COVID-19 Resources: How to Stay Safe, Help Others

Information is crucial to public health, safety and well-being. Please see below for resources that may aid you during this time. If we’re missing something, please let us know by emailing [email protected].

COVID-19 Symptoms, current guidelines, and where to get help 

  • Symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and, in more severe cases, pneumonia.
  • If you become sick, especially if you are 60 or older or have pre-existing medical conditions, contact your health care provider or local health department before going to see them.
  • Governor Larry Hogan has relaxed the Maryland stay-at-home order, with indoor restaurant dining and many other retail businesses allowed open at reduced capacity. Some counties with higher infection rates — Prince George’s and Montgomery — have established stronger restrictions. Please check the Maryland state website or that of your county for up-to-date information.
  • Marylanders are required to wear face coverings when inside retail establishments or using public transportation.  This is particularly important because many people with COVID-19 do not experience symptoms. Using a mask can help slow or prevent transmission of the virus, according the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Maryland Department of Health websites for more information.

Food assistance 

  • Sign up for the Food Supplement Program/SNAP (formerly called food stamps) by filing an application online with myDHR. Much more information can be found here. Everyone has the right to apply for the FSP. Eligibility is based on income and individual situation and will be evaluated based on your application and a follow-up interview. You may qualify if you:
    • Work for low wages
    • Are unemployed or work part time
    • Receive Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) or other public assistance payment
    • Are elderly or have a disability and live on a small income
    • Are homeless
  • School breakfast/lunch
    • Free meals are available through the School Nutrition Program.
    • Find the closest meal pick up site and meal time using this map. You may need to reset the site radius.
    • More information and updates can be found here.
  • Food banks/pantries  — as a resource or as a place to donate

Filing for unemployment 

  • No matter when or how they file, Marylanders become eligible for benefits starting after the day after they separated from employment.
  • If you are eligible, you will be paid for all benefits due.
  • Claims can now be filed entirely online. More information and next steps here.

Health insurance 

  • Open enrollment for 2020 health and dental plans has been extended until Dec. 15 And 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, getting married or turning 26.
  • More information and next steps here.


Domestic violence 

Mental health 


How to help others

  • Our story on virtual volunteering points you in the right direction if you’re looking for ways to help during this pandemic. We compiled a list of volunteer sites and search engines from across the state to help you get started.