COVID Corner

Maryland Governor Ending COVID-19 State of Emergency July 1

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced he is ending a state of emergency for COVID-19 on July 1.

The governor made the announcement at a news conference one year, three months, and 10 days after Maryland confirmed its first cases of the coronavirus.

The Associated Press

2021 Webinar Series

The SMMCOC 2021 Webinar Series: Small Business Survival kicked off to an excellent start with Where’s the Money?”. Speakers Lucretia Freeman-Buster, Wynne Briscoe, and Nick Rudolph, provided insight and information on the many resources available to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar, hosted by Edsel M. Brown Jr. Consulting Group LLC., was the first of (3) Webinars aimed at assisting small business in Charles County identify and locate sources of funding, support, and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

The series will continue with the next webinar scheduled for Wednesday, February 10th 2021 11am-12pm “Back to Business: From Surviving to Thriving -The Road to Recovery COVID-19 ” The webinar will be presented live via Zoo.

Register for this FREE event today!

SMMCOC’s President and CEO Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

President and CEO of SMMCOC, Doris Cammack-Spencer has received her COVID-19 vaccine. Doris states,

“Once the vaccine becomes widely available, I encourage everyone to receive it.”

Cases in Maryland and around the world continue to reach record highs. The virus continues to disproportionately affect African Americans and other minority groups.

Although studies show that many African Americans remain apprehensive about receiving the vaccine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for two COVID-19 vaccines.

They have been shown to be safe and effective as determined by data from large clinical trials. This data demonstrates that the known and potential benefits of this vaccine outweigh the known and potential harms of becoming infected with the COVID 19 (source CDC

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Drive- Through COVID-19 Testing at Regency Stadium

Free COVID-19 testing is available at Regency Stadium in Waldorf every Tuesday from 9am to 1pm. Provided by the Charles County Department of Health, testing is by appointment only.

Please call the COVID-19 Call Center at (301) 609-6717 to confirm testing availability and to schedule an appointment.

Testing Location: Regency Stadium 1765 St. Linus Dr. Waldorf, MD 20602

COVID-19 Testing Sites in Maryland

All testing sites below offer testing by appointment only.

Or, use the COVID-19 Testing Locator created by the Maryland Department of Health, to search nearest testing centers based on address or zip code. The link also provides useful information on the 3 most common testing types used in the state of Maryland.

Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, Pickup & Delivery Services

Business owners are urged to continue to put people first as Charles County gets back to business. This means adhering to best practices that ensure the safety of your workers and customers alike. Through our collective efforts, Charles County’s business community will play a critical role in protecting our citizens and preventing another surge of COVID-19 infections.

The following Best Practices info graphic, compiled by the Charles County Department of Health to assist businesses across the county, will assist with ensuring safe business practices during the pandemic. Please click on the thumbnail below to download a full-size copy of the CDC guide. The resources can be copied and shared.


Prepare Your Small Business & Employees for the effects of COVID-19

During an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current outbreak of COVID-19, small business owners must prepare for disruption in their business as well as prepare to protect their employees’ health and safety in the workplace. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has outlined steps businesses can take to better protect their employees and customers.

Please click on the thumbnail below to download a full-size copy of the CDC guide. The resources can be copied and shared.

PPE Supplies Distribution

The Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce will begin distributing PPE supplies to small, minority and micro-businesses in Charles County, Saturday, December 12th, 2020.  This effort is being supported from a grant awarded to the Chamber from the Charles County Department of Health in support of the Maryland Department of Health’s Cares Act Funds for the COVID-19 Pandemic Response. Supplies include hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, surgical masks, plastic gloves and COVID-19 spread prevention posters. PPE distribution will continue through January 2021.

Please check back for information regarding the next PPE distribution.

December PPE Distribution Photo Galley

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The PPE distribution that took place on Saturday December 12th, 2020 was a success! We were able to reach more than 100 local businesses. With the help of the Charles County Youth for Change organization, we were able to distribute a total of 110 bags of supplies! Way to go!


COVID Safety Flyers for your Business

The Maryland Department of Health has released industry-specific COVID 19 Safe Business Practice flyers for use in your business. The flyers may be reproduced, shared, and distributed for use within businesses operating in Charles County, MD. Each flyer is specific to daycare facilities, vocational schools and colleges, restaurants/bars/retail establishments, faith-based organizations, and public/private educational facilities.

Click on the flyer images below to download a copy of each flyer. Please feel free to copy and share the flyers in your business and with your network.

Daycare Safety Flyer

Faith Based Gatherings Safety Flyer

Restaurants Bars Retail Food Safety Flyer

Trade Colleges Universities Safety Flyer

Private Public Schools Safety Flyer