This page offers a number of resources that can assist residents and business owners during COVID-19. It also offers important tips. 

 

COVID-19 Testing

The Somerset County Health Department will hold testing as follows:

Aug. 18, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Somers Cove Marina Grounds at 715 Broadway in Crisfield

Aug. 25, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Deal Island Elementary at 23275 Lola Wheatley Rd. in Deal Island

For more information, visit https://somersethealth.org/community-health-services/coronavirus-covid-19/

Hogan and Walmart announce additional COVID-19 test sites in Maryland

http://www.wboc.com/story/42164093/hogan-and-walmart-announce-additional-covid19-test-sites-in-maryland

Utilities

Delmarva Power has seen an increase in reports of individuals calling Delmarva Power customers and falsely claiming their electric or gas service will be disconnected unless payment is made. See this Delmarva Power 2020 Fact Sheet for details on how to avoid getting scammed.

DPL Fact Sheet_SCAMS 2020

Facts about Coronavirus

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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.

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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.

An update from Governor Larry Hogan

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/

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.

Additional Assistance

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.

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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.

Take the time to complete as many boxes as you can over the next couple of weeks

Library Card

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

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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

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Federal/State Government Resources

  • 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/
  • 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.

Let’s Redefine Parenting ‘Success’ Right Now

How to talk to kids about COVID-19

Click the link below to find out how to keep your kids calm during this time.

Talking to kids about the Coronavirus

Teens coping during COVID-19

Here’s an article with tips on how to help your teens cope with challenges from COVID-19.

https://www.healthychildren.org/english/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/pages/teens-and-covid-19.aspx (English)

https://www.healthychildren.org/spanish/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/paginas/teens-and-covid-19.aspx (Spanish)

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

Mindfulness exercises for toddlers and preschoolers