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COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates and Guidance

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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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."

Free Take-Away Meals Available For Youth at Designated Locations 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Baltimore County Recreation and Parks buildings will be closed to the public effective Saturday March 14, until further notice.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, the Department of Recreation and Parks will offer limited meal distribution to children 18 and under with support from the Maryland Food Bank and Healthy Food Access St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore.

The Department will offer the take-away meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and on Saturday. Residents can drive to the location and receive a box of groceries without leaving their cars.

There is a limited number of meals available and they will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis at the following locations:

There is a limited number of meals available and they will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis at the following locations:

  • Dundalk PAL Center
  • Mars Estates PAL Center
  • Shady Spring PAL Center
  • Hillendale PAL Center
  • Cockeysville PAL Center
  • Scotts Branch PAL Center
  • Winfield PAL Center
  • Woodmoor PAL Center


If there are food issues for any population group, you can seek information or assistance by emailing

Current and New Measures to Prevent the Spread of the Virus Announced

Following the confirmation of the first case of the COVID-19 virus in a Baltimore County resident, County Executive Johnny Olszewski provided updated information about government actions to respond to the pandemic and released additional community guidance.

The Maryland Department of Health confirmed on Wednesday that a Baltimore County resident in his 60s who worked at the recent American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington, D.C., has contracted the virus.

“Keeping residents safe and informed remains our highest priority, Olszewski said. “Baltimore County’s agencies have been coordinating in preparation for the arrival of COVID-19, and we are prepared to respond to any potential impacts the virus has on our communities.”

“We’re taking the steps necessary to protect the health of our residents and minimize the spread of this virus in Baltimore County.” 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.”


The Baltimore County Department of Health has opened a hotline for residents to call with questions or concerns. The number is 410-887-3816.

Current and New Measures

The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of the COVID-19.

  • Out of an abundance of caution, activities at Baltimore County Senior Centers will be suspended immediately. Based on state guidance, all Baltimore County senior centers will be closed to the public beginning on Monday, March 16, until further notice. County officials encourage individuals to coordinate with senior center staff to ensure they are prepared for the closure, and we encourage those individuals to call the Maryland Access Point hotline at 410-887-2594.

  • The Recreation and Parks Department is cancelling all organized recreational activities until further notice. The Department is also advising the County’s Recreation Councils to cancel organized activities. This cancellation includes all travel programs out of state. Recreational facilities will remain open during normal operating hours at this time.

  • The County Executive’s remaining budget town hall meetings have been cancelled. Information about a virtual town hall to allow residents to share their priorities will be shared in the coming days.

  • The remaining scheduled Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP) hearings have also been cancelled. Additional information will be shared in the coming days.

  • The Code Enforcement Working Group meeting scheduled for this evening, March 12, is cancelled. Further information will be provided in the coming days about virtual options for future meetings.

  • The Baltimore County Women’s Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 19, has been cancelled.

  • The County is suspending all non-essential out of state travel for employees until further notice.

  • The County has implemented new protocols at our 911 call center to screen for COVID-19 risk in order to protect and prepare our first responders.

  • The County is reviewing telework and sick leave options for all County employees.

  • The County has issued emergency procurements for soap, hand sanitizer and other necessary cleaning materials, with a particular emphasis on jails, courts and other areas with large traffic flows and concentrations of vulnerable populations.

This evening’s Landmarks Preservation Commission meeting for Thursday, March 12 will occur as scheduled. The meeting is statutorily required and is expected to have a small number of attendees. Additional guidance about all future board and commission meetings will be provided in the coming days.

All in-person CCBC classes are canceled Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 22, and will resume remotely via alternative teaching methods starting Monday, March 23. Online classes will continue to be held as scheduled. CCBC remains open and services are available. 

Additional guidance regarding programs, classes and activities at CCBC and BCPS will come directly from those organizations.

More Information

All County residents are encouraged to take the proper precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including regular hand-washing and social distancing as appropriate. All residents, and particularly those at high risk, should follow CDC guidance.

For up-to-date fact sheets and information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website:

For the latest information from Baltimore County, please visit:

Revised September 11, 2017