COVID-19 Response Teams
- Planning for all public health emergency functions
- Planning the testing center and ensuring surge capacity
- The Long-Term Care Team is communicating directly with all county facilities to give support and guidance when needed, ensuring they are following CDC guidelines and state and local guidance
- Assisting with county outbreak responses, working with county first/front line responders to have access to testing, and working to support a state testing center.
- The Infectious Disease Team is helping with testing/test results/follow up
- The Contact Tracing Team is following up with all positive cases and those who were in contact with COVID-19 positive patients
- The Epidemiology Team is tracking county case data
- Managing all national stockpile and state resources
- Securing, managing, and distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout the county
- Working with Maryland National Guard and Maryland Department of Health for strike team responses
- Answering questions from the community and referring for testing
- The Call Center is open 5 days a week, Monday – Friday, from 8 AM – 5 PM: 410-876-4848
- Educating the public, fielding press requests, creating social media and press releases, updating the website, Spanish messaging, and encouraging participation in contact tracing.
- Assisting community partners in developing consistent messaging and interpreting state and federal guidance.
- Working with MD Responds volunteers to assist with all county activities
- Coordinating donations
Administration and IT:
- Facilitating transition of a major part of the CCHD workforce to teleworking
- Coordinating with state and federal systems for data sharing and remote access
- Providing access to mental health and substance use resources, assisting with outreach mental health messaging, and providing emergency services to all community partners
- Continuing to support those most at risk in the community through outreach programs
*Other programs are continuing to maintain critical health department functions.