The Perry Hall White Marsh Business Association has compiled the following resources to try and help small businesses in our area cope with the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. This page will be updated as new resources become available.
Last updated: April 29, 2020
NOTTINGHAM, MD—Drive-up COVID-19 testing is now available by appointment in Perry Hall. http://www.nottinghammd.com/
Patient First now provides drive-up COVID-19 testing at its locations along Belair Road in Perry Hall and on Crain Highway in Waldorf. Testing is by appointment only.
All Patient First locations, including the designated testing centers, remain open on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., every day, for patients who have an urgent need for medical or injury care.
Appointments are made by calling a designated testing center. Patients are asked about symptoms and risk factors to determine whether they meet screening criteria based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In order to be tested, a patient must either have one or more symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) or be a healthcare worker or first responder.
Testing is scheduled between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.
All test samples are collected outside of the center; patients may remain in their vehicles through the entire process. The staff member collecting samples is equipped with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including an N95 mask, gloves, eye protection, and gown.
Samples are sent to a third-party reference lab for testing. Results will generally be available in about 2-4 days. A Patient First nurse will call each patient once results are available, to share results, provide guidance, and answer questions.
For insured patients, there is no out-of-pocket expense for COVID-19 testing. The visit will be submitted to patients’ insurance. Patient First accepts all major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. For self-pay patients, the cost is $90 plus a separate bill from the lab.
Message from DLLR- Maryland: 4-27-20:
Subject: IMPORTANT - Update from the Maryland Department of Labor's Division of Unemployment Insurance
The Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance sincerely apologizes for the difficulties surrounding applications for unemployment insurance benefits. The launch of the new online BEACON One-Stop application was intended to offer Marylanders the opportunity to quickly and easily file all types of claims and weekly certifications entirely online 24/7. The launch of the site has clearly fallen short.
We share your frustration, and are committed to ensuring the site is fully functional and operating without capacity delays as quickly as possible. We understand the dire financial situation that many of our Maryland families, friends and neighbors are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We do not take this responsibility lightly.
In order to implement the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) programs in a timely manner, we recently partnered with Sagitec, an outside benefits administration program vendor. If we had attempted to program our older system to accept applications for the CARES Act, it would have taken weeks, if not months. This was not an option. We want to make sure that all eligible Marylanders receive the benefits they need and deserve as soon as possible.
We were hopeful that our partnership with the vendor would provide rapid solutions. Instead, it has caused a series of challenges for applicants. The vendor’s platform could not sustain the volume of visitors to the site. This was not acceptable, and we are taking immediate actions to fix these problems.
As a result, we will be taking the application down nightly between the hours of 1:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. until the problem is fixed to perform maintenance and resolve any ongoing technical issues. While the website will be unavailable to customers during those early morning hours, this time was selected to impact the fewest number of claimants possible.
In order to prevent the overload of the system that users have experienced, we have introduced a virtual waiting line. By entering this system, you will be able to see how many individuals are waiting for site access, receive an estimated wait time that is constantly updated, and sign-up to receive an email when the system is ready for you to access the platform. This will provide more certainty about when you will receive assistance, but, more importantly, it will help ensure the capacity problems the platform experienced in the past do not reoccur.
We anticipate that, despite the waiting time, the process of filing your claim and certifications will proceed more smoothly because of the limitation on the number of people able to file at a given time.
We are also implementing a new gating system to increase the number of customers who are able to complete their filings with minimal hassle and frustration:
SBA application: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
Latest Executive Order from the Governor's office 3-30-20 READ DETAILS HERE
Email the Governor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email the Secretary of Commerce for Maryland: Secretary.Commerce@Maryland.gov
As of April 7th, Maryland Commerce Department is no longer accepting applications for the State's Emergency Relief Grant or Loan Program.
Internal Revenue Service - Coronavirus Tax Relief (Website) New Tax Relief info released 3-22-20:
"Small and midsize employers can claim two new refundable payroll tax credits to reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing employee leave related to the COVID-19 outbreak. See #IRS info at: www.irs.gov/coronavirus
Businesses with less than 500 employees can get funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. More on this and other #IRS info related to COVID-19 outbreak at: www.irs.gov/coronavirus
To take immediate advantage of new paid leave credits, businesses can retain and access funds that they would otherwise pay to #the IRS in payroll taxes. Learn more about this and other #IRS info related to COVID-19 outbreak at: www.irs.gov/coronavirus
Coronavirus in Maryland (Website)
Maryland COVID-19 Information for Business (Website) -- page includes lots of links to other resources
Additional info in the next section
GENERAL BUSINESS RESOURCES:
Maryland Department of Commerce
The Maryland Department of Commerce has created a resource page for Maryland businesses planning for and responding to the Coronavirus (https://govstatus.egov.com/md-coronavirus-business). On this page, you will find information on:
Baltimore County's Department of Economic and Workforce Development
DEWD also has created a page on their website (https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/economicdev/servicesstatus.html) to assist businesses and workers impacted by the health crisis by: