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 relaxed the Maryland stay at home order, effective as of Friday, May 15, however not all counties will follow this schedule. Due to higher rates of infection, Prince George’s, Montgomery, Baltimore, Howard and Anne Arundel counties, as well as Baltimore City, have maintained some restrictions. The reopening status of the state and each individual county continues to evolve. 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.
  • 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
  • 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 

  • Emergency enrollment is now open through June 15, 2020. The application is available daily from 6:00am to 11:00pm.
  • More information and next steps here.


Domestic violence 

Mental health 


How to help 

  • 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.