The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is taking proactive steps to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland. Here you can find out more about DNR's activities during the State of Emergency. DNR recently updated Guidance = Frequently Asked Questions about Governor Hogan’s Stay at Home Order
Apple has collaborated with the CDC and HHS to develop a screening tool to help users understand their risk for contracting COVID-19. Users can take the questionnaire online or by downloading the app. If you are exhibiting respiratory symptoms or feel you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.
The federal CARES Act expanded unemployment insurance benefits nationwide, giving access to sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed workers. The Maryland Department of Labor is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Labor to create new IT systems, modify the current platforms, and train staff in order to implement these new programs. Maryland will provide all three expanded unemployment programs: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. Upon availability, benefits will be paid back to the earliest date of eligibility. Please use the link below to monitor progress as these programs come online, and sign up to receive an email update when filing opens for PUA benefits. Maryland Division of Unemployment Insurance
Rumor Control - The purpose of this new page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT), launched the Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rumor Control Page. Marylanders are encouraged to visit the page at Bit.ly/Md-Covid19-Rumors.
As we all have witnessed, information is constantly evolving in this pandemic. So as more research has been done, the CDC now recommends the use of a cloth face covering for those not showing symptoms, especially in areas of significant community based transmission such as grocery stores. For more information on this topic, as well as how to make different types of masks, please visit the CDC website.
Due to COVID-19, Governor Hogan has ordered the closure of all MDOT MVA locations as well as the Customer Service Center. There are still services available via the MDOT MVA eStore. Included in the Governor's Executive Order is an expired product extension. This has been put in place for products such as vehicle registrations, drivers licenses, ID cards, business licenses, and permits to include handicap permits. These products will not expire until the 30th day after the state of emergency has been lifted.
The Department of Homeland Security has extended the Real ID enforcement deadline from October 21, 2020 to October 21, 2021. Appointments for the Real ID Act will resume once the MVA re-opens.
In response to the coronavirus, COVID-19, Comcast is helping to keep Americans connected to the internet. This access applies to both customers and non-customers. With many schools transitioning to online class and employers urging employees to work from home, the internet's demand is unprecedented. Additionally, Comcast offers Internet Essentials which offers new low income customers free in-home internet for two months. This service is normally $9.95 per month. Click here to find Xfinity Wifi Hotspots in your area.
The U.S. Department of Labor's unemployment insurance programs provide unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own and meet certain other eligibility requirements. Unemployment insurance is a joint state-federal program that provides cash benefits to eligible workers.
The federal government is allowing states to change their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the State of Maryland Unemployment website.to learn about and apply for unemployment insurance benefits.