COVID-19 Update for the Maryland Private Sector

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For VBOC technical assistance please email: psector@maryland.gov with RE: “VBOC Technical Assistance.”

LATEST UPDATES

Recent updates from relevant state, federal and private agencies. For language accessibility,  please visit the translated resource page or the state resources that include executive orders, frequently asked questions, guidance, and social media graphics:  https://goci.maryland.gov/covid19-translations/

Governor’s Office:

5/20/20 NEW  Governor Larry Hogan today announced that, as part of the state’s long-term testing strategy, Maryland will begin universal COVID-19 testing at all state-run correctional and juvenile facilities. The governor also announced that:

  • The state is delivering more than 20,000 tests per week to nursing homes.

  • The state’s Public Health Laboratory is producing up to 10,000 tubes of viral transport media on a weekly basis to overcome supply chain challenges and boost testing resources.

  • Maryland is distributing more than 33,000 additional swabs to local jurisdictions to help boost local testing capacity.

https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/05/20/governor-hogan-announces-universal-covid-19-testing-for-marylands-correctional-and-juvenile-facilities/

5/20/20 NEW Orders and Guidance Authorizing COVID-19 Testing by Licensed Pharmacists

5/20/20 NEW The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services, through its Children and Youth Division, has made more than $550,000 in new and existing Children’s Cabinet funding available to Local Management Boards.(See attached)

5/20/20 NEW Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced a series of actions  to expand COVID-19 testing throughout the state. Now that the state has achieved enough testing capacity and supplies, asymptomatic Marylanders can now receive a COVID-19 test without a doctor’s note, order or prescription.

As part of this initiative, the governor has:

  • Issued a new executive order allowing licensed pharmacists statewide to administer and collect COVID-19 tests,

  • ordered the opening of two new COVID-19 testing sites in Prince George’s County (Clinton and Hyattsville), and

  • authorized appointment-free drive-through testing at the Timonium Fairgrounds in Baltimore County, and the Glen Burnie (Anne Arundel County) and Hyattsville (Prince George’s County) VEIP stations.

5/19/20 Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the state has reached a critical milestone in its long-term COVID-19 testing strategy, surpassing 200,000 tests and completing testing of 3.5 percent of the state’s population, and now has the capacity and supplies to offer testing to Marylanders who may have been exposed to the disease even if they do not have symptoms. https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/05/19/governor-hogan-announces-critical-milestone-in-covid-19-testing-strategy-as-state-broadens-criteria-for-testing-dramatically-expands-testing-availability-statewide/

5/18/20 Governor Larry Hogan today announced the launch of the Caregiver Services Corps, a program to support Maryland seniors who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Caregiver Services Corps is able to quickly deploy volunteers and other resources to the homes of seniors who need urgent assistance with everyday tasks when their typical caregiver becomes unable to help them due to COVID-19 exposure, illness, or other challenges.

https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/05/18/governor-hogan-announces-caregiver-services-corps-to-help-marylands-seniors/

5/18/20 Governor Larry Hogan today announced the beginning of Stage One of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ which includes moving from a Stay at Home order to a Safer at Home public health advisory and the gradual reopenings of retail, manufacturing, houses of worship, and some personal services. Reopening Status in Maryland’s Jurisdictions

https://governor.maryland.gov/recovery/

5/15/20 As Maryland prepares to reopen businesses and offices according to the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery‘ plan developed by the Hogan Administration in response to COVID-19, and as employees, staff, and visitors of various establishments are getting ready to return, many buildings that were either closed or partially closed due to the pandemic may experience water quality problems due to stagnant water in the premise plumbing.  Your water system service area has been identified as potentially serving large building customers.  We encourage you to inform these customers/building owners of some simple measures that can improve the quality of the drinking water in their buildings as normal operations resume.

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA):

5/20/20 NEW  The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authorities to secure critical infrastructure. Consistent with these authorities, CISA has developed, in collaboration with other federal agencies, State and local governments, and the private sector, an “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list.Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response Version 3.1” (See attachment)

5/20/20 NEW Adobe has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple products. An attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to obtain sensitive information.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the following Adobe Security Bulletins and apply the necessary updates.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/05/20/adobe-releases-security-updates

5/20/20 NEW   Google has released Chrome version 83.0.4103.61 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system.The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the Chrome Release Note and apply the necessary updates.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/05/20/google-releases-security-updates-chrome

5/20/20 NEW The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) continues to monitor the evolving Coronavirus Disease, also known as COVID-19, situation closely. CISA is taking part in interagency and industry coordination calls and working with critical infrastructure partners to prepare for possible disruptions to critical infrastructure that may stem from widespread illness.

FEMA reports approximately 4,618,821 (+93,324) cases and 311,847 (+4,452) deaths worldwide. In the U.S. there are approximately 1,496,718 (+21,688) cases and 90,150 (+901) deaths.

Key Points:

• FEMA deployed 3,102 (­21) employees in support of COVID­19 response

• 11,282,781 (+435,003) COVID­19 tests administered nationwide as of 19 MAY

5/18/20 Link – County by County breakdown of how each county has or has not instituted the beginning of Phase 1 Reopening on May 15th in Maryland: https://www.fox5dc.com/news/marylands-road-to-recovery-phase-1-how-each-county-is-approaching-governor-hogans-plan

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

5/19/20 Attached you will find today’s FEMA Daily Briefing Points for the Whole-of-America response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These briefing points include Topline Messages, as well as information By the Numbers; Supply Chain Task Force; FEMA and Department of Health and Human Services Response; and Guidance from Federal Agencies.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Regional By the Numbers

5/18/20 Social Listening Report – National Hot Issues

  • The social media conversation this morning remains heavily focused on discussions related to reopening, testing, and the development of vaccines.

  • There is a very high volume of conversation about the latest stimulus package that was passed by the House.

  • Yesterday’s announcement that a vaccine could be available by the end of the year continues to generate widespread coverage in traditional media, with the House passage of its HEROES Act and FEMA’s push-back about PPE seizures also still making headlines

Department of Commerce:

5/14/20 Back to Business – As the state gets back to business, our business owners are urged to continue to put people first. This means adhering to best practices that ensure the safety of your workers and customers alike https://open.maryland.gov/backtobusiness/

MARYLAND EXECUTIVE ORDERS

For a complete list of executive orders currently in effect, please visit https://governor.maryland.gov/covid-19-pandemic-orders-and-guidance/

Maryland Counties:

5/20/20 NEW Baltimore County Business Forum – As you’re preparing to welcome back customers and employees in a phased reopening, there are countless social distancing, health screening and workplace retrofit issues to consider and options to choose. You are invited to take advantage of free expert advice offered in a one-hour webinar this Friday, May 22 at 1pm. “Getting Back to Business Safely”

5/20/20 NEW The CDC document, released this week, spells out steps for schools, businesses and other facilities – both public and private – to take as they contemplate opening in the wake of virus-driven closures. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/php/CDC-Activities-Initiatives-for-COVID-19-Response.pdf

Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC):

5/20/20 NEW Bulletin from the US Department of Homeland Security in reference to COVID-19 Update 174 – 20 May 2020. (Please see the attached)

5/20/20 NEW MCAC Cyber Situational Awareness Report titled, “Cyber Threat Actors May Use Fake Covid-19 Contact Tracing Apps To Steal Personal Information And Spread Mobile Malware.” (Please see the attached)

External Partner Resource Updates:

5/20/20 NEW  With millions of jobs and the economic recovery at stake, the seven leading organizations representing state, territorial and local governments called on Congress to approve an aid package that would sustain vital services to Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.nga.org/news/press-releases/with-millions-of-jobs-at-stake-state-and-local-government-associations-call-on-congress-to-approve-aid/

5/20/20 NEW  Memorial Day Holiday

In observance of Memorial Day, the National Finance Center’s (NFC) offices, including the NFC Contact Center (NCC), will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020. All NFC applications will remain available during the holiday, and payroll/personnel processing will continue as normally schedule https://www.nfc.usda.gov/ClientServices/HR_Payroll/Customer_Notifications/2020/Holiday/052020-MemorialDay_Holiday.pdf

5/19/20 CDC is using a multi-pronged approach to help enhance and complement the efforts of state, tribal, local, and territorial staff. This initiative will help health departments with the staffing resources they need for their programs to get and keep America open https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/open-america/staffing.html

5/19/20 The SBA is providing a Paycheck Protection Program and related materials in 17 languages other than English to help small business owners recover due to the unprecedented economic disruption caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Additional information will be translated and posted periodically, and all documents are being provided for informational purposes only. https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-recovery-information-other-languages?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

5/19/20 Over its 130 year history, the Board of Trade has led the Greater Washington region through a series of world-changing crises, including the Great Depression and World War II. Now, this organization remains committed to supporting this region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and through its long-term economic recovery. https://www.bot.org/covid-19/

5/19/20 Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf