Cecil County Closures and Updates Due to Novel Coronavirus - Updated for March 19, 2020, 12:45 p.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2020
ELKTON, MD. – There are ZERO confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus in Cecil County at this time.
As of this morning, there are 107 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. There is one confirmed death related to the virus in Prince George's County. Please visit the Maryland Department of Health website for more information and the latest statistics: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/. The United States has 9,415 confirmed cases.
The Cecil County Administration Building is now closed to the public, except by appointment only. This order was made by County Executive Alan McCarthy to protect Cecil County Government employees and the general public, and to reduce the spread of disease. 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 when possible. The main number to the administration building is 410-996-5200.
Beginning Monday, March 23rd, Cecil County Government employees will be given a health screening, consisting of 8 questions and a temperature scan, before being permitted to enter the building.
The following updates were provided by local public information officers throughout Cecil County this morning:
Cecil County Department of Emergency Services
Cecil County Department of Emergency Services is hiring
Temporary EMS Clinicians.
If you are a certified EMS Clinician affected by the closures associated with Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and would be interested in a temporary position, please contact Asst. Chief Paul Massarelli at email@example.com.
Cecil County Help Center
The Cecil County Help Center is taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Help Center building will be closed to the general public beginning Monday, March 23rd.
If you are in need of EMERGENCY FOOD, please contact Cecil County DSS at 410-996-0100 for screening and referral. Breads/Sweets, as available, will be provided at our door between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Times are subject to change).
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.
ChristianaCare, Union Hospital wants to provide the safest possible environment for patients, families and caregivers.
Based on the latest available information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health authorities, one important way to enhance patient health and safety is to reduce their exposure to potential disease carriers. The fewer people with whom our patients come in contact, the less likely they will be to contract COVID-19 or other infectious diseases.
Effective Friday, March 20, 2020 at 7 a.m. we are instituting strict patient visitation guidelines:
- No visitors are allowed at the hospital or outpatient services until further notice, with the following exceptions:
- One visitor is permitted for patients in end-of-life care.
- One visitor is permitted to support laboring mothers.
- One support person is permitted for patients in the emergency department or outpatient practices.
- Two visitors are permitted for pediatric patients.
- Visitors who are experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever or cough should not come to the hospital or outpatient services.
- Hospital visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for visitors meeting the criteria listed above.
- All visitors to the hospital will be screened for coronavirus risk before they are allowed to enter. Visitors who have symptoms or do not meet the screening criteria will not be allowed to enter the hospital.
- Hospital visitors must be age 18 or older.
- We also recommend that older adults who may be especially vulnerable to illness refrain from visiting loved ones in the hospital.
- To ensure social distancing, visitors should not congregate in the cafeteria or waiting areas.
We encourage people to explore alternate ways of connecting with their loved ones who are patients in the hospital, including video and phone visits.
We understand that these restrictions are challenging for families who wish to visit and be with their loved ones. However, these restrictions are designed to protect patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of coronavirus, influenza and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.
What to do if you are concerned you may have coronavirus
ChristianaCare, Union Hospital would like to remind the public that most people who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms do not need to go to the emergency department.
Please do not go to the emergency department unless you are experiencing symptoms that are severe or life-threatening. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911.
If you are concerned you have coronavirus, please do NOT show up at your doctor’s office. Instead, please call your doctor and ask if it is appropriate for you to keep or make an appointment, and get instructions from your doctor.
These steps help us to protect your safety and the safety of others.
Please check here for more information about coronavirus.
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.
Cecil County small businesses are eligible NOW for SBA disaster loan assistance and should apply at www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.
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
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Cecil Transit will temporarily suspend the operation of the Elkton-Newark Connection (Route #4) beginning on Friday, March 20th. The Glasgow Connection (Route #1) will be modified to accommodate passengers at the Fletchwood Road and Belle Hill Road Stops. The modified time table can be found at www.ceciltransit.com and Cecil Transit’s Facebook page. If you have a vital transportation need that is not being met, please call 410-996-5295, Option 2. These changes are temporary. Normal operations will resume as soon as possible.
In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID -19, PLEASE USE TRANSIT FOR ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY. Essential travel means taking trips to work, hospitals, health care providers, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, and food distribution centers.
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/.
With current concerns and precautions regarding the COVID-19, Cecil Soil Conservation District is temporarily modifying our procedures for conducting business at the District. We strongly advise that you contact the District at 410-398-4411, ext. 3 so that we can address your needs. Please be advised that the door to our office is now locked to the public. All reasonable means will be done to conduct meetings via telephone or email where and when possible. In addition, if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19 please do not visit the district.
Erosion and Sediment Plans may continue to be submitted for review. Temporarily, CSCD will receive plans electronically provided they are sent to Mari Markkula at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact CSCD regarding electronic payments where applicable. Alternatively, submissions can be dropped off in the mail slot, mailed in, or placed in the bin in the vestibule during normal business hours. If you have any questions regarding these temporary changes please do not hesitate to call the office for clarification. It is important that we take the necessary steps to safeguard your health as well as the employees of Cecil Soil Conservation District. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Cecil County Public Schools
Dr. Jeffrey Lawson, Superintendent of Cecil County Public Schools, held a conference call with all principals, administrators, and supervisors this morning to keep everyone updated on planning for continuity of instruction, distribution of meals, facilities, etc.
Food distribution statistics: On Wednesday, 2,084 meals were served to 1,042 children.
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: email@example.com. We will continue to keep families updated to any new information or changes.
Please visit https://www.ccps.org/cecil for updates.
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 Animal Services
We are so touched by the response of our community as we navigate through altering services in response to COVID-19. The health of our community, staff, and animals is our first priority. So many of you have asked how you can help remotely during this trying time. The following is a list of ways you can help!
Adoption - What better time than to adopt a new furry family member! We are scheduling adoptions by appointment only. If you are interested in adopting a new best friend, please send us a message or call us at (410)441-2040.
Fostering - So many of us are spending time at home. This is a perfect opportunity to welcome a lonely foster pet into your home to decompress and get lots of love and attention. If you are interested in fostering a cat or dog, please send us a message or call us at (410)441-2040.
Donations - We are always in need of donations. Our current needs include:
- Purina Busy Bones
- Cat Toys
- Canned Cat Food(any brand)
- Pedigree Dry Dog Food
- Pedigree Canned Dog Food
- Purina Kitten Chow
- Purina Cat Chow
- Any brand of food for our Pet Pantry
Donations can be dropped off in the rear of the shelter building. Linens and newspaper are not being accepted at this time.
Visit our Amazon Wishlist at the following link to make a donation:
Make a Tax Deductible Monetary Donation to our Foundation
Thank you from the bottom of our paws.
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. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cecilcountypubliclibrary.
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.
Department of Social Services
DSS continues to provide support and services by appointment only. Although the building is closed to the public at this time, staff is working and conducting normal operations.
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
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
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 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.
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 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/.
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
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 email@example.com.
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government