COVID-19 Information & Updates

  1. The County is currently in Phase 1C of its COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan

    The County is currently in Phase 1C of its COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan. Read on...
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Prince George’s COVID-19 Dashboard

Update for 02/24/2021
COVID-19 Cases for 20743: 2,883

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The Mayor & Council would like to thank you for choosing the Town of Capitol Heights as your home! As a Town, we recognize the substantial need for services and resources during these difficult times. We wanted to reach out to you all and provide you with Town updates as well as local, county and state resources.

To receive updates and information regarding COVID-19 visit our COVID-19 Information & Resources: News & Announcements and subscribe to receive notifications from the Town by clicking ’Notify Me’. 

Services

The Town administrative offices will operate on its normal schedule. If you are in need of general assistance, please call Town Hall at (301) 336-0626. Please refer to our website at www.capitolheightsmd.gov for the most current information on Town and County operations.

The Capitol Heights Police Department (CHPD) is made of essential personnel and will be visible and available with proper equipment and techniques. All CHPD officers have been trained and are alert for warning signs and safe practices. For questions and information on available police services please call (301) 420-2444.

Emergency Legislation

The Mayor & Council have signed an emergency ordinance to request more authority for the Council to enforce laws and requesting more financial support for residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Town of Capitol Heights Special Edition: COVID-19 Updates, Services & Resources 

FOOD ASSISTANCE RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES AND RESIDENTS 

Members and partners of the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council have compiled resources to help local families who are impacted by the school and government closures related to COVID-19. They will continue to post breaking news and updates through their social media accounts. Please follow them at @pgcfec on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Food Assistance & Meals Sites: 

  • Stand Up & Deliver (COVID-19 Donations) - Prince George’s County has created an innovative and targeted solution to lend a helping hand, safely assist where needed, and to build capacity for community-based organizations and small businesses to address the food insecurity and basic needs of Prince George’s County residents. For more information please visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3451/Stand-Up-Deliver-COVID-19-Donations

COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine Update 2/16/2021

The Six Flags COVID-19 vaccination site in Prince George’s County is operated by the State of Maryland and it is open to any eligible Marylander.

For updates on appointment availability at Six Flags and other state-run vaccination sites, please visit: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine

If individuals text “MDREADY” to 898-211, they will receive text notifications on their smartphones regarding updates about Six Flags and the State’s other mass vaccination sites.

The State has also launched a COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center where Marylanders can get help scheduling vaccination appointments at the State’s mass vaccination sites, including Six Flags America. Individuals can also get information on COVID-19 vaccines and help finding vaccination providers closest to their homes. The number is 1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829). It will operate seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The center is specifically designed to assist residents without Internet access.

COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE 1/25/2021

Prince George’s County residents who are in Phase 1C are now eligible for vaccination appointments. 

Individuals who live or work in Prince George’s County must fill out the pre-registration form. As vaccine appointments become available, individuals who are eligible will receive an email from the Health Department with a link and instructions on how to make a vaccine appointment. COVID-19 vaccines are offered by appointment only. 

The following individuals are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1C:  

  • Adults ages 65-74 years of age  
  • Health and human services not covered in Phase 1A 
  • Public safety not covered in Phase 1A
  • Essential workers at high risk of exposure (in alphabetical order)
    • Food and agriculture workers (farms and processing centers) 
    • Grocery store workers
    • Public transit workers (including transport for seniors and persons with disabilities)
    • Postal service workers 

Individuals who were eligible to receive vaccinations in Phase 1A and still have not received the vaccine should fill out the pre-registration form as well. 

Anyone who lives or works in Prince George’s County who does not fall into Phases 1A, 1B or 1C should still fill out the pre-registration form. Based on your responses, you will be notified of eligibility when the County moves into future phases of vaccine distribution. As additional appointments become available, you will receive a link with instructions on how to schedule your vaccine appointment.  The County Health Department is vaccinating people in Phases 1A and 1B. Those in 1C who have pre-registered will receive appointments as they become available, which we anticipate could take several weeks or longer. Those who have signed up for appointments who do not live or work in the County will not receive a vaccination at our County sites, and their appointments are being canceled. You must provide proof of residency or proof of employment at the time of appointment.

Prince George’s County is in Phase 1C of its vaccination distribution plan.  This vaccine is supplied to Prince George's County local Health Department and other health care and medical facilities in the County in limited doses. They will continue to provide updates as additional information on when vaccination appointments by the general public are available.

Each new phase will begin when the current phase meets its targeted goal, and vaccine supply will drive how long each phase takes. Please visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3730/COVID-19-Vaccination for more information and updates. 

Prince George's County COVID19 Vaccine Dashboard

COVID Vaccination Pre-Registration Form

Related Documents: 

FAQS

    COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs

Fact-sheets

    Why Get a Vaccine-English (PDF)

    Why Get A Vaccine-Spanish (PDF)

For Physicians

    About the Vaccines - For Physicians (PDF)

Vaccine Phases

    Vaccine Phases English (PDF)

    Vaccine Phases Spanish (PDF)

Prince George’s County, MD: Full Phase Two Reopening

The County is currently in phase 2 of reopening. New measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will go into effect on Wednesday, December 16 at 5:00 PM, under Executive Order 27-2020. The ban on indoor dining will be lifted on Friday, January 29, 2021 at 12:00 PM. 

Executive Order No. 3-2021 (PDF)

Executive Order No. 27-2020 (PDF)

Council Resolution 125-2020 (PDF)

Health Directive (PDF)

As a part of the updated phase two reopening, residents are still encouraged to exercise caution and use good judgment to keep themselves and others safe. It is important to continue to wash your hands frequently, practice physical distancing (at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others) and wear a face covering in all indoor and outdoor public locations as well as on public transportation.

On Thursday, November 12, 2020, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced that the County will implement updated phase 2 guidelines for businesses and large gatherings in response to recent increases in key COVID-19 metrics. This decision was made under the advice of County health officials after analyzing COVID-19 data and trends over the past few weeks. The County is currently in phase 2 of reopening. Sunday, November 15 at 5:00 PM, the County updated guidelines under its phase 2 reopening. View the updated guidelines here: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3504/County-Phased-Reopening

Monday, June 29, 2020, at 5:00 PM, Prince George’s County entered into a full phase two reopening. This decision was made under the advice of public health officials and the data that the County has been monitoring, including continued downward trends in the number of new COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations.

As a part of the full phase two reopening, residents are still encouraged to exercise caution and stay home as much as possible to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is important to continue to wash your hands frequently, practice physical distancing, and wear a face-covering in all stores and on public transportation. To learn more information about the modified phase one reopening, read the County Executive’s Executive Order.

Executive Orders

For more Prince George's County, MD COVID-19 updates please visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3397/Coronavirus.

Children

Meals During Distance Learning - Effective Wednesday, September 2, free meals will be available for pickup to all children 2 to 18 years old on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM (except holidays).

Children picking up meals do not have to show any form of identification. Adults picking up meals without children should show a student ID or most recent report card to support the number of meals requested. 

Visit https://www.pgcps.org/reopen-pgcps/distance-learning/meals for more information.

Child Care - In tandem with the State of Maryland’s advancement into Stage 2 of Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery, the Maryland State Department of Education is moving forward as outlined in “Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Child Care.”  As additional family and center-based child care programs reopen, the state will transition away from unlicensed return to only authorizing licensed child care and making payments in the Child Care Scholarship program based on attendance rather than enrollment. If you are in need of childcare call the Maryland Family Network LOCATE: Child Care office at 1-877-261-0060. To see if you are eligible visit http://www.marylandfamilynetwork.org/programs-services/locate/.

Back to School 2020: Reopen PGCPS - On July 15, 2020, CEO Dr. Monica Goldson announced her plan to safely and responsibly reopen Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) for the 2020-21 academic year. Following broad input from families, employees and community members, PGCPS will continue distance learning through January 2021. Prince George’s County has been the epicenter of the COVID-19 public health crisis in Maryland. In light of the health disparities in communities that house more than 136,500 students and 20,000 employees, there is a significant public health concern if schools were to reopen this fall for in-person instruction. For more information please visit https://www.pgcps.org/reopen/.

Grab and Go Student Meals - Nutrition goes hand in hand with successful learning! Breakfast and lunch will be available for pick up at most schools (and delivery in many communities) on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Students who are not eligible for free and reduced-priced meals can purchase breakfast and lunch. Submit a free and reduced-priced meals form here.


Prince George’s County Public Schools  Virtual Summer Learning Program - Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Virtual Summer Learning Programs offer students opportunities for acceleration, enrichment, credit recovery, or original credit during the summer. In Summer 2020, all programs will be offered virtually and there are no fees to participate. For more information visit https://www.pgcps.org/summerprograms/.

Updates to services and sites will be provided as information becomes available. For more information, visit www.pgcps.org/foodandnutrition

COVID-19 Child Care Recovery Program for Businesses

The Child Care Provider Recovery Program provides grants to child care centers that have had to close their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many child care programs in the County had to close its doors due to lack of revenue and newly established state and local health and safety guidelines. Unfortunately, these closures resulted in a substantial decrease in the number of available, quality child care seats for Prince George’s County families.  

Child Care providers in Prince George’s County may apply for grants to cover reopening expenses through the Child Care Provider Recovery Program.  Eligible child care providers may receive a grant up to $20,000 for licensed child care centers and up to $3,000 for registered family child care homes. 

Applications are currently closed. To learn more please visit: https://www.pgcedc.com/covid-child-care-recovery

Health

The coronavirus emergency special enrollment period is now open. You can enroll any time of year if you’re eligible for Medicaid or if you’ve recently had certain qualifying life events, like losing your job or  turning 26.  through Maryland Health Connection, open for Prince George’s County residents. Phone assistance is available Monday - Friday from 8:00AM - 6:00PM by calling 1(855) 642-8572.

Coronavirus Emergency Special Enrollment

Coronavirus Emergency Special Enrollment - Spanish

COVID-19 Screening Appointments - As of May 4, 2020, the Prince George’s County Health Department’s COVID-19 community screening and testing operation will take place at the Cheverly Health Center located at 3003 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, MD 20785. YOU MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. The Cheverly Health Center will accommodate both drive-thru and foot traffic. Signage and traffic control personnel will direct patients through the site. To schedule an appointment please call (301)883-6627. For additional testing locations statewide, visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3472/COVID-19-Testing

Mental Health and Behavioral Health Resources

If you or a loved one is experiencing signs of severe depression, anxiety, or substance misuse call 211 and dial option 1, which will direct you to the Maryland crisis hotline. Or text the word- HOME to 741741 for support.

Neighborhood Services

Food resources in the County- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several food pantries have been setup throughout Prince George’s County and within neighboring jurisdictions. To find the nearest food pantry visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3424/Food-Pantry-Locations

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Housing - An Administrative Order issued by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, says "all evictions or foreclosures will be suspended until further notice." See Guidance for Rental Tenants Affected by COVID-19 notice for more information.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Relaunch (ERA) the Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) relaunch opened Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Application deadline November 10, 2020. This program offers relief to landlords on behalf of renters experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic through the re-launch of its Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). This assistance may help prevent arrears and late fees from accumulating and prevent evictions from occurring. Depending upon need, applicants may be eligible for a maximum of up to $1,800.00 per month for a maximum of up to 3 months of emergency rental assistance. To see if you are eligible, how to apply and documentation required please visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3703/Emergency-Rental-Assistance-Program-Rela?fbclid=IwAR1_87XuiGP6ISL1XPCnQXgSiS3iBFU1PcmplN_E1J71gZ99t9r_apXOCNA.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program-English (PDF)

Emergency Rental Assistance Program-Spanish (PDF)

Trash Services

Yard Waste - As of May 4, 2020, all yard waste will be collected separately from the residential trash collection. Yard Waste is collected every Monday, all residents must have items out by 6AM on the day of collection. Make sure to have waste in a county approved biodegradable bag.

Bulk Trash - Bulk Trash Requests will be limited until September 1, 2020. Due to the high volume of collections, Bates Trucking must limit the bulk collections to 25 homes per collection day. Residents will be on a first call first served basis. Once the bulk list for your municipality is full residents will be advised to call back for the following week’s collection. Bates Trucking will resume regular bulk trash services for all municipalities starting September 1, 2020. For more information please click here

To schedule an appointment call 301-773-2069; Thursdays 9:00 am - Tuesdays 2:00 pm to get on the bulk trash list that Wednesday’s service. Appointments can also be scheduled online. Only 3 bulk items are permitted per week. Clothing, books, shoes, household items (i.e. pots, pan, utensils, etc.) should be placed into a box or bag (3 boxes = one item, 5 bags = one item).

How to Obtain Bulk Services On-Line

All residents in Municipalities that use Bates Trucking to provide their Bulk Trash Services can put in your request on-line. CLICK HERE to go directly to our Request for Service page under the Customer Center tab. Select ’Bulk Trash Service’ when you get to the Service Type and don’t forget to list up to three (3) bulk items in the Comments Section.  

Large Bulk Items Include: Small Bulk Items Include:

•    Refrigerators

•    Stoves

•    Washers/Dryers

•    Sofas

•    Dining Room Table & Chairs

•    Cabinets

•    Deep Freezers

•    Commodes/Toilets

•    Desks

•    Recliners

•    Floor Model TVs

•    Ladders

•    Lawn Mowers

•    Mattresses & Box Springs (covered)    

•    Microwaves

•    Lamps

•    Small TVs

•    Single Chairs

•    Fans

•    Broken Trash Cans

•    Computers/Laptops/Printers

•    Gardening Tools

•    Mini Refrigerators

Text Message Updates - To receive alerts, tips, and resources related to COVID-19 and other threats and hazards affecting (or that may affect Maryland) text "MdReady" to 898211

Seniors

(To be eligible for the Senior Nutrition Program, an individual must be a Prince George’s County resident and be at least 60 years of age, or have a spouse that is 60 year of age and attends Senior Nutrition Program)

Free Meals - The County will begin delivering seven frozen meal packs to seniors who receive meals at the Department of Family Services, Senior Nutrition Program sites between the hours of 10:00AM 4:00PM. For more information about senior food delivery visit https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/1723/Nutrition-Services, or call the Senior Nutrition Program at (301) 265-8475.

Senior Call Check - Provide peace of mind by registering a senior living at home alone into the free Senior Call Check Program. To register, call 1(866) 50-CHECK. Visit the  Maryland Department of Aging website at https://aging.maryland.gov/Pages/senior-call-check.aspx for more info. 

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Town Offered Services

Food Distribution - First Baptist Church of Capitol Heights will distribute food and provide informational resources to Town residents in need of assistance. For more information and to RSVP please contact Councilwoman Rhonda Akers at (301) 793-0367 or by email at rakers@capitolheightsmd.com.

Transportation - Prince George’s County Call-A-Bus Service - The Town of Capitol Heights Call-A-Bus is no longer in use due to COVID-19, we are deferring to the Prince George’s County Call-A-Bus. Service is available to all residents of Prince George’s County who are not served by, or cannot use, existing bus or rail services. However, priority is given to seniors and persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities must provide their own escort, if needed. Service animals are allowed for the visually impaired. For service, please call the Prince George’s County Call-A-Bus at (301) 499-8603. See the Declaration of a Local State of Emergency

Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks signed an executive order effective Wednesday, April 15, 2020, requiring that all Prince George’s County residents and visitors must wear face coverings in grocery stores and while riding "The Bus", the County transit system. (You may cover your face with a mask, homemade mask, bandana or scarf).

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PLEASE DON’T FORGET: You must still practice social distancing guidelines - six (6) feet of distance between yourself and others.

Prince George’s County offers free COVID-19 Resources including factsheets, FAQs, infographics, videos, and county updates for more information.

Census 

For more information please visit our Census 2020 page. 

DMV Services - The following MDOT MVA branch offices are open to customers by APPOINTMENT ONLY.  All customers and staff will be required to answer three health screening questions prior to accessing the branch. View the questions here. For more information visit https://mva.maryland.gov/Pages/announcements.aspx.

ALL VEIP stations in Maryland will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021., however customers can use one of the 24-hour VEIP self-serve kiosks in the meantime.

To make an appointment visit our Central Scheduling System.

Transactions that will be available for scheduling include:

• learner’s permits,
• commercial driving tests,
• non-commercial driving tests,
• renewing driver’s license and identification cards and
• title work.

All vehicle registration transactions should be completed through the MDOT MVA eStore, self-service kiosk or by mail. For more information about online transactions, visit our COVID-19 FAQ

For a list of FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about MDOT MVA operations and policies during COVID-19, click here.

Elections

Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Prince George’s County Board of Elections is open to the public by appointment only. Please call 301-341-7300 to make an appointment.

All registered voters will be sent a mail-in ballot application to choose to vote by mail. To get a mail-in ballot, you’ll need to submit an application to get one. Send your completed application to your local election office or apply online: https://bit.ly/31c37vL

The Prince George’s County Board of Elections encourages everyone to vote by mail in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Request a Vote by Mail Application. You can also text VBM to 77788 to receive the application on your cell phone.

Please visit the Prince George's County Board of Elections: 2020 Presidential General Election FAQs. page. Here you may find the answers to many frequently asked questions concerning the Prince George's County 2020 Presidential General Election.

2020 PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION DATES

General Election - November 3, 2020 from 7 am until 8 pm.
Early Voting for the General Election - Monday, October 26, 2020 through Monday, November 2, 2020 from 7 am until 8 pm.

The Early Voting & Election Day vote center locations have been posted to the Maryland State Board of Elections website at the election information page here: http://bit.ly/2vOW7r9. View the press statement for more information: https://bit.ly/32C7sJ6

Drop box locations are still being finalized.

Employment

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Employ Prince George’s, the Greater Washington Community Foundation, and Partners, have launched the Prince George’s County COVID-19 Hourly Employee Relief Fund. This fund provides $200 cash cards to Prince George’s County residents who were recently laid off due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. For more information please visit https://employpgedge.com/. (Due to funding, the COVID-19 Hourly Employee Relief Fund application is currently closed).

Relief - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. U.S. Small Business Administration has declared D.C.— including Prince George’s County— as an economic disaster area. For more information please visit https://www.pgcedc.com/covid19.

MARYLAND STRONG: ROADMAP TO RECOVERY 

Regional Approach. 

 The Roadmap contemplates offering some flexibility to health officers of county and municipal governments, and considering regional differences in COVID-19 conditions. See the full Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery here. 

PLEASE CONTINUE TO STAY SAFE AND STAY IN AS MUCH ISOLATION AS YOU CAN!