Cecil County Closures and Updates Due to Novel Coronavirus - Updated as of 03/18/2020, 2:15 p.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2020
Cecil County Closures and Updates Due to Novel Coronavirus
Updated for March 18, 2020, 2:15 p.m.
ELKTON, MD. – There are ZERO confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus in Cecil County at this time.
Currently, there are 7,323 confirmed cases in the United States, and 85 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 continues to rely on regular updates as provided by members of the COVID-19 Task Force, led by Cecil County Health Officer Lauren Levy, and supported by Chief Richard Brooks, Emergency Services. The Task Force, formed at the direction of Dr. McCarthy more than three weeks ago, consists of leadership from critical agencies throughout the county.
Effective Thursday, March 18th, Dr. McCarthy has ordered the Cecil County Administration Building closed to the public, except by appointment only. Staff has been advised, when scheduling appointments, to take social distancing recommendations into consideration and always attempt to satisfy customers, and conduct county business, remotely if at all possible. This request is being made to protect our employees and the general public and to reduce the spread of disease. The main number to the administration building is 410-996-5200. An operator is available to direct your call.
Additionally, beginning Monday, March 23rd, employees will be given a health screening, consisting of 8 questions and temperature scan, before being permitted to enter the building. Anyone who enters the building after 8:30 a.m. will also be given the health screening prior to obtaining access.
The following updates were provided by local public information officers throughout Cecil County this morning:
ChristianaCare, Union Hospital
ChristianaCare, Union Hospital is hosting designated COVID-19 testing by pre-scheduled appointment only, and a prescription is required from your primary care provider. Please contact your doctor to determine if you meet the criteria for COVID-19 testing.
Cecil County Land Use & Development Services
Pursuant to the recent outbreak of the Novel Corona virus (COVID-19), the Cecil County Department of Land Use & Development Services requests that that all citizens conduct their business with us using remote methods such as e-mail, fax, telephone or via our drop boxes provided in the vestibule in the front of the Administration Building.
A physical visit to the County Administration building will be done by appointment only. This request is being made to protect our employees and the general public and to ensure yours and our health and welfare are maintained to the maximum extent practicable.
There is a plethora of land use related information on our website including maps, regulations, applications and various forms. Our online GIS application is also available to you at Cecilmaps.org. Additionally, attendance at public meetings will need to be limited. If you desire to comment on an item on the agenda, you can send your comments in writing either by regular mail or email and they will presented to the relevant board or commission as if you provided oral testimony at the meeting.
- The Division of Permits & Inspections can be reached at 410-996-5235.
- The Division of Planning & Zoning and the Division of Plans Review can be reached at 410-996-5220.
- The Departmental fax numbers are 800-430-3829 (Planning & Zoning and Plans Review) and 410-620-4263 (Permits and Inspections).
- Emails can be sent to DLUDS@ccgov.org.
Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to prevent the spread of the virus.
Cecil County Finance Department
In response to COVID-19, the Cecil County Finance Department has implemented the following operational changes, effective immediately:
The County is encouraging all residents to use the secure drop box, which is located directly to the right of the doors in the front of the building.
Residents may use the County’s online bill paying system (Citizen Self Serve) to process most types of payments. https://cecilco.munisselfservice.com/citizens/default.aspx
Please note: Landfill and Delinquent Tax payments cannot be processes through Citizen Self Serve.
Staff members are available by phone to assistance with online payments including landfill and delinquent tax payments. Until future notice, the County has suspended the fees associated with e-check payments. Payments made via credit cards will continue to be assessed a 2.39% processing fee.
The Finance department is still recording paper documents, but we encourage you to look into Simplifile, which is a web-based application that allows electronic recorded for most types of documents. https://simplifile.com
For more information or to process payments over the phone, contact the Finance Department at 410-996-5385.
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
Effective Thursday, March 19th, the Commuter Connection will be suspended until further notice. Any customer that has an unmet vital transportation need is being asked to call Cecil Transit at 410-996-5295, Option 2 for assistance.
Cecil County Health Department
In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, effectively immediately, services at the Cecil County Health Department will be offered by appointment only beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020. Please contact the Health Department at 410-996-5550 to schedule an appointment.
In order to provide our residents with timely, accurate information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Health Department has initiated a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Call Line. 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/.
Cecil County Public Schools
Yesterday CCPS distributed 1600 meals (breakfast and lunch) to 800 students as compared to the 550 meals from Tuesday. We had originally hoped to increase to a 3-meal distribution, but based on the drastic increase in participation, we have decided to maintain the 2-meal distribution at this time until we can reach more consistent participation and have a better idea of the extent of the closure.
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
We have established an email address to take questions specific to the school closure: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to keep families updated to any new information or changes.
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.
Cecil County Public Library
We encourage everyone to visit our website to learn about our digital content, classes, databases and resources. www.cecil.ebranch.info. 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.
We are continuing to develop lists of resources for engaging children, teens and adults. There are also professional development opportunities available through the website, including Lynda online courses.
Department of Social Services
Social Services is now closed to the public until further notice. DSS continues to provide support and services by appointment only.
Important numbers to know:
- Child Support: 1-800-332-6347
- FIA: 410-996-0100, option 1
- CPS/APS intake line: 410-996-0100, option 3 (this includes food referrals)
- OHEP: 410-996-0270
Local Child Safety Seat Checks
Due to the growing restrictions being implemented throughout the State of Maryland in response to COVID-19, KISS supported/sponsored car seat events, presentations, car seat displays and referrals to our Car Seat Assistance Programs must be suspended until further notice. Once restrictions are lifted, we will work diligently to reschedule events, services and training.
KISS staff will make every effort to provide caregivers information via email, phone or video chat, so please feel free to send caregivers with questions or concerns to our Helpline at 800-370-7328 or email email@example.com.
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
Chief Judge Barbera issued an administrative order earlier this week further updating and guiding court activities. The 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. The office will be utilizing a secure drop-box outside the building for individuals who need to drop off paperwork. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Citizens who have recently moved are encouraged to ensure their address is current with the Election Office.
If you have received your 2020 Census information in the mail, now is a great time to take the time to complete it. Please visit: https://census.maryland.gov/Pages/covid-19/md-census-message.aspx.
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 email@example.com 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/.
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/
- Cecil County Government: https://www.ccgov.org/services/coronavirus-information
Cecil County Government is working closely with local agencies and organizations to provide as much information as possible concerning the Novel Coronavirus. 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 and will be updated throughout the day as changes are received.
Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to prevent the spread of the virus and keep our families and friends safe. If there are any questions, please contact Jennifer Lyall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government