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Cecil County Closures and Updates Due to Novel Coronavirus - Updated for June 2, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

Post Date:06/02/2020 10:30 AM

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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
June 2, 2020

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ELKTON, MD. – To date, as reported by the Cecil County Health Department, there have been 389 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cecil County, and 266 of those confirmed cases have been released from isolation. There are 30 COVID-19-related deaths in Cecil County.

Cecil County Circuit Court
The Circuit Court for Cecil County, in accordance with the administrative order issued by Chief Judge Barbera dated May 22, 2020, has developed a local plan to reopen the Circuit Court.  We will continue our current limited operational status through June 19, 2020.

Beginning Monday, June 22, 2020 we will have all judges, judicial staff, and family magistrate working in the courthouse. The remaining Circuit Court staff will be operating at 50% capacity and the Clerk’s Office will remain closed to the public with limited exceptions through July 17, 2020.

Effective July 20, 2020 the Circuit Court for Cecil County will be open to the public and staffing will return to 100%. The administrative order issued May 22, 2020 details what types of cases will be heard through five phases of gradual return to full operational status. This gradual phased approach to reopening will culminate in the return to conducting jury trials on October 5, 2020. 

We continue to hear cases on a daily basis. Currently, most hearings are being conducted remotely with some limited exceptions when in-person appearance is required. As we progress through our plan to reopen more in-person appearances will be required, as determined by the Court. 

All administrative orders issued by Chief Judge Barbera concerning the COVID-19 emergency operation status can be found here: https://mdcourts.gov/adminorders

If you have questions about the status of your case or any other information requests, please call the Circuit Court 410- 996-1021.  We have staff available Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to assist you. 

Cecil CARES Grant Program Introduced To Support Small Businesses In Response To COVID-19
County Executive Alan McCarthy today introduced a new grant program for small businesses called Cecil CARES. This initiative will help the county’s small businesses, the backbone of Cecil County’s economy, survive through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cecil CARES is a $1 million grant program to assist for-profit small businesses, including farm operations, through this crisis. Issued at $10,000 per business, grant proceeds will be administered to the first 100 qualified and completed applications that are received. Grant applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis starting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Businesses must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Be a for-profit business in Cecil County
  • Have between 2 and 25 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees per Cecil County location that are not owners
  • Must have been in operation prior to March 9, 2020
  • Must be in good standing with the State of Maryland and Cecil County (must not currently be in default on any loans from Cecil County or delinquent on any taxes/fees owed to Cecil County)
  • Must have a combined 2019 revenue of less than $5 million among business affiliates, subsidiaries, and parent company according to a 2019 tax return or end-of-year fiscal statement, required by audit request
  • Grant proceeds may be used for working capital to support payroll, rent/mortgage, materials, utilities, or other similar expenses

“I am thoroughly pleased to be able to offer the Cecil CARES grant program to our local, small businesses,” said McCarthy. “Returning Cecil County to a robust economy where our businesses and community can thrive is one of our goals. Cecil CARES was created to aid in that process.”

Visit www.cecilbusiness.org for the Cecil CARES application and to review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Small businesses are encouraged to regularly visit www.cecilbusiness.org for information about Cecil CARES and other relevant business information, including federal and state funding assistance programs, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cecil County Public Librarycontactless pickup
As part of a phased reopening of the library system, we are happy to share that the first step will be introducing Contactless Pickup at the following locations beginning Wednesday, June 10th: Elkton, Chesapeake City, Rising Sun, and Perryville. Operating hours for Contactless Pickup and questions by phone will be: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. You can place holds beginning Monday, June 8th. For details on how the service will work, and branch contact information, visit: https://www.cecil.ebranch.info/using-your-library/contactless-pickup

Please note, regardless of the branch you normally visit, you can place holds and pick up items from any of these four Contactless Pickup locations.

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Other important links for Cecil County agencies, relating to COVID-19:

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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.

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Media Contact:
Jennifer Lyall
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government
410-996-8454 (office)
jlyall@ccgov.org

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