COVID-19 Information & Updates
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The Mayor & Council would like to thank you for choosing the Town of Capitol Heights as your home! As a Town, we recognize the substantial need for services and resources during these difficult times. We wanted to reach out to you all and provide you with Town updates as well as local, county and state resources.
To receive updates and information regarding COVID-19 visit our COVID-19 Information & Resources: News & Announcements and subscribe to receive notifications from the Town by clicking ’Notify Me’.
The Town administrative offices will operate on its normal schedule. If you are in need of general assistance, please call Town Hall at (301) 336-0626. Please refer to our website at www.capitolheightsmd.gov for the most current information on Town and County operations.
The Capitol Heights Police Department (CHPD) is made of essential personnel and will be visible and available with proper equipment and techniques. All CHPD officers have been trained and are alert for warning signs and safe practices. For questions and information on available police services please call (301) 420-2444.
The Mayor & Council have signed an emergency ordinance to request more authority for the Council to enforce laws and requesting more financial support for residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
FOOD ASSISTANCE RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES AND RESIDENTS
Updated by PGCFEC on June 6, 2020 @ 12:30 PM - Members and partners of the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council have compiled resources to help local families who are impacted by the school and government closures related to COVID-19. They will continue to post breaking news and updates through their social media accounts. Please follow them at @pgcfec on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Food Assistance & Meals Sites:
- Brighter Bites Food Distribution English (PDF)
- Brighter Bites Food Distribution Spanish (PDF)
- Restaurant Concierge Flyer (PDF)
- SNAP Online English (PDF)
- SNAP Online Spanish (PDF)
- SNAP Expansion Spanish (PDF)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Update (PDF)
- Parks and Recreation School Lunches (PDF)
- Stand Up & Deliver (COVID-19 Donations) - Prince George’s County has created an innovative and targeted solution to lend a helping hand, safely assist where needed, and to build capacity for community-based organizations and small businesses to address the food insecurity and basic needs of Prince George’s County residents. For more information please visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3451/Stand-Up-Deliver-COVID-19-Donations.
Prince George’s County, MD: Full Phase Two Reopening
On Thursday, November 12, 2020, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced that the County will implement updated phase 2 guidelines for businesses and large gatherings in response to recent increases in key COVID-19 metrics. This decision was made under the advice of County health officials after analyzing COVID-19 data and trends over the past few weeks. The County is currently in phase 2 of reopening. Sunday, November 15 at 5:00 PM, the County updated guidelines under its phase 2 reopening. View the updated guidelines here: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3504/County-Phased-Reopening.
Monday, June 29, 2020, at 5:00 PM, Prince George’s County entered into a full phase two reopening. This decision was made under the advice of public health officials and the data that the County has been monitoring, including continued downward trends in the number of new COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations.
As a part of the full phase two reopening, residents are still encouraged to exercise caution and stay home as much as possible to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is important to continue to wash your hands frequently, practice physical distancing, and wear a face-covering in all stores and on public transportation. To learn more information about the modified phase one reopening, read the County Executive’s Executive Order.
- November 13: Directive And Order For Enhanced Consumer And Employee Safety
- November 12: County Implements Updated Phase 2 Guidelines In Response To Increase Of Covid-19 Cases / Spanish (PDF)
- July 31: County Execute Announces New Restriction to Help Address Recent Uptick in COVID-19 Cases (PDF)
- July 31: Directive and Order for Enhanced Consumer and Employee Safety (PDF)
- July 30: COVID-19 Update: County Executive Announces Additional Actions to Keep Residents Safe as Numbers Slightly Increase (PDF)
- June 25: Press Release: County Executive Alsobrooks Announces Full Phase Two Reopening for Prince George’s County on June 29 / Spanish (PDF)
- June 11: Press Release County Executive Announces Modified Phase Two Reopening For Prince George’s County On June 15 / Spanish(PDF)
- Prince George’s County Phased Reopening
For more Prince George's County, MD COVID-19 updates please visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3397/Coronavirus.
Starting Monday, July 20, 2020, Prince George’s County Public Schools is making changes to its Summer Food Service Program sites. Due to low participation, certain sites will no longer be operational. For an updated list of PGCPS meal sites, please visit https://www.pgcps.org/food-and-nutrition/cards/Summer-Meals/
Child Care - In tandem with the State of Maryland’s advancement into Stage 2 of Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery, the Maryland State Department of Education is moving forward as outlined in “Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Child Care.” As additional family and center-based child care programs reopen, the state will transition away from unlicensed return to only authorizing licensed child care and making payments in the Child Care Scholarship program based on attendance rather than enrollment. If you are in need of childcare call the Maryland Family Network LOCATE: Child Care office at 1-877-261-0060. To see if you are eligible visit http://www.marylandfamilynetwork.org/programs-services/locate/.
- Child Care for Essential Workers During COVID-19_English (PDF)
- Child Care for Essential Workers During COVID-19_Spanish (PDF)
GRAB & GO PLAY - Starting May 8, 2020, the Department of Parks and Recreation is giving out free leisure kits at 3 community centers in Prince George’s County. Each kit includes fun items for kids such as jump ropes, chalk, art kits, games, and more! Visit any of the 3 community centers listed below every Friday from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.
- Marlow Heights Community Center: 2800 St. Clair Drive, Marlow Heights, MD 20748
- Oakcrest Community Center: 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd., Capitol Heights, MD 20743
- Glenarden Community Center: 8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden, MD 20706
Back to School 2020: Reopen PGCPS - On July 15, 2020, CEO Dr. Monica Goldson announced her plan to safely and responsibly reopen Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) for the 2020-21 academic year. Following broad input from families, employees and community members, PGCPS will continue distance learning through January 2021. Prince George’s County has been the epicenter of the COVID-19 public health crisis in Maryland. In light of the health disparities in communities that house more than 136,500 students and 20,000 employees, there is a significant public health concern if schools were to reopen this fall for in-person instruction. For more information please visit https://www.pgcps.org/reopen/.
The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 31! As we count down to #PGCPS1stDay, here's what you should do this week to prepare for a successful start to the school year:
- Pick up equipment and materials from your school.
- Attend your school’s virtual orientation on Friday, Aug. 28.
- Organize at-home learning supplies.
- Sign into SchoolMax to view student schedules.
- Get ready to plug in: test your child's PGCPS-issued email and password.
For more information visit Inside PGCPS.
Grab and Go Student Meals - Nutrition goes hand in hand with successful learning! Breakfast and lunch will be available for pick up at most schools (and delivery in many communities) on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Students who are not eligible for free and reduced-priced meals can purchase breakfast and lunch. Submit a free and reduced-priced meals form here.
Visit Reopen PGCPS: Plug Into #PGCPS1stDay! news update for more information.
Prince George’s County Public Schools Virtual Summer Learning Program - Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Virtual Summer Learning Programs offer students opportunities for acceleration, enrichment, credit recovery, or original credit during the summer. In Summer 2020, all programs will be offered virtually and there are no fees to participate. For more information visit https://www.pgcps.org/summerprograms/.
Summer Food Service Program Starts on June 29 - Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will end the current two-day meal distribution program Wednesday, June 17. Following a one-week break to complete year-end activities, PGCPS will operate the annual Summer Food Service Program from Monday, June 29 through Thursday, August 13.
“Grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals will be available Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at 87 school sites and 12 apartment complexes. To view a list of sites, click here.
Updates to services and sites will be provided as information becomes available. For more information, visit www.pgcps.org/foodandnutrition.
COVID-19 Child Care Recovery Program for Businesses
The Child Care Provider Recovery Program provides grants to child care centers that have had to close their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many child care programs in the County had to close its doors due to lack of revenue and newly established state and local health and safety guidelines. Unfortunately, these closures resulted in a substantial decrease in the number of available, quality child care seats for Prince George’s County families.
Child Care providers in Prince George’s County may apply for grants to cover reopening expenses through the Child Care Provider Recovery Program. Eligible child care providers may receive a grant up to $20,000 for licensed child care centers and up to $3,000 for registered family child care homes.
Applications opened September 9, 2020. To learn more and apply, please visit: https://www.pgcedc.com/covid-child-care-recovery
The coronavirus emergency special enrollment period is now open. You can enroll any time of year if you’re eligible for Medicaid or if you’ve recently had certain qualifying life events, like losing your job or turning 26. through Maryland Health Connection, open for Prince George’s County residents. Phone assistance is available Monday - Friday from 8:00AM - 6:00PM by calling 1(855) 642-8572.
COVID-19 Screening Appointments - As of May 4, 2020, the Prince George’s County Health Department’s COVID-19 community screening and testing operation will take place at the Cheverly Health Center located at 3003 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, MD 20785. YOU MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. The Cheverly Health Center will accommodate both drive-thru and foot traffic. Signage and traffic control personnel will direct patients through the site. To schedule an appointment please call (301)883-6627. For additional testing locations statewide, visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3472/COVID-19-Testing.
- COVID-19 Testing in Prince George’s County, MD - English (PDF)
- COVID-19 Testing in Prince George’s County, MD - Spanish (PDF)
Mental Health and Behavioral Health Resources
If you or a loved one is experiencing signs of severe depression, anxiety, or substance misuse call 211 and dial option 1, which will direct you to the Maryland crisis hotline. Or text the word- HOME to 741741 for support.
Food resources in the County- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several food pantries have been setup throughout Prince George’s County and within neighboring jurisdictions. To find the nearest food pantry visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3424/Food-Pantry-Locations
Housing - An Administrative Order issued by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, says "all evictions or foreclosures will be suspended until further notice." See Guidance for Rental Tenants Affected by COVID-19 notice for more information.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program Relaunch (ERA) the Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is now offering relief to landlords on behalf of renters experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic through the re-launch of its Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). This assistance may help prevent arrears and late fees from accumulating and prevent evictions from occurring. Depending upon need, applicants may be eligible for a maximum of up to $1,800.00 per month for a maximum of up to 3 months of emergency rental assistance. To see if you are eligible, how to apply and documentation required please visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3703/Emergency-Rental-Assistance-Program-Rela?fbclid=IwAR1_87XuiGP6ISL1XPCnQXgSiS3iBFU1PcmplN_E1J71gZ99t9r_apXOCNA.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program-English (PDF)
Yard Waste - As of May 4, 2020, all yard waste will be collected separately from the residential trash collection. Yard Waste is collected every Monday, all residents must have items out by 6AM on the day of collection. Make sure to have waste in a county approved biodegradable bag.
Bulk Trash - Bulk Trash Requests will be limited until September 1, 2020. Due to the high volume of collections, Bates Trucking must limit the bulk collections to 25 homes per collection day. Residents will be on a first call first served basis. Once the bulk list for your municipality is full residents will be advised to call back for the following week’s collection. Bates Trucking will resume regular bulk trash services for all municipalities starting September 1, 2020. For more information please click here.
To schedule an appointment call 301-773-2069; Thursdays 9:00 am - Tuesdays 2:00 pm to get on the bulk trash list that Wednesday’s service. Appointments can also be scheduled online. Only 3 bulk items are permitted per week. Clothing, books, shoes, household items (i.e. pots, pan, utensils, etc.) should be placed into a box or bag (3 boxes = one item, 5 bags = one item).
How to Obtain Bulk Services On-Line
All residents in Municipalities that use Bates Trucking to provide their Bulk Trash Services can put in your request on-line. CLICK HERE to go directly to our Request for Service page under the Customer Center tab. Select ’Bulk Trash Service’ when you get to the Service Type and don’t forget to list up to three (3) bulk items in the Comments Section.
|Large Bulk Items Include:||Small Bulk Items Include:|
• Dining Room Table & Chairs
• Deep Freezers
• Floor Model TVs
• Lawn Mowers
• Mattresses & Box Springs (covered)
• Small TVs
• Single Chairs
• Broken Trash Cans
• Gardening Tools
• Mini Refrigerators
Text Message Updates - To receive alerts, tips, and resources related to COVID-19 and other threats and hazards affecting (or that may affect Maryland) text "MdReady" to 898211.
(To be eligible for the Senior Nutrition Program, an individual must be a Prince George’s County resident and be at least 60 years of age, or have a spouse that is 60 year of age and attends Senior Nutrition Program)
Free Meals - The County will begin delivering seven frozen meal packs to seniors who receive meals at the Department of Family Services, Senior Nutrition Program sites between the hours of 10:00AM – 4:00PM. For more information about senior food delivery visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/1723/Nutrition-Services, or call the Senior Nutrition Program at (301) 265-8475.
Senior Call Check - Provide peace of mind by registering a senior living at home alone into the free Senior Call Check Program. To register, call 1(866) 50-CHECK. Visit the Maryland Department of Aging website at https://aging.maryland.gov/Pages/senior-call-check.aspx for more info.
Town Offered Services
Food Distribution - First Baptist Church of Capitol Heights will distribute food and provide informational resources to Town residents in need of assistance. For more information and to RSVP please contact Councilwoman Rhonda Akers at (301) 793-0367 or by email at email@example.com.
Transportation - Prince George’s County Call-A-Bus Service - The Town of Capitol Heights Call-A-Bus is no longer in use due to COVID-19, we are deferring to the Prince George’s County Call-A-Bus. Service is available to all residents of Prince George’s County who are not served by, or cannot use, existing bus or rail services. However, priority is given to seniors and persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities must provide their own escort, if needed. Service animals are allowed for the visually impaired. For service, please call the Prince George’s County Call-A-Bus at (301) 499-8603. See the Declaration of a Local State of Emergency.
Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks signed an executive order effective Wednesday, April 15, 2020, requiring that all Prince George’s County residents and visitors must wear face coverings in grocery stores and while riding "The Bus", the County transit system. (You may cover your face with a mask, homemade mask, bandana or scarf).
PLEASE DON’T FORGET: You must still practice social distancing guidelines - six (6) feet of distance between yourself and others.
Prince George’s County offers free COVID-19 Resources including factsheets, FAQs, infographics, videos, and county updates for more information.
For more information please visit our Census 2020 page.
DMV Services - The following MDOT MVA branch offices are open to customers by APPOINTMENT ONLY. All customers and staff will be required to answer three health screening questions prior to accessing the branch. View the questions here.
Vehicle Emissions stations remain closed, however customers can use one of the 24-hour VEIP self-serve kiosks in the meantime.
To make an appointment visit our Central Scheduling System.
Transactions that will be available for scheduling include:
• learner’s permits,
• commercial driving tests,
• non-commercial driving tests,
• renewing driver’s license and identification cards and
• title work.
For a list of FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about MDOT MVA operations and policies during COVID-19, click here.
Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Prince George’s County Board of Elections is open to the public by appointment only. Please call 301-341-7300 to make an appointment.
All registered voters will be sent a mail-in ballot application to choose to vote by mail. To get a mail-in ballot, you’ll need to submit an application to get one. Send your completed application to your local election office or apply online: https://bit.ly/31c37vL
The Prince George’s County Board of Elections encourages everyone to vote by mail in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Request a Vote by Mail Application. You can also text VBM to 77788 to receive the application on your cell phone.
Please visit the Prince George's County Board of Elections: 2020 Presidential General Election FAQs. page. Here you may find the answers to many frequently asked questions concerning the Prince George's County 2020 Presidential General Election.
2020 PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION DATES
General Election - November 3, 2020 from 7 am until 8 pm.
Early Voting for the General Election - Monday, October 26, 2020 through Monday, November 2, 2020 from 7 am until 8 pm.
The Early Voting & Election Day vote center locations have been posted to the Maryland State Board of Elections website at the election information page here: http://bit.ly/2vOW7r9. View the press statement for more information: https://bit.ly/32C7sJ6.
Drop box locations are still being finalized.
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Employ Prince George’s, the Greater Washington Community Foundation, and Partners, have launched the Prince George’s County COVID-19 Hourly Employee Relief Fund. This fund provides $200 cash cards to Prince George’s County residents who were recently laid off due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. For more information please visit https://employpgedge.com/
Relief - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. U.S. Small Business Administration has declared D.C.— including Prince George’s County— as an economic disaster area. For more information please visit https://www.pgcedc.com/covid19.
MARYLAND STRONG: ROADMAP TO RECOVERY
On May 13, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan announced the beginning of Stage One of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ which includes moving from a Stay at Home order to a Safer at Home public health advisory and the gradual reopenings of retail, manufacturing, houses of worship, and some personal services.
FROM THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR LARRY HOGAN
SAFER AT HOME. Effective Friday, May 15, at 5:00 pm, Maryland will move from a ’Stay at Home’ order to a ’Safer at Home’ public health advisory.
Marylanders, particularly older and more vulnerable Marylanders, are strongly advised to continue staying home as much as possible. Employers should continue to encourage telework for their employees when possible. Individuals who can work from home should continue to do so. Maryland citizens should continue wearing masks in indoor public areas, retail stores, and on public transportation. Additionally, Marylanders should continue practicing physical distancing, continue avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, keep washing their hands often, and frequently sanitize high-touch areas.
LOCAL FLEXIBILITY FOR JURISDICTIONS.
Governor Hogan’s ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ provides a flexible and community-based approach which empowers county leaders to make decisions regarding the timing of Stage One reopening in their individual jurisdictions. Read the new order here.
Governor Hogan announced that retail stores may reopen at up to 50 percent capacity, with curbside pickup and delivery strongly encouraged, and all public health precautions in place. Examples of businesses that may reopen include clothing and shoe stores, pet groomers, animal adoption shelters, car washes, art galleries, and bookstores. Guidance and best practices for retail stores.
Governor Hogan announced manufacturing may resume operations in a safe manner which protects the health of employees, with guidelines encouraging multiple shifts and other safety precautions. Guidance and best practices for manufacturing.
CHURCHES AND HOUSES OF WORSHIP.
Churches and houses of worship may begin to safely hold religious services, at up to 50 percent capacity, with outdoor services strongly encouraged. Religious leaders are strongly urged to do everything possible to keep their congregants safe, and particularly to protect the elderly and vulnerable within their congregations. Guidance and best practices for religious services.
Some personal services, including barber shops and hair salons, may reopen with up to 50 percent capacity, by appointment only and with appropriate health and safety guidelines. Guidance and best practices for personal services.
BACK TO BUSINESS.
Businesses that adopt all safety guidelines are encouraged to take a ‘Back to Business’ pledge. Take the pledge here.
On April 24, 2020, Governor Hogan was joined for press conference by Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz.
Foundation for Recovery Plan.
The ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ incorporates the principles of the National Governors Association’s ‘Roadmap to Recovery, utilizes the guidelines that were issued by the White House, and takes into account much of the work of the recovery plans published by the American Enterprise Institute and Johns Hopkins.
As Governor Hogan announced on Wednesday, Maryland has made considerable progress on the four building blocks that needed to be firmly in place before the state can consider lifting restrictions:
- Expanded testing capacity
- Increased hospital surge capacity
- Ramping up supply of PPE
- Robust contact tracing operation
Data Trends - To determine when a recovery can begin, Maryland officials will focus on the rate of hospitalizations and the number of patients admitted to ICU. If these numbers continue to plateau, Maryland could be ready to begin the recovery in early May. Marylanders can access this data daily at coronavirus.maryland.gov.
The ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ is divided into three stages:
STAGE ONE calls for lifting the stay-at-home order, and involves business, community, religious, and quality of life improvements.
Examples of changes that could be implemented in this stage include:
- Reopening of small shops and certain small businesses
- Curbside pickup and drop-off for businesses
- Elective medical and dental procedures at ambulatory, outpatient, and medical offices
- Limited attendance outdoor religious gatherings
- Recreational boating, fishing, golf, tennis, hiking, and hunting
- Reopening of car washes
- Limited outdoor gym and fitness classes
- Outdoor work with appropriate distancing measures
- Some personal services
STAGE TWO will likely be a longer stage of the initial recovery, but will also be the stage when a large number of businesses and activities come back online. Any businesses that reopen during this period would need to comply with strict physical distancing and appropriate safety protocols.
Examples of changes that could be implemented in this stage include:
- Raising the cap on social gatherings
- Indoor gyms and fitness classes
- Childcare centers
- Normal transit schedules
- Indoor religious gatherings
- Reopening of restaurants and bars with restrictions
- Elective and outpatient procedures at hospitals
Will involve instituting higher-risk activities, but there is no realistic timeline yet for achieving this level.
Examples of changes that could be implemented in this stage include:
- Larger social gatherings
- Reopening of high-capacity bars and restaurants
- Lessened restrictions on visits to nursing homes and hospitals
- Reopening of entertainment venues
- Larger religious gatherings
The Roadmap contemplates offering some flexibility to health officers of county and municipal governments, and considering regional differences in COVID-19 conditions. See the full Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery here.