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Posted on: March 19, 2020

*UPDATED LINKS* Town of Capitol Heights: COVID-19 Update

The Mayor and Council of the Town of Capitol Heights are committed to sharing the most up to date and accurate information possible. As we face an uncertain future, the leadership of the town will continue to share as much information as we have available with our wonderful residents.

Work Session Meetings will be held 1st & 3rd Monday’s & Public Session Meetings will be held 2nd & 4th Monday’s @ 7:00PM

In an effort to continue to manage the business of the Town, our Mayor and Council Public and Work Sessions will be held via teleconference. The call-in number is (425) 436-6383 when prompted please enter Access Code: 813608

General Information

  • There are 14 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County at the time of this publication.  This is not unusual. Numbers will increase as testing becomes more readily available.
  • Law enforcement presence will continue to increase. Strict enforcement of public gatherings more than 10. This number is subject to change as information is updated as things are progressing.

Services

All emergency and critical services will continue The Capitol Heights Police Department (CHPD) is made of essential personnel, and they will be visible and available with proper equipment and techniques

  • The Capitol Heights Police Department have been trained and are alert for warning signs and safe practices
  • 311 & 911 have received scripts to better assist residents and properly instruct them – as well as provide a uniformed response
  • All trash & recycling services are operating as normal
  • Bulk trash is operating as normal
  • Drop off centers will remain open until further notice
  • NO utilities may be shut off during this crisis 
  • NO evictions may take place during this crisis

DoE Waste Collections

DoE Dropoff Centers

DoE Animal Facility 1

DoE Animal Facility 2


DFS - Department of Family Services

  • Working with all of the County’s nursing homes to ensure support is given
  • Working with all assisted living facilities to ensure support is given
  • Encourage calling your senior members and encourage self-quarantining and social distancing
  • Encourage calling seniors to deter feeling of isolation    

The 3 pop up food banks were a huge success. They are looking to continue and increase this as they served 600 families in 35 minutes and exhausted all resources. Clearly further services are needed and they are working to address the need. Human Services is responsible for coordinating these activities

Meal Sites English Revised 3-18-20 (PDF)

Meal Sites Spanish Revised 3-18-20 (PDF)

Grab & Go has been a huge success as well. 2,620 students were served today county-wide. An attempt to expand the program further is being explored and expected to be announced tomorrow with implementation beginning on Thursday. Currently the closest sites are:

  • Walker Mill MS
  • Suitland ES
  • Drew Freeman MS

Students are encouraged to continue all online learning and complete all assignments.

All schools and school buses are being sanitized to minimize the spread on germs.

Testing for COVID 19

  • An increase in testing including adding facilities and pop ups
  • Governor converting all emissions locations to drive thru testing sites
  • Is free to ALL residents (even if you’re uninsured)
  • Undocumented residents may get testing- still free
  • Must have a doctor referral to get tested (even at pop up locations)
  • Attempt to see your regular doctor first; if not then urgent care; ER should be last resort
  • Some doctors have ability to order tests for their office
  • As sites are added for testing, county will update through the email and website updates. Vetting is being conducted to ensure information is kept accurate

Elections

  • Primaries moved from April 28th to June 2nd
  • District 7 will still have special election on the 28th
  • Early voting is still acceptable
  • Board of elections website is being updated

Census

  • Is still open
  • Mail-outs have been delivered however, you don’t have to wait
  • Online is open and functional- only takes 10 minutes
  • County lost $363 million in revenue by poor census count
  • Go online www.my2020census.gov
  • Phone assistance is available to complete the census. They have bilingual (in several languages) assistance available. Call 1-844-330-2020.

DMV Services

Relief

  • Businesses in the county may apply as part of the Capitol Region for low interest loans. Information is being disseminated to businesses. A link to the SBA is provided. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
  • State legislation was passed to extend the sick leave and PTO- (disclaimer- he said the terms so quickly I couldn’t note the extension. I’ve sent a request for the time terms and will provide an update once received.)
  • Legislation was also passed to extend unemployment during the State of Emergency (not sure if we currently have anyone on UE as this could impact our midyear budget.)
  • Capital Food Bank will continue to work with County
  • May need volunteers to assist
  • Contact office of community engagement at 301-952-4724 to get volunteer information

Employment

For the safety of the staff and the community, most of the employees of the Town are on telework. The Town Hall Remains Closed to the Public, but the office remains open for business until further notice. Likewise, the Capitol Heights Police Department will operate on its normal schedule, but with reduced services.  Please call (301) 420-2444 for further information on the police services.

Please refer to our website at www.capitolheightsmd.gov for the most current information on Town and County Operations.  The Town phone number is (301) 336-0626. 

Until further notice, the Town Call-A-Bus will continue to operate for seniors in Capitol Heights.  The Mayor and Council recognize how important it is to support this at-risk population, and we will continue to observe stringent cleaning and sanitation practices. 

  • Prince George’s County is pushing telework for all telework eligible positions
  • Will try to keep other offices open as long as possible but researching options for full shut downs if necessary
  • Each agency (much like Federal) is operating based on its critical mission status

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. 

COVID-19_Hourly Employee Relief Fund_English (PDF)

COVID-19 Hourly Employee Relief Fund_Spanish (PDF)

Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) is closed to public. All online services are operational. A drop box is provided for residents who have electronic challenges. Only outside inspections (commercial, etc.) are being executed. All internal inspections are being deferred. Inspectors are encouraged to stay in the field and avoid office contact.

Prince George’s County Social Services is open but with limited access. Online services are available and highly encouraged

Prince George’s County Circuit Court is closed to public. Some cases are still being held. Do not report to jury duty if you are ill. There is a drop box for the Commissioner.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO STAY SAFE AND STAY IN AS MUCH ISOLATION AS YOU CAN!

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD GOVERNMENT: FACT SHEETS


COVID-19 CARES Act Fact Sheet English (PDF)

COVID-19 CARES Act Fact Sheet Spanish (PDF)

COVID-19 Hotline Flyer English (PDF)

COVID-19 Hotline Flyer Spanish (PDF)

COVID-19 Prince George’s County Factsheet - Spanish (PDF)

COVID-19 Prince George’s County Factsheet English (PDF)

COVID-19 Prince George’s County Senior Factsheet English (PDF)

COVID-19 Prince George’s County Senior Factsheet Spanish (PDF)

COVID-19 Social Distancing English (PDF)

COVID-19 Social Distancing Spanish (PDF)

C OVID19 Symptoms (PDFV

Employ Prince George’s Open for Business (PDF)

Employ Prince George’s Unemployment FAQ (PDF)

Face Mask English (PDF)

Face Mask Spanish (PDF)

Help Older Relatives English (PDF)

Help Older Relatives Spanish (PDF)

Infographic CDC Protects 508 (PDF)

Keeping Workplaces, Homes, Schools, or Commercial Establishments Safe (PDF)

Latino TeleTown Hall English updated 4-6-20 (PDF)

Latino TeleTown Hall Spanish updated 3-27-20 (PDF)

Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 FAQs

Prince George’s County Healthier-State-Of-Mind_English (PDF)

Prince George’s County Healthier-State-Of-Mind_Spanish (PDF)

PGPD Crime Reporting English (PDF)

PGPD Crime Reporting Spanish (PDF)

Sick with 2019 nCoV CDC Factsheet (PDF)

Stop the Spread of Germs (PDF)



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