COVID 19 Facts and Information

Please see the following for information regarding COVID 19, community resources, and volunteer opportunities that are available.

Click here for information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Harford County including testing & vaccinations

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Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website for information on
COVID-19 including How to Make a Face Mask.
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For updated information on COVID-19 in Maryland, please visit
The Maryland Department of Health

Fuel Fund of Maryland: Effective April 12, 2021, the Fuel Fund of Maryland (FFM) will be updating their eligibility guidelines until further notice. The temporary criteria change is a result of funding from the RELIEF Act, supplemental grants, and stimulus money.

In the new criteria, the FFM will open eligibility to any BGE customer who is over income for the Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) and needs help paying their utility bill. The FFM will NOT be applying an income limit until further notice. For clients who reach out to the FFM and have NOT applied to OHEP, they will be asked to:

  • Email the Fuel Fund proof of gross income for the household for the last 30-days as well as how many members are currently in the household. 

Once the email is received, FFM will evaluate the client’s information and determine if they are eligible for financial assistance from OHEP or FFM.

  • If eligible for OHEP, they will be directed to OHEP.
  • If over OHEP’s income guidelines, their application will be processed by FFM 

*Please know their eligibility model can change at any time

Utility Bill Payment Help in Spanish:
Watch a subtitled Spanish video on how to keep your power on even when you are facing high utility bills.

-All utilities are offering 12 month payment plans with no down payment required. Contact your utility for more information.

The Office of People's Counsel has created an energy assistance toolkit to help Maryland households facing utility turn-off notices. This toolkit includes videos on how to fill out the Office of Home Energy Programs application, forms, and resource guides in English and in Spanish.

COVID-19 Vaccines: As of April 6, all Marylanders 16 and older will be eligible for vaccination at Maryland's mass vaccination sites. Pre-registration ensures you will be notified when you and your loved ones are able to make an appointment if you are eligible to receive a vaccine. On April 12, all Marylanders 16 and older will be eligible for vaccination through all providers.

To find a site go online or text “MDREADY” to 898-211 for text alerts.

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance: Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. FEMA will begin to implement COVID-19 funeral assistance April 12, 2021. To learn more about eligibility and how to apply check out their website.

Insurance Administration: Life insurers are not refusing, and cannot refuse, to pay benefits under a life insurance policy because the insured received a COVID-19 vaccination. Click here to learn more. Marylanders cannot be billed for the COVID-19 vaccination regardless of which vaccine they receive. Click here to learn more.

For more information visit the Maryland Office of the People's Counsel.

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For Community Resources, please see the Harford County Resource Guide.

To receive Emergency Alerts from Harford County Government, sign up at: https://harfordcounty.bbcportal.com/
For small businesses, employees, and those seeking unemployment benefits, visit:
Harford County Office of Community & Economic Development
Senior Citizens who need help should call the Office on Aging from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 410-638-3025.  After hours leave a message and someone will return your call.

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For additional information, or if you're not sure where to turn, contact the Harford County Citizens Affairs Division at citizensaffairs@harfordcountymd.gov or 410-638-3420, or use the customer service app at http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/1737/You-Click-We-Fix.
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For updated frequently asked questions and guidance for at risk populations, visit the
Harford County Health Department.
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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 15.  As a part of the State of Maryland’s overall response to the coronavirus, the Maryland Health Connection has provided a new special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders.  Visit the Maryland Health Connection website for details.

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Residents may dial 211 to reach a hotline from the United Way for additional resource information.

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For a list of approved daycares for essential workers, please visit
The Maryland Department of Education

Click here for more information from MDunemployment.com

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The Maryland Behavioral Health Administration BHA is the best source of information on substance misuse-and behavioral health-related issues during the Coronavirus situation. For FAQs and information about medication dosing visit BHA.Health.Maryland.gov.  

OITs, local behavioral health authorities, and clinics can direct questions related to substance misuse and behavioral health programming to BHA at IvaJean.Smith@Maryland.gov.

Want to help or volunteer?  For information, visit:
https://governor.maryland.gov/marylandunites/ 

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Monetary donations for citizens in need are being accepted through:
The United Way of Central Maryland and
The Community Foundation of Harford County through the Harford Cares Fund.