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The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

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Virtual Town Hall Details Announced, Residential Drop-Off Centers to Close Among Latest Updates

Baltimore County today announced the latest updates to County operations to protect employees and residents and minimize the spread of COVID-19:

  • Virtual Town Hall Meetings announced
  • Baltimore County Department of Public Works residential drop-off centers to close
  • Yard waste collection suspended
  • Code Enforcement Work Group meetings rescheduled
  • County accepting donations of critical supplies

Olszewski Announces Virtual Town Hall Meetings

County Executive Johnny Olszewski will host two Virtual Town Hall Meetings to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and the Fiscal Year 2021 budget.

Baltimore County COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall: Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m.

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County Executive Olszewski, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services and Health Officer, Police Chief Melissa Hyatt and Fire Chief Joanne Rund, and other County officials will provide updates on the County’s COVID-19 response and answer questions and concerns from Baltimore County residents.

Residents can stream Thursday’s COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall at baltimorecountymd.gov/townhall. Residents can also call in at 833-946-1803.

Residents are encouraged to submit questions in advance of the Virtual Town Hall by sending an email to townhall@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Baltimore County Virtual Budget Town Hall: Tuesday, April 7, at 6 p.m.

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County Executive Olszewski will join County Councilmembers to provide another opportunity for residents to share their thoughts, ideas and priorities for the FY21 budget.

This meeting will provide a forum for public discussion focused on future budget priorities. County Executive Olszewski will be joined by Council Chair Cathy Bevins, Councilman David Marks, and Councilman Tom Quirk—representatives from the council districts for which in-person town hall meetings were cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents can join the 2020 Budget Virtual Town Hall online here or at
baltimorecountymd.gov/townhall. Residents can also call in at +1-415-655-0001. Access code: 472 548 188

Residents can submit questions during the town hall in the Virtual Town Hall application, or by sending an email to townhall@baltimorecountymd.gov

More Information

All town hall meetings will be recorded and posted on the County’s website.

Olszewski is required by law to submit his FY21 budget to the Baltimore County Council by April 15, 2020.

Sign language interpreters and other accommodations can be arranged upon request by contacting: townhall@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Information for Baltimore County’s town halls is available at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/townhall.

Department of Public Works Announces Residential Drop-off Centers to Close, Yard Waste Collection Suspended

Beginning Thursday, April 2, Baltimore County’s Residential Drop-Off Centers will be closed to the Public until further notice.

The following sites will remain open only for commercial haulers with accounts.

  • Eastern Sanitary Landfill—6259 Days Cove Road, 21162
  • Central Acceptance Facility—201 West Warren Road, 21030
  • Western Acceptance Facility—3310 Transway Road, 21227

Additionally, Yard Waste Collection, which normally begins April 1, has been suspended until further notice. The suspension will allow collectors to focus on residential trash collection, which has spiked.

Residents with questions about these updates can contact Baltimore County Department of Public Works at 410-887-3300.

Baltimore County Announces Rescheduled Code Enforcement Work Group Meetings

Dates have been set for rescheduled meetings of the Code Enforcement Improvement Work Group.

Formed in February 2020 to engage in a stakeholder-driven process to identify improvements to the County’s code enforcement program, the Work Group’s previously scheduled meetings were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, April 2

The Code Enforcement Improvement Work Group will host their next meeting on Thursday, April 2 from Noon to 1 p.m.

Members of the public who would like to join, can use the information below:

  • Video stream
  • Join by phone: +1-240-454-0887. Access code: 732 237 119

Thursday, April 9

The third and final meeting will be held on Thursday, April 9 from Noon to 1 p.m.

Members of the general members of the public who would like to join, can use the information below:

  • Video stream
  • Join by phone: +1-240-454-0887. Access code: 732 237 119

More information is available on the Work Group’s web page.

Baltimore County Accepting Donations of Critical Supplies

To assist front-line County employee efforts to respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore County government is now accepting donations of the following items:

  • N-95 Masks
  • Surgical Masks
  • Procedure Masks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Medical Gloves—latex free
  • Gowns
  • Disinfectant
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Eye Protection

Individuals who wish to donate items can visit:

Glen Arm Fire Supply
12200 Long Green Pike Suite B
Glen Arm, Maryland 21057
410-887-4527

Collection hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When residents arrive, please call 410-887-4527 to connect with a Baltimore County staff member.


A Reminder of the Seriousness of the Crisis We Face

Today County Executive Johnny Olszewski issued a statement following Governor Hogan's announcement of the passing of the first Baltimore County resident to COVID-19:

"My prayers are with all those who lost a loved one tonight. This sad passing is a stark reminder of the seriousness of the crisis we face, and it breaks my heart to know that this will not be the last life we lose to this pandemic. 

That is why, even as we grieve, we also each need to do our part to reduce the spread and flatten the curve. Stay home. Practice social distancing. Those failing to do their part only add to the toll this crisis will take. We can save lives, but only if we take this seriously and continue to work together."


County Executive Olszewski and Health Officials to Hold Press Briefing Tomorrow Morning

The Maryland Department of Health has confirmed Baltimore County’s first positive COVID-19 case. The individual is in their 60s and worked at the recent American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, D.C., and is not hospitalized. The individual had limited contacts, and they have been identified and notified.

Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services, informed County Executive Olszewski of the case late this evening and remains in regular communication with Maryland Department of Health officials.

“We have been preparing for this situation and we are ready to respond to any potential impact of the COVID-19 virus in our communities,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “We continue to work with our partners across County government and at the state level to monitor this rapidly evolving situation.”

“Keeping residents safe and informed remains our highest priority,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services and Health Officer. “We strongly urge residents to continue following public health best practices and rely on credible sources including the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and your state and local health departments for accurate and up-to-date information.”

Media Briefing

County officials will hold a media briefing tomorrow morning at the Baltimore County Historic Courthouse.

When

Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 11 a.m.

Where

Baltimore County Historic Courthouse, Room 118
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

More Information

For up-to-date fact sheets and information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.

For the latest information from Baltimore County, please visit: www.baltimorecountymd.gov/health.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017