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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.

Warming Centers in Baltimore County

If you are looking for access to water and bathrooms in a warm environment, Baltimore County has several “warming centers” available where you can get relief from the cold.

Baltimore County Public Library has 19 convenient branches that are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Residents can warm up while reading a book or enjoying scheduled events at a branch in their community. For more information and the location nearest you, visit the Baltimore County Public Library.

Baltimore County Senior Centers are also open to the general public, regardless of age, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who visit these locations to get relief from the cold can watch TV, read a book or sit and relax. For information on the 20 Senior Centers, call 410-887-2594.

Other "Warming" Places

Other places you can go to warm up in Baltimore County include:

  • Community centers
  • Churches
  • Malls
  • Movie theaters
  • Museums
  • Neighbor's home with heat
  • Restaurants

Overnight Shelters

Baltimore County has four facilities that provide emergency shelter for people who would otherwise be homeless. These shelters are:

  • Eastside Family Shelters (women with children and single men)—Rosedale
  • Hannah More Shelter (women and children)—Reisterstown
  • Night of Peace Overnight Shelter (families with children)—Randallstown
  • Westside Men's Shelter (men only)—Catonsville

Freezing Weather Shelter

From November 1 to April 15, the County also has temporary freezing weather shelters (PDF) at the Eastern Family Resource Center and the Westside Men's Shelter, which are activated on nights when temperatures reach 32 degrees or lower and there are no available beds in the other homeless shelters.

People who are seeking access to the shelters listed above must be referred to those facilities by a qualified placement agency. Call 410-887-TIME (8463) if you are seeking shelter for yourself or to aid another person.

Cold Weather Reminders

The combination of low temperatures and wind chill constitute a threat, especially to certain groups of people: older adults, children and people with respiratory or other health problems. If you are in danger or experiencing severe health problems due to the weather, please call 911. Below are some tips to help you and your family get relief from the cold and stay safe.

Be Cautious and Prepared!

  • Make sure that you have a 72-hour kit.

  • Check on those who are elderly and/or chronically ill.

  • Keep infants in a warm room since they lose heat easily.

  • Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor's advice about exercising or working in the cold.

  • If you are hiking, camping or skiing during cold weather, avoid becoming overtired. Be extremely careful when walking in icy areas. Many cold-weather injuries result from falls on ice-covered paths.

Eat Right

  • Eating well-balanced meals will help you stay warmer.

  • Do not drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages—they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.

  • Drink warm beverages or broth to help maintain your body temperature. If you have any dietary restrictions, consult with your doctor.

Dress Warmly and Stay Dry

Adults and children should wear:

  • A hat, a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth

  • Sleeves that are snug at the wrist

  • Mittens (they are warmer than gloves)

  • Water-resistant coat and boots

  • Several layers of loose-fitting clothing if you are going to be outside

Don’t Leave Your Pets Outdoors

  • During extreme weather, bring your pets indoors and provide them with adequate food and water.

  • Remember to have an emergency plan for your pet too. Most shelters do not allow pets.

Prevent the Spread of Colds and Flu

  • Get a flu shot.

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm, soapy water. And thoroughly scrub hands, wrists, fingernails and between fingers.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with colds or flu.

  • If you get sick, stay home to avoid spreading it to others.

  • Avoid crowded places wherever possible.

Revised November 14, 2019         


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