Cecil County Closures and Updates Due to Novel Coronavirus - Updated for March 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2020
ELKTON, MD. – There are now THREE confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus in Cecil County.
Please visit the Maryland Department of Health website for more information and the latest statistics: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/.
Please continue to practice good hygiene by washing and sanitizing hands frequently, avoid contact with sick people, cough or sneeze into your elbow, practice social distancing at all times and self-isolate.
While he did not issue a shelter-in-place for Maryland residents, in a press conference this morning, Governor Larry Hogan did order closed all non-essential businesses as of 5:00 p.m. today, and continues to stress the importance of social distancing.
To learn more about Governor Hogan’s latest restrictions and guidelines, visit: https://governor.maryland.gov/coronavirus/.
County Executive Alan McCarthy issued a declaration of emergency for Cecil County today, which authorizes the deployment of requisite resources and requests access to the Maryland Emergency Management Assistance Compact; and therefore activating the Cecil County Emergency Operations Plan.
The Cecil County Administration Building remains closed to the public, except by appointment only. The main number to the administration building is 410-996-5200.
The following updates were provided by local public information officers throughout Cecil County this morning:
Cecil County Council
The Council work session that was scheduled for March 24th has been cancelled. Council work sessions will be suspended until May 12th.
The first Council budget hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 7th at 4:30 p.m.; and next Legislative Session will follow at 7:00 p.m.
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
Current 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.
What to do if you are concerned you may have coronavirus
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. Please check here for more information about coronavirus.
Cecil County Office of Economic Development
From Governor Hogan’s Office: Maryland has authorized $130 million in loan and grant funding for small businesses and manufacturers that have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This emergency assistance provides interim relief and proceeds that can be used to pay cash operating expenses including payroll, suppliers, rent, fixed debt payments and other mission-critical cash operating costs.
If you are a Maryland-based business impacted by the Coronavirus with under 50 full- and part-time employees, or a Maryland manufacturer, check out the programs below to see if you qualify for assistance: https://commerce.maryland.gov/fund/maryland-small-business-covid-19-emergency-relief-fund-programs.
Cecil County small businesses are also eligible 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 Transit continues to operate a limited service in order to provide vital transportation for essential needs. In order to limit the number of passengers on each bus and to ensure that individuals are using public transportation for essential needs the following service modifications are being implemented:
- The Cross County Connection will continue to operate on its fixed route schedule. Effective today, additional buses will be dispatched, if necessary, to ensure that no more than 10 people are on a vehicle at any given time.
- The Glasgow Connection will transition from a fixed route service to a demand response type of service beginning on Wednesday, March 25th. The service will operate the same hours, from 5:40 a.m. until 6:20 p.m. Monday through Friday. Passengers should request a trip no less than an hour ahead of the pickup time. The demand response service will provide stop by stop service along the regular Glasgow Route and fixed route fares will be in effect.
Saturday transit service has been suspended until further notice.
Cecil County Health Department
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/.
March 23 - End of semester: Classes move online and all faculty/staff works remotely. All public events canceled through remainder of semester. 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
Cecil County Election Office
The primary election has been postponed until June 2nd. Contact the Election office at 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.
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
Questions? Please contact Jennifer Lyall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government