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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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Employees on the Front Lines Will Receive Additional Compensation During COVID-19 Pandemic

In recognition of the critical role first responders and other essential public-facing employees are playing in the County’s efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced an essential pay program for those County employees.

“Our public-facing employees are on the front lines of this crisis, and their extraordinary efforts deserve recognition and compensation,” Olszewski said. “I know I speak for all of Baltimore County when I say we are incredibly grateful for their dedication to keeping our communities safe and healthy during this challenging time.”

All first responders and essential public-facing employees are eligible for additional pay under the new program. For these employees, essential pay will be $200 per two-week pay period for the duration of the County Executive’s Declaration of Emergency, or up to five pay periods and $1,000.

First responders and essential public-facing employees will include, but are not limited to, police, fire, corrections, 911 center employees, and certain workers in Health and Human Services, Public Works, Aging, and Recreation and Parks.

Some other employees performing mission-critical functions who are unable to telework will be eligible for essential pay of $100 per pay-period for the duration of the County Executive’s Declaration of Emergency or up to five pay periods and $500.

The essential pay program is the latest step in the County’s efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. For additional information, visit the COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates and Guidance page.


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.


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.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017