St. Mary’s College of Maryland continues to monitor the latest information related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and continues to take appropriate action as needed.
At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
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What can you do to protect yourself? While there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- Cloth face coverings are now recommended for use in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community spread.
- The cloth face coverings recommended for public use are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
A student, faculty or staff member may be asked to self-isolate depending on their exposure risk and the status of the epidemic at the time. If you develop symptoms, further action such as isolation and testing may be warranted. The determination of whether isolation is necessary will be made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the St. Mary’s County Health Department. Where you self-isolate will depend on your community status. Faculty, staff members, or commuter students will be advised to self-isolate off-campus. If you are a residential student, where you self-isolate will be determined on a case-by-case basis in consultation with Residence Life staff and, if appropriate, the St. Mary’s County Health Department. If symptoms develop, students, faculty, and staff need to immediately contact The Wellness Center (240-895-4289) during normal business hours. If you are on-campus after-hours, contact Public Safety (240-895-4911). If you are off-campus during the onset of symptoms, contact a healthcare provider or call ahead to a medical facility and let them know about your recent travel risk and/or contact with someone known to have COVID-19.
On Monday, March 30, Governor Larry Hogan issued a Stay-at-Home order to protect public health and safety. The order states that no Maryland resident should leave their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason, such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes.
All events, including athletic events, have been postponed or canceled through the remainder of the semester. Please continue to visit the www.smcm.edu homepage and check under events for updates.
The Great Room is currently open for take-out only for students, faculty, and staff. The Great Room schedule can be found here: http://www.smcm.edu/campus-life/dining/.
Additional information about coronavirus, including signs and symptoms, transmission and risk of exposure, what to do if you are exhibiting symptoms, and continuing updates about the disease are available at:
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
Maryland Department of Health
Travel information related to Coronavirus
COVID-19 NHDHHS: Frequently Asked Questions
CDC – Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors
Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rumor Control
Family / Individual Assistance
“Find Help” National Resource Database: This website allows users to enter their zip code and will produce a comprehensive listing of available assistance in their local area as related to COVID-19. Once on the site, users are able to search for assistance from a variety of categories, to include food, housing, transit, health, education, and many others. The site is very user friendly and contains a comprehensive list of resources available to individuals and families impacted by COVID-19.
Unemployment Resources / Benefits: Laid off employees will qualify for unemployment benefits if the coronavirus (COVID-19) causes an employer to shut down operations or cut back on operations. Maryland unemployment benefits are available to individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own if they meet the monetary criteria and the weekly eligibility criteria.
The Arc is greatly concerned about the threat of COVID-19 to people with disabilities, their families, and the workforce that supports them. This website is a compilation of resources to help people with intellectual and /or developmental disabilities (I/DD), their families, and service providers to understand this global pandemic.
Business and Non-Profit Assistance
Maryland Department of Commerce Emergency Relief Fund Programs for Businesses provides resources for Maryland Small Businesses. For non-profits, for-profits, and manufacturing.
Disaster Relief Fund – The United States Small Business Administration will offer low interest loans to small businesses in designated states due to Coronavirus.
Layoff Aversion Fund is designed to support businesses undergoing economic stresses due to the pandemic by preventing or minimizing the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs. The award (up to $50,000 per applicant), will be a quick deployable benefit and customizable to the specific needs of your business to minimize the need for layoffs.
Maryland COVID-19 information for business
Local COVID-19 Resources
The Maryland Resources page offers a variety of information, FAQs, and updated news / guidance for Maryland residents.
Maryland Public School Meal Site: search database to find locations for free meal distributions near your home.
St. Mary’s County
Educational Resources and Activities for Children
US Department of Education Information and Resources for Schools and School personnel.
Scholastic Learn at Home program keeps the learning going with special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
PBS Kids offers a variety of free programs for students while schools are closed. Visit the site and pick the program that is right for your child.
Khan Academy is a free online educational platform that offers free content for students on a range of subjects, as well as specialized content from organizations like NASA, the MoMA and MIT. In response to the coronavirus, Kahn released free daily learning schedules with plenty of links to online resources for students from pre-K to twelfth grade to follow along with from home.
Urban U offering Free Online Gardening Classes – join Greg and The Urban Farm U team daily for free online classes. They are offering these classes for 30 days (or as long as needed) in response to the Coronavirus so that people worldwide can feel empowered to take control of our health and food supply. These free classes are Greg and his team’s way of using their expertise to help productively mitigate stress and build virtual communities in this time of uncertainty and social distancing.
Moratoriums & Protections During COVID-19
Foreclosures and Evictions
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) published Mortgagee Letter 2020-04, “Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium in Connection with the Presidentially-Declared COVID-19 National Emergency,” which announces an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for all FHA-insured single family mortgages for a 60-day period.
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) and the Federal Home Loan Banks are taking steps to help people who have been impacted by the coronavirus. If your ability to pay your mortgage is impacted, and your loan is owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you may be eligible to delay making your monthly mortgage payments for a temporary period.
Utility Service will not be suspended due to nonpayment during the COVID-19 crisis. Customers that had utilities suspended prior to March 13 are able to have utilities restored / reconnected. Late fees will be waived. Some individual companies have waived connection / reconnection fees as well (contact company directly to inquire).