COVID-19 Joint Information Center Update: March 9, 2021


COVID-19 Joint Data Day by day Briefings can be launched ONLY on Tuesdays and Fridays.


**The dashboard is up to date Monday-Friday**




Have you ever been FULLY VACCINATED?


Individuals are thought of absolutely vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose collection, just like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If it has been lower than 2 weeks since your shot, or in the event you nonetheless must get your second dose, you’re NOT absolutely protected. Maintain taking all prevention steps till you’re absolutely vaccinated.


The CDC has up to date its steerage for when you have got been absolutely vaccinated.


COVID-19 vaccines are efficient at defending you from getting sick. Based mostly on what is thought about COVID-19 vaccines, individuals who have been absolutely vaccinated can begin to do some issues that that they had stopped doing due to the pandemic.


The medical group remains to be studying how vaccines will have an effect on the unfold of COVID-19. After you’ve been absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, you must maintain taking precautions in public locations like carrying a masks, staying 6 toes other than others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated areas till we all know extra.


What has modified in case you are FULLY VACCINATED?

Should you’ve been absolutely vaccinated:

  • You possibly can collect indoors with absolutely vaccinated folks with out carrying a masks.
  • You possibly can collect indoors with unvaccinated folks from one different family (for instance, visiting with kinfolk who all reside collectively) with out masks until any of these folks or anybody they reside with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Should you’ve been round somebody who has COVID-19, you don’t want to avoid others or get examined until you have got signs.
  • Nonetheless, in the event you reside in a bunch setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group dwelling) and are round somebody who has COVID-19, you must nonetheless avoid others for 14 days and get examined, even in the event you don’t have signs.


What has NOT modified in case you are FULLY VACCINATED?

For now, in the event you’ve been absolutely vaccinated:

  • You must nonetheless take steps to protect yourself and others in lots of conditions, like carrying a masks, staying no less than 6 toes other than others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated areas. Take these precautions each time you’re:
  • In public
  • Gathering with unvaccinated folks from multiple different family
  • Visiting with an unvaccinated one who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with an individual at elevated threat
  • You must nonetheless keep away from medium or large-sized gatherings.
  • You must nonetheless delay home and worldwide journey. Should you do journey, you’ll nonetheless must comply with CDC requirements and recommendations.
  • You must nonetheless be careful for symptoms of COVID-19, particularly in the event you’ve been round somebody who’s sick. When you’ve got signs of COVID-19, you must get examined and keep dwelling and away from others.
  • You’ll nonetheless must comply with steerage at your office.


What the CDC is aware of and what they’re nonetheless studying


It’s recognized that COVID-19 vaccines are efficient at stopping COVID-19 illness, particularly extreme sickness and demise.

  • The CDC remains to be studying how efficient the vaccines are in opposition to variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early information present the vaccines may go in opposition to some variants however could possibly be much less efficient in opposition to others.


It’s recognized that different prevention steps assist cease the unfold of COVID-19, and that these steps are nonetheless necessary, at the same time as vaccines are being distributed.
  • We’re nonetheless studying how effectively COVID-19 vaccines maintain folks from spreading the illness.
  • Early information present that the vaccines might assist maintain folks from spreading COVID-19, however we’re studying extra as extra folks get vaccinated.
  • We’re nonetheless studying how lengthy COVID-19 vaccines can defend folks.
  • As we all know extra, CDC will proceed to replace our suggestions for each vaccinated and unvaccinated folks.


Till we all know extra about these questions, everybody — even individuals who’ve had their vaccines — ought to proceed taking basic prevention steps when really helpful.


You will need to proceed to comply with the entire really helpful tips to maintain your self protected. Put on a masks that covers your mouth and nostril whereas out in public or if you find yourself round others outdoors of your family, wash your palms usually, social distance, and keep away from gatherings with folks outdoors of your family.


If you’re experiencing any COVID-19 signs or have been round others which have examined optimistic, PLEASE STAY HOME. Monitor your well being intently and get examined.



  • WEAR A MASK that covers your nostril and mouth


***Timelines are topic to alter relying on a number of elements, together with vaccine availability***




A Senior COVID Vaccine Name Record Help Hotline was created to help Washington County residents who’re 65 and older. This toll-free hotline is ONLY for seniors 65 and older who would not have web entry and want help signing up for the COVID-19 vaccine name listing type. Over 1,700 seniors have used this hotline to obtain help in registering to be positioned on the Meritus Well being name listing. Please share this quantity with those that want help signing up.


Senior COVID-19 Vaccine Name Record Help Hotline:



To obtain further data, you possibly can name the COVID-19 Vaccine Data Hotline at 1-833-285-2804 to obtain the most recent updates.


Washington County stays in Section 1C. Precedence teams 1A, 1B, and 1C are eligible to obtain vaccines in Washington County. Precedence group 1C contains the next people who’re eligible for vaccination:


  • All adults over the age of 65
  • Meals and agricultural employees
  • U.S. Postal Service employees
  • Grocery/Comfort retailer employees
  • Private and non-private transit employees
  • Manufacturing employees
  • Veterinarians and their assist workers
  • Members of clergy and others deemed important assist for homes of worship
  • Everybody in Precedence Teams 1A and 1B
  • People who’re at present hospitalized AND recognized with the next standards are eligible to obtain vaccine in Section 1C:
  • Most cancers sufferers who’re at present in lively remedy
  • Finish-stage renal illness sufferers requiring hemodialysis
  • Persistent Obstructive Pulmonary Illness (COPD), particularly those that are oxygen-dependent or are steroid-dependent
  • Stable organ transplant recipients
  • Sickle cell illness sufferers
  • Diabetic sufferers (Sort 1 and Sort 2)


People who’re recognized with these medical situations however aren’t at present hospitalized can be eligible to obtain the vaccine in Maryland’s Section 2 COVID-19 vaccine distribution.


Maryland Division of Well being is requiring native well being departments to prioritize older adults aged 65 and up for vaccination appointment slots, as they change into accessible.


  • Hundreds of individuals on the decision listing means it can take a number of weeks earlier than you’re contacted to schedule a vaccination appointment
  • Please be affected person and chorus from contacting the Well being Division and Meritus to obtain a standing replace on the place you’re on the waitlist and when it is possible for you to to schedule your appointment
  • You’ll obtain a cellphone name to schedule an appointment. If you’re in Section 1A, 1B, or 1C precedence teams and have accomplished an internet type on both Meritus Well being, MyChart, or the Well being Division, you’re on the decision listing.



The State of Maryland has launched a pilot program for COVID-19 vaccines to be administered at Big and Walmart pharmacies. There are two Martin’s areas in Washington County which are a part of this program. Please go to to study extra about this program.


These aged 65 and older can full the shape under to be contacted for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. You may be contacted to schedule your vaccine appointment within the order by which your request has been acquired.


The Washington County Well being Division has created an curiosity type so as to create lists for every precedence group shifting ahead. If you’re curious about receiving a vaccine and are within the precedence teams recognized in Section 1A, 1B, & 1C (aside from 65+) please fill out the shape under. 


Should you or a cherished one is fighting nervousness, despair, ideas of suicide, or substance use, please dial 2-1-1. For a extra in-depth take a look at assets accessible in Washington County, please go to


To accomplice with the group for this outreach marketing campaign, golden thread bracelets can be given to companies and group organizations throughout Washington County who want to be a Threads of Hope accomplice. All companions are requested at hand out bracelets to anybody who may have encouragement throughout this season. If you’re a enterprise or group in Washington County that want to get entangled, please sign-up at Scroll to the underside of the web page to finish the shape.


The County acknowledges that nothing about this yr has been regular. As we enter into the winter months, staying linked might change into tougher. It’s okay to achieve out for assist. Residents are inspired to test in your family and friends members. Discover inventive methods to attach just about or ship playing cards of encouragement within the mail. We’ll get by means of that is collectively.




  • Meritus Screening Drive Through Middle is situated at 13620 Crayton Blvd. The drive-thru screening middle is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m and Saturday from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Well being Division Winter Testing Website: situated at 13 West Lee Avenue, Hagerstown, MD. The positioning is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • CVS Drive-Through Testing Website situated at 1503 Potomac Ave, Hagerstown MD 21742. Please go to to see in the event you qualify for testing at this web site and to schedule an appointment.
  • CVS Drive-Through Testing Website situated at 10 E Wilson Blvd, Hagerstown MD 21740. Please go to to see in the event you qualify for testing at this web site and to schedule an appointment.
  • U.N.I. Pressing Care Middle situated at 11236 Robinwood Drive, Suite 101 Hagerstown, MD 21742. Appointment required and sufferers are charged with copay. Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; 240-313-4242
  • U.N.I. Pressing Care Middle situated at 18721 N Pointe Drive Hagerstown, MD 21742. Appointment required and sufferers are charged with copay. Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; 301-733-8313




Cellular Testing Websites: Closed for the winter months.


Winter Testing Website: Our drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 check web site is situated at one place through the winter months. Please go to the doorway at 13 West Lee Avenue and comply with all site visitors instructions to be examined.


Hagerstown Housing Authority

13 West Lee Avenue, Hagerstown

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


PSA- Fraudulent Calls Claiming to be Contact Tracers:

We have now seen an elevated variety of studies of individuals receiving cellphone calls from people claiming to be from the “well being division”. These people are then asking Washington County residents for private and monetary data. Please be cautious and conscious that contact tracers will NEVER ask in your:


  • Social safety quantity
  • Monetary or checking account data
  • Cash or fee
  • Immigration standing
  • Passwords
  • Private particulars unrelated to COVID-19


You must by no means give out private data with out being certain of who you’re speaking to straight. Contact tracers will solely ask you questions concerning:

  • To confirm your identify, date of start and handle
  • About your well being and signs
  • Places you have got been throughout a selected time frame
  • Names and speak to data for any family and informal contacts (we don’t disclose your identify to anybody, solely that they might have come into contact with an contaminated particular person)



As a result of vital will increase within the day by day quantity of COVID-19 optimistic people in our county, the Washington County Well being Division is working diligently alongside NORC name middle to inform all optimistic instances and their contacts in a well timed method.


At present NORC name middle is making all first contact makes an attempt for COVID-19 optimistic people in Washington County. Whenever you see “MD COVID” or (240) 466-4488 in your cellphone, please reply the decision. If NORC is unable to achieve the person, Washington County Well being Division is notified and makes an attempt to achieve the COVID-19 optimistic particular person.


The important thing issues to know in the event you check optimistic however don’t get a name are to isolate (please see the FAQs about Isolation and Quarantine) and to inform your shut contacts* of their publicity.


We urge Washington County residents to cooperate and assist contact tracer by answering all of the questions they ask. Your sincere solutions and the knowledge you present will assist us in slowing the unfold of COVID-19. Your cooperation involved tracing efforts performs a vital position in retaining our group wholesome.


* Shut contact is described by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) as being inside 6 toes of an contaminated individual for a cumulative whole of quarter-hour or extra over a 24-hour interval ranging from 2 days earlier than sickness onset (or, for asymptomatic sufferers, 2 days prior to check specimen assortment) till the time the affected person is remoted. Cumulative whole may be decided by including particular person exposures over a 24-hour interval (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a complete of quarter-hour)




Marylanders can use MD COVID Alert to obtain COVID-19 publicity notifications on smartphones The Maryland Division of Well being (MDH) right now introduced the launch of MD COVID Alert, the official COVID-19 Publicity Notifications Specific system of Maryland. MD COVID Alert makes use of Bluetooth Low Vitality expertise to rapidly notify customers who might need been uncovered to somebody who examined optimistic for COVID-19 with the objective of lowering infections in Maryland.

Exposure Notifications System: Helping Health Authorities fight COVID-19



The drive-thru screening middle for COVID-19 testing is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


The screening middle is situated behind Meritus Medical Plaza at 13620 Crayton Blvd., in Hagerstown. Testing is out there for anybody, together with those that don’t at present have signs of the coronavirus, however suspect or are involved that they’ve been uncovered. No appointments or referrals are wanted to be examined. As a result of present quantity of automobiles coming by means of the road day by day, outcomes can take greater than 5 days to be accessible by means of a affected person’s My Chart account or major care supplier.

Essential Workers


Seasonal Sickness Care Clinics – SIC Clinics

Meritus Well being has established Seasonal Sickness Care Clinics or SIC Clinics to soundly accommodate sufferers with signs of COVID-19 or flu. As soon as a affected person has been cared for by his/her supplier through video or cellphone, the supplier might refer stated affected person to one of many SIC Clinics. This may be for these people who should be seen in individual, however have COVID or flu-like signs stopping them from having an in-practice appointment. Signs that might be current to go to a SIC Clinic might embrace:

  • Higher respiratory sickness
  • Physique aches
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Lack of sense of scent or style
  • Ear ache
  • Shortness of breath/wheezing
  • Generalized physique aches/joint ache/muscle ache/fatigue
  • Chills
  • Nasal congestion/runny nostril/sinus ache and strain, postnasal drip
  • You’ve examined optimistic for COVID and have worsening signs
  • You might have recognized COVID publicity and really feel ailing


SIC Clinic – North (situated at Meritus Medical Plaza, 13620 Crayton Blvd.)

Hours of operation: Monday–Sunday from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. together with holidays


SIC Clinic – Smithsburg – by appointment solely (situated beside Meritus Pediatric & Grownup Drugs – Smithsburg, 22911 Jefferson Blvd.)

Hours of operations: Monday–Thursday 10:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 8:30-11:30 a.m



Please go to the not too long ago up to date web site for extra COVID-19 assets and data together with:
  • Infusion remedy now accessible in our group
  • E-Visits and free telehealth visits with suppliers
  • COVID-19 vaccine data
  • Present hospital customer restrictions
  • The right way to make a donation to Meritus Well being Care Heroes



Go to for consistently up to date assets and data that can assist you reopen your corporation.

With the passage of the RELIEF Act of 2021 by the Maryland Basic Meeting, new COVID-19 reduction will quickly be made accessible for sure Maryland companies by means of the Maryland Division of Commerce.


Whereas functions aren’t but being accepted, the Division of Commerce wished to unfold the phrase concerning the new funding as broadly as attainable so companies from throughout the state are prepared to use when the time comes. MD Division of Commerce will replace their website as particulars about these Commerce packages change into accessible.



This funding can be focused towards sure teams of companies, together with:

  • $10 million for companies who don’t gather gross sales tax and might exhibit a necessity for help, with precedence given to those that haven’t already acquired help;
  • $500,000 for companies looking for to arrange on-line gross sales or assist staff telework;

  • $10 million for small, minority, and women-owned companies;

  • $8 million for personal commuter bus operators and native transit methods.


Commerce will even present an extra $22 million to the native jurisdictions for reduction to eating places and $10 million for motels.  A further $5 million in grant funding can be accessible to artists and humanities organizations by means of the Maryland State Arts Council, and one other $1 million for tourism advertising and marketing can be offered to the vacation spot advertising and marketing organizations in every jurisdiction.


Commerce anticipates accepting preliminary functions for the brand new funding in mid-March.  Please proceed to go to our business resources website for the most recent data.

Maryland State Arts Council Opens Emergency Grant Purposes $5 million can be distributed to artists and humanities organizations


BALTIMORE, MD (March 5, 2021) – With the passage of the RELIEF Act of 2021 by the Maryland Basic Meeting, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) will distribute $5 million by means of its Emergency Grant Program. Created in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, Emergency Grants present funding to arts organizations and artists for losses sustained due to programming, operations, and occasions which were modified or canceled.


This fourth spherical of MSAC Emergency Grant funding is out there to unbiased artists, arts organizations, County Arts Businesses, and Arts & Leisure District administration entities. Per the laws, MSAC will prioritize grants to organizations that haven’t acquired prior funding from MSAC or don’t qualify for funding below different MSAC packages.


All candidates should full an utility by means of SmartSimple to request funding. Purposes open March 5, 2021 and have to be submitted by 5 p.m. on April 1, 2021 to be thought of for funding. Click on right here to entry the applying.


An informational webinar can be held on Wednesday, March tenth, at 2 p.m. to supply an summary of the grant, its course of, and easy methods to apply. Click on right here to view particulars and register.


Since March 2020, MSAC has distributed $7 million in Emergency Grants throughout 332 grants to arts organizations and 349 grants to unbiased artists. Prior rounds have utilized funds from MSAC’s annual appropriation, the federal CARES Act through the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts, and Governor Larry Hogan’s Maryland Sturdy Financial Restoration Initiative. For extra details about MSAC and Emergency Grants, go to


FREE NFIB Webinar: What You Have to Know on Making use of for A Second (or preliminary) PPP Mortgage!

Don’t miss NFIB’s PPP and COVID-19 consultants, Beth Milito and Holly Wade, as they go step-by-step on easy methods to apply for a PPP mortgage:


  • Who’s eligible?
  • The place to use?
  • New utility type
  • The right way to calculate mortgage quantity
  • And extra!


(When you’ve got EIDL or Covid paid sick go away questions, we welcome them as effectively!)



Creation of On-line Courses Hosted by Allegany School of Maryland


From the Workplace of Delegate Mike McKay:


Delegate Mike McKay (District 1C) and Growth Coordinator Invoice Valentine are proud to announce the creation of an internet class, hosted by Allegany School of Maryland. This class has been designed for small companies, non-profits, home-based companies, and entrepreneurs. Each Delegate McKay and Growth Coordinator Valentine, each small businessmen, really feel that COVID-19, has created a brand new set of challenges for enterprise. To compete efficiently, the flexibility to conduct enterprise on the web can be extra necessary  than ever earlier than. If there’s a want for presidency to once more place restrictions on enterprise, an on-line presence will assist companies to proceed.


The buying and selling class being supplied, can be an internet class, lasting 13 weeks, one module per week. Such a category would usually value a participant over $500.00, however ACM is ready to provide this class for lower than $50.00 to aide our group. Web gross sales and advertising and marketing can be a number of the essential focuses of the course. Web site creation and administration can be taught. Promoting by means of social media can be one other focus.


Delegate McKay and Mr. Valentine hope that every one District 1C companies, throughout Allegany and Washington Counties, will benefit from the provide for such invaluable coaching. If , please contact Invoice Valentine at 301-268-1598 or at: You’ll then be notified when registration is to open for this invaluable class.



Current Legislation Clarifies and Expands CARES Act Worker Retention Credit score

The Inner Income Service urges employers to benefit from the newly-extended worker retention credit score, designed to make it simpler for companies that, regardless of challenges posed by COVID-19, select to maintain their staff on the payroll.


The Taxpayer Certainty and Catastrophe Tax Reduction Act of 2020, modified and prolonged the Worker Retention Credit score (ERC), for six months by means of June 30, 2021. A number of of the adjustments apply solely to 2021, whereas others apply to each 2020 and 2021.


Efficient January 1, 2021, employers are eligible in the event that they function a commerce or enterprise throughout January 1, 2021, by means of June 30, 2021, and expertise both:

  1. A full or partial suspension of the operation of their commerce or enterprise throughout this era due to governmental orders limiting commerce, journey or group conferences on account of COVID-19, or
  2. A decline in gross receipts in a calendar quarter in 2021 the place the gross receipts of that calendar quarter are lower than 80% of the gross receipts in the identical calendar quarter in 2019 (to be eligible based mostly on a decline in gross receipts in 2020 the gross receipts had been required to be lower than 50%).


Because of the brand new laws, eligible employers can now declare a refundable tax credit score in opposition to the employer share of Social Safety tax equal to 70% of the certified wages they pay to staff after December 31, 2020, by means of June 30, 2021. Certified wages are restricted to $10,000 per worker per calendar quarter in 2021. Thus, the utmost ERC quantity accessible is $7,000 per worker per calendar quarter, for a complete of $14,000 in 2021.


For extra data, see:


Minority Enterprise Fund Based by 4 Neighborhood Banks:

4 banks have collectively dedicated as much as $1 million in interest-free loans to assist each startup and current minority-owned small companies inside the sponsoring group financial institution markets. The financial institution serving Washington County is the Financial institution of Charles City. For particulars try the hyperlink.  


Please ahead this e-mail to any minority-owned enterprise you might know that could possibly be helped by this funding alternative. Should you or another enterprise wants assist with the mortgage course of please be at liberty to achieve out to Herb Melrath, SBA at 




If you have to report unemployment insurance coverage fraud, please CLICK HERE.
PPP FAQ- The federal Paycheck Safety Program has modified a number of instances. Here are solutions to the largest questions on this system. From the U.S. Chamber.


SBA has reopened the #PaycheckProtection Program mortgage portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or much less in property for First and Second Draw functions.


Early final week, SBA granted devoted PPP entry to Neighborhood Monetary Establishments which embrace Neighborhood Growth Monetary Establishments, Minority Depository Establishments, Licensed Growth Firms, and Microloan Intermediaries as a part of the company’s ongoing efforts to achieve underserved and minority small companies.


SBA will proceed its emphasis on reaching smaller lenders and companies by opening to roughly 5,000 extra lenders, together with group banks, credit score unions, and farm credit score establishments. Furthermore, the company additionally plans to have devoted service hours for these smaller lenders after the portal absolutely re-opens subsequent week.


First Draw PPP Loans are for these debtors who haven’t acquired a PPP mortgage earlier than August 8, 2020. The primary spherical of the PPP, which ran from March to August 2020.


Second Draw PPP Loans are for eligible small companies with 300 staff or much less, that beforehand acquired a First Draw PPP Mortgage and can use or have used the total quantity just for approved makes use of, and that may exhibit no less than a 25% discount in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.


Learn the total press launch here.




Over the past a number of weeks, the Chamber has been contacted by quite a few members and different stakeholders concerning the position of the enterprise group in Maryland’s mass vaccination efforts.


To assist the Maryland Division of Well being (MDH) and Maryland Emergency Administration Company (MEMA) of their efforts shifting ahead, it’s critically necessary that you simply submit your suggestions to if:
  • You might have concepts on easy methods to enhance the communication assets and instruments offered to assist your business within the COVID-19 Mass Vaccination effort.
  • You suppose you might be able to present assist for Mass Vaccination Operations and Logistics


Please notice that offering suggestions doesn’t entitle the entity to speedy vaccine deliveries. The subsequent phases of vaccine distribution will rely upon vaccines which are allotted to Maryland by means of the federal authorities’s Operation Warp Velocity program. The intent of this effort is to collect suggestions and data to raised help in Maryland’s mass vaccination planning for future phases.


For extra data and help on the Stakeholder COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Operations & Logistics Capabilities Assist, please contact



For questions, please contact Ashley Duckman, Vice President of Authorities Affairs, at or 410-269-0642, ext. 1112.


Essential data under from SBDC’s Monetary Specialist Staff in the event you or your corporation as acquired a PPP mortgage: 


As a PPP borrower – and with 2020 tax preparation season now in swing – the Maryland SBDC Monetary Specialists Staff needs to remind you about tax implications associated to PPP forgiveness. Though the SBDC does NOT present tax recommendation, they wished to make you conscious of a probably KEY subject. Per IRS Discover 2020-32, bills paid utilizing FORGIVEN PPP funds are NOT tax-deductible bills. Because of this in case your utility for forgiveness is APPROVED in 2020, the bills you paid with these “forgiven” PPP funds WILL NOT be deductible in your 2020 tax return. This might have vital “2020 earnings tax due” implications while you file the return. Should you delay the “Forgiveness” request/get approval till 2021, that might permit time for tax planning associated to the 2021 tax submitting when these “forgiven” associated bills nonetheless can’t be deducted. STEPS TO TAKE: SBDC encourages you to attach ASAP together with your tax preparer to contemplate methods and choices. Actually, you probably have any questions or need further insights, please be at liberty to contact your Maryland SBDC Enterprise Advisor, go to the web site to get linked with a Advisor and/or consult with our COVID19 Small Business Survival Guide.



The Maryland Urban Farmer Relief Grant – offers grants of $500 to city farmers to help with a portion of the prices related to the city industrial manufacturing of domestically grown meals merchandise this spring. City farmers performed a big position in serving to to feed metropolis residents through the pandemic. First-round functions are due by March 15, 2021. Learn more.


The Maryland Local Food Cold Storage Relief Grant Program – offers grants of as much as $15,000 (as much as 50% of the fee) to assist agricultural and seafood companies buy the chilly storage gear that’s wanted to proceed or increase operations. Farmers needing new chilly storage gear and amenities has elevated considerably through the pandemic. First-round functions are due by April 1, 2021. Learn more.


The Maryland Livestock Processing Equipment Relief Grant Program – offers grants of as much as $100,000 (at as much as 75% of the fee) to livestock processors to buy meat processing gear to assist increase the capability of their processing enterprises. The demand for native meat merchandise overwhelmed native processors through the pandemic which led to scheduling backlogs at small processing amenities and farmers having to carry their livestock for longer intervals of time. This program will probably assist to alleviate a few of this demand by offering funds to amenities to increase their processing capability. First-round functions are due by April 1, 2021. Learn more.


The Maryland Shellfish Aquaculture Relief Grant – offers grants of between $500 and $2,000 to individuals holding State submerged land and/or water column aquaculture leases. The grants can help shellfish aquaculture producers with their spring planting bills, a few of that are mandated below State legislation. There are roughly 175 oyster farms in Maryland, and lots of of those farms skilled giant income losses in 2020 due to a dramatic decline in restaurant gross sales. First-round functions are due by March 15, 2021. Learn more.


The Maryland Wood Products Industry Equity Investment Relief Fund (WIPPIE) – offers grants of 20% to 33% of a undertaking’s value as much as $225,000, with the intention to assist forest harvesters and wooden fiber processors to buy new gear or assemble amenities to extend the utilization and manufacturing of wooden merchandise in Maryland. The forest merchandise business has been devastated by the closure of mills and the lack of markets in recent times, and the pandemic has exacerbated this drawback. There are greater than 157,000 personal forestland homeowners in Maryland (proudly owning 10 or extra acres of woodland). First-round functions are due by April 1, 2021.  Learn more.


For extra data concerning all 5 grant packages, please go to the MARBIDCO website.


Assist Us Proceed on Our Path to Maintain Washington County Open – Please guarantee your corporation and prospects proceed to comply with the really helpful CDC tips as we reopen companies and different actions throughout Washington County. Sporting masks inside, social distancing, common hand washing, and expanded cleansing remains to be a important a part of retaining an infection charges low. By taking over these minor inconveniences, we are able to stop a spike in infections which might power officers to decelerate and even reverse the reopening course of. The coronavirus has not gone away and we should keep vigilant till a vaccine is created. All of us have a accountability to do our half to assist our financial system reopen in order that our many native companies can survive and supply jobs for our residents.

The aim of this page is to assist the general public distinguish between rumors and details concerning the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can simply flow into inside communities throughout a disaster. Do your half to the cease the unfold of disinformation by doing 3 straightforward issues; don’t imagine the rumors, don’t go them alongside and go to trusted sources of data to get the details concerning the state of Maryland’s (COVID-19) response. 



Consideration Primary Avenue Companies in downtown Hagerstown! A brand new COVID-19 enterprise help grant utility is LIVE!


  • The Primary Avenue Hagerstown Enterprise Stabilization Grant Program offers grants as much as $5,000 for companies situated within the downtown Primary Avenue space district. 


  • Is your corporation situated within the Hagerstown Primary Avenue District?: Click on on this MAP LINK to see the boundaries of this district. 


Primary Avenue Hagerstown has acquired particular COVID-19 funding from the Governor’s Maryland Sturdy: Financial Restoration Initiative (MD-SERI). This funding has been made accessible for designated Primary Avenue Maryland districts as a part of the Governor’s initiative. These funds can be distributed on a rolling foundation till allotted program funds have been dispersed into the designated district or till June 1, 2021. The grant can fund eligible bills and purchases constituted of January 1, 2021 to June 1, 2021. The grant, with a most funding quantity of $5,000/enterprise, can be administered to companies so as to help within the skill to maintain, alter, and bolster their daily operations in addition to operations that proceed to be adjusted to handle COVID-19 restrictions and prevention strategies.


Tips and Software Type grew to become accessible on Thursday, 1/28/21 on the Metropolis’s website.



Having hassle affording your utility or heating invoice? We’ve obtained you lined. Apply for vitality help BEFORE you obtain a turn-off discover in order that funds may be utilized to your account as quickly as attainable! Click on the emblem to study extra.


Now is a superb time to remind associates, household, and neighbors concerning the Senior Name Examine program. It will be significant that we test in on our older adults, particularly these dwelling alone, to verify they’re okay.




Should you or somebody is in sudden want of shelter and/or eviction help because the rental moratorium involves an finish, please contact the assets listed on the poster under.


Throughout the day, all people/households are being directed to the Neighborhood Motion Council (CAC) and/or Attain. It is extremely necessary that folks be directed to those companies for applicable evaluation of all wants and eligible providers. For speedy shelter at evening; grownup people are directed to the Attain Shelter. 


For extra data, please contact the Public Relations and Advertising Division at 240-313-2380 or




For extra data, please contact the Public Relations and Advertising Division at 240-313-2380 or



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