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Compiled by: David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Staff Writer

AACC

  • Extended spring break, classes resume online April 6

AACPS

  • Closure of schools for two weeks starting March 16 

Aging & Disabilities 

  • Announced closing of all senior activity centers, effective March 13

Health

  • Issued guidance for private and local organizations and community partners on public events to protect residents and prevent the spread of COVID-19

Rec & Parks 

  • Waived county park entrance fees until further notice, effective Monday, 3/16
  • Visitor centers are closed, but parks remain open during their normal operating hours

AACPS

  • School system to provide meals to students at 52 sites during school shutdown

Aging & Disabilities

  • Nutrition sites closed effective March 13, with home distribution beginning March 16. 
  • March 16 staff will begin routinely calling all clients, senior center members, caregivers, and others are known to the department for socialization and a well-person check. All emergent needs will be documented, triaged, and resolved in coordination with the necessary departments. 

County Executive’s Office

  • Signed executive order to declare a state of emergency for Anne Arundel County 
  • Government buildings continue to stay open to the public – continually reassessing 
  • Created an event cancellations link 
  • Planned a Virtual Town Hall for March 14, will be recurring 

Detention Facilities

  • No visitations allowed. 
  • Identified two isolation units. 

Housing

  • Social distancing from work orders that aren’t emergencies. 
  • Discontinuing inspection next week.
  • No evictions or court actions. 

Inspections & Permits

  • Permits are being issued by appointment only to limit foot traffic. 
  • Plan review is happening remotely. 
  • Conducting limited inspections. 
  • All permits for events through March 31 have been rescinded 
  • Postponing inspection of tax cabs to July 

Libraries 

  • Closed until March 30

Mental Health

  • Mobile crisis is using extreme discretion for in-person visits and is moving to phone consultations wherever possible. 

Personnel

  • Telework policy to be implemented Monday 
  • Relaxed the rules on doctor’s notes to allow a return to work in order to lessen the impact on health care providers. 
  • For employees who don’t earn leave, if an employee presents with an illness administrative leave can be made available 

Police

  • Assigned a sworn officer to the communications team. 
  • Taking police reports for relatively minor and non-violent crimes by telephone and online 

Public Works 

  • Suspended all water service shut-offs indefinitely 
  • Coordination with Annapolis DPW to do mutual aid at water plant and roads 

Rec & Parks

  • All child care programs will be closed beginning March 16 and remain closed until schools re-open 
  • Suspended indoor and outdoor use of school facilities and senior centers 
  • North County and South County Recreation Centers are closed until further notice
  • Arundel Olympic Swim Center and North Arundel Aquatic Center are closed until further notice
  • Youth Spring Basketball start is postponed
  • All turf fields are closed until further notices 
  • Permitted activities in Community Park facilities are suspended until further notice  
  • Communicated with athletic associations to cancel practice 

Sheriff’s Office

  • The Sheriff will not be enforcing eviction notices during the crisis. 

State’s Attorney Office

  • Anne Arundel District and Circuit Courts are closed to the public from March 16 through April 3, 2020. Only limited court hearings are being held daily. 
  • The office will be operating in a limited capacity and can be contacted during normal business hours to answer questions. Questions can also be sent to saoquestions@aacounty.org. 

Workforce Development 

  • Career centers are closed to the general public, appointments only.  
  • Appointment only consultations are being delivered virtually. 

AACPS

  • Expanded meals program, will begin offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a single pickup to children ages 2 to 18 on March 16 at 31 school sites and 21 additional mobile meals. View pickup locations here. 

Personnel

  • Employee health benefits worked with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and CVS to remove cost and other barriers to ensure members have access to necessary care during this time.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...