Delegate Susan W. Krebs, District 5
Dear Carroll County Community,

I just got off of a lengthy audio conference call with the White House, briefing State and local leaders from around the nation on COVID-19 , covering the extraordinary efforts being made to stop the spread and destruction of the coronavirus and outlining the efforts being made to support families, workers, small businesses and health care providers who are on the front lines of this pandemic.

Governor Hogan has been on the front lines daily, focused like a laser, on making tough (and sometimes unpopular) decisions to keep Marylanders safe and to ensure that the resources are in place to fight this pandemic.

Enormous efforts are being made at all levels of government to support communities as we navigate the complexities of the impact of this pandemic on everyone’s daily lives.  Most important is that each and every one of us do our part to stop the spread of the virus.  Vice President Pence is constantly referring to the importance of the 30 Days to Stop the Spread – our behaviors can change the course of this pandemic.

Many very specific questions are being asked by many of you and we have attached links to resources to guide you to the answers you are looking for. Yes, there is a ton of information, but it is worth your time to figure out what resources are available to get you through this challenging time and what you need to do to access those resources and to stay healthy .

These website are constantly being updated with the most current information.
We face an invisible enemy and these are unprecedented times, often the answers are not black and white and we must use common sense given the nature of this unknown enemy. Governor Hogan’s most recent Stay At Home Orders are in place in at least 39 states.

There are a number of economic assistance plans available for individuals and families, both at the state and federal level.  The Federal CARES Act that passed last week, provides some very generous resources to support workers, families and employers. There are resources immediately available to support small business’ efforts to retain employees on the payroll including coverage for health insurance and to delay payroll tax payments for 3 months. Most of the relief will flow through at the state level, but loans and loan forgiveness programs through the Small Business Administration will be available directly through your local banks.  This money will be available as soon as this Friday.

Expanded unemployment benefits will now be made available for not only traditional W-2 workers, but also for sole proprietors, gig workers and non-profits who have not traditionally been eligible for unemployment benefits . As usual, applications for the enhanced unemployment benefits will be processed through the Department of Labor, Division of Unemployment Insurance.

The links below are the best resources with the most up to date information.  

Whet her you are seeking information on unemployment benefits, a small business grant or are looking for learning resources for your school-aged children at home , you will find the most up to date information- these are the same resources we must look to for answers.

As we have sadly learned, one of the most vulnerable groups for COVID-19 are our older adults - o ur Carroll County c ommunity has been devastated to learn of the rapid rise of the coronavirus and deaths among the residents and staff of Pleasant View Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Airy . Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families that are experiencing this first-hand, and our sincere gratitude goes to the health care workers that are on the front line.

Please share this information with your friends and neighbors - WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

Stay healthy and safe!


Sincerely,
Delegate Susan W. Krebs
COVID-19 RESOURCES
Questions about Unemployment


Questions about the # of people affected and where

Questions about the Governor's latest directives in response to COVID-19, including Proclamations, Executive Orders and Interpretive Guidance

Questions about Maryland Businesses

Questions about Emergency Relief Fund Programs for Businesses

Carroll County Chamber of Commerce - COVID-19 Updates

Questions about what is considered an essential business 

Questions about the tax deadline extension

Questions about Older Adults including the Senior Call Check Program


Questions about COVID-19 from the Maryland Dept. of Health

Questions on COVID-19 Testing

Questions about Religious Services

Questions about Mental Health

Questions about at Home Learning Resources

Questions about how I can help my fellow Marylanders?

Questions about hunting, fishing, boating, state parks, marinas operations


Additional Information on Unemployment and Businesses
National Federation Independent Business - NFIB’s latest webinar on the CARES Act stimulus plan is now available.
A link to the presentation and slides is below:


NFIB has a new webpage providing guidance to our small business community on the Paycheck Protection Program – the centerpiece of the CARES Act. It includes a  side-by-side graphic  detailing the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). There are also links to the applications.


Important to note is that small business owners are eligible for a  grant  up to $10,000 through the SBA’s EIDL program  NOW . This money will be disbursed within 3 days of applying. Applicants for the PPP loan may begin to apply on Friday, April 3 .
MARYLAND HEALTH CONNECTION
Emergency Enrollment Period Extended

In response to Coronavirus, Maryland Health Connection opened an emergency special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders. You can enroll in a health plan through June 15, 2020 . Medicaid enrollment is available all year. 

How to enroll: 

Visit  MarylandHealthConnection.gov  or download the free “Enroll MHC” mobile app. When enrolling, consumers should request or select “Coronavirus Emergency Special Enrollment Period.”

The online application is available daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Free consumer assistance is available by calling 855-642-8572 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Deaf and hard of hearing may use Relay. 
In-person assistance is not available at this time, trained navigators are  available by phone across the state.
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