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|
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.
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 will be signing 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
Updated by PGCFEC on June 6, 2020 @ 12:30 PM - 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.
Food Assistance & Meals Sites:
- Brighter Bites Food Distribution English (PDF)
- Brighter Bites Food Distribution Spanish (PDF)
- Restaurant Concierge Flyer (PDF)
- SNAP Online English (PDF)
- SNAP Online Spanish (PDF)
- SNAP Expansion Spanish (PDF)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Update (PDF)
- Parks and Recreation School Lunches (PDF)
- 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.
Prince George’s County, MD: Full Phase Two Reopening
Monday, June 29, 2020, at 5:00 PM, Prince George’s County will enter a full phase two reopening. This decision was made under the advice of public health officials and the data that the County has been monitoring, including continued downward trends in the number of new COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations.
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 learn more information about the modified phase one reopening, read the County Executive’s Executive Order.
- June 25: Press Release: County Executive Alsobrooks Announces Full Phase Two Reopening for Prince George’s County on June 29 / Spanish (PDF)
- June 11: Press Release County Executive Announces Modified Phase Two Reopening For Prince George’s County On June 15 / Spanish(PDF)
- Prince George’s County Phased Reopening
Free Meals - Breakfast, lunch and a snack are being provided at the following local locations:
- Bradbury Heights Elementary
- Walker Mill Middle School
- Carmody Hill Elementary
- John Bayne Elementary
For a full list of locations serving meals for students please visit the Maryland State Department of Education - Maryland Meals Site https://mars.msde.maryland.gov/mars_sitesearch/.
Child Care - Essential personnel working in response to the COVID-19 pandemic who require childcare are immediately able to register for childcare options by calling 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/.
- Child Care for Essential Workers During COVID-19_English (PDF)
- Child Care for Essential Workers During COVID-19_Spanish (PDF)
GRAB & GO PLAY - Starting May 8, 2020, 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
PGCPS Distance Learning - On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Karen Salmon announced that all Maryland public schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. For more information please visit https://www.pgcps.org/.
March 30 - June 15, 2020: Distance-Learning-At-A-Glance
Prince George’s County Public Schools Virtual Summer Learning Program - Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Virtual Summer Learning Programs offer students opportunities for acceleration, enrichment, credit recovery, or original credit during the summer. In Summer 2020, all programs will be offered virtually and there are no fees to participate. For more information visit https://www.pgcps.org/summerprograms/.
Summer Food Service Program Starts on June 29 - Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will end the current two-day meal distribution program Wednesday, June 17. Following a one-week break to complete year-end activities, PGCPS will operate the annual Summer Food Service Program from Monday, June 29 through Thursday, August 13.
“Grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals will be available Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at 87 school sites and 12 apartment complexes. To view a list of sites, click here.
To bridge the gap in meal service, PGCPS families can access seven community sites from Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26. The sites will offer lunch and a snack from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Updates to services and sites will be provided as information becomes available. For more information, visit www.pgcps.org/foodandnutrition.
For those in need of health insurance Maryland Health Connection currently has COVID-19 Special Enrollment 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://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/symptoms-testing.
- COVID-19 Testing in Prince George’s County, MD - English (PDF)
- COVID-19 Testing in Prince George’s County, MD - Spanish (PDF)
A new special enrollment period is now open to all Marylanders in need of health insurance during the State of Emergency. To enroll through Maryland Health Connection visit https://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/. Free consumer assistance is available by calling 1(855) 642-8572.
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 Eviction/Foreclosure Suspension notice for more information.
Temporary, Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) is available to help with rent and utility payments for tenants whose employment income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. This assistance may help prevent arrears and late fees from accumulating and prevent evictions from occurring. Depending upon need, applicants may be eligible for a maximum of up to $1,800.00 per month for a maximum of up to 3 months of emergency rental assistance. Due to an overwhelming response, this program is temporarily closed. Please check back periodically for updates. To see if you are eligible, how to apply and documentation required please visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3471/COVID-19-Emergency-Rental-Assistance.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CLOSED)
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 20 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Testing for COVID-19
Testing - A healthcare provider must order COVID-19 testing. If you think you may need to be tested or if you have any questions concerning COVID-19 testing, visit Maryland Department of Health-COVID-19 FAQ’s to receive all information needed.
Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks issued an executive order extending countywide stay-at-home restrictions through June 15, 2020. See the Prince George’s County Modified Phase Two Reopening here.
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.
Prince George’s County offers free COVID-19 Resources including factsheets, FAQs, infographics, videos, and county updates for more information.
For more information please visit our Census 2020 page.
DMV 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.
Vehicle Emissions stations remain closed, 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.
Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Prince George’s County Board of Elections will be closed to the public until further notice.
Presidential Primary Update (Friday, June 18, 2020): The Prince George’s County Board of Elections 2020 Presidential Primary Election Results Have Been Certified (June 17, 2020).
2020 PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION DATES
General Election - November 3, 2020 from 7 am until 8 pm.
Early Voting for the General Election - Thursday, October 22, 2020 through Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 8 am until 8 pm.
The next board meeting will be Monday July 13, 2020 at 5:30 pm via teleconference.
Dial in information for the public will be posted prior to the meeting.
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/
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
On May 13, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan announced the beginning of Stage One of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ which includes moving from a Stay at Home order to a Safer at Home public health advisory and the gradual reopenings of retail, manufacturing, houses of worship, and some personal services.
FROM THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR LARRY HOGAN
SAFER AT HOME. Effective Friday, May 15, at 5:00 pm, Maryland will move from a ’Stay at Home’ order to a ’Safer at Home’ public health advisory.
Marylanders, particularly older and more vulnerable Marylanders, are strongly advised to continue staying home as much as possible. Employers should continue to encourage telework for their employees when possible. Individuals who can work from home should continue to do so. Maryland citizens should continue wearing masks in indoor public areas, retail stores, and on public transportation. Additionally, Marylanders should continue practicing physical distancing, continue avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, keep washing their hands often, and frequently sanitize high-touch areas.
LOCAL FLEXIBILITY FOR JURISDICTIONS.
Governor Hogan’s ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ provides a flexible and community-based approach which empowers county leaders to make decisions regarding the timing of Stage One reopening in their individual jurisdictions. Read the new order here.
Governor Hogan announced that retail stores may reopen at up to 50 percent capacity, with curbside pickup and delivery strongly encouraged, and all public health precautions in place. Examples of businesses that may reopen include clothing and shoe stores, pet groomers, animal adoption shelters, car washes, art galleries, and bookstores. Guidance and best practices for retail stores.
Governor Hogan announced manufacturing may resume operations in a safe manner which protects the health of employees, with guidelines encouraging multiple shifts and other safety precautions. Guidance and best practices for manufacturing.
CHURCHES AND HOUSES OF WORSHIP.
Churches and houses of worship may begin to safely hold religious services, at up to 50 percent capacity, with outdoor services strongly encouraged. Religious leaders are strongly urged to do everything possible to keep their congregants safe, and particularly to protect the elderly and vulnerable within their congregations. Guidance and best practices for religious services.
Some personal services, including barber shops and hair salons, may reopen with up to 50 percent capacity, by appointment only and with appropriate health and safety guidelines. Guidance and best practices for personal services.
BACK TO BUSINESS.
Businesses that adopt all safety guidelines are encouraged to take a ‘Back to Business’ pledge. Take the pledge here.
On April 24, 2020, Governor Hogan was joined for press conference by Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz.
Foundation for Recovery Plan.
The ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ incorporates the principles of the National Governors Association’s ‘Roadmap to Recovery, utilizes the guidelines that were issued by the White House, and takes into account much of the work of the recovery plans published by the American Enterprise Institute and Johns Hopkins.
As Governor Hogan announced on Wednesday, Maryland has made considerable progress on the four building blocks that needed to be firmly in place before the state can consider lifting restrictions:
- Expanded testing capacity
- Increased hospital surge capacity
- Ramping up supply of PPE
- Robust contact tracing operation
Data Trends - To determine when a recovery can begin, Maryland officials will focus on the rate of hospitalizations and the number of patients admitted to ICU. If these numbers continue to plateau, Maryland could be ready to begin the recovery in early May. Marylanders can access this data daily at coronavirus.maryland.gov.
The ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ is divided into three stages:
STAGE ONE calls for lifting the stay-at-home order, and involves business, community, religious, and quality of life improvements.
Examples of changes that could be implemented in this stage include:
- Reopening of small shops and certain small businesses
- Curbside pickup and drop-off for businesses
- Elective medical and dental procedures at ambulatory, outpatient, and medical offices
- Limited attendance outdoor religious gatherings
- Recreational boating, fishing, golf, tennis, hiking, and hunting
- Reopening of car washes
- Limited outdoor gym and fitness classes
- Outdoor work with appropriate distancing measures
- Some personal services
STAGE TWO will likely be a longer stage of the initial recovery, but will also be the stage when a large number of businesses and activities come back online. Any businesses that reopen during this period would need to comply with strict physical distancing and appropriate safety protocols.
Examples of changes that could be implemented in this stage include:
- Raising the cap on social gatherings
- Indoor gyms and fitness classes
- Childcare centers
- Normal transit schedules
- Indoor religious gatherings
- Reopening of restaurants and bars with restrictions
- Elective and outpatient procedures at hospitals
Will involve instituting higher-risk activities, but there is no realistic timeline yet for achieving this level.
Examples of changes that could be implemented in this stage include:
- Larger social gatherings
- Reopening of high-capacity bars and restaurants
- Lessened restrictions on visits to nursing homes and hospitals
- Reopening of entertainment venues
- Larger religious gatherings
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.