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Survey for Local Healthcare Workers - Workforce Reserve for COVID-19

 In an effort to prepare the healthcare workforce and optimize resources at the local level for COVID-19 response, the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) is issuing a survey to healthcare workers in order to establish reserve capacity. This effort will help identify those workers who may be able to assist with the frontlines of this pandemic.
 
SMCHD asks any licensed or previously licensed healthcare worker who may be willing to volunteer or work above and beyond their current employment (whether you are unemployed, retired, or you are currently working and could possibly work additional hours) to please complete the following survey as soon as possible.
 
 
www.surveymonkey.com/r/SMC-reserve
 
 
“The dedication of our local healthcare workforce to support and serve our community during this time of great need is exceptional,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “We understand the stress and physical demands that are being placed on our healthcare system even as we prepare for a medical surge.”
 
Please consider lending support for fellow frontline healthcare workers needing respite by helping to build local reserve capacity. The willingness of healthcare workers to serve our community in this crisis demonstrates their commitment to the health of our residents and to one another.
 
If you have any questions about the survey, please email smchd.healthprovider@maryland.gov or call (301) 475-4330.

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Maryland Delegation Pushes FEMA for Urgent Medical Supplies Needed for Statewide Fight Against COVID-19

Latest bipartisan request comes among reports that Maryland has received only a third of the items requested previously from FEMA
 
“Lack of PPE increases the likelihood of the virus spreading and the probability of healthcare practitioners becoming infected. If healthcare practitioners are infected, this directly impacts the outcome of sick Marylanders, depleting our critical staffing supply.”
 
WASHINGTON – Team Maryland, the full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, continue to fight for essential resources needed in Maryland to protect the health and safety of Marylanders. The latest time-sensitive request for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) comes as COVID-19 cases are on the rise in the state and overall MD-DC-VA region. In a letter to the regional FEMA director, the delegation identified six priority requests to FEMA: ventilators, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), testing supplies, swabs, pharmaceutical supplies for medical surge sites, and mobile medical labs. The delegation also urged approval of the Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) under the Individual Assistance (IA) portion of the Major Disaster Declaration for Maryland.  The Major Disaster Declaration was approved on March 27, 2020, but approval of CCP for Maryland is still under review.

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Hollywood Man Charged with Theft

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of an individual knocking on doors in the Hollywood area, claiming to need money for a family emergency or to visit a hospitalized family member. Many citizens provided this individual with checks or money. An investigation has determined the suspect was providing false information to citizens in order to obtain money and checks. The individual was described as a white male, operating a white Hyundai sedan.
 
The suspect has been identified as Carroll Ignatius Norris Jr., age 46 of Hollywood. On March 23, 2020, Norris was charged via a criminal summons for the reported thefts. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking any additional victims who wish to report a theft involving Carroll Norris, to contact Deputy First Class Dale Smith at (301) 475-4200 extension 78098 or by email at Dale.Smith@stmarysmd.com.
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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COVID-19 Response Feeding Programs Offered Through Community Partners

LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Public Schools will provide a drive-up lunch service from April 6-17, 2020, Monday-Friday, at the locations listed below from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily. Please note there will be no school site meal distribution on the designated holidays of Friday, April 10, 2020, and Monday, April 13, 2020. Meals will be offered to all children 18 years and younger free of charge. Parents and children can drive up to these locations and receive meals that they can take home during current school closures.
 
Leonardtown Elementary School
 
22885 Duke Street
 
Leonardtown, MD 20650
 
 
 
Greenview Knolls Elementary School
 
45711 Military Lane
 
Great Mills, MD 20634
 
 
 
            Margaret Brent Middle School
 
29675 Point Lookout Road
 
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
 
 
 
Lexington Park Elementary School
 
46763 Shangri-La Drive
 
Lexington Park, MD 20653
 
For questions regarding the lunch service program, please email foodservices@smcps.org.
 
 
 
St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen, 20850 Langley Road, Lexington Park is distributing take-and-go meals between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday. One meal per person.
 
 
The soup kitchen also has bagged lunch distribution sites on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with a Pop-Up Pantry on Wednesdays between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot at the following locations:
 
 
Ridge - Dollar General, 13270 Point Lookout Rd.
 
Piney Point- Chief's Restaurant, 44584 Tall Timbers Rd.
 
Charlotte Hall - April's Pools, on the corner of Rt. 5 and Rt. 6
 
Bushwood – Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 23080 Maddox Rd.
 
 
For more information on the St. Mary’s Caring program, call 301-863-5700.
 
 
Sheetz is proud to announce a new Kidz Meal Bagz program providing free food to help children and families in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meal Bagz will be available all-day starting Thursday, April 2, and will include a turkey sandwich, chips and a drink.
 
Families interested in taking advantage of the free Kidz Meal Bagz program should go to participating Sheetz locations and ask an employee at the register for a meal. Families will be offered one bag per child and meals will be available daily while supplies last.
 
The Kidz Meal Bagz program will be available at 293 stores across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The program began April 2, 2020 and is scheduled for a period of two weeks at which time it will be reevaluated based on community need.
 
A full list of participating Sheetz locations can be found here: https://www.sheetz.com/news/kidzmeals

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Construction to Relocate Section of Lawrence Hayden Road Completed

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation has completed construction to relocate the section of Lawrence Hayden Road between Airport View Drive and Primevere Drive in Hollywood, MD.
 
Drivers should be aware a new traffic pattern has been established and will open to the public on April 9, 2020.
 
For more information, call the Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200, ext. 73560

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Update: Toddler in Child Abuse Case Pronounced Deceased

UPDATE: The victim in this case, Divinity Ose McKay, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased on March 31. The Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office will determine further charges. The investigation is ongoing.
 
Man Charged in Connection with Physical Child Abuse: On March 30 at 2 a.m., officers responded to the 2000 block of St. Thomas Drive in Waldorf after a man called and reported his 13-month-old daughter was having trouble breathing. When officers and paramedics arrived, the child was unresponsive. She was transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center for treatment. Detectives responded to the hospital to conduct an investigation. As detectives began gathering information, the girl’s father, Robert Earl McKay, III, 29, of Waldorf, assaulted one of the investigators. He was arrested, charged with assault and taken to the detention center. The child was subsequently transported to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and admitted in critical condition. Upon examination and other medical testing, detectives learned the toddler sustained trauma consistent with child abuse. Detectives also charged McKay with attempted murder, child abuse, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault. In addition, while serving a search warrant at McKay’s residence, detectives found a regulated firearm, which he is prohibited from possessing due to a previous felony conviction. The child’s mother was at work when the 911 call came in. Further, no other children reside at the residence. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective A. Worley at (301) 609- 6518.  

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Calvert County Reports First Fatality Due to COVID-19

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – April 1, 2020 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announces the first known COVID-19 death of a Calvert County resident.
 
“This is a tragic loss and we ask all county residents to join us in sharing our heartfelt condolences and prayers with the family,” said BOCC President Kelly McConkey. “This brings home the seriousness of the situation we face. In this profoundly difficult time, we call for the entire Calvert County community to stand together – stay informed, take precautions and be good neighbors. We will use every resource available to protect the health of our community and support our health care workers and first responders.”
 
“Our medical team went to extraordinary efforts to care for the patient,” said President and CEO of CalvertHealth Medical Center Dean Teague. “We also extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of this individual. We know this is a challenging time for our community, and we are working tirelessly to protect our staff, our patients and the community.”
 
Visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Coronavirus for further updates, guidance and resources. Updates will continue to appear on the Calvert County Government website, www.CalvertCountyMd.gov, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and Comcast Channel 6.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of March 23 – March 29 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,008 calls for service throughout the community.
 
Burglary: 20-16905
On March 28, 2020, Deputy Gough responded to Cove Point Road in Lusby for the report of a burglary. The complainant advised that around 9:30pm, an unknown suspect(s) attempted to steal a four-wheeler and a dirt bike sitting outside their shed, but when the complainant approached the shed, the suspect fled on foot into Cove Point Park. 
 
Damaged Property: 20-16551
On March 26, 2020 Deputy Plant responded to Main Street in Prince Frederick for a burglary in progress. The complainant advised that they heard glass breaking in the residence next door, and then observed two male suspects flee the area through the woods. Deputy Plant observed several broken windows to the side and rear of the residence. The value of damaged property is $500.  
 
Theft: 20-16044
On March 23, 2020, Deputy W. McDowell took a report of a theft that occurred on Silver Rock Road in Lusby. The complainant advised that sometime between 6:00pm on March 22nd and 12:30am on March 23rd, an unknown suspect(s) stole their Ambrose Disposable garbage can from the driveway. The value of stolen property is $75.
 
Theft: 20-16113
On March 23, 2020, Deputy Kwitowski took a report of a theft that occurred at Weis Market in Lusby. The complainant advised that sometime between 4:00am and 8:30am on March 23rd, an unknown suspect(s) stole the rear tag from their work van while it was parked in the parking lot. The value of stolen property is $25.
 
Arrests:
 
On March 24, 2020, Deputy Gough responded to Roy Roger’s in Solomons for the report of a suspicious person. Calvert County Emergency Communications advised a male suspect was at the restaurant yelling at and harassing customers in the drive thru. Upon arrival, Deputies made contact with Dennis Marvin Erich, Jr (51), who immediately became disorderly and began yelling profanities at the Deputies on scene. Deputies detected the strong odor of alcohol emanating from Erich’s breath and person and placed him under arrest. Erich was then transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Intoxicated Public Disturbance, Disorderly Conduct, and Assault- Second Degree.
 
On March 25, 2020, Deputy W. McDowell assisted Deputy Deleon in a traffic stop on South Solomons Island Road at Cove Point Road in Lusby. Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle, Diandre Jhavahn Harrison (26), Deputies detected the strong odor of marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle. Harrison was removed from the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in two plastic torn off baggies containing suspected marijuana, an additional small bag containing a suspected marijuana, a green mason jar containing several small glassine baggies of suspected marijuana, as well as a separate glassine baggie containing a pill suspected to be Alprazolam. Harrison was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana.
 
On March 27, 2020, Deputy Kwitowski responded to North Solomons Island Road in Huntingtown to assist Deputy Ward with a disorderly subject. Complainants advised that Leigh Anne Bauer (34) was on their property and was refusing to leave. Upon making contact with Bauer, Deputies detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from her person. Deputies advised Bauer she was not allowed to be on the property and gave multiple commands to leave which Bauer refused. Bauer was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with Trespass: Private Property, and Disorderly Conduct. 

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Twenty-three COVID-19 Cases In St. Mary's - Community Spread Confirmed

The St. Mary’s County Health Department has confirmed additional positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in St. Mary’s County residents, bringing the total case count to twenty-three. Additionally, there is now strong evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in St. Mary’s County. Community spread is the passage of illness from person to person without known risks, such as travel or contact with a confirmed case.
 
“With community spread, everyone could be at some risk for COVID-19,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “The risk of being in public places is now similar to being in a location where someone may have been while contagious with the virus. It is critical that our community members stay at home as much as possible and take precautions.”
 
SMCHD will no longer issue notifications for public exposure risks, as general risk to the community in public spaces is evident. Residents should focus on staying home, social distancing from others, and infection prevention measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you are sick, stay away from others. If you need medical attention, call ahead to your primary care doctor or healthcare facility, or use 9-1-1 if in a medical emergency. 
 
For local COVID-19 case count, updates and information, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at (301) 475-4911 Monday - Saturday from 8:00 a.m  - 5:00 p.m.

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Great Mills Man Arrested for Robbery

On March 24, 2020, at approximately 6:40 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported robbery in the 20800 block of Callaway Village Way. Investigation determined an unknown male wearing a hooded jacket, entered the business and brandished a knife. The suspect assaulted the victim and stole currency from the cash register and fled the scene in a black vehicle.
 
During the robbery investigation, deputies were notified of an assault involving a similar vehicle, in the 45600 block of Buckshot Way in Lexington Park. Investigation determined the suspect, later identified as Devon Tyler Lee, age 18 of Great Mills, was operating a black Tahoe and repeatedly rammed the victim’s occupied vehicle. When deputies arrived on scene the Tahoe was located abandoned. It was later determined the Tahoe had been reported stolen several days prior to the robbery and assault. Through the course of the investigation it was determined Lee was the suspect in the robbery and the stolen vehicle had been used to flee the robbery scene.
 
On March 27, 2020, Lee was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center. Lee was charged with the following:
 
· Armed Robbery
 
· Robbery
 
· Dangerous Weapon-Conceal
 
· Dangerous Weapon-Intent/Injure
 
· Assault First Degree
 
· Assault Second Degree
 
· Theft
 
· Motor Vehicle-Unlawful Taking
 
Lee remains incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no bond status. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Trevor Teague at (301) 475-4200 extension 78128 or by email at Trevor.Teague@stmarysmd.com.
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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REVISED: March 31 Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, March 31, the Board of Commissioners received an update from the Charles County Health Department on the latest efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Dr. Suzan Lowry, MD FAAP, the Charles County Health Officer, shared information on the testing, treatment, and prevention efforts for COVID-19 locally. Residents are reminded to call the Department of Health’s call center at 301-609-6717 for urgent questions and concerns; starting Wednesday, April 1, the call center hours have expanded to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Mondays through Sundays. Department of Emergency Services Director Michelle Lilly provided an overview of the Emergency Operation Center’s work, including continued daily coordination with local and state affiliated agencies.
 
Budget Work Session
 
The Board of County Commissioners held a budget work session to review the fiscal 2021 General Fund Revenue Outlook and fiscal 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Program, as well as fiscal 2021 Fees and Charges. Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services staff provided an update on the request for a relief fund in response to COVID-19.
 
Briefings
 
The Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services provided an update on the requested Relief Fund for COVID-19, including the potential for Charitable Trust’s involvement regarding nonprofit organizations and Economic Development Department’s involvement which would include temporary modification to the Target Industry Incentives Loan Fund and Business Development Loan Fund to address COVID-19 as it relates to local businesses. The County Commissioners approved a motion to move $200,000 into a relief fund for local businesses and $100,000 for a relief fund for nonprofit allocation by Charitable Trust. Economic Development Department also reminded residents to visit their website at www.MeetCharlesCounty.com for business resources in relation to COVID-19.
 
Approval Items
 
Commissioners approved the following items:
 
Resolution 2020-05 to extend the Charles County State of Emergency declaration until April 30.
A fiscal 2020 budget transfer request to support the cost of installing a temporary filtration system to meet contractual obligations with Competitive Power Ventures. 
A fiscal 2020 budget transfer request to fund contract management services which will assist with timely completion of projects.
A fiscal 2020 contingency transfer request in order to install a permanent pump-around connection at the Mattawoman Wastewater Treatment Plant’s Reclaimed Water Pump Station which allows for needed repairs.
A fiscal 2020 budget amendment increase to match funds awarded by the county for the USDA Rural Housing Preservation Grant. 
Charles County’s participation in the Joint Statement on Regional Cooperation Agreement among Maryland Capital Region Local Economic Development Organizations.
Next Commissioners Session: April 7, 2020; Additional details to be provided on BoardDocs by April 2.
Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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St. Mary's County Park Use Limited to Reduce Spread of COVID-19

LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Government owned and operated parks are operating with additional limitations in response to the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order issued by Governor Larry Hogan.
 
Waterfront parks, including Elms Beach, Myrtle Point, and Snow Hill Park, remain closed to the public.
 
Public landings, including boat ramps, piers and gathering spaces are closed to the public. An exception is made allowing commercial waterman with valid licenses to use the public landings. Recreational boating is not permitted under the Governor’s Order.
 
All other St. Mary’s County Government-owned and operated parks are open under the following specific safety guidelines: exercise activities such as walking, hiking, running or biking while adhering to recommended 6-foot social distancing measures are permitted. All sports and activities which engage in bodily contact such as basketball, soccer, football is not permitted. Gathering of groups are limited to no more than 10 people in any specific area of the park.
 
Park hours and operations are available at the Department of Recreation and Parks website.
 
For the list of all county government operations and COVID-19 resources, visit St. Mary’s County Government: www.stmarysmd.com.

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State Police Enforcement Of Governor's Executive Orders Continue

(PIKESVILLE, MD) -- Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Woodrow Jones III has directed troopers to continue their public education and enforcement efforts regarding the Governor's Executive Orders and last night issued specific instructions regarding the stay-at-home order. Those instructions are as follows:
? Enforcement of the expanded Governor's Executive Order will be conducted by
Maryland state troopers. However, troopers will not make traffic stops simply to ask
drivers where they are going to determine if their travel is essential or not.
? If, in the course of the regular performance of his/her duties, such as during a crash
investigation or a traffic stop, the trooper develops information indicating the individual
was engaged in non-essential travel, enforcement action can be taken, in
consultation with the state's attorney's office in that jurisdiction.
? While it is not necessary for drivers in Maryland to have documentation about the
purpose of travel, having such documentation may help resolve questions.
? Troopers will continue to initiate enforcement action when a business or group of more
than 10 people is observed in violation of the Governor's Executive Order.
? The Order does not prohibit people from going to the store to get groceries or
prescriptions, seeking medical attention at an urgent care facility, getting cleaning or
laundry supplies. In addition, the Order does not prevent people from going out to get
necessities for pets or other livestock.
? The Order allows for travel to care for a family member, friend, pets, etc. Citizens are
also permitted to travel for transporting family, friends, pet or livestock for essential
health and safety activities.
? The Order also allows for travel to and from an educational institution to receive meals
or instructional materials for distance learning.
? The Order allows for outdoor exercise activities (done in accordance to with social
distancing guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and
crowd gatherings of 10 people or less. However, such actives may not be done at a park
that has been closed by state or local government.
? Restaurants can be visited if obtaining food for carry-out or drive-thru only. 

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter

Warrant Service - On 3/26/2020, Trooper First Class Rutkoski responded to the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center, Baltimore, to take custody of a subject who had an active warrant through the Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack. Willam Johnson was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where the warrant was served without incident.
 
Warrant Service - On 3/30/2020, Trooper First Class Bauer responded to the Calvert Arundel Medical Center, Owings, to make contact with an Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Deputy to take custody of a wanted subject through Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack. Ronald Wayne Singer was located by Anne Arundel County, but due to the charges had to be returned to Calvert County for the active warrant. Singer was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where the warrant was served without incident.

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Calvert County Parks Use Restricted; Access Limited to Residents Only

The Department of Parks & Recreation announces further limits to the use of county parks in response to Gov. Larry Hogan’s “Stay at Home” order to slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
 
Effective immediately until further notice, Calvert County parks are open to Calvert County residents for passive recreation only, such as walking, biking, running and hiking. The following parks will remain open with adjusted operational hours:
 
·         Dunkirk District Park (8:30 a.m. to civil twilight)
 
·         Hallowing Point Park (8:30 a.m. to civil twilight)
 
·         Cove Point Park (8:30 a.m. to civil twilight)
 
·         Solomons Town Center Park (8:30 a.m. to civil twilight)
 
·         Kings Landing Park (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
 
·         Flag Ponds Nature Park (Friday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
 
·         Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
 
·         Hughes Memorial Tree Farm (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
 
Residents are advised of the following temporary park guidance:
 
·         All parks not listed above are closed.
 
·         The following amenities are closed: tennis courts, skate parks, dog parks, basketball courts, ball fields, playgrounds, pavilions, beaches, piers, campgrounds, boat ramps / launches.
 
·         Fishing is prohibited.
 
·         Gathering of groups are limited to no more than 10 people.
 
·         Capacity at each park will be adjusted to maintain social distancing.
 
·         Patrons will not be allowed to wait at a park gate to gain entry once capacity is reached.
 
·         Recreation activities such as walking, hiking, running or biking are permitted while adhering to 6-foot social distancing measures.
 
·         Users will be restricted to a maximum of 2 hours at any park location and, where park staff are on site, must provide the following information to park staff upon arrival: including name, county of residence, number of people in vehicle / party.
 
The county continues to share the latest updates surrounding Calvert County’s response to COVID-19 through a virtual resource center on its website, including any precautionary measures, guidance and closures at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Coronavirus. Updates will continue to appear on the Calvert County Government website, www.CalvertCountyMd.gov, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and Comcast Channel 6.

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Man Charged in Connection with Physical Child Abuse

On March 30 at 2 a.m., officers responded to the 2000 block of St. Thomas Drive in Waldorf after a man called and reported his 13-month-old daughter was having trouble breathing. When officers and paramedics arrived, the child was unresponsive. She was transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center for treatment. Detectives responded to the hospital to conduct an investigation. As detectives began gathering information, the girl’s father, Robert Earl McKay, III, 29, of Waldorf, assaulted one of the investigators. He was arrested, charged with assault and taken to the detention center. The child was subsequently transported to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and admitted in critical condition. Upon examination and other medical testing, detectives learned the toddler sustained trauma consistent with child abuse. Detectives are obtaining additional charges for McKay to include attempted murder, child abuse, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault. In addition, while serving a search warrant at McKay’s residence, detectives found a regulated firearm which he is prohibited from possessing due to a previous felony conviction. The child’s mother was at work when the 911 call came in. Further, no other children reside at the residence. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective A. Worley at (301) 609- 6518. The investigation is ongoing.

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St. Mary's County Government Announces COVID-19 Operational Changes

LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Government is committed to being responsive to all guidelines and orders from the Centers for Disease Control, the White House and the Governor of Maryland to slow the spread of the coronavirus and the following changes and adjustments now apply to county operations.
 
 
 
Department of Aging & Human Services
Home-Delivered shelf-stable meals are now being delivered as a two-week supply.
 
Department of Public Works and Transportation
STS Transit
STS and paratransit (ADA & SSTAP) trips are limited to Essential Activities as defined in the Governor’s Order Number 20-03-30-0. Some essential activities include grocery shopping, obtaining food for animals, travel to care for family members and travel to an educational institution for purposes of receiving meals or instructional materials for distance learning.
ADA and SSTAP paratransit service will continue to book and provide medical trips such as dialysis, chemotherapy, hospitals, clinics, mental health facilities as well as trips to pharmacies and grocery stores.
Please note, St. Mary’s County STS Bus System is operating under the Saturday schedule.
 
Saturday service:
 
o Rt. 3 Great Mills Route (Supplemental) Tulagi Place to Callaway and return Every
 
hour 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (see attached)
 
o Rt. 6 Northern Route -Every other odd hour 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
 
o Rt. 7 Southern Route- Every other odd hour. 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
 
o Rt. 11 Great Mills/California Route- Every hour, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
o Rt. 12 Leonardtown Route- Every hour, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
o Rt. 14 County Span Route-NB/SB Every other even hour.6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
Sunday service:
 
o Rt. 11 Great Mills/California Route – 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
 
o Rt. 12 Leonardtown – 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 
 
 
For additional information, call the STS dispatcher at 301-475-4200, ext. 71120.
 
 
 
Department of Recreation and Parks
All Department of Recreation and Parks programs, including organized practices and games in the parks, remain canceled.
Waterfront parks, including Elms Beach, Myrtle Point, and Snow Hill Park, remain closed to the public. All other St. Mary’s County Government-owned and operated parks are open under the following specific safety guidelines, exercise activities such as walking, hiking, running or biking while adhering to recommended 6-foot social distancing measures are permitted. All sports or activities which engage in bodily contact such as basketball, soccer, football are not permitted. Gathering of groups are limited to no more than 10 people in any specific area of the park.
 
Public Landings
Public landings, including boat ramps, piers and gathering spaces are closed to the public.
 
St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office encourages the public to utilize the telephone reporting system to minimize social contact. Telephone reporting through the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will be available by contacting our Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at (301) 475-8008. The following crimes may be reported utilizing telephone reporting:
 
Malicious Destruction of Property/Vandalism
Burglary to Motor Vehicle/Attempted
Fraud
Harassment/Threat/Telephone Misuse
Single Vehicle Property Damage Accident/Deer Strike
Trespassing (Not in Progress)
Theft
Non-violent crimes may also be reported online at www.firstsheriff.com. Violent crimes and other emergencies should be reported by calling 911.
 
Treasurer’s Office
The Treasurer’s Office is closed to the public, Please call 301-475-4200, ext. 3300 for drop box instructions. Online payment options are available at www.stmarysmd.com/treasurer. Please utilize MVA online tag renewal services. Liquor license renewals and Senior Tax Credits should be mailed to St. Mary’s County Treasurer, P.O. Box 642, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
 
For a complete list of county government operations and COVID-19 resources, please visit St. Mary’s County Government: www.stmarysmd.com

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Calvert County, CalvertHealth Medical Center Hold Community Drive for Medical Supplies

 Calvert County and CalvertHealth Medical Center (CHMC) are actively working together to ensure the health and safety of its residents. While CHMC currently has the supplies needed to care for its patients and protect its staff, the county and the medical center are looking to increase supplies and take proactive measures for the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Community members and local businesses can assist by donating the following medical materials and supplies:
 
·         Unopened containers of hand sanitizer
 
·         Unopened bleach wipes
 
·         Unopened boxes of surgical masks
 
·         Unopened boxes of N95 masks
 
·         Unopened boxes of exam gloves
 
·         Unopened boxes of isolation or procedure gown
 
If you have supplies to donate, please contact CHMC’s Director of Patient, Family and Volunteer Services Susan Stevens at susan.stevens@calverthealthmed.org so that arrangements can be made to collect the donations. Please note that all items must be unopened materials.
 
The hospital is also accepting donations of homemade gowns and masks. The Centers for Disease Control has provided clinical guidance for these masks which can be used for patients and healthcare workers who have a low-risk of exposure to COVID-19.
 
Give the gift of blood. Those who are healthy and asymptomatic (no fever, cough, sore throat, etc.) can schedule an appointment to give blood through the American Red Cross at redcross.org. The Red Cross is anticipating critical blood shortages throughout this crisis and one donation has the potential to save up to three lives.
 
Give the gift of hope. Share words of gratitude and encouragement with the CalvertHealth team by dropping a line in the submission form located on the website. Leave a kind word, inspiring message or upload an image or document.
 
For more ways the community can assist, visit CHMC online at https://www.calverthealthmedicine.org/Ways-You-Can-Help.
 
Visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Coronavirus for further updates, guidance and resources. Updates will continue to appear on the Calvert County Government website, www.CalvertCountyMd.gov, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and Comcast Channel 6.

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CCPS Continues Meal Distribution in New Locations

In light of the Governor and Maryland State Department of Education’s order extending school closures through April 24, the Calvert County Child Nutrition Program’s Grab ‘n Go meal service will also be extended to help meet the needs of our students.  
Starting on Tuesday, March 31, however, please note that our Grab ‘n Go meal site locations are changing to comply with state and federal guidance. The current meal distribution sites (Calvert High School, Southern Middle School, and Patuxent High School) will be closing after service on Monday.  On Tuesday, they will be reopening at the following locations: 
 
 
All sites remain open to all children, so please feel free to select whichever site is most convenient.  
 
Addresses for the new sites are listed in the table above; however, directions from the previous sites to the closest new site are also listed below:
• The Chesapeake Ranch Estates Clubhouse site is the closest to Patuxent High School.
o Directions from PHS to the CRE Clubhouse
? Turn right onto Southern Connector Blvd.
? At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Rousby Hall Rd.
? Go 1.2 miles, then turn left onto Clubhouse Dr.
? At the “T” intersection, turn right.
? Go 0.2 miles and take a slight left, staying on Clubhouse Dr.
? The clubhouse and parking lot are 0.5 miles on your left.
 
• The White Sands Clubhouse site is the closest to Southern Middle School.
o Directions from SMS to the White Sands Clubhouse
? Turn left onto HG Trueman Rd.
? Turn right onto Rt. 4/Solomons Island Rd.
? Go 1.3 miles, then turn left onto White Sands Dr. (there is a light for left turning traffic).
? Go 1.1 miles, then turn right onto Sycamore Rd.
? The clubhouse & parking lot is immediately on your left.
 
• The Elks Lodge site is the closest to Calvert High School.
o Directions from CHS to the Elks Lodge
? Turn left onto Dares Beach Rd.
? Go 0.2 miles and the lodge will be on your right.

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Governor Larry Hogan Issues Stay-At-Home Order For Maryland Residents

Governor Larry Hogan has announced a stay-at-home order for all residents in Maryland in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.
 
Governor Hogan made the announcement during a press conference on Monday morning. The order does not restrict people from leaving their homes for essential activities, such as grocery shopping, visiting a doctor, or picking up a prescription. The order also allows essential workers to report to and from work.
 
The order goes into effect on Monday at 8 p.m.
 
People should only leave their homes for absolutely essential reasons like buying food or seeking medical care. Only essential businesses should stay open, but they should try to limit operations, Hogan said.
 
Anyone who traveled outside the D.C. region should self-quarantine for 14 days, Hogan said.
 
"Every single Marylander can be a hero just by staying home," Hogan said.
 
Fifty-one people in D.C., Maryland and Virginia have died due to coronavirus, according to Hogan.
 
He has called the state's coronavirus-fighting measures "unprecedented actions."
 
Hogan has been warning for weeks that the coronavirus' impact will drag on over months. He's repeatedly said it will be worse than most people anticipate.
 
Hogan says that the federal disaster agency FEMA has delivered 250 bed packages to hospitals in the state. Another 500 beds have been ordered and the state has the option to get another 500 beds to medical sites on an as-needed basis, Hogan said.
 
Hogan previously said he wanted to find 6,000 new hospital spots to deal with the anticipated increase in patients, News4 reported. The governor said progress is being made toward those goals.
 
The D.C. area saw one of the pandemic's deadliest days for the region on Saturday. Local leaders are working to slow the spread of the virus and address funding issues.
 
More diagnoses are expected as more testing becomes available, including at a testing site that opens Monday in the parking lot of FedEx Field in Prince George's County.
 
Health officials are currently dealing with an outbreak at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy. More than 60 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 there, and man in his 90s has died.
 
On Thursday, Hogan said the state received a federal disaster designation, which will open up more funding for the state.
 
“This declaration will help provide much-needed funding for state and local governments and nonprofits, and it will be another important step in Maryland’s aggressive and coordinated response to COVID-19,” Hogan said in a news release.
 
Hogan has been working to make more hospital beds available across the state.
 
As of Monday morning, Maryland had 1,413 confirmed cases of the virus. There have been 15 deaths in the state.

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Telephone Reporting Available For St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office

As part of the statewide and national response to ongoing Coronavirus concerns, Sheriff Tim Cameron has authorized Telephone Reporting for certain crimes. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office encourages the public to utilize the telephone reporting system to minimize social contact.
 
Telephone reporting through the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will be available by contacting our dispatch Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at (301) 475-8008. The following crimes may be reported utilizing telephone reporting:
 
· Malicious Destruction of Property/Vandalism
 
· Burglary to Motor Vehicle/Attempted
 
· Fraud
 
· Harassment/Threat/Telephone Misuse
 
· Single Vehicle Property Damage Accident/Deer Strike
 
· Trespassing (Not in Progress)
 
· Theft
 
Non-violent crimes may also be reported online at www.firstsheriff.com.
 
Violent crimes and other emergencies should be reported by calling 911.

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Twelve Total Cases of COVID-19 in St. Mary's County - Further Case Count Updates Available on Website

LEONARDTOWN, MD (March 30, 2020) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department has confirmed that two additional St. Mary’s County residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
 
A man in his 30s whose method of exposure is still being determined
A woman in her 40s whose method of exposure is still being determined
SMCHD is currently conducting an investigation into potential exposure to other community members. Press releases will no longer be issued announcing individual cases. The local case count will be updated daily on the coronavirus webpage - www.smchd.org/coronavirus.
 
Notification on public exposure risks to COVID-19 will continue as long as risk in an identified public location is greater than the risk in the general community. Once community spread of the disease is established, the risk of being in public places will be similar to being in a location where someone may have been contagious with the virus. 
 
“The best protective measure residents can take at this time is to stay home.” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “Continue social distancing, wash your hands, and cover your cough.”
 
Infection prevention measures and social distancing are key strategies to slowing the spread of illness like COVID-19. If you are sick, stay home and away from others. If you need medical attention, call ahead to your primary care doctor or healthcare facility, or use 9-1-1 if in a medical emergency. For local COVID-19 updates and information, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at (301) 475-4911 Monday - Saturday from 8:00 a.m  - 5:00 p.m.

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Detectives Investigating Murder-Suicide at Motel

On March 28 at 1:37 p.m., officers responded to the Super 8 motel in the 3500 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of a death investigation. A preliminary investigation revealed a motel employee entered the room to check on the occupants who were scheduled to check out earlier in the day. Upon entering the room, a man and a woman were found deceased. The male was later identified as Robert Ralph Russell, Jr., 47, of King George, VA. The woman was identified as Rachel Rae Africa, 39, of Waldorf. An autopsy was performed on March 29 at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore. Africa’s death was ruled a homicide and Russell’s death was ruled a suicide. Detectives are working to establish a motive; however, there was recent history of domestic violence in which Russell was charged with assaulting Africa on March 23. He was arrested but released on personal recognizance on March 25. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective J. Long at (301) 609-6502. The investigation is ongoing.

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Additional COVID-19 Public Exposure Risks Reported

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has determined that a person confirmed to have the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may have come into contact with other community members. The potential public exposure locations, dates, and times are as follows:
 
Walmart Supercenter, 45485 Miramar Way, California, MD 20619
 
Dates: March 15, 2020
Time ranges: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 
Kwik Wash Laundromat, 22599 MacArthur Blvd, California, MD 20619
Date: March 15, 2020
Time range: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Community members who were also at these locations during the specified dates/times may be at some risk for acquiring COVID-19 and should:
Self-monitor for symptoms of a respiratory infection including fever, flu-like symptoms, cough, or shortness of breath until 14 days have passed from the date of exposure 
Stay home as much as possible
Take additional precautions of washing hands frequently and avoid contact with people over age 60 and people of any age with weakened immune systems
If you develop symptoms:
Call your healthcare provider 
If you do not have a healthcare provider and are a St. Mary’s County resident, call the St. Mary’s County COVID-19 Community Hotline (Monday - Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 301-475-4911) to speak with a Health Department nurse  
Self-isolate - Remain at home until you receive instructions about next steps from your healthcare provider or local health department. Stay at least 6 feet away from others. If possible, do not share a bathroom or bedroom with others in your household. 
If symptoms worsen or you need medical attention, call ahead before going to your doctor’s office, urgent care or emergency department. Use 9-1-1 if in a medical emergency and notify dispatch of your potential exposure concerns.
For more information about COVID-19, please see the St. Mary’s County Health Department information site at www.smchd.org/coronavirus
 

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Two Residents at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Test Positive for COVID-19

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has confirmed that two residents at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in St. Mary’s County tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 
 
“Both residents are in stable condition,” said Sharon Murphy, Director of the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. “We are making every effort to take care of them and keep our other residents safe.” 
 
"With the Maryland Department of Health, in tandem with the St. Mary's County Health Department, working with HMR, Inc., the contractor at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, I have every confidence that we will arrest and eradicate that which has invaded our Home," stated George Owings,  Secretary of Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs.
 
“Charlotte Hall Veterans Home has implemented significant protocols over the past several weeks to protect their residents and prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “They are ready to respond immediately with additional measures to contain infection and protect all their valued residents.”
 
A Community Hotline is open for St. Mary’s County residents needing more information about COVID-19.  Community members can call 301-475-4911 Monday - Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to speak with staff to obtain information about the disease or for answers to general questions. Language interpretation services are available.

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