those with compromised health. Please contact us by phone or email if you have any questions about your circumstances.
Cecil County Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber understands that this is a very difficult time for our small businesses that have been ordered closed , including restaurants, bars, gyms. The Chamber wants to share the creative ways that our businesses are finding to keep their business going and to serve their customers. Many restaurants and shops have offered pick-up services or delivery services from online orders.
We want to share what our local businesses are doing. Please send an email to the Chamber of your thoughts and your needs that we can share with our chamber membership. On Facebook – tag the Chamber or message us on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share your post on the Chamber’s Facebook page.
Post “Hot deals” and “Job Postings” to the Chamber website: http://www.cecilchamber.com/.
We hope to soon offer webinars providing business resources provided by fellow Chamber members. We plan to continue our 6-Top Mingle groups via teleconference.
The Paris Foundation
The Paris Foundation will continue serving our community as follows: All meals will be “take out” and will be picked up from our loading dock during regular hours (4:30-6 every night, 11:30-1 every Sunday lunch). Serving team leaders should contact Director of Operations Kyle Charlton at 484-645-1880, to discuss details in advance of their scheduled service.
If you feel led to help support the Paris Foundation financially in this unusual time, please visit https://www.theparisfoundation.org/ to make an online donation that will help us continue serving people.
To stay current on developments regarding the Novel Coronavirus on the following websites:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Maryland Department of Health: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/
- The Office of Governor Hogan: https://governor.maryland.gov/coronavirus/
- Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
- Cecil County Health Department: http://cecilcountyhealth.org/coronavirus/
Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to prevent the spread of the virus. The Cecil County Government webpage will be updated as changes are received. The most current updates will be date/time-stamped and added to the top of the page. Please check back frequently. If there are any questions, please contact Jennifer Lyall at email@example.com.
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government