COVID-19 General Information:
- The Montgomery County Government maintains a page on prevention information, testing resources, and other local responses to the outbreak: COVID-19 website
- Visit the State's website for updated information on COVID-19 cases: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/
Click here for information on Montgomery County-provided testing: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/testing.htmlwww.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/testing.html
COVID-19 Symptoms - How can you tell if you have COVID-19?
The CDC identifies 11 main symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and new loss of taste or smell. The CDC webpage offers a symptom checker tool, the “Coronavirus Self-Checker” here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
Not sure if your symptoms are caused by COVID-19 or seasonal allergies? The CDC also offers a chart of overlapping and distinct symptoms for each here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/infographic-overlap-symptoms.html
MedStar Health also provides a free coronavirus symptom checker and education tools for our community. Get started. https://clinic.prod-cv.prod.conversa.healthcare/l/gq-UmWX9IBEs9KZhAojqX4wXRXxswNdZYrvLt8nbuhk
Some confirmed patients who spoke to the Washington Post reported fatigue and headaches and plenty of worry. One of those patients is also an infectious disease expert, and his advice is worth remembering: “Stay calm. Monitor yourself. The number one thing to keep an eye on is breathing. If it becomes difficult to breathe, you should really get to a facility.” (Note: Call the facility before you go!) Others felt fine throughout and would not have known they were sick if they had not been tested.
Clients of Montgomery Cares Clinics please note:
- There are No walk ins; call ahead
- Clinic hours may be subject to change as the situation evolves and clinics are increasingly utilizing telemedicine.
Rental Assistance and Eviction Prevention
If you are behind on rent, get assistance before you receive an eviction notice. Montgomery County offers renter supports; click here for more information: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DHCA/covid-19/eviction_process_and_renters.html
The County is accepting applications for its rental relief program, which offers up to $4,000 toward rent for qualified households. You do not need to have a formal lease to qualify. Click here for more information in multiple languages: https://montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/RightNav/COVID19_RentReliefProgram.html
Remember, your landlord CANNOT evict you without a court order. If you receive an eviction or court notice, call Maryland Legal Aid (240-314-0373). They will help you understand the legal process and how you may be able to avoid eviction.
The Montgomery County Housing Stabilization Service can help talk through your options if you're about to lose your current housing. Call them at 311 or (240-777-0311).
Montgomery County residents can call 311 and ask for the Food Access call center.
Meals for Children EMERGENCY CLOSURE MEALS SERVICE FOR MCPS STUDENTS. Meals will be provided in a Grab-and-Go format and will be available Mon - Fri 11 a.m.–1 p.m. For up to date information and list of locations please visit https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/reopening/meals/
Montgomery County Food Council
Manna Food Center (Manna) is temporarily waiving income requirements to provide food to any Montgomery County resident impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Residents are encouraged to contact Manna as soon as possible to begin receiving food through regular distribution channels. Visit their food distribution page to see updated site locations & schedules: https://www.mannafood.org/about/contact-manna/manna-food-distribution-sites/
Ride On schedules were updated at the end of September, and the new FLASH line is now running on US Route 29. Check schedules here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-transit/routesandschedules/rideonroutes.html
Remember, face coverings are required on public transit!
Mental Health Resources
SAMHSA Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19
The Montgomery County Family Justice Center (FJC) remains open throughout the pandemic and continues to provide services. The FJC can be reached by telephone at 240-773-0444 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Montgomery County Crisis Center is open 24/7 and can be reached at 240-777-4000.
Senior Call Check Program for Residents 65+ Register to receive informational phone updates and check Ins:
Advance Care Planning and COVID-19: Who Will Speak for You?
Voice Your Choice is a community-based program of the Nexus Montgomery Regional Partnership led by the Jewish Social Services Agency (JSSA). The program offers free trainings and webinars that provide a step-by-step process to support patients in identifying a health care agent and completing a plan to make their wishes known, in advance of a health care crisis.
During a health care crisis, it is critical to have an advance care plan. An advance care plan allows patients to control the health care they receive if they are unable to speak for themselves and names the person who will ensure their wishes are carried out.
Patients who have a proactive conversation with family and their health care providers about their health care values and wishes before an emergency happens can help alleviate the significant stress that comes from making uninformed choices.
Voice Your Choice provides access to an easy-to-use, free online tool for community members to complete an advance care plan, which is available to providers during an emergency.
Free webinars and trainings are available for community members to learn about the importance of completing an advance care plan and provides them with the tools to facilitate their own trainings.
For more information about advance care planning and completing an advance care plan, please visit VoiceYourChoice.org.