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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) will provide updates at coronavirus.maryland.gov as they become available. Maryland Department of Disabilities has collected numerous Federal and State resources specific to COVID-19 and individuals with disabilities on their website page.

Updates from Governor Larry Hogan

The Hogan Administration is committed to being transparent, keeping Marylanders fully informed, taking actions based on detailed planning, and making decisions based on the facts on the ground. His press conferences are listed:

Governor Hogan announced the relaunch of the Maryland Unites initiative to connect Marylanders with resources and highlight stories of generosity and compassion amid the crisis. To learn more, visit governor.maryland.gov/marylandunites.

Updates in ASL from the Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Maryland Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has been working with the Governor and the state to ensure accessibility for the Deaf and hard of hearing community, including providing a Certified Deaf Interpreting team at Governor Hogan’s press conferences. You can watch his press conferences at governor.maryland.gov/coronavirus or on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

Maryland COVID-19 ASL video updates from the Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is also provided on their YouTube playlist or on their Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter pages. Sign up for email newsletters from the office here. The YouTube videos are shown below, beginning with the most recent update. More Maryland ASL resources include Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), Maryland School for the Deaf and National Association of the Deaf.

Health Care Designation for Disabilities Service Personnel

Governor Hogan issued an executive order ensuring that workers who provide important support services to the disabled will be treated as health care providers under the recently-enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This order officially recognizes the essential function of services for the disabled—including in-home care, interpreting services, social services, and support systems for substance abuse and mental illness—and designates those who provide these services as essential health care providers. Read the executive order here and watch the ASL announcement here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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ASL Video Updates from the Office