Delegate Nic Kipke wrote to the PBA with the following information and resources.
I hope you are doing well and handling the current situation as well as can be expected. Our situation is hard on all of us in many ways. Our family is self-quarantining at home but I am available by email, phone, and through social media to answer questions and help in any way possible (firstname.lastname@example.org is the best way to contact me).
Many are financially hurt, stressed, and a growing number of people are becoming ill with COVID-19 in our area. The number of people infected with COVID-19 saw its biggest single-day increase today, and more people are beginning to need care in a hospital. This leads our health officials to tell us that this is about to get a lot worse.
Fortunately, slowing the spread has allowed for medical preparations that other areas of the world did not have time for. In Maryland there are thousands of new hospital beds available in temporary hospitals that have been built by the Maryland National Guard. Companies like Ford, Tesla, GM, Everlywell, and 3M have taken on the challenge of increasing supply of respirators, tests, and personal protection supplies like face masks which are finally beginning to reach the market. Even Sagamore Distillery has suspended making Rye Whiskey and is now making hand sanitizer for Johns Hopkins.
While some continue to think that the risk is overblown, I want everyone to know that we can't allow what is happening to people in countries like China, Italy, and Spain to happen here. If we have to deal with a deadly health pandemic, we are very fortunate that we are dealing with it in the United States of America and we all need to pull together to get through this. Everyone needs to do their part to make sure they are equipped to hunker down and survive several more weeks or longer like this. Please take special care to quarantine yourself if you have any health conditions or are at risk. If you think you may be infected CALL your doctor before going so that they can prepare for your visit. To learn more about that click here: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/#Background. Please remember that even if you are young and healthy and not experiencing any symptoms you could still be a carrier, so we all must stay home and follow social distancing guidelines when you must go out.
I've also seen many ways that people are coming together to help one another out. There are scores of people sewing masks for health workers (click here for a free pattern to use), free food being made available to the homeless and the needy, just yesterday Chairman of the Maryland GOP Dirk & Councilwoman Jessica Haire offered $10,000 to support local Anne Arundel County restaurants with free meals for locals, and Pasadena Boat Works donated 14,000 medical face masks which are critically needed.
Congress is working on a package to support states, employers, and individuals deal with the financial effects of this. The plan seems to be close to final passage and I am hopeful it will provide much needed relief. Also the state has stepped up with many resources, here are some helpful links that may be of interest to you:
Executive orders & legal guidance for businesses:
Health Information & Maryland COVID-19 #s: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/
School meal site locator for students: https://mars.msde.maryland.gov/mars_sitesearch/
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To report safety concerns about hospitals and other health care facilities, contact the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality:
The University of Maryland Medical System has opened a free call line that is open to the public 24/7 to answer questions related to COVID-19. Calls will be answered and routed by an Operator. A Registered Nurse will then connect with callers to answer their questions. The call line number is 1-888-713-0711. For more information, visit
General business questions:
Grants & loans for employees with 50 or fewer employees:
For employers with 50 employees or larger:
So many people have contacted me recently with questions and I can tell there’s tons of anxiety, stress and uncertainty right now; I feel it too. Remember, other generations faced hardships like this and some far worse including many that went on for years. We know this will be short lived and we have incredible national resources to help us overcome the challenge. We will get through this.
Delegate Nic Kipke