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  1. Baltimore County Releases Additional Updates to Promote Public Health Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

    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.

    COVID-19 town hall image

    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.

    Budget town hall image

    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.

    Tue, 31 Mar 2020 21:00:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/baltimore-county-releases-additional-updates-to-promote-public-health-response-to-covid-19-pandemic
  2. County Executive Olszewski Unveils New Fund to Support COVID-19 Response

    COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund Will Be Managed by the Baltimore Community Foundation

    Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which will support the County’s efforts to promote public health and support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The fund will be managed by the Baltimore Community Foundation, and County leadership will determine how the fund is allocated.

    “We know that in addition to health concerns, many residents are facing job loss, food insecurity, and other challenges during this extraordinary time, and this fund will help us keep them healthy and safe, while boosting our ability to respond to this evolving crisis,” Olszewski said. “We’re grateful to BCF for lending their expertise and infrastructure to help Baltimore County tackle the challenges we’re facing.”

    “This fund meets a pressing need for Baltimore County and represents a model for cross sector collaboration,” said Shanaysha Sauls, President and CEO of the Baltimore Community Foundation. “We are thankful for County Executive Olszewski’s leadership and tenacity in service to his residents and to the region. As a result, we can be nimble, aligned and strategic to stem the coming tide.”

    Contributing to the Fund

    Individuals, foundations and private sector donors can contribute to the fund in order to assist the County’s efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Contributions to the fund may be used to support various efforts, including providing groceries to food-insecure families and seniors, ensuring first responders and public health workers have adequate personal protective equipment, and other things the county is doing to prevent the spread of the virus and support residents.

    Contributions to the fund can be made at the Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund website.

    Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:41:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/county-executive-olszewski-unveils-new-fund-to-support-covid-19-response
  3. Baltimore County Announces Additional Actions to Promote Public Health

    County Suspends New Parking Citations, Places Additional Restrictions on Public Access to County Office Buildings

    Baltimore County today announced the latest update to County operations to protect employees and members of the public and minimize the spread of COVID-19:

    Parking Citations Suspended

    Starting today, Baltimore County has suspended the issuance of all parking citations for the duration of the local state of emergency. 

    County Executive Olszewski had previously issued an executive order providing an extension of all County licenses, permits, registrations and other authorizations until 30 days following the end of the local state of emergency. This applies to suspensions concerning payments of late fees owed to Baltimore County.

    New County Building Restrictions

    Baltimore County today also implemented additional public access restrictions at all Towson Complex County Office Buildings to further limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

    While these buildings remain open for business Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., members of the general public will not be allowed beyond the lobby of each building.

    Directional signage will be posted at each building. Additional information on individual departments is available here:

    Office of Budget and Finance

    Members of the public can drop off payments in designated lockboxes for the Office of Budget and Finance at the lobby of the Historic Courthouse (400 Washington Avenue, 21204) on both the North and South sides of the building. 

    Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections

    Members of the public can drop off permit and plan submissions in the lobby of the County Office Building (111 West Chesapeake Avenue, 21204). Staff will contact applicants via telephone or email to process the submittal.

    • Permit fees can now be paid online. An online link will be provided once fees are determined by a staff member.

    • Same-day permitting is suspended at this time.

     Permit questions can be answered by calling 410-887-3900. For all other questions related to approvals or inspections, call 410-887-3353.

    Department of Public Works and Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability

    Members of the public can drop off submissions for the Department of Public Works and Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability in the lobby of the County Office Building (111 West Chesapeake Avenue, 21204). 

    Questions for Environmental Protection and Sustainability can be answered by calling 410-887-3733. Questions for Public Works can be answered by calling 410-887-3300.

    Department of Planning

    Members of the public can drop off documents for a Planning matters in a lockbox in the lobby of the Jefferson Building (105 West Chesapeake Avenue, 21204). 

    All Planning inquiries can be answered by calling 410-887-3211.

    Mon, 30 Mar 2020 16:30:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/baltimore-county-announces-additional-actions-to-promote-public-health
  4. Baltimore County Announces Two First Responders Tested Positive for COVID-19

    Ensuring Proper Precautions to Protect Personnel

    Baltimore County officials today announced that a member of the Baltimore County Police Department and a member of the Baltimore County Fire Department have tested positive for COVID-19. These are the first Baltimore County public safety personnel to test positive for the virus.

    “I am grateful for the dedication of the brave men and women serving on the front lines, and we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our first responders,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “We will continue to follow the recommendations of federal, state and local health officials as we work to serve those who serve us throughout this rapidly evolving public health crisis.”

    Baltimore County Police Department officials were notified today that one officer has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is recovering and is currently in self-quarantine.

    “Unfortunately, we just received confirmation regarding our first positive COVID-19 case of one of our officers. Our police officers are on the front lines in our community each day during this pandemic. Please continue to keep our officer in your thoughts during recovery,” said Police Chief Melissa Hyatt. “We ask that the community continues to assist us in staying safe by remaining home and meeting our officers outside on calls for service whenever possible. We will continue to take all possible precautions to keep both our workforce and our community safe.”

    Baltimore County Fire Department officials were notified today that one member of Fire Department Support Services has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has mild symptoms and is currently in self-quarantine.

    “The health and well-being of our members is of utmost importance,” said Fire Chief Joanne R. Rund. “Our residents depend on us to be there for them, and those of us on the front lines of this pandemic need to take care of ourselves in order to do that.”

    Both the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Fire Department are coordinating with the Department of Health to ensure proper precautions are taken to protect other Department personnel and members of the public. Both Departments are following health department guidelines for cleaning and sanitizing work areas and equipment. Other steps include use of appropriate personal protective equipment and daily “healthy check-ins” for all employees to ensure anyone with symptoms of illness is sent home.

    The Baltimore County Health Department, in coordination with state health officials, has initiated contact trace investigations for both cases to help determine any contacts each individual may have had and to take appropriate precautions as needed to limit the spread of the virus.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:56:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/baltimore-county-announces-two-first-responders-tested-positive-for-covid-19
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