COVID-19 Resources – Islamic Society of Baltimore

“To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers can be placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment. Read the borrower Q&As below to learn more, and contact your loan servicer to find out your specific options.”

  • DACA, Dreamer, Mixed Citizenship, Undocumented information - @towsoncsd @tudreamers
  • Cook Library - Open to TU students, faculty and staff 10-4pm M-F, 3rd floor only. 24/7 room is still open per usual. Research help hours extended until 8pm most nights. Can text for help at 410-774-1398. No actual librarians in the library; police are kindly assisting students in the library, helping to keep it open for resources.
  • The Learning Center - operating remotely and can be reached at [email protected]
  • Free News Articles - Free access to New York Times, Baltimore Sun, USA Today, courtesy of Civic Engagement.
  • Towson Special Collections and University Archives - Online Towson yearbooks, photographs, and Towerlight archives from 1881 onward
  • Towson Relay - Now virtual April 4, 2020
  • College of Business and Economics - Virtual interviews for summer internships - March 26 @2pm March 26 @3pm March 26 @4pm March [email protected] March [email protected] email [email protected] or [email protected]
  • Sexual Assault Peer Educators application form - SAPE is looking for applicants for the fall semester
  • Civic Engagement Community Service - List of 5 opportunities CE recommends for students to volunteer IG- @tuengaged email [email protected]
  • Blackboard Help
  • Office of Technology Services
  • Towson Covid Updates and info
  • Center for Student Diversity IG- @towsoncsd email - [email protected] has virtual walkin hours listed on their Instagram and has shifted many of their programs online. APIMEDA Leadership Institute Online (This free 6-week leadership development program will focus on our personal understanding of what it means to be Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern or Desi American) Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm & Let's Talk Online Walk-In Hours Mondays 12-2pm, Fridays 2-4pm.
  • Webinars for faculty & staff - GuidanceResources, TU’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), is offering a series of webinars to offer guidance and best practices to help you navigate the unique situations that many of us will encounter during this emergency.
  • Modified Towson University Shuttle Schedule - “All off-campus routes will be suspended until further notice. The Gold route will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Grocery and pharmacy service will be available to Weis and Target on Mondays and Thursdays. The bus will leave the West Village garage bus slip at 11 a.m.  Riders will be taken to the Weis and Target located on Putty Hill Avenue. The driver will return to campus once all passengers have returned to the bus or one hour after arrival to the shopping center—whichever is sooner.”
  • Move-out is currently slated to end April 4, 2020, subject to change based on direction from the Governor or USM.
  • TU Virtual Mentoring for Zoom & Web Ex etc - “The TU Public Communication Center (PCC) is offering virtual mentoring sessions for TU students on desktop and mobile platforms. The PCC mentors are able to mentor students on presentation skills, WebEx/Zoom presentations, visual aid construction for presentations, digital interviewing skills, and other topics appropriate for our current digital environment”
  • Accessibility & Disability Service Updates
  • U-Haul - U-Haul will extend 30 days of free self-storage at U-Haul-owned and -operated facilities to help college students impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities. ^
  • Penske - 10% off until March 31, 2020 ^
  • Spirit - Spirit Guests who must alter their travel plans due to COVID-19 are eligible to receive a reservation credit for the full value of their reservation. This reservation credit can be used for up to 6 months to book any flight currently available (including beyond the 6-month timeframe), and it can be used towards flights as well as other options (excluding 3rd party products). ^
  • Delta - If you purchased a ticket in March, you can adjust your travel as many times as you’d like without a change fee for an entire year from the date you purchased it. Delta has other information on their website as well. ^d
  • American - Bought your ticket before March 1, 2020, for travel through May 31, 2020, you can rebook without change fees. Booked your trip March 1 – March 31, 2020, for travel through February 28, 2021, you can also change your reservation at a later date without change fees. ^
  • United - Booking a new flight: We know people are taking a second look at their travel plans right now, and we want you to have flexibility when planning your next trip — that's why when you book a flight with us between March 3 and March 31, 2020, you can change it for free over the next 12 months. See terms and conditions. Rescheduling a trip: We’re also waiving change fees for all tickets issued on or before March 2 — domestic or international — with original travel dates of March 9 through May 31. If you’re not sure when you want to travel, you can cancel your trip and rebook later with change fees waived. See waiver details.
  • Comcast / Xfinity - Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser. Pausing data plans. No Disconnects or Late Fees: New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service.
  • Spectrum - Beginning Monday, March 16, we commit to the following for 60 days: We'll partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. We'll open our WiFi hotspots across our footprint for public use. We'll continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, our high-speed broadband program to eligible low-income households. We won't terminate service for Spectrum Internet, TV or Voice residential or small business customers who face difficult economic circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similarly, we won't charge late fees for those customers facing difficult economic circumstances related to the pandemic.
  • Showtime and Epix are now free for subscribers.
  • Netflix Party ^- Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows.
  • AT&T  - For the next 60 days, we will: Not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Waive any late payment fees that any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer may incur because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic. Keep our public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any American who needs them. Unlimited AT&T Home Internet – All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data.  Distance Learning – AT&T is underwriting expenses for a “one-stop” resource center to support eLearning Days from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) available to all educators in schools to help them handle school closures and the increase in virtual learning due to COVID-19.
  • Verizon - Verizon waives late fees for those impacted by COVID-19. We are tripling our data allowance for Verizon Innovative Learning schools; $10 million to nonprofits directed at supporting students and first responders. Expanding work from home policy to include reduction of some retail locations across the country.
  • Sprint - All orders on sprint.com will get free next-day shipping and waived activation fees. Providing unlimited data for 60 days to customers with metered data plans (effective 3/18) Giving 20 GB of free mobile hotspot to customers with hotspot-capable devices (effective 3/18) Offering complimentary rates from the U.S. to CDC-defined Level 3 countries to customers with international long-distance plans (effective 3/17)
  • T-Mobile - Current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming). We're providing all T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot/tethering service for the next 60 days coming soon. We're working with our Lifeline partners to provide customers extra free data up to 5GB per month over the next two months. We're increasing the data allowance, at no extra charge, to schools and students using our EmpowerED digital learning program to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month for the next 60 days. We are currently offering free international calling for all T-Mobile and T-Mobile for Metro customers Level 3 impacted countries to help you stay connected to family and friends abroad. We are offering free shipping for device orders until May 13th
  • GEICO - Effective immediately, we're pausing cancellation of coverage due to non-payment and policy expiration through April 30, 2020. We hope that this can provide some peace of mind to you, our policyholders. We also understand that everyone's financial situation can be different. We're dedicated to working with you, including flexible payment plans and/or special payment plans once normal billing resumes.
  • Baltimore Public Markets -  Broadway, Hollins, Avenue, Northeast, Lexington closed. Cross Street has takeout available effective March 19, 2020.

March 13, 2020

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks continues to collaborate with, and seek the guidance of, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) regarding COVID-19. It is in the best interest of our residents and staff to suspend all recreation programs, rentals, permitted events and recreation facility services effective Monday, March 16 through March 27, 2020. The following Rec Centers will be serving food from 2PM-7PM, effective 3/16.

  • What is 211? An informative link on what 211 is - Basic human needs, disaster relief, mental health, employment support, older adults and persons with disabilities, children, youth, and family support, volunteers and donations.
  • 211 for non-emergency
  • 911 for emergency
  • Google Doc for volunteer opportunities via Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen's staff
  • American Red Cross *is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during the COVID-19 outbreak. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is hosting an emergency blood drive on March 26, from 7:30AM-5:30PM in the Johns Hopkins Asthma & Allergy Center (5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle, Baltimore, MD 21224). For more information or to schedule a donation, call 410-550-0289.
  • The Salvation Army of Central Maryland *is seeking many volunteers so, as their operations grow, they can reach out to interested individuals as additional needs arise. Help packing groceries, making sandwiches, and preparing "grab-and-go" meals. Help stock shelves in their grocery store. Help deliver meals. Over 18 years of age and must have the ability to get to their warehouse (400 E 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21218). Visit their website here and click the "Sign Up to Volunteer" button.
  • Maryland Food Bank *has several partner organizations in and around Southeast Baltimore. Enter your zip code near the bottom of the website here to see a map of the partner organizations. Help sort and pack food to be sent to local food pantries and other partner organizations. Sign up here.
  • United Way of Central Maryland *has multiple volunteer opportunities available in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Get food to people who need it during COVID-19 outbreak. Register here. An account with United Way of Central Maryland must be created first. At-home projects during COVID-19 outbreak (i.e. create signs welcoming families moved into permanent housing; write notes to veterans, hospital patients, children, or people experiencing homelessness; create bookmarks and inspirational posters for children). The website notes "18 and older" but some activities can likely be completed by children. Register here. An account with United Way of Central Maryland must be created first.
  • Face Shield Creating - *In response to a shortage in face shields for clinicians to use as they treat patients, Johns Hopkins Health System developed a method to construct their own face shields. They are seeking volunteers to assist in the construction process at the Johns Hopkins Consolidated Services Center (5300 Holabird Ave, Suite A, Baltimore, MD 21224). Asked to come onsite for a period of 4 hours per volunteer shift. Volunteers will be asked to attest that they are asymptomatic of fever and respiratory issues. General tasks consist of cutting with scissors and razor blades, as well as hot gluing and stapling.

*Denotes from the office of Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen, thank you to him and his office for finding these resources

  • Costco - 8-9am Tuesday and Thursday 65+
  • Fresco - 8-9am Monday through Friday seniors and others at risk
  • Fresh Market - 8-9am Monday through Friday seniors and others at risk
  • Publix - 7-8am Tuesday and Wednesday 65+
  • Sedano’s 7-8am Monday through Sunday for seniors and others at risk
  • Target - Wednesdays first hour of opening for seniors and others at risk
  • Trader Joe’s -  9-10am Monday through Sunday 65+
  • Walgreens  - Tuesdays first hour of opening for seniors and others at risk
  • Walmart - 6-7am Monday through Sunday 60+
  • Whole Foods Market - 7-8am Monday through Sunday 60+
  • Winn Dixie - 8-9am Monday through Friday for seniors and others at risk

Voting

  • April 28 Primary has been pushed to June 2. Late Rep. Elijah Cummings’ spot will be mail-in only on April 28.
  • Maryland Census - Due April 1, 2020. You will need your census # that was mailed to you, or your address of where you will live post-April 1, 2020.

Taxes

  • Article on extended tax deadline - Tax deadline extended from April 15 to 90 extra days, if they owe money. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said that if people want a refund, they should still file by April 15.

Stimulus Check

Evictions

  • No evictions during current state of emergency in Maryland.
  • Department of Housing & Urban Development “The Federal Housing Finance Agency has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days. The foreclosure and eviction suspension applies to homeowners with an Enterprise-backed single-family mortgage. More information can be found here. The FHFA also announced that hardship forbearance is an option for borrowers unable to make their mortgage payment. Borrowers are encouraged to reach out to their servicer for more information.” - From https://www.aacounty.org/coronavirus/housing-utilities-bills/index.html

Utilities

  • Electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable, tv, internet service provider companies are prohibited from shutting off any residential customer’s service or charging late fees during state of emergency.
  • BGE Covid Infod

Transportation

  • Baltimore Collegetown Shuttle is closed for the spring semester

Parking & Towing

  • Residential Permit Parking, Street Cleaning Parking, 48 Hour Parking, Abandoned Vehicles and Peak Hour Parking Violations - Transportation Enforcement Officers will focus on citing immediate safety and pedestrian issues and these are suspended effective March 23, 2020 at 5:00p.m.
  • Vehicle Towing Operations - Significantly reduced (modified)
  • City’s Impound Facilities at Pulaski Highway and Fallsway - Suspended
  • Traffic Calming Studies - Suspended
  • Federal Contract Work - Bridge, buildings, and reconstruction will continue
  • Paving and Sidewalk Work - Suspended
  • Conduit Contractors - Modified
  • DOT’s Right-of-Way Office - Not open to public, permits online, modified

What is open?

Pharmacies

  • Open

Grocery Stores

  • Open

Liquor Stores

  • Open

Grocery Stores

  • Open

Laundromats

  • Open

Banks

  • Open

Public Works

  • Open

Pet Supply Stores

  • Open

Gyms

  • Closed

Restaurants

  • Restaurants are not permitted to have dine-in. Drive-thru, carryout, delivery allowed.

Casinos

  • Closed

Racetracks

  • Closed

Bars

  • No dine-in. Carryout only.

Retail

  • Closed

Farmers’ Markets

  • Open (Deemed essential)

Universities

  • Closed for physical classes for semester, online only

Libraries

Travel

Baltimore Cruise Ship Terminal:

  • Baltimore Cruise Ship Terminal - The cruise ship terminal in Baltimore City is closed, with the exception of two ships expected to arrive in the coming days.

Public Gatherings

  • Limited to 10 people. Consistent with CDC guidelines for social distancing.

Multilingual Guidance

Hospitals

  • Reopening closed hospitals. Clearing out space, adding additional 6,000 beds @riccimike per Gov. Hogan. Activating Maryland Medical Reserve Corps - 5,000 trained and dedicated volunteers with 700 ready now. *Per March 17*

Social Services

  • Baltimore City Council - Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS) - All offices are closed indefinitely until further notice. The following services are available: For further assistance, contact the Customer Call Center at 443-423-6400. To request emergency food assistance for you or your family, please call 410-685-0525. To report child abuse or neglect, please call 410-361-2235.

Shelters

  • Baltimore City Council - Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) - The City of Baltimore has activated sheltering in place for our homeless neighbors. City-funded homeless day centers will remain open. The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services, the Baltimore City Health Department and the Department of General Services are working to identify a site for community quarantining should our city require it.
  • Tactical Response Teams: Street Outreach teams immediately pivoting from doing person-to-person engagement to becoming a tactical response team for MOHS. They will continue to provide assistance to encampments through the delivery of preventative care supplies (antibacterial soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer when available, etc.) water and food. In the past 48 hours, our teams have communicated to residents staying in encampments of our plans to continue to provide supplies during this event, so that they are aware of where the supply drop-off points will be. We want to be sure that residents understand that we will temporarily discontinue the practice of entering into the encampments until the health emergency improves.
  • Family Shelter In Place: MOHS activated sheltering in place for family shelter clients on Thursday, 3/12/2020 once Governor Hogan announced the closing of Maryland schools to begin effective Monday, 3/16/2020. A natural reaction for parents hearing that schools would be closed for safety precaution is to keep children home effective immediately. Understanding that children would not be going to school, we ensured that parents could remain with them in the shelters. Family shelters will continue to shelter in place until the health emergency improves.
  • Emergency Shelter In Place: MOHS activated shelter in place for all emergency shelters for single adults effective, 3/14/2020 in anticipation of the city’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 being imminent. While shelter clients are able to come and go as they wish, we needed them to have the option not to expose themselves to potential harm by being out in the community for the majority of their days. Emergency shelters for single adults will continue to shelter in place until the health emergency improves.
  • Article on Testing Sites in Maryland - LifeBridge has set up drive-thru tests. Hopkins can test 50 patient samples a day and hopes to test 1,000 per day in two weeks from this point. To be tested at LifeBridge site, patient must be evaluated and referred by care provider working in LifeBridge Health Virtual Hospital.

Allegany

Anne Arundel

Baltimore County

Baltimore City

Calvert

Caroline

Carroll

Cecil

Charles

Dorchester

Frederick

All playgrounds are closed until further notice

Garrett

Families or Agencies seeking information about what the Local Care Team may be able to assist with during the COVID-19 limited social contact span, can call the main office number at: 301-334-7440.  The Local Care Team is a Public Group on MyGarrett County.com.

  • Behavioral Health Providers can call (301-334-7440) and fax (301-334-7441) Consumer Support Requests to the office.  All incoming office calls to 7440 are being redirected to mobile devices.  Our staff are working in the office and remotely.  We will not be visiting with individuals face to face for emergency hotel stays or consumer support requests.
  • Personal Health: Phone: 301-334-7770  Hours: 8-4:00pm
  • WIC - Phone: 301-334-7710 8-4:30pm
  • Garrett County City Hall

Harford

Howard

Kent

Montgomery

Prince George’s

Queen Anne’s

Somerset

St. Mary’s

Talbot

Washington

Wicomico

Worcester

Violation of Governor Hogan’s Executive Order:

“Officers will seek voluntary compliance prior to taking any enforcement action. Individuals found to be in violation face imprisonment up to one year or a fine of up to $5,000, or both. We are ALL in this together, and we ask anyone observing a gathering believed to be in violation of the order to call our non-emergency number: (410) 222-8610” - https://www.aacounty.org/coronavirus/public-safety/

Much of this was from resources found by Sofia Barrios #, University of Houston Muslim Student Association ^, and Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen’s Office *. Credit needs to be given to them and the global community for working together.