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NEWSLETTER 


March 13, 2020
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COVID-19  
 

Updates and Information for Community Members and Service Providers 

Please Note: The Mayor's Office of Homeless Services will be releasing weekly updates to the Continuum of Care on COVID-19.  This is a rapidly evolving situation and information presented here is up to date as of 3/13/2020. 
As of today, 18 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the State of Maryland, including one individual in Baltimore County.  Although no confirmed cases have been reported in Baltimore City, it is important that we take measures that will help prevent the spread of infections in our community and across our homeless service system.

By order of Mayor, Bernard C. “Jack” Young, the Baltimore City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated on Friday, March 13, 2020 to support the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency. The Mayor's Office of Homeless Services and other Level I agencies will support the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) and the City of Baltimore’s response to this emergency.
COVID-19 RESOURCES
COVID-19 PREVENTION 
We have compiled a list of resources that may be useful to community members and service providers. If you are a service provider, please share guidance, tips, and resources with your clients and staff. We also strongly encourage you to discuss potential emergency plans.

The Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) is actively monitoring the situation on a daily basis and has launched a series of conference calls to develop a comprehensive and coordinated response. Partners and service providers are strongly encouraged to contact MOHS to participate, share important updates, and obtain information related to COVID-19. 

COVID-19: Guidance for Mass Gatherings in Baltimore City
In light of recent COVID-19 Updates, Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa have issued guidance for all event organizers in Baltimore City. Read the full announcement here.

Interim Guidance for Homeless Shelters
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued an Interim Guidance for Homeless Shelters, which is intended to support response planning by homeless service providers, including overnight emergency shelters, day shelters, and meal service providers. Please review these guidelines as your agencies develop response plans.

COVID-19 : General Information

The following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resources provide additional information:
COVID- 19- More Information for CoCs and Homeless Services Providers  COVID-19: Communications Materials More information for Baltimore City residents and available resources for uninsured individuals can be found here

STAY INFORMED!  
Stay informed about COVID-19 through reputable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The World Health Organization (WHO), and the local authorities such as the Baltimore City Health Department and Maryland Department of Health. Be aware of fake information/myths that may circulate by word-of-mouth or online. 
 

For the latest information and resources about COVID-19, please consult the following resources:  COVID-19 emergency preparedness will require extensive community engagement with ongoing and transparent public health communications. Such community engagement must include conversations that will help avoid the stigmatization of clients and staff who may have been exposed to the virus. Facilities should also continue to be welcoming, respectful, inclusive, and supportive environments. 

We will continue to provide general updates on the City’s response and MOHS' actions as additional information becomes available. Please do not hesitate to reach out to MOHS if you are in need of assistance. 
UPDATES

Continuity of Operations

Continuity of Operations Planning
Baltimore City public agencies, including MOHS, have developed and submitted updated Continuity of Operations  Plans (COOP) to ensure that all critical responsibilities and functions are maintained.


Additionally, MOHS has provided COOP templates to key homeless service provider agencies and requested they complete and submit documents no later than March 25th, 2020. This is a firm deadline.

Operations Updates

On May 12, 2020, it was announced that effective Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27, all public schools in Maryland will be closed. As a result, the family shelter in Baltimore City will shelter in place during this time, allowing families to remain in the shelter throughout the day.

Currently all day centers are still operating on a regular schedule providing services and meals during the day.

Continuum of Care (CoC)
March 12, 2020

The March CoC meeting was held virtually on Thursday, March 12th at 2:00pm and included a presentation on COVID-19 from the Baltimore City Health Department.  

You can access the recorded webinar here and the PowerPoint slides here. 

Question(s)? Email us at journey.home@baltimorecity.gov.

Homeless Services Provider Fair
March 16, 2020

The Homeless Service Provider Fair will transition to an online only event and will be held on March 16th from 10:00am to 11:30am. Registered participants received additional information via email as well as a link to access the webinar. 

Please note: This event is at full capacity.  Please feel free to join the waitlist if you haven't registered yet but are interested in participating.  A link to the recorded webinar and PowerPoint presentation will be shared with the CoC Mailing List and posted on MOHS' website.

Questions? Email us at journey.home@baltimorecity.gov.

2020 Youth Reach

Out of an overabundance of caution and in order to ensure that communities can focus on preparedness related to COVID-19, Youth REACH is being postponed statewide and will NOT occur during the scheduled time in March. Thank you to each of you for your planning support and we will follow up at a later date when we have more information on the timeline for rescheduling the count.
 
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