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Baltimore mayor cancels special events through Aug. 31

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Baltimore Mayor Jack Young announced Wednesday that he is canceling all special events through Aug. 31 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"After consultation with our public health experts, we believe this is the best move for the health of our city and its residents," Young said. "That includes everything: (July 4) fireworks, it includes the Artscape, and it includes AFRAM."

The mayor said there's a possibility that the city will revisit the decision later if the data shows it's safe to do so.

The city remains under a local stay-home order, while the state relaxed restrictions last Friday.

This report will be updated.

COVID-19 Updates and Latest News for YOU

 
Volume 5 | COVID-19 Update
 
About COVID-19
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and has not caused illness in humans before. Worldwide, COVID-19 has caused thousands of infections to date. The majority of people recover from this infection and only experience mild or moderate symptoms. Older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions have a greater risk for more serious illness.
It is easy for rumors to circulate throughout a community during a crisis. To prevent the spread of rumors and obtain information from a trusted source, you can visit Coronavirus Rumor Control.
COVIDConnect is a secure portal provided by the Maryland Department of health that is open to all Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now recovered from the disease. COVIDConnect is a place to share information, promote action, and find support. To visit COVIDConnect, click here.
At this time, it is very easy to become overwhelmed and inundated with information concerning the pandemic. Please remember to take care of yourselves physically and mentally.
If you need support please call 211 or the Baltimore City Crisis Hotline at (410) 433-5175. These resources are available 24/7 and are there to assist you with whatever you may need.
Symptoms
Commonly reported symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus include:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
Common symptoms of COVID-19 are changing as more is discovered about the disease. For an up-to-date summary of symptoms, click here.
Prevention
There is no vaccine available to prevent COVID-19 as of today. People can protect themselves and others from COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses by taking the following precautions:
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve, not your hands, when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • Know how it spreads.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when near others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently!
If you are sick or are caring for someone who is sick, you can visit The Center for Disease Control and Prevention for more information.
Maryland Cases
It continues to be one of my top priorities to demand the release of COIVD-19 positive cases in Maryland broken down by race and zip code. It is critical to know from a statewide perspective which communities need the most resources. The 21215 is one of the hardest hit zip codes in our state and we need to have a whole-of-government approach as to how we combat this virus and protect our citizens. To view a racial and geographical break down of COVID-19 cases in Baltimore City, click here.
For Maryland wide data on COVID-19 cases, visit Maryland Department of Health.
Testing
The Maryland Department of Health has created a list of frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 testing.
Click here for more information.
Self-Checker
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has created a Coronavirus Self-Checker that asks a series of questions to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care or whether or not you should be tested. To access this tool and for more information on symptoms and testing click here.
The CDC has also provided guidance to determine whether or not someone should be tested. Decisions about testing are at the discretion of state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians.
In addition to the CDC, MedStar Health now has a self-checker called "Conversa Health Conversation" which would allow you to check your status and get the necessary help is a few quick steps. The assessment is fairly quick and you will get an approximate evaluation in under 5 minutes. Plus, it can be used on your phone! Click here to access the MedStar self-checker.
Want to speak with a healthcare professional? The University of Maryland Medical System now has a Nurse Line to assist with all COVID-19 health inquires. Call 1-888-713-0711.
Testing Locations
During this time of anticipated large demand on the health care delivery system, you are asked to avoid unscheduled visits to your health care provider. It is important to call ahead. People who are mildly ill should not go to emergency departments. Mildly ill people should stay home and contact their health care provider by phone for guidance.
Like all laboratory tests, testing for COVID-19 is a clinical decision made by a health care provider. Testing for COVID-19 may not be appropriate for everyone. Testing availability will expand as more testing supplies become available.
For more frequently asked questions about COVID19 testing. Read more
Baltimore City Testing Sites
Testing sites for COVID-19 are available throughout Baltimore City. If you feel you should be tested for the coronavirus and have been pre-screened, you can visit one of the locations below. REMEMBER, you MUST have a referral to be tested! If you do not have Primary Care Physician, PLEASE CALL 211 to be pre-screened and connected to a healthcare professional that can provide you will a referral to get tested free of charge.
TESTING SITES
  • MedStar Health is providing COVID-19 testing in the parking lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
  • LifeBridge Health: Tents have been erected outside of Sinai Hosptial and Carroll Hospital for individuals to be tested for COVID-19. To be pre-screened, call the Teletriage line at (410) 601-9355.
  • Kaiser Permanente, South Baltimore: You must be a member and have a referral and appointment to receive testing.
  • Grace Hope Medical Center: Residents are able to walk up for testing, however, you still need to secure an appointment. To obtain an appointment call (410) 601-9355.
  • Pimlico Racecourse: Testing sites have been set up at Pimlico Racecourse. For now, residents are asked to call 211 to begin the process of securing an appointment to get tested at Pimlico. People will be screened on the phone about their symptoms, and if they meet certain criteria, they can be referred to the site by a doctor. Walk-ins won’t yet be accepted.
  • Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park: You must have an appointment and doctor's referral to be tested. Remember, if you do not have a doctor, call 2-1-1 where you can be pre-screened by a health professional free of charge and if applicable, receive a referral to get tested.
  • Clifton Park: This testing site is located at (2801 Street Lo Drive) and is the newest testing site in Baltimore City. You do not need a vehicle to access this site. You can walk up, however, you still need an appointment and doctor's referral to obtain a test. Again, remember to call 2-1-1 if you need to be connected to a doctor.
Food Assistance
For individuals in need of food assistance, there are food distribution sites that are located across our city to ensure our citizens do not go hungry. 
For an interactive map of meal sites throughout the city click here.
Recently, Baltimore City has announced additional efforts to ensure the citizens of Baltimore do not go hungry during these times. Please see the flyer below with information on the Grocery Box distribution sites that are now available on weekends throughout our city. Additional components of the Emergency Food Strategy include:
  • SNAP Expansion
  • Grocery Supplements
  • Urban Farm/Garden Grants
  • Community Food Distribution Grants
For more information, please visit coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov.
In addition, City Recreation Centers will provide snacks beginning at 2 PM and dinner beginning at 5 PM to 7 PM.
 
  • Seniors who participate in Eating Together in Baltimore should reserve a meal through their Eating Together Site and should call Maryland Access Point at 410-396-2273 for their pickup time.
 
  • Older adults who are not Eating Together Participants but need meals should also contact Maryland Access Point. ID or personal information will NOT be requested at food distribution sites.
Below is a list of free meal sites provided at schools and recreation centers as well as community and mobile meal sites.
The following organizations have set up food distribution sites across Baltimore City:
For more information for children and families visit bmorechildren.com.
SNAP Benefits
You may qualify to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at this time. Residents can apply for SNAP benefits online at mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us.  You may also call the Department of Human Services Call Center at 1-800-332-6347 (TTY 1-800-735-2258), available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Soon, SNAP beneficiaries will be able to use their EBT card online to purchase groceries and have them delivered. Look for upcoming information on this initiative on coronavirus.baltimore.gov.
Remember, for the months of April and May, current SNAP households will receive the maximum allotted SNAP benefits according to the household size regardless of income.
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COVID - 19 - SYMPTOMS AND TESTING

Symptoms and Testing

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, thought to be able to spread like the cold or flu through:

  • Coughing and sneezing, which creates respiratory droplets
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills or repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • In more severe cases, pneumonia (infection in the lungs)

The vast majority of people recover from this infection. Most people will have mild or moderate symptoms. Older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes, immune suppression or heart or lung disease have a greater risk for more serious illness.

 

How do I get a COVID-19 test?

COVID-19 testing is not appropriate for all patients. Generally, only patients who exhibit symptoms and are at high risk (older, underlying conditions) require a test. Symptoms include: 

  •  Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

If a patient is exhibiting symptoms and is at high risk, follow the steps below to get tested.

 

Patients – Getting a Test

Step 1: Call your health care provider. 

Remember: Patients cannot order tests for themselves. If you do not have health insurance, you can enroll through a special coronavirus enrollment period at Maryland Health Connection. If you do not have a provider, please contact the health department in your county to be connected to a provider.

Step 2: Your health care provider will order a test and help you schedule at the most convenient site. 

If your provider determines that you need a test, he or she will order the test. Tell your provider which test site is most convenient for you. The state’s major sites are listed in the table below. If you receive an order confirmation code, keep it handy.

  • If you are testing at a VEIP site (or other CRISP* site), you will receive an email or text with an order confirmation code and instructions to schedule your appointment after your provider places a test order using CRISP. After you schedule your appointment, you will receive a second email or text message confirming the appointment.
  • If you are testing at another site, you will contact the testing site directly to schedule after your provider places a test order. 

Note: Some sites charge a fee for service. 

 

Health Care Providers – Ordering a Test

Step 1: Determine if a test is appropriate for the patient.

COVID-19 testing is not appropriate for all patients. Generally, only patients who exhibit symptoms and are at high risk require a test. Please use the CDC’s testing guidance and your clinical judgment to determine if a patient needs to get tested.

Step 2: Place the test order through CRISP -or- by contacting the test site directly. 

Use the “Contact” column of the table below to determine the chosen test site’s process. Remember: You must order tests for your patients – patients cannot order tests for themselves.

  • If the patient is testing at a VEIP site (or other CRISP site), sign into CRISP’s Unified Landing Page and go to the COVID-19 test ordering tab to place an order. An email or text will be sent to the patient with a unique order confirmation code and a link to an appointment scheduling system. You will also see this information after placing the order, and either you or the patient can schedule an appointment.
  • If the patient is testing at another site, he or she will contact the testing site directly to schedule an appointment after you place a test order.

Note: Some sites charge a fee for service. 

      

Major Test Sites in Maryland (Updated 5-6-20)

Testing Site Name

Location

City

Ordering/Scheduling Contact

AllCare - Ellicott City

9396 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD, 21042

Ellicott City

410-480-9110

AllCare - Glen Echo

7307 Macarthur Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20816

Bethesda

301-825-8880

Bay Community Health

134 Owensville Rd., West River, MD 20778

West River

410-867-2200

Chesapeake Urgent Care

1071 MD-3 North, Suite 101 Gambrills, MD 21054

Gambrills

410-721-2333

Druid Hill Park

3100 Swann Dr. Baltimore, MD 21217

Baltimore

CRISP Unified Landing Page

Fast Track Urgent Care

13428 New Hampshire Ave., Colesville, MD 20904

Colesville

844-202-1532

FedEx Field

1600 FedEx Way, Landover, MD 20785

Landover

301-883-6627

Frederick Health Tollhouse

501 W. 7th St., Frederick, MD 21701

Frederick

240-215-6310

Gaithersburg Medical Center (Kaiser Permanente)

655 Watkins Mill Rd., Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Gaithersburg

240-632-4000

Internal Medicine/Specialists at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

5601 Loch Raven Blvd. Russell Morgan Building, 3rd Floor Baltimore, MD 21239

Baltimore

443-444-5600

Johns Hopkins Health

1800 Orleans St., Baltimore, MD 21287

Baltimore

443-997-9537

Kaiser Permanente Baltimore Harbor Medical Center

815 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202

Baltimore

410-637-5700

Kelly Goodman NP & Associates

Bethesda: 4701 Sangamore Rd., Suite S207 Bethesda, Maryland 20816

Bethesda

202-684-7167

Kelly Goodman NP & Associates

6100 Day Long Ln., Suite 105 Clarksville, MD 21029

Clarksville

202-684-7167

Largo Medical Center (Kaiser Permanente)

1221 Mercantile Ln., Upper Marlboro, MD 20744

Upper Marlboro

301-618-5500

Liberty Family Resource Center

3525 Resource Dr., Randallstown, MD 21133

Randallstown

CRISP Unified Landing Page

LifeBridge Health, Carroll Hospital

200 Memorial Ave., Westminster, MD 21157

Westminster

410-601-2222

LifeBridge Health, Sinai Hospital

2401 W. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215

Baltimore

410-601-2222

Medical Access Urgent Care

12321 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown, MD 20874

Germantown

301-428-1070

MedStar Bel Air Urgent Care

12 MedStar Blvd., Bel Air, MD 21015

Bel Air

410-877-8087

MedStar Belcamp Urgent Care

1321 Riverside Pkwy. Ste A1, Belcamp, MD 21017

Bel Camp

410-297-2380

MedStar Charlotte Hall Urgent Care

37767 Market Dr., Charlotte Hall, MD 20622

Charlotte Hall

301-290-1499

MedStar Chevy Chase (MACC) Urgent Care

5454 Wisconsin Ave., 401, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Chevy Chase

301-215-9440

MedStar Federal Hill Urgent Care

1420 Key Hwy., Baltimore, MD 21230

Baltimore

410-230-7820

MedStar Franklin Square Family Health Center

9101 Franklin Square Dr., Suite 205 Baltimore, MD 21237

Baltimore

443-777-2000

MedStar Gaithersburg Urgent Care

12111 Darnestown Rd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Gaithersburg

301-926-3095

MedStar Hyattsville Urgent Care

6401 America Blvd. #200, Hyattsville, MD 20782

Hyattsville

301-276-8800

MedStar Medical Group at Bethesda

6410 Rockledge Dr., Suite 401 Bethesda, MD 20817

Bethesda

301-897-5001

MedStar Medical Group at St. Clements

23511 Hollywood Rd., Suite 2 Leonardtown, MD 20650

Leonardtown

301-997-0611

MedStar Medical Group Olney Family Practice

18109 Prince Philip Dr., Suite B200 Olney, MD 20832

Olney

301-570-7770

MedStar Medical Group Primary Care at Leisure World

3305 N Leisure World Blvd., Silver Spring, MD 20906

Silver Spring

301-598-1590

MedStar Perry Hall Urgent Care

8605 Ridgleys Choice Dr., Baltimore, MD 21236

Baltimore

410-248-2310

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

25500 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown, MD 20650

Leonardtown

301-475-4911

MedStar Towson Urgent Care

6317 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212

Baltimore

443-777-6890

MedStar Waldorf Urgent Care

3064 Waldorf Market Pl., Waldorf, MD 20603

Waldorf

301-932-5960

MedStar Wheaton Urgent Care

11915 Georgia Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902

Wheaton

301-942-4505

Pimlico Race Track

5201 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215

Baltimore

2-1-1

Queen Anne’s County Health Department

1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, Talbot, MD 21679

Talbot

443-262-9900

Timonium Fairgrounds

2200 York Rd., Timonium, MD 21093

Baltimore County

CRISP Unified Landing Page

UMMS, Upper Chesapeake Hospital

500 Upper Chesapeake Dr., Bel Air, MD 21014

Bel Air

443-843-8880

Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) - Bel Air

1631 Robin Cir. #3068, Forest Hill, MD 21050

Bel Air

443-843-8880

Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) - Columbia

6340 Woodside Ct. #1071, Columbia, MD 21046

Columbia

CRISP Unified Landing Page

Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) - Glen Burnie

721 E Ordnance Rd., Curtis Bay, MD 21226

Glen Burnie

CRISP Unified Landing Page

Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) - Hagerstown

12100 Insurance Way #5176, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Hagerstown

CRISP Unified Landing Page

Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) - Owings Mills

11510 Cronridge Dr., Owings Mills, MD 21117

Owings Mills

CRISP Unified Landing Page

Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) - Prince Frederick

1035 N Prince Frederick Blvd., Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Prince Frederick

CRISP Unified Landing Page

Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) - Waldorf

28 Henry Ford Cir. #2787, Waldorf, MD 20602

Waldorf

CRISP Unified Landing Page

Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) - White Oak

2121 Industrial Pkwy., Silver Spring, MD 20904

White Oak

CRISP Unified Landing Page

Wheaton Recreation Center

11701 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20902

Silver Spring

CRISP Unified Landing Page

 

IMPORTANT NOTES: Testing site hours vary due to supply availability. Scheduling options will be provided during the scheduling process. 

*Each testing site is managed by a different operator. Some sites use Chesapeake Regional Information System (CRISP), the state’s health information exchange for test ordering and scheduling. Other sites use unique systems for test ordering and scheduling. If you have further questions about a particular site, please contact that site directly. 

The table above does not include every COVID-19 test site in Maryland. Patients may have additional testing options in their communities. Patients should work with a health care provider to determine all available testing options. 

 

Questions?

To see a list of frequently asked questions about COVID-19 testing, click here. To see a list of frequently asked questions about the Maryland Department of Health’s VEIP station drive-through testing sites, click here

If you have questions, please dial 2-1-1 or contact your local health department.

 

Clothing for Children

I hope all is well. One of our fantastic community partners has received a donation from The Children’s Place for clothes to provide to families during this pandemic. The clothes are  BRAND NEW and range from sizes 12 month-16! If you or someone you know is in need of clothes for young girls and boys please feel free to reach out to Dani at 443-845-1297.

 

Please note, interested families must make an appointment and wear a mask & gloves. Appointments are in 30 min increments. She is accepting an appointment beginning tomorrow at 11:30 am. Feel free to contact her or pass the information along to anyone in need.

 

 

 

Natasha Neale

Liaison Officer II

Environmental Control Board

BMORE Beautiful

natasha.neale@baltimorecity.gov

410-396-6909 (o) 667-203-1383 (c )

“Together we can keep Baltimore Beautiful”

 

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MIMA Weekly COVID-19 Update #6

APRIL 28TH- NAACP Baltimore City- Town Hall : Health Disparities & Economic Security

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Message from Dr. Charles Steele, Jr

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2020
Contact: Jerry Thomas
jerry@jerrythomaspr.com
(312) 414-4016
Maynard Eaton
meaton@nationalsclc.org
(404) 254-8322


The Southern Christian Leadership Conference Is Urging Governors to Avoid the Mistake of Doing A "Tuskegee Experiment" on the Poor

No One Should Be Sacrificed to Test If It is Safe for
America to Return to Business as Usual,
SCLC President Dr. Charles Steele, Jr. Says

ATLANTA - The Southern Christian Leadership Conference today issued a strong warning to the governors of Georgia, Texas and other states who are contemplating reopening their states to commerce as early as this week.

"Don't do it," said Dr. Charles Steele, Jr., president and CEO of the civil rights organization co-founded and first led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "It's too early. The medical experts and the scientists say it is too early, and we do not have the cure to end this pandemic. The governors cannot return to commerce and business as usual just to make a dollar. This is not debatable."

If the governors, which include Brian Kemp of Georgia, allow businesses to reopen on Friday, Dr. Steele said they will be subjecting poor people to a sort of Tuskegee Experiment.
In 1932, some 600 black men - nearly half that were living with syphilis - were recruited into a Public Health Service program at Tuskegee Institute with the promise of getting free medical care. During their medical visits, the men, many of whom had never visited the doctor before, were told they were being treated for "bad blood," a term for many illnesses, including syphilis, but they never received the proper treatment needed to cure their illnesses, which led to most of them dying of their initial symptoms.

"We cannot use poor people as sacrificial lambs like they did to people during the Tuskegee Experiment," Dr. Steele said. "The businesses that are being reopened are the ones where poor people have to work and put their lives at risk. We must educate the American people about what is going on. As for you governors, you should not put anyone's life or health in jeopardy, because we know the result of the coronavirus for too many people is death. No life should be offered to suffer this fate. This is like rolling the dice and you come up with snake eyes, which means you lost."

The people who will work in the fitness centers, spas, beauty parlors, bowling alleys, etc. are those who live paycheck to paycheck. They will return to work because they need the money. But Dr. Steele said the richest nation in the world can do better than put the lives of anyone at risk to see if all businesses can reopen.

"The people have always invested in the government," Dr. Steele said. "It is now time for the government to invest in the people, especially the poor people. We have the money to do this, and there is no reason the president and Congress should refuse to give whatever is needed to restore the people's physical and economic health."

Instead of allowing leisure and entertainment companies to open, Dr. Steele said governors like Kemp should be pushing for more factories so supplies and equipment can be manufactured to protect those who are putting their lives at risk for Americans and to prevent the spread of the virus.

"We closed our factories and now all of those jobs are abroad," Dr. Steele said. "We cannot even mass produce masks. We are no longer producing the things that once made us the greatest in the world."
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ABOUT THE SCLC: Established in 1957, the SCLC, whose first president was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is an international organization made up of chapters and affiliates with programs that affect the lives of all Americans: north, south, east, and west. Its sphere of influence and interests has become international in scope because the human rights movement transcends national boundaries. To arrange an interview with Dr. Steele, please contact Jerry Thomas at jerry@jerrythomaspr.com, or (312) 414-4016, or Maynard Eaton, SCLC's National Communications Director, at eaton.maynard@gmail.com, meaton@nationalsclc.org, or (404) 254- 8322.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Drive & Food Giveaway

Dear Marvin,

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, thousands of Baltimoreans are out of work and many are facing food insecurity. Team Dixon, along with City Council Candidate Joe Kane (District 14), will be conducting a Food Drive & Food Giveaway Friday April 24th (tomorrow) and Saturday April 25th.

Food Drive: We will be collecting non-perishable donations at the Dixon Campaign Headquarters from 12-5 P.M. tomorrow, Friday, April 24th. The following items are always needed (and extremely popular): Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Macaroni & Cheese, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Family Sized Boxes of Cereal, Family Sized Fruit Juice, Canned Pasta, Canned Soup, Instant Mashed Potatoes, Baby Diapers, Baby Wipes, Shampoo, Body Wash, Toothpaste and Feminine Hygiene Products.

Boxes will be set up from 12-5 P.M. outside of the Dixon Campaign Headquarters, 2330 N Howard Street in Baltimore, 21218. Masks and gloves will be required for those dropping off donations.