Cecil County Closures and Updates Due to Novel Coronavirus - Updated for May 22, 2020, 10:45 a.m.
In early March 2020, at the request of County Executive Alan McCarthy, the Cecil County COVID-19 Joint Information Center (JIC) was formed as a means to provide consolidated and thorough information to the citizens of Cecil County. The JIC is comprised of more than 30 public information officials and communication leads for agencies throughout the county. The JIC is led by Jen Lyall, Public Information Officer/Cecil County Government, and Michelle Lloyd, Deputy Emergency Manager/Department of Emergency Services, with the support and direction of Chief Richard Brooks, Director of Emergency Services.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2020
ELKTON, MD. – To date, as reported by the Cecil County Health Department, there have been 353 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cecil County, and 212 of those confirmed cases have been released from isolation. There are 23 COVID-19-related deaths in Cecil County.
Cecil County Public Schools
Please note meal distribution changes for next week!
Cecil County Health Department
The Health Department has created a document entitled Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Other Organizations, and it is available online at: http://cecilcountyhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/dlm_uploads/2020/05/Reopening-Guidance-for-Businesses-and-Other-Organizations-5.19.2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0as-fpUXeSt5CiLF3UKajy-FqfI7vIgQw-phCAczbt15JbvgRoHLb9Ga8.
Guidelines for Faith Communities from the Cecil County Health Officer Lauren Levy
As we enter Stage One of the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery, I wanted to reach out to you to ensure that you are aware of the new guidelines for faith communities, and provide some additional recommendations to help keep your congregations safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The Executive Order issued May 13th states that religious facilities may open to the general public on May 15th at 5:00 p.m. provided that the number of persons permitted at any time does not exceed 50% of maximum occupancy.
As you reopen your facilities, I urge you to adopt additional measures recommended by the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives workgroup of faith-based leaders to ensure the safety of your congregations. These include:
· Limiting attendance to the number of people who can fit into your worship space while maintaining a distance of at least 7 feet between individuals or family groups;
· Wearing face masks;
· Taking non-contact temperature at the door (preferred) or at home and asking anyone with a fever (100.4⁰ F or higher) to remain at home;
· Refraining from congregational singing. Singing dramatically increases the risk of transmitting COVID;
· Sanitizing contact surfaces before and after worship;
· Scheduling multiple, shorter services;
· Continuing faith-based ministerial visits following public health guidelines; and
· Ensuring that sick congregants, or those exposed to someone who is sick, remain at home for at least two weeks.
To read the letter in its entirety, visit: http://cecilcountyhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/dlm_uploads/2020/05/Letter-to-Faith-Community.pdf
Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties was recently featured on Good Morning America regarding emergency childcare for essential employees. A good portion of the footage was shot at the site in North East, Maryland. WOW! Take a look: https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/living/story/boys-girls-clubs-step-essential-workers-front-lines-70779423?fbclid=IwAR3KU78NFLMOKGxAx-mHvW5onHL9ifhjukHRs4DY3VhlN0t0zV5WW6_0kXo
I-95 At Belvidere Road Transportation Improvement Study – Virtual Project Update
The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is conducting a NEPA study to identify potential improvements to Interstate 95 (I-95), Belvidere Road, and other nearby transportation facilities between MD 272 and MD 222 in Cecil County, Maryland. The study area is within proximity of major Mid-Atlantic metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MDTA has created a virtual project update. Check it out online: https://mdta.maryland.gov/Capital_Projects/I-95_At_Belvidere_Road_Study/Home
Please visit your local municipality's website, and/or social media pages, for information specific to your town:
To stay current on developments regarding the Novel Coronavirus on the following federal and state websites:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Maryland Department of Health
- The Office of Governor Hogan
- Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center
Cecil County Government
Though Cecil County work sites remain closed (except for essential employees), we continue to provide many services to the public. Citizens who have questions regarding Cecil County Government services should call 410-996-5200, and follow the directions given. The vestibule at the Administration Building remains open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to allow for drop-off and pick-ups for Permits, Finance, Housing, Purchasing, Land Use, and Public Works. Please make sure your documents are clearly marked with name/organization and contact information.
- All Cecil County Solid Waste Management Division facilities are open for normal operations. This includes the Central Landfill, Woodlawn, and Stemmers Run Transfer Stations.
- In addition, citizens are reminded that they can access the www.ccgov.org website, and follow on social media, to obtain further information and direction on items of interest.
COVID-19 continues to be a community-spread pandemic. Please remain vigilant and safe in your day-to-day activities as every person we come in contact with is a potential risk to our health. Please stay home when possible, continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands often, sanitize frequently Touched surfaces, and sneeze/cough into a tissue or your elbow.
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government