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Maryland Resources

Updates from Maryland Governor Hogan

The Governor has declared a State of Emergency in Maryland following confirmation of three positive cases of COVID-19. You can find additional up-to-date information and press releases on the Governor’s website.

Baltimore Resources

Health Insurance for Uninsured Marylanders

Maryland Department of Health

Maryland Department of Health: Coronavirus Outbreak
The Maryland Department of Health’s page provides a document for Guidance for Schools about the Coronavirus outbreak as well as other general and Maryland-specific information.

Legal Help from Maryland Access to Justice

Legal Help from Lawyer in the Library Service

  • Maryland Legal Aid attorneys can provide free legal advice to individuals who are financially eligible, by email or telephone.
  • Call 443-451-2805, or email Include your name and legal issue in your email or voicemail and your message will be returned within 48 hours.
  • Visit Lawyer in the Library Virtual Service, a partnership between The Enoch Pratt Free Library and Maryland Legal Aid.

Maryland 211

Call Maryland 211 if you wish to talk with someone regarding the Coronavirus. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in more than 180 languages. Accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing through Maryland Relay (dial 711).

World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a trusted, authoritative source for public health information. The WHO announced the official name for the disease that is causing the 2020 outbreak of coronavirus disease: COVID-19.

  • Coronavirus (health topic)
    This landing page for the Coronaviruses family of viruses includes background, select news on the outbreak, and links to Questions and Answers on Coronaviruses.
  • Advice for the Public
    This WHO page on Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has practical information for dealing with the outbreak on a personal level. The page includes video, graphics, myth-busters, and even tips for coping with related stress.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are our nation’s premier authority on public health information.

The page that the CDC has developed for American citizens is a one-stop shop for background on the strain, COVID-19, as well as the class of coronaviruses; CDC-authored news monitoring the situation, including all the statistics on cases; and a wealth of resources for professionals, travelers, and the general public.


MedlinePlus offers up-to-date information in language you can understand. MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Associated Press

The Associated Press (AP) is a not-for-profit news cooperative that is widely considered the least biased reporting in the U.S.

Coronavirus Topic: AP articles
Government and business response to the outbreak is well covered.

Johns Hopkins University

U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State provides updated information about travel safety and security.

Hesperian Fact Sheets in Spanish and French

Hesperian Health Guides is a reliable nonprofit health information source that has translated a COVID-19 fact sheet into French and Spanish. More languages will be available soon.

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COVID-19 Unemployment Resources

Has your employment been affected by COVID-19? This guide will help displaced workers apply for Unemployment Insurance and other benefits.

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COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses

Find a curated list of reliable resources for local Maryland businesses affected by COVID-19.

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