March 13, 2020
 
Dear Friends,

Below I have included  important updates and resources for residents and businesses during this time as well as a reminder of some items I shared earlier this week. As we all know, information is rapidly evolving. 

It is important to remember that 911 is for emergencies only. Call the COVID-19 hotline for questions or concerns about the virus: 301-883-6627.

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One of the most important things we can all do now is practice social distancing. 

To that end, my staff and I are working from home at this time. We are checking the office voicemail (301-952-3060) hourly to respond promptly. 

Please also reach out via email to CouncilDistrict3@co.pg.md.us or to individual staff members via their email addresses on the right sidebar.

The County Executive and our health officials emphasized the importance of social distancing yesterday during their press conference. Watch the March 12 press conference here .

This helpful infographic is a guide to social distancing. A Spanish version is on the right sidebar along with other useful flyers you can save and share.

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Updates since my March 10 email newsletter:

 - Governor Hogan has closed all Maryland schools through March 27. PGCPS updates. Watch Gov. Hogan's press conference here. Ask your PGCPS student about the access they have to free educational resources via Clever with their school email address and password.

-  Prince George's County Public Schools will provide  "grab and go" lunches at regional locations Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the statewide school closures (March 16-27).

Students may get a free 
sack lunch at one of the following locations:
- Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Beltsville
- William Wirt Middle School, Riverdale Park
- Nicholas Orem Middle School, Hyattsville
- Kenmoor Middle School, Landover
- Benjamin Tasker Middle School, Bowie
- Walker Mill Middle School, Capitol Heights
- Drew-Freeman Middle School, Hillcrest Heights
- Thurgood Marshall Middle School, Temple Hills
- Stephen Decatur Middle School, Clinton


- The Chief Administrative Officer for Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has implemented numerous social distancing measures for County government. As of Monday, March 16, Prince George's County government buildings will be closed to the public, unless expressly authorized by the Chief Administrative Officer. This includes the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro where the County Council meets. The Council will accept written and emailed testimony. Please read Chair Turner's  press release for details. 

- Prince George's County Memorial Library has suspended all programs as of today. Branches will close on Monday, March 16. Online resources will still be available via your library card. Learn more.

- Prince George's County Department of Parks & Recreation will close all facilities as of Monday, March 16. Parks, playgrounds and trails will remain open with limited maintenance at this time. Learn more.

- WSSC Water has suspended all water shut-offs to ensure all customers have access to safe, clean water. Learn more

- Comcast is offering their Internet Essentials Program for FREE for 60 days to low-income households. They are also increasing internet speeds for all program subscribers. Learn more and sign up.

- The Small Business Administration and the Prince George's Economic Development Corporation are working on support for small businesses affected during this pandemic. If your business has been affected, you can reach out to Senator Cardin's staff:  ron_storhaug@sbc.senate.gov.

- Pepco and BG&E have energy assistance programs and are suspending service cut-offs and late fees. Learn more about Pepco.  Learn more about BG&E.

- The District Court of Prince George's County has imposed a moratorium on all housing evictions for 15 days beginning today.

Reminders from previous updates:

The Prince George's County Health Department continues to work closely with other agencies and is taking steps to keep Prince Georgians safe and healthy. Here are some resources to assist:




Alert Prince George's is Prince George's County's "Public" communications system that sends emergency alerts, notifications, and updates to your registered devices. It is information sharing between County Government and interested participants who wish to receive critical, real-time information. If you have not already signed up to receive notifications from Alert Prince George's, please sign up today


As always, feel free to reach out to a member of my District 3 team or me if we can help you in any way. I am sharing updates regularly on social media, especially my Facebook page #onlytogether

Together Strengthening Our Community,




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PGCMLS branches are closing Monday.  Free online resources will still be available with your library card. 

Remember, all PGCPS students have access to online resources through their Link Account with their Student ID.

Learn a new language, download comics, conduct research and so much more free through PGCMLS  onlineDownload e-books, audio books and more through Libby and other apps .
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 Contact Your 
D3 Team
301-952-3060

CouncilDistrict3
@co.pg.
md.us
 
Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist
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geneather Lloyd
Office Manager & Scheduler
glloyd@co.pg.md.us 
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Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff
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Leah Show-Wright
Policy Intern
lashowwright@co.pg.md.us
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Alina Smith
Latino Liaison
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Alesha Wilson
Community Outreach & Special Projects Coordinator
aewilson@co.pg.md.us


If you have received this e-news from someone other than my office, and are interested in receiving this update directly, please email CouncilDistrict3@co.pg.md.us or call (301) 952-3060.