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Prince George’s County is opening a quarantine facility for residents who are tested for COVID-19 by our Health Department but are not able to safely quarantine or self-isolate at home. Residents may also be eligible for this facility if they live with a person 65 years or older who has an underlying health condition. To qualify, residents must be tested at a Health Department testing facility. The County will provide infection control methods to help prevent further transmission, food, access to medications for other health conditions, social services, transportation to any needed medical care, and needed medical evaluations. As a reminder, residents must schedule an appointment to be screened for COVID-19 at our testing site by calling our hotline at 301-883-6627.
COVID-19 Screening and Testing
The Prince George’s County Health Department’s Cheverly Clinic is open from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday. Testing continues to be by appointment only, and residents wishing to make an appointment should call the County’s COVID-19 hotline at 301-883-6627. Residents can be seen at this facility regardless of insurance coverage, and screening and testing is free. For more information about testing in Maryland visit coronavirus.maryland.gov.
Health Insurance Enrollment Deadline Extended
If you do not have health insurance, you can enroll through a special coronavirus enrollment period at Maryland Health Connection (marylandhealthconnection.gov). The deadline to enroll has been extended to June 15, 2020.
To enroll over the telephone in Prince George’s County, call 301-927-4500 Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 3 PM. To enroll online, please click here. Free consumer assistance is available by calling 1-855-642-8572, from 8 AM to 6 PM on weekdays.
Individuals can also download the free “Enroll MHC” mobile app.
The Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD) may have information or resources to help you care for your health so you can better manage anxiety during this challenging time (mhamd.org/coronavirus). If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, call 2-1-1, then press 1 to connect with help — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Mental Health Awareness Month Webinars
In recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month, Prince George’s County Health & Human Services and the County Executive’s Health and Human Services team is hosting a series of virtual mental health mini-webinars. Sessions will be held every Thursday throughout the month of May and are open to the entire community. Zoom link: https://bit.ly/MentalHealthWebinars
11:00 a.m. Managing Stress and Staying Connected During COVID-19
12:00 p.m. Community Meeting for Mental Health Awareness Month (hosted by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks)
10:00 a.m. Emotional Self-Care for First Responders
12:00 p.m. Youth Wellness and Coping
11:00 a.m. Grief and Vicarious (Indirect) Trauma
12:00 p.m. Early Childhood and Social Emotional Health
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program is now accepting applications to help with rent and utility payments for Prince George’s County residents whose employment income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. This temporary assistance may help prevent arrears and late fees from accumulating. Depending upon need, applicants may be eligible for a maximum of up to $1,800 per month for a maximum of up to 3 months of emergency rental assistance. Visit mypgc.us/renthelp to determine if you are eligible for the program, what supporting documentation is needed, and to apply. Applicants can also call 211 or 301-864-7161 to apply.
Rent & Mortgage Guidance
Residential foreclosures and evictions are currently suspended, which means renters cannot be evicted if they do not have the resources to pay rent during this crisis. The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development has provided some additional guidance for homeowners on forbearance provisions outlined in the CARES Act. Please click here (or see attached memo).
Small Business Relief Information
There are numerous local and national programs for businesses in need of emergency support. The Maryland Business Relief Wizard (reliefwizard.net) is a tool that helps connect businesses with the resources and programming for which they’re eligible.
PGCPS Student Meals
Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) students can pick up a week’s worth of “grab and go” meals. Students can get meals for two days on Mondays and three days on Wednesdays. Breakfast, lunch and a snack are available at 43 sites (pgcps.org/coronavirus/meal-sites/). Parents may now pick up meals for students who are unable to come to the site by showing a student ID or report card. Meals are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents and guardians are not required to accompany students nor are students required to show ID.
Information on meal sites for other MARYLAND counties can be found at mdhungersolutions.org.
Parents/guardians and students can access the Prince George’s County Memorial Library Homework Support Suite for free resources to support virtual learning, including live tutoring and practice standardized tests. Click here or visit pgcmls.info/homework-help.
Grab & Go Play
Starting May 8, the Department of Parks and Recreation is giving out free leisure kits at 3 community centers in Prince George’s County. Each kit includes fun items for kids such as jump ropes, chalk, art kits, games, and more! Visit any of the 3 community centers listed below every Friday from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Marlow Heights Community Center: 2800 St. Clair Drive, Marlow Heights, MD 20748
Oakcrest Community Center: 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd., Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Glenarden Community Center: 8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden, MD 20706
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