Participating in this week’s Monthy BPD Oversight Hearing — virtually.
See a schedule of upcoming City Council Hearings here.
How are you holding up? I have been keeping busy this week with Council business. I am excited to say that this City Council has once again made history by holding Baltimore’s first ever virtual Council hearings. We had an abundance of hearings, including our monthly Baltimore Police Department oversight hearing. Read more about what we learned in the Baltimore Sun .
Next Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30 PM, the Health Committee will hold a second informational hearing on Baltimore’s Strategic Response to Coronavirus. In early February, I called for a hearing on our city’s preparedness for a possible COVID-19 pandemic. Watch our first hearing, which included testimony from the Baltimore City Health Commissioner, from March 17.
Everywhere I go in Baltimore, the high cost of water and water billing issues top the list of concerns among residents. On Thursday, April 30 at 11 AM, the Taxation, Finance, and Economic Development Committee will hold and informational hearing on Implementing the Water Accountability and Equity Act. Building a more accountable and equitable water system is of the utmost importance, and the City Council will use its oversight powers to ensure this law is fully implemented for our residents.
The City Council will hold its third Virtual City Council Meeting on Monday, April 27 at 5 PM. View the draft agenda here to see what is slated for introduction and advancement through the legislative process. You can watch Monday’s meeting live on CharmTV from your computer or device.
You can always find the latest schedule of Baltimore City Council meetings and hearings, as well as information about how to connect and participate, at this link.
Please remember that my office is here to help and answer your questions: 410-396-4804 and email@example.com. I will continue to share updated information about food distribution, senior services, City Schools, and more on my social media @CouncilPresBMS.
As always, continue looking out for your neighbors and supporting one another.
Baltimore City Council President
See information and updates on the Baltimore City Council’s website: bit.ly/cpbms-covid
Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Maryland:
As of Saturday afternoon, there are 17,766 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland, with a total of 486 deaths statewide.
Baltimore City has a total of 1,791 confirmed cases and 72 out of the 797 COVID-related deaths. Again, these numbers will continue to grow as more people in the city and state are tested. The current breakdown of COVID-19 cases in by county in Maryland is as follows:
County Cases Deaths
Allegany 105 (3)
Anne Arundel 1,430 (62)
Baltimore City 1,791 (72)
Baltimore County 2,387 (69)
Calvert 130 (7)
Carroll 384 (36)
Cecil 146 (5)
Charles 483 (34)
Dorchester 38 (2)
Frederick 814 (39)
Harford 302 (4)
Howard 686 (15)
Kent 67 (3)
Montgomery 3,483 (152)
Prince George’s 4,795 (162)
Queen Anne’s 52 (3)
St. Mary’s 124 (6)
Talbot 28 (1)
Washington 154 (3)
Wicomico 242 (4)
Data Not Available (115)
Baltimore COVID-19 Asset Map
Information is coming out fast from multiple sources and ever-changing. I’ve compiled essential Baltimore COVID-19 resources into a user-friendly asset map. The map has been updated to include youth food sites from today through April 26.
Use the map to find youth & senior food sites, health care clinics, and shopping options for seniors and people with compromised immune systems.
City Council Virtual Hearing
This week, the City Council will continue to hold hearings virtually, via the WebEx platform. Members of the public will be able to participate virtually during the public comment period as they would in person. You may find the latest Baltimore City Council Virtual Hearing Schedule (updated this week), as well as access information for each hearing at this link. There are upcoming hearings on topics including:
Tuesday, 4/28 @ 6:30PM — Informational Hearing – Baltimore’s Strategic Response to the Wuhan Coronavirus, Health Committee
Thursday, 4/30 @ 11AM — Informational Hearing – Implementing the Water Accountability and Equity Act, Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee
Wednesday, 5/6 @ 1:00PM— Inclusionary Housing Requirements, Land Use Comittee
Tuesday, 5/12 @ 3:30PM— Legislative Oversight Hearing – Homeless Shelters in Baltimore City, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
Wednesday, 5/20 @ 1PM— Baltimore City Critical Area Management Program, Land Use Committee
Please note, the “Du” Burns Council Chambers will be closed to the public for all hearings.
My Policy Plan to Support Baltimore During and After COVID-19
If you have not read it already, I would love to hear your perspective on my plan for Baltimore’s recovery now and after this pandemic ends. It lays the groundwork for a successful and equitable recovery for Baltimore.
You can read my paper, “Supporting Baltimore During and After COVID-19: Legislative Proposals and Opportunities for State and Federal Partnership for Baltimore” at bit.ly/supportingbaltimore.
My document outlines seven policy proposals to assist in a financial bailout for city residents and businesses post COVID-19:
Expand Unemployment Insurance: No one is immune to the economic fallout associated with COVID-19. Immediate support is needed for people whose source of income has been impacted.
Use Rainy Day Fund to Stabilize Baltimore: Our city is projected to lose nearly $170 million in revenue due to the pandemic. The Rainy Day Fund is meant for emergencies like this one and should be used to ease the financial hardships facing our most vulnerable residents.
Better Leverage Local Public Health Assets: Public health experts must be driving the City’s response to COVID-19 to protect our residents. Baltimore is home to world-renowned medical institutions, who must be part of any strategy or solution.
Address Homelessness and Housing Insecurity: People experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity will find it nearly impossible to comply with the CDC’s public health guidance to stay safe during this pandemic. We must work comprehensively to quickly meet the needs of this community.
Coordinate with Community-Based Efforts: Now more than ever, Baltimore needs effective coordination between city government, grassroots organizations, non-profits and philanthropic institutions to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of resources for people in need.
Support Businesses: Our businesses are economic engines for our city. We must ensure that they can access the resources they need.
Develop Regional and Federal Strategy: When COVID-19 is spreading exponentially across jurisdictions, Baltimore cannot act alone. More cooperation is needed at the local, state, and federal levels to save lives.
I believe that taking these necessary steps and starting now will put Baltimore on the road to recovery from this pandemic.
Senior Centers Closed – Will Provide Boxed Lunches
All City-operated senior centers are closed. The Health Department will provide boxed lunches at the senior centers. If there are factors that prevent participants from picking up a meal, meals can be delivered as an option by calling the Maryland Access Point at 410-396-CARE (2273), for eligibility into the home-delivered meal program. Click here for more information.
Grocery Shopping for Seniors & People with Compromised Immune Systems
Giant Food of Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware will offer dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens 60-and-older and individuals with compromised immune systems. Every store in their operating areas will reserve 6-7AM, every day of the week for this vulnerable population to shop and practice social distancing. The stores will operate on regular hours of operation during all other times.
Klein Family ShopRite stores have waived the ShopRite From Home fee and delivery fees for seniors 65 and older, and healthcare workers. If you fall into one of these categories, please make a note in the provided notes section when you place your order.
SafeWay will have special hours for Seniors to shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9AM.
Aldi will have special hours for Seniors to shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9AM.
WholeFoods will allow shoppers over 60 to come to the store at 7AM, which is one hour before opening to the general public.
Walmart will have special hours for Seniors to shop on Tuesdays from 6AM-7AM.
Redner’s Market will be open daily to Seniors from 6AM-7:30AM.
BJ’s Wholesale Club will be open daily to Seniors from 8AM-9AM.
Meal Distribution Sites
Starting Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 24, City Schools is providing grab-n-go meals to all Baltimore children and youth (18 and under) at 18 meal sites. The meals will be available from 10am-2pm and children and adults can each receive 4 meals/person.
Visit www.bmorechildren.com for more information on daily meal sites and times.
The Maryland Department of Labor has launched a new unemployment insurance application called the Beacon One-Stop. Starting today, all newly eligible Marylanders can file unemployment insurance claims entirely online — including those who are self-employed, gig workers, and those who previously filed by phone.
Small Business Support
Our small businesses are important to us and I know how tough a time this is for them. The Baltimore Development Corporation is coordinating with city and state agencies & the federal government to identify resources available for businesses. Let them know how you are being affected by taking their business impact survey: bit.ly/2wc7hXG
BDC launched baltimoretogether.com to serve as a repository of information and a resource for residents and businesses. The website will be continuously updated, so if you would like to suggest a resource, please email info@BaltimoreDevelopment.com.
Small businesses can now apply for SBA emergency loans with 30-year terms, for up to $2 million (depending on your circumstance/collateral). If you prepaid sales and use taxes for March you can also qualify for a refund. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-260-4020.
Intimate Partner Violence
Baltimore Artist Emergency Relief Fund
Baltimore’s artistic community keeps our city vibrant and creative with art and performances that can inspire, uplift and spark community change. Like many others at this time, our artistic community is experiencing a devastating economic impact due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) crisis. As Baltimore’s Arts Council, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is committed to providing necessary economic support and guidance to artists, especially in times like these. As we look toward recovery, we will need our artists’ creativity and commitment to keep us moving forward.
The Baltimore Artist Emergency Relief Fund is a coalition-led initiative designed to provide direct assistance to Baltimore-based artists and creative entrepreneurs who have lost income due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The application and detailed criteria are available HERE
The Special Primary Election for the 7th Congressional District will take place on April 28, 2020 by mail. Ballots have been mailed and should be arriving to residents of the 7th Congressional District soon.
The Primary Election for citywide offices and the Presidency, originally scheduled for April 28, will now take place on June 2, 2020. On Friday, Governor Hogan announced that the primary election would primarily take place by mail with at least one in-person voting site per county. More details can be found at boe.baltimorecity.gov/
To request an absentee ballot, visit this website.
Personal Protective Equipment Guidelines
My office made a guide for the proper use and disposal of personal protective equipment (PPE) like gloves and masks. They should always be placed in the nearest trash can. Proper use and disposal helps us reduce cross contamination and the spread of COVID-19.
Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.
Follow these five steps every time.
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Latest Updates on the Coronavirus
Baltimore City Health Department Updates
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates
Baltimore City Schools Health Updates