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AAC Emergency: The week ahead

Updated: Apr 4, 2020

AAC Emergency: The week ahead*

1)Senior centers are expected to be used as childcare centers:

“Rec and Parks is working on a plan to open senior centers for childcare this week, and will continue pressing the state to allow our team to use our childcare rooms at schools. Parents can contact Rec and Parks childcare division through its website or by calling 401-222-7856.. Parents will pay nothing for this childcare, the costs will be reimbursed to the providers by the state.”--Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman

2)Food Distribution:

“At, you can now access an interactive map of all free food distribution sites in the county, including the school Meals Program, the senior nutrition program and food pantries. You can also access on that site, a listing of special shopping times for seniors at grocery stores. The senior nutrition program has adopted a new service whereby a week's worth of easily prepared meals are available every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm.”

3)Drive-Thru Testing expected this week:

“Testing is foremost on our minds and rightly so it's both necessary to be able to tell for somebody with symptoms, whether they have COVID-19 or not. And also for us in public health to be able to see how far it has spread word that is spread and how it has spread so that we can better understand what is happening in our communities. So the situation with testing is that there's a lot of work being done. I've said that every week since I've been doing this, and there are some positive signs now. We believe that in this coming week, we will be able to have had drive thru testing in in our county. We don't know the details yet. We're waiting to get things firmed up.”-- Nilesh Kalyanaraman, M.D. Anne Arundel County Health Officer

4)Making room at hospitals:

“I think people are doing really well in terms of gauging how sick they are and going to the hospital only if they're really if they're really sick. And that's decreasing the number of people We're in the hospital. And at this time, hospitals are also identifying additional space to increase the number of beds that they have. And generally we're targeting at about a 60% increase in beds across the state. And that's true in our county as well.”--Nilesh Kalyanaraman, M.D. Anne Arundel County Health Officer

5) Use child benefit on a new tablet?:

“I would encourage people when they get that $500 per kid, if they don't have the, they don't have the devices that might actually be worth investing in a tablet or a laptop to get your kids connected so that they can connect with their friends.”--Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman

*Anne ARundel County Virtual Town Hall, March 28, 2020