Cheryl Kagan | Maryland State Senator - District 17
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COVID-19 UPDATES

Masks are required in all public spaces of all businesses, and all outdoor locations where physical distancing cannot be enforced. 

A list of testing sites can be found here.

For more information on County Executive Marc Erlich’s guidelines, click here.

For more information on the Governor’s Executive Orders, click here.


VACCINE UPDATES

Across the state, anyone that is 16 years or older may register for a vaccine appointment beginning April 6th.

  • 16-17 year-olds will only be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
  • 65+ individuals — 76% have been vaccinated
  • 18+ individuals — 46% have been vaccinated

If you’d like to register at a Montgomery County site, use the Montgomery County Vaccine Portal.

If you’d like to visit a Mass Vaccination site, please use the State of Maryland Vaccine Site.

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Economic Assistance

Support for Individuals

How to Help

Economic Assistance — Resources for Nonprofits, Small Businesses, and more:

Support for Individuals

Medicare Advantage Plans: Resources for Seniors who need medical care can be found on the Paying for Senior Care website.

Housing Assistance: For assistance with emergency shelter or rent/mortgage payments, the Maryland 2-1-1 Database has a catalog of resources to help you. There are many organizations that have been working to create materials to help renters understand their rights during the National CDC Housing Moratorium. Listed below are just some of the organizations that are putting out information.

The Public Justice Center: A FAQ section can be found on its website with information about the CDC Eviction Order as it applies to MD. 

The National Low-Income Housing Coalition: A renter’s FAQs can be found on its website which is applicable nationally.  They also have translated the Declaration Form into several languages including ArabicMandarinEnglishSpanish, and Vietnamese.

Tenant Rights:  Many of us are struggling to make ends meet during these trying times. If you have questions or concerns regarding your rental property, you can contact your local Office of Landlord-Tenant Affairs (Montgomery County/Rockville/Gaithersburg) or the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA). You can also refer to these resources for additional information on your rights as a tenant and how to handle disputes:

 For children who are experiencing homelessness there may be extra supports available through their school system. Homelessness can be defined as lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Encourage families to reach out to their local Homeless Education Coordinator/Liaison who may be able to offer support.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): You may receive SNAP benefits if you are unemployed, or work part-time/for low wages. Applications can be found here

Alcoholics Anonymous: Meetings are being conducted virtually. Here is a list of numbers you can call for different group meetings.  

Domestic Abuse: If you are experiencing abuse or threatening behavior, you can contact your closest rape crisis center. If you live in Montgomery County, contact the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program or JCADA for confidential assistance.

Mental Health: It is important that you practice self-care during these challenging times. Healthline provides tips to take care of your mental well-being during the pandemic.

Suicide Prevention:  As we practice social distancing to stop the spread, we must also remember to reach out to our friends and family. Take advantage of this time to call someone a loved one. You can find additional information at Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

How to Help

Buy Local: It is essential that we support local businesses during this time of crisis. Consider ordering take-out from a local restaurant in Gaithersburg or Rockville, looking up local brewing companies to see where their products are sold, or doing your grocery shopping at Dawson’s Market!

COVID-19 Survivors: If you were infected with COVID-19 and have completely recovered, the Department of Health has created a COVID Connect page with ways that you can help the community.

Donating Blood: As a result of social distancing, there is a blood shortage across the country.  If you are healthy and willing to donate, please consider making an appointment through the Red Cross, or locally at the NIH Clinical Center.

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Updated April 5, 2021

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