About COVID -19

Areas of the state are starting to re-open. To help move the process along, remember that wearing your mask in public places and practicing social distancing is encouraged.  Continuing to wash or sanitize your hands, avoiding touching your face, and staying at home when you are feeling sick are other actions you can take to help manage transmission. Although COVID-19 cases are trending down at this time, it is still possible to spread the virus. Be healthy, be safe, and use the available resources to meet your needs. 



MDH – Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities

To increase the response to COVID-19, we’d like to have all of our community partners to share this PSA with their stakeholders (mp4 format – in both English and Spanish)

English Version:


Spanish Version:


Maryland Department of Labor COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund
Additional funding is now available through the Maryland Department of Labor COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, and nonprofits are eligible to apply. Businesses undergoing financial stresses due to the pandemic can apply for up to $50,000 in flexible and customizable funding to maintain their workforce. Applications are currently being accepted and the program will remain open through 30 days after the State of Emergency ends or until funding has been fully exhausted. Learn more.

Harm Reduction Services

Harm reductionists are essential workers alongside other behavioral health treatment and medical providers. The Harm Reduction During COVID-19 video highlights how programs have risen to this expectation through tremendous partnership.

I Want the Kit – free get home testing kits for HIV / STIs: https://www.iwantthekit.org/  


Maryland Senior Call Check

Maryland Senior Call Check has same day enrollment. Register online https://aging.maryland.gov/Pages/senior-call-check.aspx  or call 1-866-50-CHECK.  Please help to disseminate information to older adults 65+ about Senior Call Check. This is a free daily call check in service.

Making Celebrations Safer (if they do include people outside your regular bubble). Among the key recommendations shared by Chase Brexton Health Services include: 

  • Use a CO2 sensor to monitor the ventilation in a room
  • Open windows, even just a small bit, to get a flow of air through the house
  • Sit as far away as possible to people who are from another household or support bubble
  • Keep bathroom windows open all of the time or the extraction fan on
  • Close the toilet lid before you flush
  • Use a portable air purifier to remove the virus from the air
  • Avoid Christmas carols as singing is known to release a lot more virus particles than talking
  • In the kitchen, keep the extractor fan on to ensure additional ventilation

BEMA Needs Assessment Survey

Give feedback about the health and social services in your area – gift card incentive offered for participation.

Contact: keri.geiger@baltimorecity.gov / 443.915.4848