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MDOD Newsletter                                                                         April 22, 2020
The First Lady helps MD get COVID tests
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The First Lady attended the "BRAVE in the Attempt" Talks.

The First Lady, Yumi Hogan, was instrumental in brokering a deal between Maryland and the South Korean company LabGenomics that will expand Maryland's testing capacity by 500,000 tests.  Testing is a key component of the Governor's "Roadmap to Recovery" reopening plan.  

MDOD knows first hand how dedicated and compassionate our First Lady is!  We are fortunate to have the First Lady participate in many events celebrating Marylanders with disabilities.  The First Lady chairs the Children's Mental Health Awareness Week campaign, attends the "BRAVE in the Attempt" Talks and is always available to honor individuals and organizations making a difference in Maryland.  Her genuine spirit puts everyone at ease, and she is a wonderful ambassador for the state.  

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Our MDTAP lending libraries may be closed but we're now offering virtual AT demonstrations and consultations to help you and your loved ones identify the best AT solutions. 

To schedule a virtual AT demonstration or consultation, complete our online Service Request Form and one of our AT Clinicians will be in touch to arrange an online demonstration to help you. 

Face Coverings in Maryland

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Governor Hogan announced an executive order which requires the wearing of face coverings when inside any retail establishments or when riding any form of public transportation in Maryland. The order also requires all retail locations to require staff to wear face coverings and requires those businesses to put appropriate social distancing measures in place. The CDC has issued detailed guidance and instructions regarding homemade cloth face coverings which can be found at 

The CDC recommends (as listed above):
  • to make sure you can breathe through the mask
  • wear it whenever you go out in public
  • covers your nose and mouth
  • wash after using

CDC says do not use masks for:  

  • children under the age of two
  • people who have trouble breathing
  • people who are unconscious
  • people who would have difficulty removing mask without assistance

There have been many questions about accommodations for people with disabilities and face coverings.  This question is addressed in the Maryland Department of Health's Frequently Asked Questions.  Accommodations for face coverings are allowable under the order.  

Maryland Health Exchange deadline extended until June 15th!
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Need health insurance?  The Maryland Health Connection is having a special enrollment period from now until June 15th.  For more information, visit their website