COVID-19 Information & Updates
|COVID-19 Local, State & Federal Resources & Information|
|Prince George's County, MD: Coronavirus (COVID-19)|
|The Office of Governor Larry Hogan: COVID-19 Response|
|USA.gov: Government Response to COVID-19|
|Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Coronavirus Disease 2019|
Prince George’s County Relaunch of Emergency Rental Assistance Program on Thursday, March 4, 2021 Read on...
The County is currently in Phase 1C of its COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan. Read on...
The Mayor & Council would like to thank you for choosing the Town of Capitol Heights as your home! As a Town, we recognize the substantial need for services and resources during these difficult times. We wanted to reach out to you all and provide you with Town updates as well as local, county and state resources.
To receive updates and information regarding COVID-19 visit ourCOVID-19 Information & Resources: News & Announcements and subscribe to receive notifications from the Town by clicking ’Notify Me’.
The Town administrative offices will operate on its normal schedule. If you are in need of general assistance, please call Town Hall at (301) 336-0626. Please refer to our website at www.capitolheightsmd.gov for the most current information on Town and County operations.
The Capitol Heights Police Department (CHPD) is made of essential personnel and will be visible and available with proper equipment and techniques. All CHPD officers have been trained and are alert for warning signs and safe practices. For questions and information on available police services please call (301) 420-2444.
The Mayor & Council have signed an emergency ordinance to request more authority for the Council to enforce laws and requesting more financial support for residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
FOOD ASSISTANCE RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES AND RESIDENTS
Members and partners of the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council have compiled resources to help local families who are impacted by the school and government closures related to COVID-19. They will continue to post breaking news and updates through their social media accounts. Please follow them at @pgcfec on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Stand Up & Deliver (COVID-19 Donations) - Prince George’s County has created an innovative and targeted solution to lend a helping hand, safely assist where needed, and to build capacity for community-based organizations and small businesses to address the food insecurity and basic needs of Prince George’s County residents. For more information please visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3451/Stand-Up-Deliver-COVID-19-Donations.
Vaccine Update 2/16/2021
The Six Flags COVID-19 vaccination site in Prince George’s County is operated by the State of Maryland and it is open to any eligible Marylander.
For updates on appointment availability at Six Flags and other state-run vaccination sites, please visit: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine
If individuals text “MDREADY” to 898-211, they will receive text notifications on their smartphones regarding updates about Six Flags and the State’s other mass vaccination sites.
The State has also launched a COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center where Marylanders can get help scheduling vaccination appointments at the State’s mass vaccination sites, including Six Flags America. Individuals can also get information on COVID-19 vaccines and help finding vaccination providers closest to their homes. The number is 1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829). It will operate seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The center is specifically designed to assist residents without Internet access.
VACCINE PHASED DISTRIBUTION
PHASE 1C: The Prince George's County Health Department is currently in Phase 1C for pre-registration only.
*Individuals in prior phases are still eligible to sign up to receive vaccines as we move to additional phases.
COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed through a phased, equitable approach to the most at-risk populations first. Vaccination efforts will continue until every Prince Georgian is able to get the vaccine. The department may need to prioritize some groups further within these phases based on vaccine availability and distribution abilities.
Prioritization of those vaccinated in each phase is based on recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) as well as state guidance and is subject to change. A person’s eligibility to receive the vaccine is based on the current distribution phase the County is in.
Individuals who live or work in Prince George’s County must fill out the pre-registration form. As vaccine appointments become available, individuals who are eligible will receive an email from the Health Department with a link and instructions on how to make a vaccine appointment. COVID-19 vaccines are offered by appointment only.
Each new phase will begin when the current phase meets its targeted goal, and vaccine supply will drive how long each phase takes. Please visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3730/COVID-19-Vaccination for more information and updates.
Click link for COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Resources.
Prince George’s County, MD: Full Phase Two Reopening
The County is currently in phase 2 of reopening. New measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will go into effect on Wednesday, December 16 at 5:00 PM, under Executive Order 27-2020. The ban on indoor dining will be lifted on Friday, January 29, 2021 at 12:00 PM.
As a part of the full phase two reopening, residents are still encouraged to exercise caution and stay home as much as possible to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is important to continue to wash your hands frequently, practice physical distancing, and wear a face-covering in all stores and on public transportation. To see the latest Prince George's County news, press releases, executive order and updates visit the Prince George's County, MD: Coronavirus Updates Center.
For more Prince George's County, MD COVID-19 updates please visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3397/Coronavirus.
Meals During Distance Learning - Effective Wednesday, September 2, 2020 free meals will be available for pickup to all children 2 to 18 years old on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM (except holidays).
Children picking up meals do not have to show any form of identification. Adults picking up meals without children should show a student ID or most recent report card to support the number of meals requested.
Visit https://www.pgcps.org/reopen-pgcps/distance-learning/meals for more information. Updates to services and sites will be provided as information becomes available. For more information, visit www.pgcps.org/foodandnutrition.
Child Care - If you or someone you know are in need of child care the Maryland Family Network LOCATE: Child Care offers free and confidential referral services that will help you to find the best child care for you and your family. If you are in need of child care call the Maryland Family Network LOCATE: Child Care office at 1-877-261-0060. To see if you are eligible visit http://www.marylandfamilynetwork.org/programs-services/locate/.
Back to School 2020: Reopen PGCPS - On February 17, 2021, CEO Dr. Monica Goldson announced her plan to safely and responsibly reopen Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) for the 2021-22 academic year. In April, they will implement a hybrid learning schedule, where students can split their time between in-person and remote learning, and that families may opt into. We believe this plan prioritizes health, safety, equity and excellence. View their reopening plan here. For more information please visit https://www.pgcps.org/reopen/.
COVID-19 Child Care Recovery Program for Businesses - THE APPLICATION IS CLOSED
The Child Care Provider Recovery Program provides grants to child care centers that have had to close their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many child care programs in the County had to close its doors due to lack of revenue and newly established state and local health and safety guidelines. Unfortunately, these closures resulted in a substantial decrease in the number of available, quality child care seats for Prince George’s County families.
Child Care providers in Prince George’s County may apply for grants to cover reopening expenses through the Child Care Provider Recovery Program. Eligible child care providers may receive a grant up to $20,000 for licensed child care centers and up to $3,000 for registered family child care homes.
Applications are currently closed. To learn more and receive updates please visit: https://www.pgcedc.com/covid-child-care-recovery
The coronavirus emergency special enrollment period is now open. You can enroll any time of year if you’re eligible for Medicaid or if you’ve recently had certain qualifying life events, like losing your job or turning 26. through Maryland Health Connection, open for Prince George’s County residents. Phone assistance is available Monday - Friday from 8:00AM - 6:00PM by calling 1(855) 642-8572.
COVID-19 Screening Appointments - As of May 4, 2020, the Prince George’s County Health Department’s COVID-19 community screening and testing operation will take place at the Cheverly Health Center located at 3003 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, MD 20785. YOU MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. The Cheverly Health Center will accommodate both drive-thru and foot traffic. Signage and traffic control personnel will direct patients through the site. To schedule an appointment please call (301)883-6627. For additional testing locations statewide, visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3472/COVID-19-Testing.
- COVID-19 Testing in Prince George’s County, MD - English (PDF)
- COVID-19 Testing in Prince George’s County, MD - Spanish (PDF)
Mental Health and Behavioral Health Resources
If you or a loved one is experiencing signs of severe depression, anxiety, or substance misuse call 211 and dial option 1, which will direct you to the Maryland crisis hotline. Or text the word- HOME to 741741 for support.
Food resources in the County- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several food pantries have been setup throughout Prince George’s County and within neighboring jurisdictions. To find the nearest food pantry visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3424/Food-Pantry-Locations
Housing - An Administrative Order issued by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, says "all evictions or foreclosures will be suspended until further notice." See Guidance for Rental Tenants Affected by COVID-19 notice for more information.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program Relaunch (ERA) the Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) relaunch opened Thursday, March 4, 2021. This program offers relief to landlords on behalf of renters experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic through the re-launch of its Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). This assistance may help prevent arrears and late fees from accumulating and prevent evictions from occurring. To see if you are eligible, how to apply and documentation required please visit the Emergency Rental Assistance Program website.
Yard Waste - As of May 4, 2020, all yard waste will be collected separately from the residential trash collection. Yard Waste is collected every Monday, all residents must have items out by 6AM on the day of collection. Make sure to have waste in a county approved biodegradable bag.
Bulk Trash - Bulk Trash Requests will be limited until September 1, 2020. Due to the high volume of collections, Bates Trucking must limit the bulk collections to 25 homes per collection day. Residents will be on a first call first served basis. Once the bulk list for your municipality is full residents will be advised to call back for the following week’s collection. Bates Trucking will resume regular bulk trash services for all municipalities starting September 1, 2020. For more information please click here.
To schedule an appointment call 301-773-2069; Thursdays 9:00 am - Tuesdays 2:00 pm to get on the bulk trash list that Wednesday’s service. Appointments can also be scheduled online. Only 3 bulk items are permitted per week. Clothing, books, shoes, household items (i.e. pots, pan, utensils, etc.) should be placed into a box or bag (3 boxes = one item, 5 bags = one item).
How to Obtain Bulk Services On-Line
All residents in Municipalities that use Bates Trucking to provide their Bulk Trash Services can put in your request on-line. CLICK HERE to go directly to our Request for Service page under the Customer Center tab. Select ’Bulk Trash Service’ when you get to the Service Type and don’t forget to list up to three (3) bulk items in the Comments Section.
|Large Bulk Items Include:||Small Bulk Items Include:|
• Dining Room Table & Chairs
• Deep Freezers
• Floor Model TVs
• Lawn Mowers
• Mattresses & Box Springs (covered)
• Small TVs
• Single Chairs
• Broken Trash Cans
• Gardening Tools
• Mini Refrigerators
Text Message Updates - To receive alerts, tips, and resources related to COVID-19 and other threats and hazards affecting (or that may affect Maryland) text "MdReady" to 898211.
(To be eligible for the Senior Nutrition Program, an individual must be a Prince George’s County resident and be at least 60 years of age, or have a spouse that is 60 year of age and attends Senior Nutrition Program)
Free Meals - The County will begin delivering seven frozen meal packs to seniors who receive meals at the Department of Family Services, Senior Nutrition Program sites between the hours of 10:00AM – 4:00PM. For more information about senior food delivery visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/1723/Nutrition-Services, or call the Senior Nutrition Program at (301) 265-8475.
Senior Call Check - Provide peace of mind by registering a senior living at home alone into the free Senior Call Check Program. To register, call 1(866) 50-CHECK. Visit the Maryland Department of Aging website at https://aging.maryland.gov/Pages/senior-call-check.aspx for more info.
TOWN OFFERED SERVICES
Food Distribution - First Baptist Church of Capitol Heights will distribute food and provide informational resources to Town residents in need of assistance. For more information and to RSVP please contact Councilwoman Rhonda Akers at (301) 793-0367 or by email at email@example.com.
Transportation - Prince George’s County Call-A-Bus Service - The Town of Capitol Heights Call-A-Bus is no longer in use due to COVID-19, we are deferring to the Prince George’s County Call-A-Bus. Service is available to all residents of Prince George’s County who are not served by, or cannot use, existing bus or rail services. However, priority is given to seniors and persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities must provide their own escort, if needed. Service animals are allowed for the visually impaired. For service, please call the Prince George’s County Call-A-Bus at (301) 499-8603. See the Declaration of a Local State of Emergency.
Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks signed an executive order effective Wednesday, April 15, 2020, requiring that all Prince George’s County residents and visitors must wear face coverings in grocery stores and while riding "The Bus", the County transit system. (You may cover your face with a mask, homemade mask, bandana or scarf).
PLEASE DON’T FORGET: You must still practice social distancing guidelines - six (6) feet of distance between yourself and others.
DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICES
The following MDOT MVA branch offices are open to customers by APPOINTMENT ONLY. All customers and staff will be required to answer three health screening questions prior to accessing the branch. View the questions here. For more information visit https://mva.maryland.gov/Pages/announcements.aspx.
ALL VEIP stations in Maryland will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021., however customers can use one of the 24-hour VEIP self-serve kiosks in the meantime.
To make an appointment visit our Central Scheduling System.
Transactions that will be available for scheduling include:
• learner’s permits,
• commercial driving tests,
• non-commercial driving tests,
• renewing driver’s license and identification cards and
• title work.
For a list of FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about MDOT MVA operations and policies during COVID-19, click here.
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Employ Prince George’s, the Greater Washington Community Foundation, and Partners, have launched the Prince George’s County COVID-19 Hourly Employee Relief Fund. This fund provides $200 cash cards to Prince George’s County residents who were recently laid off due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. For more information please visit https://employpgedge.com/. (Due to funding, the COVID-19 Hourly Employee Relief Fund application is currently closed).
Relief - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. U.S. Small Business Administration has declared D.C.— including Prince George’s County— as an economic disaster area. For more information please visit https://www.pgcedc.com/covid19.
MARYLAND STRONG: ROADMAP TO RECOVERY
The Roadmap contemplates offering some flexibility to health officers of county and municipal governments, and considering regional differences in COVID-19 conditions. See the full Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery here.