Cecil County Closures and Updates Due to Novel Coronavirus - Updated for March 20, 2020, 12:00 p.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2020
ELKTON, MD. – There are ZERO confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus in Cecil County at this time. Please continue to practice good hygiene by washing and sanitizing hands frequently, avoid contact with sick people, cough or sneeze into your elbow, and practice social distancing whenever possible.
Please visit the Maryland Department of Health website for more information and the latest statistics: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/.
The Cecil County Administration Building is now closed to the public, except by appointment only. 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 prior to entering the building.
The following updates were provided by local public information officers throughout Cecil County this morning:
Cecil County Roads Division
Roads Division administration building and satellite facilities are now closed to the public, except 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 practical.
Roads Division requests that that all citizens conduct their business with us using remote methods such as e-mail, fax and telephone. All utilities and construction companies requesting permits with us should also use remote methods. Please contact our office with any questions: 410-996-6270.
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 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 7:00 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.
Cecil County Parks & Recreation
All Cecil County outdoor public parks remain open at this time; however, ALL county playgrounds are closed to the public until further notice.
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 the Health Department has initiated a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Call Line at 410-996-1005. Health Department staff will be answering calls during business hours (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 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 Solid Waste
In light of the many statewide closures, we know residents will have questions as to whether or not our solid waste facilities are closed. As of right now, all Cecil County Solid Waste Management Division facilities are open for normal operations. This includes the Central Landfill, Woodlawn, and Stemmers Run Transfer Stations. Any closures will be announced via the county website, www.ccgov.org, and the Cecil County Government Facebook page.
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.
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 Animal Services
Adoption - 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 - If you are interested in fostering a cat or dog, please send us a message or call us at 410-441-2040.
Donations - Donations can be dropped off in the rear of the shelter building. Linens and newspaper are not being accepted at this time. 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
Visit our Amazon Wish List at the following link to make a donation:
Make a Tax Deductible Monetary Donation to our Foundation
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
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. 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.
Please view the latest press release from the Maryland State Board of Elections: https://elections.maryland.gov/press_room/SBE%20Delayed%202020%20Primary%20Election.pdf.
Car Seat Safety Checks
Car Seat Safety Checks have been suspended in Cecil County and across the state. In the meantime, the community should contact Captain Holly Trego by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 410-392-2030; or KISS at 1-877-463-3464 with any questions or concerns.
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
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