Given the current situation, and its attendant unknowns, we all need to do everything in our power to stop the spread of this virus. And, we absolutely must abide by the instructions of our physicians and infectious disease experts, and not rely on things we may read or hear.

Simply put, we need to shut down all non-essential activities for all people . A 10-person legal limit on gatherings is a ceiling and not a floor. Ideally, there should be no public gatherings of any size. There should be no interactions that require anyone to be within 6 feet of another person. The only exceptions to this rule should be short stops, on an as-needed basis, to pharmacies, grocery stores, doctors’ offices and other essential businesses.

We should not be waiting an additional day or week for the implementation of new standards, but rather learn from the mistakes of other jurisdictions that took too long to prevent the spread of this virus. The fact is that there are many people carrying the virus who have just not been identified yet. And, the spread of the virus is exponential. We need to act now!

With a possible exception for children of healthcare workers, backyard camps, pop-up daycare centers, or even group play dates completely undermine everything we are doing to remedy the situation. Religious ceremonies or gatherings should be curtailed to the greatest extent possible.

This is a severe situation, different than anything that any of us have seen in our lifetimes. And, yet, it is in our hands to act and effect a difference.

Dear Neighbors,As Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Councilman Schleifer has been working with the Chair of the Health Committee; Councilman Burnett, The Mayor’s Office, The Council President’s Office, The Baltimore City Health Department, The Office of Emergency Management, and all City Agencies for a coordinated plan and response to the Coronavirus Outbreak. We are providing you with compiled, updated information regarding various topics. Please share this information with your networks.We currently have 15 positive COVID-19 cases identified in Baltimore City and this number will continue to rise significantly. It is imperative that everyone stay at home to save lives. No one should be leaving their house unless it is medically related or for food.Older adults, 60 years of age and older, and people with underlying conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, asthma or diabetes may be at higher risk for developing a severe case of the illness. If you are part of a vulnerable population and experience any symptoms such as a fever over 100.4 degrees, coughing, or shortness of breath, please contact your primary care physicianto determine if you need to be tested. If you do not have a health care provider call 211 for assistance. Additionally see the flyer below for more resourses that are available.Here is a summary of what has happened to date and will happen in the coming days:The Governor has moved the APRIL CITY PRIMARY ELECTIONS TO JUNE. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
To request an absentee ballot, CLICK HERE
The Governor has declared a state of emergency, and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has fully prepared to mobilize all state resources.The National Guard has been activated and is now in Baltimore City. 250 State Troopers have been activated as well.Mayor Young activated the Emergency Operations Center last week and opened the Joint Information Center (JIC) to coordinate the Baltimore City Response. The agencies will also continue to develop comprehensive prevention and response plans for the Covid-19.Special Health Insurance Enrollment Period – The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange announced a new special enrollment period open to all Marylanders in need of health insurance
(https://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/easyenrollment)
MD has now been approved for SBA loans CLICK HERE for more information  MARC, Metro, Light Rail and bus service is limited to first responders and essential workers onlyFOR MTA MARYLAND UPDATES CLICK HERE
All schools in Maryland are closed for at least 2 weeks, some will serve as meal sites:Beginning on Monday, March 16th, through Friday, March 27th Baltimore City schools are set to reopen on Monday, March 30th. Our meal site in the 5th District will serve free to-go boxed Lunches from 12:00PM – 2:00PM.Arlington Elementary School3705 W Rogers AveBaltimore, MD 21215410-396-0567All City-operated Senior Centers will suspend programs, these centers will be kept open as food distribution centers. The Health Department will provide to- go boxed lunches at the senior centers. The closest senior centers for 5th District residents are: Wineberg Woods -5th District3211 Clarks Ln, Baltimore, MD 21215(410) 318-6625
Forest Park Senior Center -8th District4801 Liberty Heights AvenueBaltimore, MD 21207410-466-2124Action in Maturity, Inc. (AIM) -14th District700 W. 40th StreetBaltimore, MD 21211410-889-7915If there are factors that prevent participants from picking up a meal, meals can be delivered as an option by calling the Maryland Access Point at 410-396-CARE (2273), for eligibility into the home-delivered meal program. Who can I talk to about my needs?If you need someone to talk to and help answer questions, call Maryland Access Point (MAP) at 410-396-2273 (CARE) or email at MAP.BCHD@baltimorecity.gov
Where can I buy groceries at stores with less crowds?Giant Food of Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware will offer dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens 60-and-older and individuals with compromised immune systems. Every store in their operating areas will reserve 6-7AM, every day of the week for this vulnerable population to shop and practice social distancing. The stores will operate on regular hours of operation during all other times.Klein Family ShopRite stores have waived the ShopRite From Home fee and delivery fees for seniors 65 and older, and healthcare workers. If you fall into one of these categories, please make a note in the provided notes section when you place your order.SafeWay will have special hours for Seniors to shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9AM.WholeFoods will allow shoppers over 60 to come to the store at 7AM, which is one hour before opening to the general public.What grocery stores will deliver to my home?GIANT – PeaPod, 1800-573-2763Safeway – www.Safeway.com
Eddie’s Roland Park 410-889-1558ShopRite – Shop.shoprite.comChesapeake Farm to Table – 443-841-2327chesapeakefarmtotable.localfoodmarketplace.com/Products
Where can I get prepared meals?If you are a current participant at a senior center or congregate meal site, call your center to reserve a boxed meal that will be available for pick up. If you are not a participant, call theMaryland Food Bank at (410) 737-8282 or visit www.FoodPantries.org.Where can I get delivered meals?Meals on Wheels – 410-558-0827Moveable Feast – 410-327-3420What food resources are available in the community?https://health.baltimorecity.gov/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/food-distribution-sites
How can I get my prescription medications?The following pharmacies will deliver:CVS cvs.com/store-locator/landing
Walgreens walgreens.com/storelocator/find.jsp
Walmart walmart.com/store/finder
Target target.com/store-locator/find-stores
Giant giantfood.com/store-locator
Safeway local.safeway.com/search.html
Wegman’s www.wegmans.com/stores