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Local Resource Guide Developed On Telehealth Options for Behavioral Health Support

The COVID-19 pandemic may cause strong feelings of fear, anxiety, sadness and uncertainty in our community. Older people, people with chronic illnesses, youth, health care workers and first responders, and people with mental health conditions may be particularly impacted by the stress of the pandemic. 
 
 
The St. Mary’s County Health Department has created a Telehealth Resource Guide to provide information on local behavioral health resources (mental health, substance use, and crisis services) that are providing support through phone or video during this pandemic. Reaching out for help may provide relief and tools to cope during this stressful time. Individuals with pre-existing mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans and monitor for any new or worsening symptoms.
 
 
“Today is the start of National Public Health Week, a time to highlight the importance of health issues to our whole community,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “As we in public health partner with our community agencies and residents to face this unprecedented challenge, we must all remember to care for one another and for ourselves. Call to check on your loved ones and neighbors, and please share these support resources.”
 
For local COVID-19 updates and resources, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus - click on Mental Health, Substance Use & Crisis Support for more information on mental health and coping during the pandemic.

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $6.4 Million in Federal Funding to Support State Health Care System As It Responds to COVID-19

WASHINGTON – The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today announced $6.4 million to support Maryland’s health care system as it responds to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Funding comes through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Combined with the $10.2 million in COVID-19 response funding previously announced by the delegation, Maryland has now received $17.1 million as a result of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act with more federal support on the way.

 

“As the demands on our healthcare system grow on a daily basis during the COVID-19 crisis, these federal funds will help meet the most immediate needs of Maryland hospitals, health centers, and laboratories on the front lines,” said the delegation. “Working closely with Governor Hogan, Team Maryland will continue to fight for the resources our state urgently needs and to support health care workers throughout Maryland.” 

 

Per the CDC, the funding announced today will go toward lab equipment, supplies, staffing, shipping, infection control, surge staffing, monitoring of individuals, and data management. The funding will also supplement an existing cooperative agreement to state jurisdictions through the Emerging Infections Program (EIP) to enhance surveillance capabilities.

 

This funding is allocated by the CDC to states and local jurisdictions identified as having the highest number of reported COVID-19 cases and jurisdictions with accelerating COVID-19 cases. Nationally, more than $186 million will be allocated this week through this funding source.


Lilly Appointed as Director of Emergency Services

Charles County Administrator Mark Belton is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Lilly as director of the Department of Emergency Services. Lilly assumed this role on March 14, 2020.
 
As director of the Department of Emergency Services, Lilly oversees 9-1-1 Communications, Emergency Medical Services, Animal Control, Emergency Management, the Tactical Response Team, and False Alarm Reduction.  She also serves as the liaison and coordinator between the department and local, county, state, federal, and non-governmental agencies including the Charles County Volunteer Fire and EMS Associations.
 
Lilly has 14 years of experience in emergency services.  She joined Charles County Government in April 2009 as the chief of the Emergency Management Division and most recently served as the assistant director of Emergency Services.  In the assistant director role, she supported the director of Emergency Services with managing the administration, operations, and financial functions of the department. This also included employee engagement, budget development, administration and management of Emergency Services programs, interagency liaison, and assistance in planning, organizing, and directing the operation of Emergency Services. Prior to that, from 2005 to 2009, Lilly served as a manager and emergency planner with St. Mary’s County Department of Public Safety where she supervised Animal Control, Emergency Management, and volunteer emergency services coordination. 
 
“Michelle’s skillset to handle any major emergency has allowed her to step into this leadership role during a critical time, as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said County Administrator Mark Belton. “It is with confidence I welcome Michelle into this role for Charles County Government and its residents.”
 
Lilly said, “With my emergency background and experience, I look forward to supporting the residents of Charles County, the Volunteer Fire and EMS Community, and the Department of Emergency Services as we work together as a team to keep our community safe and prepared.”
 
Lilly is certified through the International Association of Emergency Managers as a Certified Emergency Manager, holds a Maryland Professional Emergency Management Program Certification issued by the Maryland Emergency Management Association, and holds certifications and trainings through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
 
Lilly has a Master of Public Health from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences from Mountain State University, in Beckley, West Virginia.

Charles County Sheriff's Office Adopts Therapy Dog As Part of New Comfort K9 Program

Sheriff Troy D. Berry is proud to announce the implementation of a new initiative aimed at helping victims of crime in Charles County: the Comfort K9 Program. This program, which has been in the planning phase for several months, will be aimed at providing emotional support to victims of crime, particularly children. The Comfort K9, a Golden Retriever, will work directly with a detective assigned to the Special Victims Unit (SVU) in the Criminal Investigations Division.
 
 
Detective Sergeant Kristen Clark, who supervises the SVU, developed the concept for the CCSO’s Comfort K9 Program after researching the work of therapy dogs with other police departments around the country. Research has proven that therapy dogs have increased disclosure rates in children during the forensic interview process from 34% to over 80%. “Our Comfort K9 will assist detectives who are conducting forensic interviews with children or other victims of crime who may need emotional support,” said D/Sgt. Clark. “This canine can also provide comfort for victims who are testifying in court cases.”
 
K9 Liberty is a 10-month-old female Golden Retriever who received her training at Applejack K9 Academy, home of the Elite Registry of Working Dogs, in Charlotte Hall, MD. She will continue to work with her trainers as she begins her role with the CCSO and transitions to working with her handler, Detective Nina Garner, who serves in the SVU. “We are grateful to the staff at Applejack for the top notch training they have provided Liberty in preparing her for the important work she will do in our community,” said Detective Garner.
 
“Victims of violent crimes have experienced significant trauma, and we are committed to helping them through the criminal justice process,” said Lieutenant Andrew Schwab, Commander of Persons Crimes. “The Comfort K9 Program will be a vital part of that process, especially for adolescent victims.”
 
Photos, announcements, and updates about Liberty will be provided on the CCSO Facebook page.
 
“We are looking forward to working with our new therapy dog partner,” said Sheriff Berry. “She will undoubtedly be a positive addition to the CCSO family and will provide an invaluable service.”

State Police Urge Voluntary Compliance Of Faith Community During State Of Emergency

(PIKESVILLE, MD) -- As state and local law enforcement officers are working throughout Maryland
to educate citizens about the Governor's Executive Order and to enforce the law when necessary, State
Police Superintendent Colonel Woodrow Jones III is urging the faith community to be informed and to
voluntarily comply with the order as it applies to holding services.
"Maryland's law enforcement officers are dedicated to helping keep our citizens as safe as possible and
are working diligently around the state to ensure the Governor's Executive Order is complied with,"
Colonel Jones said. "My hope is that our faith community leaders recognize the importance of the
safety measures that have been implemented and will not risk the health of their congregations by
holding services in a way that violates the regulations put in place during this emergency. Technology
provides us all with unique alternatives that I hope will be implemented as a necessary and important
option until it is safe to once again gather to worship in the way you choose to."
The Governor's Executive Order prohibits groups of more than 10 people from assembling and those
groups of 10 or less must maintain social distancing of at least six feet between individuals. Churches,
synagogues and mosques have been included in the list of 'non-essential businesses' that are required to
close their normal operations. Some minimal operations at a religious facility can continue and have
been defined by the Governor's Office of Legal Counsel as follows:
1. Drive-In Religious Services: Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and other similar religious
facilities of any faith (“religious facilities”) may conduct “drive-in” services, where participants
gather in their vehicles near the religious facility and participate in the service together by remote
means, subject to the following requirements, which are intended to protect public health, safety,
and welfare:
a. Participants may leave their homes to travel by vehicle to and from the religious facility,
and must remain in their vehicle at all times.
b. No vehicle may contain more than 10 persons, in accordance with paragraph III of the Order.
c. Participants may not interact physically with clergy, staff, or participants in other vehicles.
This includes, but is not limited to, collecting donations by basket or plate.
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2. Limited In-Person Services: Clergy may conduct limited in-person services at their respective
religious facilities, and participants may leave their homes to travel to and from the religious
facility for such services, subject to the following requirements, which are intended to protect
public health, safety, and welfare:
a. No more than 10 persons, including clergy, staff and participants, may be present inside the
religious facility during the service.
b. Participants may not interact physically with clergy, staff, or participants. This includes, but
is not limited to, collecting donations by basket or plate.
c. Participants, clergy, and staff must (i) be at least six feet apart from one another at all times,
except for participants that are part of the same household; and (ii) comply with all applicable
guidance from the CDC and MDH regarding social distancing.
d. There must be at least a four hour gap between the end of one in-person service and the
beginning of the next in-person service. The religious facility should be cleaned between
services, in accordance with CDC cleaning and disinfection guidance.
3. Minimal Operations at Religious Facilities: Clergy and other staff of religious facilities are
permitted to continue conducting minimal operations under paragraph IV.c of the Order, provided
that they comply with all applicable guidance from the CDC and MDH regarding social distancing.
In the case of religious facilities, the term “minimal operations” includes, but is not necessarily
limited to, facilitating remote services.
Individuals in violation of the Governor's Executive Order may be arrested and charged with a
misdemeanor offense that, upon conviction, could result in up to one year in jail and up to a $5,000
fine, or both. Those organizing/leading events and those attending in violation of the Governor's
Executive Order could each be charged. 

St. Mary's County Transit System to Implement Service Reductions

LEONARDTOWN, MD – To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, PLEASE USE PUBLIC TRANSIT FOR ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY. Essential travel means taking trips to work, hospitals, health care providers, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, food distribution centers, schools, to provide care for family members, and other similar destinations. By reducing unnecessary travel, transit becomes safer for those who depend on it, especially essential health care workers, and for those who operate it.
 
For the health and safety of all, St. Mary’s County Transit System (STS) has enacted enhanced daily wipe-down of buses and paratransit vehicles; and disinfecting areas with high passenger touchpoints.
 
Effective, April 6, to more efficiently deploy resources to core bus service, STS will temporarily discontinue the following bus routes: Rt. 3, Rt.6, Rt.14, Rt.7 on Saturdays.  Riders needing assistance with trip planning can contact the STS Transit Information Contact Center from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at 301-475-4200 ext. 1120 or 1121.
 
Service Status
 
St. Mary’s County STS Bus System will implement **New** service reductions on all parts of the STS System modes effective Monday, April 6, 2020.
 
Local Fixed Route Bus - to minimize operator contact, passenger must place fare or ticket in the fare box or show their monthly pass or daily pass while boarding the bus.
No more than 9 passengers are allowed on the bus at a time. Additional riders must wait until the following hour to ride the bus. First responders and medical service workers will be given priority boarding.
Monday through Friday STS will follow these supplemental schedules:
Rt. 7 Southern Route- Every hour, 6 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Rt. 11 Great Mills/California Route- Every hour, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Rt. 12 Leonardtown Route NB/SB- Every hour, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday STS will follow these supplemental schedules:
 
 
Rt. 11 Great Mills/California Route- Every hour, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Rt. 12 Leonardtown Route NB/SB- Every hour, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
 
 
Sunday Service
No Service on Sunday, April 12, 2020, in observance of the Easter Holiday.
Sunday schedule starting April 19, 2020:
 
 
Rt. 11 Great Mills/California Route – 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Rt. 12 Leonardtown – 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
 
 
Mobility - ADA and SSTAP paratransit service will continue to book and provide medical trips such as dialysis, chemotherapy, hospitals, clinics, mental health facilities, as well as trips to pharmacies and grocery stores.
All other trips are canceled until further notice.
All eligibility certification will continue as usual, please mail or make an appointment.
 
 
STS Transit Office - STS office will be open on a limited basis, residents are asked to call the STS dispatcher at 301-475-4200, ext. 1120 for an appointment for the purchase of tickets or passes or request a paratransit application or employment application to be mailed. Tickets and Passes are also available for purchase from the STS Drivers.
 
   Lost & Found - retrieval of lost & found items may be delayed unless they are related to safety and security, such as medical devices, cell phones and personal identification.  Please call the STS dispatcher at 301-475-4200, ext. 1120.
 
COVID-19 Prevention Tips
 
These everyday preventive steps have proven effective at slowing the spread of respiratory illnesses like colds and flu:
 
·         Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
 
·         Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
 
·         Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve or your elbow.
 
·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices.
 
·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
 
·         If you are sick, stay home, except when seeking medical care.
 
Stay informed by visiting the St. Mary’s County Government website at www.stmarysmd.com.

Tri-County Animal Shelter Limits Hours and Availability to Appointment-Only

In order to keep the public and employees safe during COVID-19, the Tri-County Animal Shelter is changing its operating hours to 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and adoptions are available by appointment only. To make an appointment, please email animalshelter@charlescountymd.gov or call 301-932-1713.  You can also view available pets online at: www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/services/animal-care-control/tri-county-animal-shelter/-fsiteid-1.
 
Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD:  800-735-2258.

Suspects in Multiple Burglaries Arrested and Charged

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested and charged two suspects in connection with a series of recent burglaries at businesses in the Waldorf area. Between March 21- March 24, at least ten businesses were broken into. In each case, the suspects broke out the glass doors or windows of the business to gain entry. Once inside, they stole small amounts of cash and other items. Following this series of incidents, detectives initiated an investigation. A break in the case came late on March 24. At approximately 11 p.m., Officer C. Caywood and Officer W. Adams were patrolling a shopping area in Waldorf when they observed a male loitering in front of a store. As they approached, the man ran to a car and fled, almost striking one of the officers. The car was found abandoned a short time later. Based on that incident and other leads detectives had been pursuing, investigators identified two suspects. On March 27, Detective R. Smith obtained arrest warrants for Jamari Deandre Hagens, 19, of White Plains, and Dionte Dwayne Lewis, 26, of Waldorf. Hagens was arrested on March 27 and Lewis was arrested on March 31. The suspects were charged with burglary, destruction of property, theft and other related charges. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective Smith at (301) 609-6504. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel app. The investigation is ongoing.
 
 

Survey for Local Healthcare Workers - Workforce Reserve for COVID-19

 In an effort to prepare the healthcare workforce and optimize resources at the local level for COVID-19 response, the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) is issuing a survey to healthcare workers in order to establish reserve capacity. This effort will help identify those workers who may be able to assist with the frontlines of this pandemic.
 
SMCHD asks any licensed or previously licensed healthcare worker who may be willing to volunteer or work above and beyond their current employment (whether you are unemployed, retired, or you are currently working and could possibly work additional hours) to please complete the following survey as soon as possible.
 
 
www.surveymonkey.com/r/SMC-reserve
 
 
“The dedication of our local healthcare workforce to support and serve our community during this time of great need is exceptional,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “We understand the stress and physical demands that are being placed on our healthcare system even as we prepare for a medical surge.”
 
Please consider lending support for fellow frontline healthcare workers needing respite by helping to build local reserve capacity. The willingness of healthcare workers to serve our community in this crisis demonstrates their commitment to the health of our residents and to one another.
 
If you have any questions about the survey, please email smchd.healthprovider@maryland.gov or call (301) 475-4330.

Maryland Delegation Pushes FEMA for Urgent Medical Supplies Needed for Statewide Fight Against COVID-19

Latest bipartisan request comes among reports that Maryland has received only a third of the items requested previously from FEMA
 
“Lack of PPE increases the likelihood of the virus spreading and the probability of healthcare practitioners becoming infected. If healthcare practitioners are infected, this directly impacts the outcome of sick Marylanders, depleting our critical staffing supply.”
 
WASHINGTON – Team Maryland, the full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, continue to fight for essential resources needed in Maryland to protect the health and safety of Marylanders. The latest time-sensitive request for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) comes as COVID-19 cases are on the rise in the state and overall MD-DC-VA region. In a letter to the regional FEMA director, the delegation identified six priority requests to FEMA: ventilators, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), testing supplies, swabs, pharmaceutical supplies for medical surge sites, and mobile medical labs. The delegation also urged approval of the Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) under the Individual Assistance (IA) portion of the Major Disaster Declaration for Maryland.  The Major Disaster Declaration was approved on March 27, 2020, but approval of CCP for Maryland is still under review.

Hollywood Man Charged with Theft

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of an individual knocking on doors in the Hollywood area, claiming to need money for a family emergency or to visit a hospitalized family member. Many citizens provided this individual with checks or money. An investigation has determined the suspect was providing false information to citizens in order to obtain money and checks. The individual was described as a white male, operating a white Hyundai sedan.
 
The suspect has been identified as Carroll Ignatius Norris Jr., age 46 of Hollywood. On March 23, 2020, Norris was charged via a criminal summons for the reported thefts. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking any additional victims who wish to report a theft involving Carroll Norris, to contact Deputy First Class Dale Smith at (301) 475-4200 extension 78098 or by email at Dale.Smith@stmarysmd.com.
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

COVID-19 Response Feeding Programs Offered Through Community Partners

LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Public Schools will provide a drive-up lunch service from April 6-17, 2020, Monday-Friday, at the locations listed below from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily. Please note there will be no school site meal distribution on the designated holidays of Friday, April 10, 2020, and Monday, April 13, 2020. Meals will be offered to all children 18 years and younger free of charge. Parents and children can drive up to these locations and receive meals that they can take home during current school closures.
 
Leonardtown Elementary School
 
22885 Duke Street
 
Leonardtown, MD 20650
 
 
 
Greenview Knolls Elementary School
 
45711 Military Lane
 
Great Mills, MD 20634
 
 
 
            Margaret Brent Middle School
 
29675 Point Lookout Road
 
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
 
 
 
Lexington Park Elementary School
 
46763 Shangri-La Drive
 
Lexington Park, MD 20653
 
For questions regarding the lunch service program, please email foodservices@smcps.org.
 
 
 
St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen, 20850 Langley Road, Lexington Park is distributing take-and-go meals between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday. One meal per person.
 
 
The soup kitchen also has bagged lunch distribution sites on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with a Pop-Up Pantry on Wednesdays between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot at the following locations:
 
 
Ridge - Dollar General, 13270 Point Lookout Rd.
 
Piney Point- Chief's Restaurant, 44584 Tall Timbers Rd.
 
Charlotte Hall - April's Pools, on the corner of Rt. 5 and Rt. 6
 
Bushwood – Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 23080 Maddox Rd.
 
 
For more information on the St. Mary’s Caring program, call 301-863-5700.
 
 
Sheetz is proud to announce a new Kidz Meal Bagz program providing free food to help children and families in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meal Bagz will be available all-day starting Thursday, April 2, and will include a turkey sandwich, chips and a drink.
 
Families interested in taking advantage of the free Kidz Meal Bagz program should go to participating Sheetz locations and ask an employee at the register for a meal. Families will be offered one bag per child and meals will be available daily while supplies last.
 
The Kidz Meal Bagz program will be available at 293 stores across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The program began April 2, 2020 and is scheduled for a period of two weeks at which time it will be reevaluated based on community need.
 
A full list of participating Sheetz locations can be found here: https://www.sheetz.com/news/kidzmeals

Construction to Relocate Section of Lawrence Hayden Road Completed

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation has completed construction to relocate the section of Lawrence Hayden Road between Airport View Drive and Primevere Drive in Hollywood, MD.
 
Drivers should be aware a new traffic pattern has been established and will open to the public on April 9, 2020.
 
For more information, call the Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200, ext. 73560

Update: Toddler in Child Abuse Case Pronounced Deceased

UPDATE: The victim in this case, Divinity Ose McKay, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased on March 31. The Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office will determine further charges. The investigation is ongoing.
 
Man Charged in Connection with Physical Child Abuse: On March 30 at 2 a.m., officers responded to the 2000 block of St. Thomas Drive in Waldorf after a man called and reported his 13-month-old daughter was having trouble breathing. When officers and paramedics arrived, the child was unresponsive. She was transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center for treatment. Detectives responded to the hospital to conduct an investigation. As detectives began gathering information, the girl’s father, Robert Earl McKay, III, 29, of Waldorf, assaulted one of the investigators. He was arrested, charged with assault and taken to the detention center. The child was subsequently transported to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and admitted in critical condition. Upon examination and other medical testing, detectives learned the toddler sustained trauma consistent with child abuse. Detectives also charged McKay with attempted murder, child abuse, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault. In addition, while serving a search warrant at McKay’s residence, detectives found a regulated firearm, which he is prohibited from possessing due to a previous felony conviction. The child’s mother was at work when the 911 call came in. Further, no other children reside at the residence. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective A. Worley at (301) 609- 6518.  

Calvert County Reports First Fatality Due to COVID-19

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – April 1, 2020 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announces the first known COVID-19 death of a Calvert County resident.
 
“This is a tragic loss and we ask all county residents to join us in sharing our heartfelt condolences and prayers with the family,” said BOCC President Kelly McConkey. “This brings home the seriousness of the situation we face. In this profoundly difficult time, we call for the entire Calvert County community to stand together – stay informed, take precautions and be good neighbors. We will use every resource available to protect the health of our community and support our health care workers and first responders.”
 
“Our medical team went to extraordinary efforts to care for the patient,” said President and CEO of CalvertHealth Medical Center Dean Teague. “We also extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of this individual. We know this is a challenging time for our community, and we are working tirelessly to protect our staff, our patients and the community.”
 
Visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Coronavirus for further updates, guidance and resources. Updates will continue to appear on the Calvert County Government website, www.CalvertCountyMd.gov, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and Comcast Channel 6.

Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of March 23 – March 29 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,008 calls for service throughout the community.
 
Burglary: 20-16905
On March 28, 2020, Deputy Gough responded to Cove Point Road in Lusby for the report of a burglary. The complainant advised that around 9:30pm, an unknown suspect(s) attempted to steal a four-wheeler and a dirt bike sitting outside their shed, but when the complainant approached the shed, the suspect fled on foot into Cove Point Park. 
 
Damaged Property: 20-16551
On March 26, 2020 Deputy Plant responded to Main Street in Prince Frederick for a burglary in progress. The complainant advised that they heard glass breaking in the residence next door, and then observed two male suspects flee the area through the woods. Deputy Plant observed several broken windows to the side and rear of the residence. The value of damaged property is $500.  
 
Theft: 20-16044
On March 23, 2020, Deputy W. McDowell took a report of a theft that occurred on Silver Rock Road in Lusby. The complainant advised that sometime between 6:00pm on March 22nd and 12:30am on March 23rd, an unknown suspect(s) stole their Ambrose Disposable garbage can from the driveway. The value of stolen property is $75.
 
Theft: 20-16113
On March 23, 2020, Deputy Kwitowski took a report of a theft that occurred at Weis Market in Lusby. The complainant advised that sometime between 4:00am and 8:30am on March 23rd, an unknown suspect(s) stole the rear tag from their work van while it was parked in the parking lot. The value of stolen property is $25.
 
Arrests:
 
On March 24, 2020, Deputy Gough responded to Roy Roger’s in Solomons for the report of a suspicious person. Calvert County Emergency Communications advised a male suspect was at the restaurant yelling at and harassing customers in the drive thru. Upon arrival, Deputies made contact with Dennis Marvin Erich, Jr (51), who immediately became disorderly and began yelling profanities at the Deputies on scene. Deputies detected the strong odor of alcohol emanating from Erich’s breath and person and placed him under arrest. Erich was then transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Intoxicated Public Disturbance, Disorderly Conduct, and Assault- Second Degree.
 
On March 25, 2020, Deputy W. McDowell assisted Deputy Deleon in a traffic stop on South Solomons Island Road at Cove Point Road in Lusby. Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle, Diandre Jhavahn Harrison (26), Deputies detected the strong odor of marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle. Harrison was removed from the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in two plastic torn off baggies containing suspected marijuana, an additional small bag containing a suspected marijuana, a green mason jar containing several small glassine baggies of suspected marijuana, as well as a separate glassine baggie containing a pill suspected to be Alprazolam. Harrison was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana.
 
On March 27, 2020, Deputy Kwitowski responded to North Solomons Island Road in Huntingtown to assist Deputy Ward with a disorderly subject. Complainants advised that Leigh Anne Bauer (34) was on their property and was refusing to leave. Upon making contact with Bauer, Deputies detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from her person. Deputies advised Bauer she was not allowed to be on the property and gave multiple commands to leave which Bauer refused. Bauer was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with Trespass: Private Property, and Disorderly Conduct. 

Twenty-three COVID-19 Cases In St. Mary's - Community Spread Confirmed

The St. Mary’s County Health Department has confirmed additional positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in St. Mary’s County residents, bringing the total case count to twenty-three. Additionally, there is now strong evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in St. Mary’s County. Community spread is the passage of illness from person to person without known risks, such as travel or contact with a confirmed case.
 
“With community spread, everyone could be at some risk for COVID-19,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “The risk of being in public places is now similar to being in a location where someone may have been while contagious with the virus. It is critical that our community members stay at home as much as possible and take precautions.”
 
SMCHD will no longer issue notifications for public exposure risks, as general risk to the community in public spaces is evident. Residents should focus on staying home, social distancing from others, and infection prevention measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you are sick, stay away from others. If you need medical attention, call ahead to your primary care doctor or healthcare facility, or use 9-1-1 if in a medical emergency. 
 
For local COVID-19 case count, updates and information, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at (301) 475-4911 Monday - Saturday from 8:00 a.m  - 5:00 p.m.

Great Mills Man Arrested for Robbery

On March 24, 2020, at approximately 6:40 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported robbery in the 20800 block of Callaway Village Way. Investigation determined an unknown male wearing a hooded jacket, entered the business and brandished a knife. The suspect assaulted the victim and stole currency from the cash register and fled the scene in a black vehicle.
 
During the robbery investigation, deputies were notified of an assault involving a similar vehicle, in the 45600 block of Buckshot Way in Lexington Park. Investigation determined the suspect, later identified as Devon Tyler Lee, age 18 of Great Mills, was operating a black Tahoe and repeatedly rammed the victim’s occupied vehicle. When deputies arrived on scene the Tahoe was located abandoned. It was later determined the Tahoe had been reported stolen several days prior to the robbery and assault. Through the course of the investigation it was determined Lee was the suspect in the robbery and the stolen vehicle had been used to flee the robbery scene.
 
On March 27, 2020, Lee was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center. Lee was charged with the following:
 
· Armed Robbery
 
· Robbery
 
· Dangerous Weapon-Conceal
 
· Dangerous Weapon-Intent/Injure
 
· Assault First Degree
 
· Assault Second Degree
 
· Theft
 
· Motor Vehicle-Unlawful Taking
 
Lee remains incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no bond status. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Trevor Teague at (301) 475-4200 extension 78128 or by email at Trevor.Teague@stmarysmd.com.
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

REVISED: March 31 Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, March 31, the Board of Commissioners received an update from the Charles County Health Department on the latest efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Dr. Suzan Lowry, MD FAAP, the Charles County Health Officer, shared information on the testing, treatment, and prevention efforts for COVID-19 locally. Residents are reminded to call the Department of Health’s call center at 301-609-6717 for urgent questions and concerns; starting Wednesday, April 1, the call center hours have expanded to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Mondays through Sundays. Department of Emergency Services Director Michelle Lilly provided an overview of the Emergency Operation Center’s work, including continued daily coordination with local and state affiliated agencies.
 
Budget Work Session
 
The Board of County Commissioners held a budget work session to review the fiscal 2021 General Fund Revenue Outlook and fiscal 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Program, as well as fiscal 2021 Fees and Charges. Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services staff provided an update on the request for a relief fund in response to COVID-19.
 
Briefings
 
The Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services provided an update on the requested Relief Fund for COVID-19, including the potential for Charitable Trust’s involvement regarding nonprofit organizations and Economic Development Department’s involvement which would include temporary modification to the Target Industry Incentives Loan Fund and Business Development Loan Fund to address COVID-19 as it relates to local businesses. The County Commissioners approved a motion to move $200,000 into a relief fund for local businesses and $100,000 for a relief fund for nonprofit allocation by Charitable Trust. Economic Development Department also reminded residents to visit their website at www.MeetCharlesCounty.com for business resources in relation to COVID-19.
 
Approval Items
 
Commissioners approved the following items:
 
Resolution 2020-05 to extend the Charles County State of Emergency declaration until April 30.
A fiscal 2020 budget transfer request to support the cost of installing a temporary filtration system to meet contractual obligations with Competitive Power Ventures. 
A fiscal 2020 budget transfer request to fund contract management services which will assist with timely completion of projects.
A fiscal 2020 contingency transfer request in order to install a permanent pump-around connection at the Mattawoman Wastewater Treatment Plant’s Reclaimed Water Pump Station which allows for needed repairs.
A fiscal 2020 budget amendment increase to match funds awarded by the county for the USDA Rural Housing Preservation Grant. 
Charles County’s participation in the Joint Statement on Regional Cooperation Agreement among Maryland Capital Region Local Economic Development Organizations.
Next Commissioners Session: April 7, 2020; Additional details to be provided on BoardDocs by April 2.
Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

St. Mary's County Park Use Limited to Reduce Spread of COVID-19

LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Government owned and operated parks are operating with additional limitations in response to the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order issued by Governor Larry Hogan.
 
Waterfront parks, including Elms Beach, Myrtle Point, and Snow Hill Park, remain closed to the public.
 
Public landings, including boat ramps, piers and gathering spaces are closed to the public. An exception is made allowing commercial waterman with valid licenses to use the public landings. Recreational boating is not permitted under the Governor’s Order.
 
All other St. Mary’s County Government-owned and operated parks are open under the following specific safety guidelines: exercise activities such as walking, hiking, running or biking while adhering to recommended 6-foot social distancing measures are permitted. All sports and activities which engage in bodily contact such as basketball, soccer, football is not permitted. Gathering of groups are limited to no more than 10 people in any specific area of the park.
 
Park hours and operations are available at the Department of Recreation and Parks website.
 
For the list of all county government operations and COVID-19 resources, visit St. Mary’s County Government: www.stmarysmd.com.

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