LATEST UPDATES ON THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Cheverly COVID-19 Banner

Confirmed Cases in PG County:

 

1,476

 

Confirmed Cases in Maryland:

 

6,185

Deaths in Maryland: 

 

138

*Above Statistics Updated Daily at 10:30 AM*

 

https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/

 

Friday, April 3, 2020 
COVID-19 Updates: New Resources Available for Businessess, Nonprofits and Residents 
The Federal government passed a stimulus package, known as the CARES Act, a relief package that will provide you with resources. Some of the items included in this relief package include:
  • Stimulus Checks: $1,200 payments to individual taxpayers making up to $75,000 a year, and $2,400 payments to married couples filing jointly making under $150,000 a year. Reduced checks will be available for higher incomes.
  • Expanded Unemployment Insurance: Eligibility has been expanded to 39 weeks and benefits extended to those who are self-employed, gig workers and freelancers. Benefits will also increase by an additional $600 per week for up to four months.
  • Mortgage Relief: Homeowners with federal-backed mortgages can apply for forbearance for six months through their lender.
  • Paid Sick Leave: Both full-time and part-time employees are eligible for 80 hours of paid sick leave, and those caring for a sick loved one are eligible for two-thirds pay.
  • Paid Family Leave: Up to 12 weeks of family leave is available for those who need to stay home because of school closures due to COVID-19.
  • Student Loans: Federal student loan payments are automatically suspended for six months and no interest will accrue
Below are ways Prince George’s County will also support our county during these unprecedented times:   
  • The Department of Social Services’ buildings are closed to the public, but @PGCDSS is still here to help you.
  • All childcare centers are being closed in the State, except for those providing childcare for essential workers such as doctors, nurses, police officers, and others. If you are an essential worker that needs child care, visit: https://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/
  • You can visit EmployPG.com/COVID19 to answers concerns listed below and other questions regarding unemployment:
    • When and how to apply for unemployment insurance
    • If you are filing for unemployment and need help finding a job
    • If the business you work for temporarily shuts down due to COVID-19
    • If your employer reduces your hours due to COVID-19
    • If your employer shuts down due to COVID-19
Information on Unemployment
For residents who may be facing unemployment due to being laid off, Employ Prince George’s is launching the Prince George’s County COVID-19 Hourly Employee Assistance Fund. The fund is available for laid-off hourly workers who earned less than $19 an hour, giving Prince George’s County residents access to an Employ Prince George’s cash card of up to $200. Several retailers, grocers, and restaurants in Prince George’s County will offer discounts to those making purchases with these Employ Prince George’s cash cards. Employ Prince George’s will begin taking applications the week of April 6th online here
 
For Updated Information on How to Apply for Unemployment or Questions about COVID-19 Unemployment Contact:
Maryland:
 
DC:
 
Virginia:
 
COVD-19 Screening
There is a COVID-19 screening site at the FedExField.  This location is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, by appointment only. Our residents who do not have access to a primary care physician can begin the process of making an appointment at no-cost through the Prince George’s County’s Health Department’s COVID-19 Hotline by calling 301-883-6627. Those who have a prescription to be tested from their primary care doctor must also call our hotline to receive an appointment date and time to go to the site for testing.
 
Update on PGCPS system
Dr. Goldson announced plans for distance learning. Starting April 14th, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will be teaching students remotely under a distance learning platform. PGCPS has conducted a technology needs-assessment survey and is currently distributing Chromebooks to students in need to assist them with this phase of learning. To learn more about distance learning plans and Chromebook distribution, please click here. Know that under Maryland’s new stay-at-home order, picking up meals, digital devices, and instructional materials necessary for distance learning is permitted. 
 
The County programs listed below are still available to our residents:
The Office of the Sheriff is reminding citizens that neither the Sheriff nor other law enforcement agencies will call residents about outstanding legal matters, including requesting payment to resolve any legal matter. The Sheriff advises citizens to be on alert for scammers who may be taking advantage of the fact that families are at home more than usual due to COVID-19.
 
The Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) has added many new virtual programs, including a weekly Community Conversation with CEO Roberta Phillips (Thursdays at 4 PM), Virtual Read-Alouds (weekdays at 10 or 11am), STEM at Home activities (Fridays at 12 PM), Storytelling with ASL (Saturdays at 10:30 AM), and Yoga for Kids (Saturdays at 11 AM). View the full virtual event lineup here.
 
New temporary resources are added daily (English & Spanish) and home access is now available for Ancestry and Foundation Directory Online Essential. Those who do not have library cards may register for a virtual library card that provides access to eBooks, audiobooks, streaming music and movies, and online resources (including Kanopy and Hoopla). Prince Georgians are reminded to complete the Online Library Survey by Friday, April 10, 2020.  
 
Our Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) has modified its delivery of services as it abides by the social distancing directive, however the agency continues to assist customers through increased online services. Every effort is being made to be as responsive as possible to those who require services. For more information, visit the DPIE website
 
Finally, the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission has halted in-person appointments. Their efforts to fight discrimination and to ensure Prince George’s County is a welcoming place for all who live, work, and play here continue. If you have a complaint of discrimination and would like to schedule an intake appointment to discuss your complaint, please call 240-695-7220. All intake appointments will be conducted by phone or via video conference until further notice. For more information about the Human Relations Commission, please visit their website.
 
 
Monday, March 30, 2020 
The stay-at-home order will go into effect at 8 p.m. Monday, the governor said. The order is set to remain in effect until the state of emergency is over. Violations can be punished with a misdemeanor charge.
 
MNCPPC
As you are aware, COVID-19 has forced us to close our facilities to the public and minimize our park maintenance operations as we do our part to prevent the spread of this virus. While we have prohibited use of our playground equipment, along with gatherings at our fields and basketball courts, we have continued to keep our parks and trails open to provide our patrons with the opportunity to walk and get exercise during these trying times. Also, effective immediately, the Department of Parks and Recreation has begun removing the rims from basketball courts to discourage group contact and to ensure that we adhere to the Governor’s order concerning social distancing.    
Bill Tyler, Director
Department of Parks & Recreation  
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Prince George's County Schools are closed until April 24, 2020. Please click https://www.pgcps.org/ for more information.  
 
Metro: Cheverly Metro Station to close. Beginning on Thursday, March 26, Metro will close 17 additional stations following the closures of Smithsonian and Arlington Cemetery stations last week. The 19 stations will remain closed until further notice and trains will pass through without stopping. Please click https://www.wmata.com/service/status/ for more information. 
 
Monday, March 23, 2020
Please click https://www.facebook.com/GovLarryHogan/videos/143406513725346/ for latest update from Governor Larry Hogan.  
Maryland.gov https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/ will give you the latest Covid-19 information.  
 
Friday, March 20, 2020 
Both the State of Maryland and Prince George’s County are operating under a State of Emergency in order to protect public health and safety in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in the State of Maryland. COVID-19 is highly contagious and very dangerous for older adults and vulnerable members of our community. As part of the necessary response, we are urged to stay home as much as possible. If you must go out, please practice social distancing by maintaining at least six feet of distance between you and other people. Please stay home. 
 
Governor Issues New Orders  
 
Yesterday, the Governor issued new, more stringent orders regarding gatherings and business establishments. Restaurants, bars, gyms, and movie theaters are closed, except for pickup and delivery of food. Gatherings of any kind of more than 10 people are also prohibited.  
 
Town Government is Open; Buildings are Closed to Public 
All Town facilities are now closed to the public. Town services will continue with some modifications for social distancing.   
 
In keeping with Governor Hogan’s orders and the most current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the Town of Cheverly has made the following changes to operations and events: 
 
STATUS OF TOWN OF CHEVERLY PUBLIC FACILITIES
Town HallOffices are closed to the public as of 3/12 at 5 P.M.Please call a specific office if you have an urgen need to conduct business.
Town Parks & TrailsOpen

Practice Social Distancing of at least 6 feet 

Town Owned Playground EquipmentClosed

Town Playground equipment is off limits indefinitely  

Police DepartmentNo public accessSee note below
Public WorksNo public access 
Meeting RoomsNo public accessMeeting rooms at Town Hall are closed.
Trash and other Public Works CollectionContinuing as scheduled

 

 
SPECIAL INFORMATION

Lunches for School Children

 

Grab & Go lunches are being distributed to Prince George’s School System students, weekdays at several schools, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Cheverly Police Department 

 

The door leading to the Police Department lobby is open to the public. Visitors are welcome to enter the lobby, just inside the front door.  Administrative staff will be happy to assist you but prefer that you call for assistance. All citations can be paid online. In addition, all late fees associated with citations and fines, that were issued/applied after the State of Emergency, have been suspended.    

 

All emergencies and crimes in progress should be reported to 911. All calls related to a crime that has occurred in the past, or non-emergencies, should be reported to 301-352-1200. For anyone with an administrative inquiry, please call 301-341-1055. In some cases, officers will be taking reports over the telephone. In all emergency situations, including reports of any felony, police response will remain as usual. 

Town Council Meetings Go Virtual  

 

Public meeting access and resident input will be supported via video/phone. Updates coming soon. 

Town Rental Inspections Canceled 

 

Rental inspections conducted by the Code Compliance Office are canceled until 3/31. 

Utilities 

 

Per the Governor’s order, public utilities are prohibited from charging late fees or shutting off service during this emergency. 

Prohibition on Evictions    

 

Per the Governor’s order, Maryland courts are temporarily forbidden from ordering the eviction of any tenant who can show that their failure to pay rent was the result of COVID-19 or because they are diagnosed with, or under investigation for, COVID-19.   

EVENTS & MEETINGS
Town Council MeetingsClosed to the publicUpdates coming soon
Flea MarketCanceled
Easter Egg HuntCanceled

Other events will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, considering the Governor’s recent orders and depending on the spread of the virus. 

GUIDANCE

Follow CDC recommendations about hand washing hygiene, social distancing, and what to do if you suspect you may have COVID-19 (https://www.cdc.gov

Consider using delivery or curb side pickup services for groceries and prescriptions 

Prince George’s County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline number: 301-883-6627 

Maryland Department of Health Hotline number: 410-767-6871 

The State of Maryland has issued the following FAQ documents

Testing - https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Documents/coronavirus_testing_FAQ.pdf

For Older Adults - https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Documents/FAQ_covid19_older_adults.pdf