This page offers a number of resources that can assist residents and business owners during COVID-19. It also offers important tips.
FREE Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing in Salisbury
The Wicomico County Health Department will hold free COVID-19 testing.
This testing is open to the general public and will take place at Tabernacle of Prayer Church (143 Mitchell Rd. Salisbury, MD 21801) on Wednesday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or until tests run out). For more information, visit http://www.wboc.com/story/42196107/free-drivethru-covid19-testing-in-salisbury
Hogan and Walmart announce additional COVID-19 test sites in Maryland
Facts about Coronavirus
See the links below for more details.
Stop the spread of germs
See the links below for tips on how you can help to stop the spread of Coronavirus.
From Governor Hogan’s office
Please click the link below for an update from Governor Hogan’s office. It includes helpful resources on health insurance, filing for unemployment and more.
Click here for resources from the Maryland Department of Health: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/
Click here for a A-Z Covid-19 Resource Guide: https://governor.maryland.gov/marylandunites/
Click here for the latest news from Governor Hogan: https://governor.maryland.gov/coronavirus/
Resources & FAQ’s during COVID-19
Please see the document below from the Office of People’s Counsel.
The Office of People’s Counsel (OPC) has developed information sheets to answer questions on utility bills, bill payment and service disconnections for each gas and electric utility, and single information sheets for water services and for phone and Internet services. The organization has also provided updated information about assistance programs for those who have experienced a loss of or reduced income. They are available at www.opc.maryland.gov.
If you experience a problem related to payment plans, service disconnections or reconnections, or if you have a question, please contact OPC at DLInfo_OPC@maryland.gov. E-mails are reviewed several times a day.
No Shut Offs during the State of Emergency
Governor Hogan has issued an Executive Order that prohibits shut-offs of utilities through June 1, 2020 unless amended. For more information, click here: https://governor.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Utility-Shutoffs-and-Late-Fees-Amended-4.29.20.pdf
Pay what you can
However difficult the crisis period may be, OPC also is concerned about the “cliff” that can occur when the utility shut-off moratorium ends. OPC is strongly recommending that customers who have past-due bills or have lost income, contact their utilities and let them know about their financial situation. Ask the company to work out a payment plan during this emergency, and encourage clients to pay what they can, however little. OPC is working with our national association and national utility groups to try to avoid a post-moratorium bill payment problem.
A message from Delmarva Power
To offer continued assistance for customers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Delmarva Power is extending its customer support policies, through at least June 1, which include suspending service disconnections, waiving new late fees, and reconnecting customers who were previously disconnected.
Residents who have had their electric service previously disconnected should contact the company at 800-375-7117 to begin the re-connection process.
Customers who may be challenged in paying their bill should contact Delmarva Power Customer care as soon as possible at 800-375-7117. Delmarva Power will work closely with customers to waive late payment fees, avoid having their service shut off, discuss reconnections, and determine
eligibility for assistance programs.
Find additional information by visiting delmarva.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/delmarvapower and
on Twitter at twitter.com/delmarvaconnect. Delmarva Power’s mobile app is available at delmarva.com/mobileapp.
Meal Delivery for Somerset County Public Schools
Somerset County Public Schools will continue to provide meals for students throughout the mandated closure. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the closure, Somerset County Public Schools will deliver meals to locations throughout the county. For a list of service dates and locations, visit https://www.somerset.k12.md.us/apps/news/article/1183951.
Additional information on food availability may be found at:
Seton Center (Monday-Thursday 1-3pm)
30632 Hamden Ave.
Princess Anne, MD 21853
Living Hope Ministries
27331 Crisfield Marion Rd.
Crisfield, MD 21817
Maryland Food Bank-Find Food Map: https://mdfoodbank.org/find-food/
Department of Human Services (Social Services)
Somerset County 410-677-4200
Customer Call Center 1-800-332-6347
My DHR Website https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/dashboardClient/#/home
Dial 2-1-1 for possible assistance with essential services.
Virtual Workshop Series
Is someone you love struggling with a substance use disorder? Click here for details on a six-part virtual workshop series to educate families and loved ones about substance use disorder.
Activities and cooking practices during quarantine.
United Healthcare has provided us with this valuable information.
Even though many of us are working from home due to the COVID-19 virus, there are still plenty of health programs you can participate in. If you have school aged children who will now be in a “learn from home” environment it will be important to help them get physical activity and take care of themselves through proper nutrition and self-care activities. Encourage your family members to participate in these activities with you. We all need to make sure we are still getting in some sort of physical activity and continuing to eat healthy. Click the link below for details.
If you do not currently have a library card for Wicomico Public Libraries, get a temporary card by visiting https://eshore.polarislibrary.com/polaris/logon.aspx?src=https%3A//eshore.polarislibrary.com/polaris/patronaccount/default.aspx%3Fctx%3D35.1033.0.0.1&ctx=35.1033.0.0.1
Click “Register Now” at the top. With a temporary card, you can have access to online resources at home.
Resources and Strategies for Mental Health Providers
FREE Internet Service for two months
Internet Essentials from Comcast is offering affordable, high-speed Internet for new customers in response to the Coronavirus crisis. New customers will receive two months of free service. For more info., visit https://internetessentials.com/
Health Insurance/Special Enrollment for Uninsured Residents
Federal/State Government Resources
- June 1 is the extension due date for business returns, with due dates during the months of March, April and May 2020 for businesses filing sales and use tax, withholding tax and admissions & amusement tax. Also included are alcohol, tobacco and motor fuel excise taxes, tire recycling fee and bay restoration fee returns.
- Currently, businesses in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County are eligible to apply for SBA (US Small Business Administration) Disaster Assistance as part of the Capital Region. Visit SBA’s website, http://www.sba.gov, to apply now. Once the state of Maryland receives official designation, individual businesses can then apply directly to the SBA for loans. We will update this section as we receive more information.
- At Facebook, we’re working to keep people safe and informed about the recent outbreak of COVID-19. We know that as members of the communities you serve, businesses like yours may also be experiencing unexpected challenges, and we’re committed to providing as much support as possible. Click here to get updates on how to apply for a Facebook small business grant: https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grant
- Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and other Silicon Valley figures have launched a $5.5 million fund, COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Feeding Families, which will operate through Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. Grant will support Second Harvest of Silicon Valley; click here for more info on how to get food: https://www.shfb.org/get-food/
- Google has rolled out free access to its advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally until July 1, 2020. No special application process; click here for access details: https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/g-suite/helping-businesses-and-schools-stay-connected-in-response-to-coronavirus
- Click here for a spreadsheet of more available resources: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SRBZE2_6Nftwd02M6Oxj8MoeuZ7y93spXIgIPhkkp2w/htmlview#
Let’s redefine parenting success
Please click the link below for this helpful article.
How to talk to kids about COVID-19
Click the link below to find out how to keep your kids calm during this time.
Teens coping during COVID-19
Here’s an article with tips on how to help your teens cope with challenges from COVID-19.
Tips for Caregivers on Media Coverage of Upsetting Events
Remember that children can be negatively affected by exposure to media reports. Note these tips from caregivers on media coverage of upsetting events.
- Media coverage surrounding upsetting events can produce increased fears and anxiety in children.
- Very young children may not understand that the coverage and repetition of images from a past event are just that—they may worry and fear that the event is happening again.
- Children who were directly impacted by an event (e.g., stores looted, family member injured or witnessed the event) are most vulnerable to negative effects from media
What Parents Can Do to Help
- Make a Family Plan. Consider putting some limits on children’s exposure to media coverage of an upsetting event. The younger the child, the less exposure s/he should have. Consider if media exposure is necessary at all for a very young child. If a child is watching media, it should be with an adult who can monitor what the child sees and hears. Be sure your family has time away from media coverage for other activities.
- Watch and Discuss with Children. Let your child take the lead in bringing up what they saw or heard. Take the time to answer questions in words they can easily understand. Young children have difficulty understanding what they are seeing and hearing. Discussion can help to get a better sense of their thoughts, fears and concerns, and understanding their point of view.
- Make Time for Fun. Make time for your children to participate in fun activities with family and friends.
- Monitor Adult Conversations. It is important for you to monitor your adult conversations related to the upsetting events. Overhearing adult conversations may increase worries and fears related to the event and lead to further confusion and distress. When you need to talk about the event with another adult, have the conversation in a place where children cannot hear you.
Practices to do with Children