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:
- June 3: Stage Two of the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery
- May 27: Outdoor Dining, Additional Activities to Complete Stage One
- May 13: Stage One of the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery
- May 6: Resumption of Elective Procedures; Expansion of Outdoor Activities
- April 29: Expanded Testing Strategy; Nursing Homes and Poultry Industry Updates
- April 24: Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery
- April 22: Reopening of Laurel Hospital
- April 20: 500,000 Test Kits Secured from South Korea
- April 17: School Closure Extended to May 15, Economic Relief Updates
- April 15: Building Blocks for Reentry, New Guidelines for Masks
- April 10: Unemployment Updates, New Fiscal Measures
- April 7: Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital
- April 3: Financial Relief and Other Updates
- March 30: Stay at Home Directive
- March 25: Extension of School Closures, Child Care Guidance
- March 23: Closure of All Non-Essential Businesses, $175M Economic Relief Package
- March 19: Closure of Malls, Gatherings Limited to 10, Restrictions at BWI
- March 17: Election and Transportation Announcements
- March 16: Closure of Bars, Restaurants; Public Health Surge Plan; Prohibition on Utility Shutoffs, Evictions
- March 12: School Closures, Activation Levels Raised, Mass Gatherings Prohibited
- March 11: Montana Case, New State Actions
- March 9: Updates on 5 Cases, Emergency Legislation, New Response Team
- March 6: Update on 3 Confirmed Cases, Insurance Directive
- March 3: Maryland’s Preparedness Response
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. Learn more about the reopening status in Maryland’s jurisdictions at governor.maryland.gov/recovery.
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 resources include Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), Maryland School for the Deaf, National Association of the Deaf, and Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).
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) about COVID-19
VEIP Drive-Thru Testing: Information is available on MDH’s Symptoms & Testing Page with ASL videos:
- COVID-19 Symptoms
- COVID-19: Symptoms for Testing
- Getting a COVID-19 Test
- What is a VEIP Testing Site?
- What to Expect at a VEIP Testing Site
- When Will You Get Your COVID-19 Test Results?
- What Should You Do While Waiting for Test Results?
Director Brick will be hosting Brick Chat Virtual Town halls in the near future to chat with the community and answer questions.
We also have answers to your FAQ! Click each question to see answers in ASL.
- Financial program for your business or nonprofit organization: Relief Wizard
- Can I travel out of state in the DMV for essential activities?
- Recent travel to New York?
- Caring for a family member out of home?
- How long is the stay-at-home order?
- Can I get text notifications for COVID-19 updates in Maryland?
- What can I do during the stay-at-home order?
- What will happen if I leave my home for a non-essential reason?
- How can I be more prepared for COVID-19?
- Are post offices still open?
- What are the procedures for hospital visitation?
- Are all places in Maryland closed?
- What are VEIP stations?
- Is Tax Day Postponed?
- During all these shutdowns, I’m having difficulty paying bills. What do I do?
- With these closures, I don’t get paid. How do I file for unemployment insurance?
- Where can I find more information on meals for students in Maryland?
- I’m uninsured and I want to sign up for health insurance. How can I do that?
- Some people have been calling me asking for credit card information for COVID-19 cures. Are they real?
- I own a business. What resources are available for me since the daily operations are affected during the state of emergency?
ASL Video Updates from the Office