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Talbot County stays home

EASTON — Life in Talbot County has slowed to a crawl under Gov. Larry Hogan’s Stay-At-Home Order issued Monday, but officials encourage residents to be patient and vigilant.

“Yesterday was a difficult day as the governor issued his order for non-essential workers to stay home,” Talbot County Council President Corey Pack said. “We are asking people to take this seriously and comply with the governor’s directive. We are not willing to sacrifice even one more life to this infectious disease.”

The Emergency Operations Center remains activated to coordinate support activities and to provide regular informal updates as we move through the COVID19 crisis.

“We are hopeful that being in a rural area will spare us,” Talbot County Director of Emergency Services Clay Stamp said. “But we must recognize that, without everyone adhering to the state and local recommendations, we could see clusters of persons being infected.”

“To those who speak against the recommendations, I would remind them that real people all over this country are being impacted and their efforts to downplay the threat only serves to potentially place people in harm’s way,” Stamp added. “Again, this is not a drill.”

Key Points for March 31

  • In the past 24 hours, Maryland added 247 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 1,660 cases and 18 deaths.
  • Only 2% of the cases are on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Talbot County has three confirmed cases.
  • St. Michaels will host a free, drive-thru Farmers Market in the public parking lot behind Pemberton’s Pharmacy today from 3-5 p.m. The St. Michaels Community Center will deliver to those without transportation.
  • Government offices in the towns and county have further limited hours and personnel. Employees continue to answer emails and phone calls.
  • MEMA guidelines recommend that workers at essential businesses carry letters from their employers when traveling.
  • Some 45 medical volunteers will report to duty at Easton Memorial Hospital thanks to Maryland Responds.

Meal Distribution

New St. John's United Methodist Church, 9123 Tilghman Island Rd, Wittman, will be holding a Pop-up Food Pantry every Friday, starting this Friday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The church also maintains an unmanned food pantry outside that offers non-perishables 24/7 to families in need.

Easton Utilities

Easton Utilities understands the importance of supporting our community efforts during this unprecedented time. While we continue to provide the essential services our customers rely on every day, we want to follow the recommendations of federal, state and local agencies to protect the health of the public and our employees.

In addition to the recommended precautions we are currently following, we closed the Drive-Thru yesterday. Below please find our current operational status as of March 30, 2020:

  • The Customer Service Center, Drive-Thru and Lobby are CLOSED
  • Customers are encouraged to utilize online bill pay, phone or mail for transactions
  • Please contact our Customer Service Representative at 410-822-6110 if assistance is needed to set up online account
  • Employees are no longer entering customer homes unless it’s an emergency
  • For Easton Velocity issues (internet, cable, phone), technicians will work with the customer remotely to troubleshoot problems
  • Free Drive-Up Hotspots are available for people to perform essential functions
  • WiFi Name: EU-Public and No Password Required
  • Talbottown Shopping Center main parking lot (closest to the intersection of Washington and Harrison Streets). Available 24/7.
  • Idlewild Park parking lot (closest to basketball courts). Open during daylight hours only.
  • Moton Park parking lot (closest to park entrance). Open during daylight hours only.
  • Library parking lot (closest to Federal Street). Available 24/7.

As always, we remain flexible and willing to work with customers facing financial hardships during this time

We will continuously monitor and update our policies to ensure we are providing the best possible service to our customers while maintaining the safety of all concerned. Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Customer Service at 410-822-6110.

Talbot County Library

As the AARP Tax Aide service held at library branches has been cancelled for the season, users of that service may want to use the IRS's Free File to get their taxes done. IRS Free File provides free tax preparation and e-filing online for those making $69,000 or less in 2019. If you made more than $69,000, you can still fill out and submit your federal taxes online. Visit https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free for more information.

Talbot County Public Schools

Distance Learning

Beginning Monday, April 6, TCPS will move to a distance learning model in which teachers will be engaging with their students virtually. In order to facilitate this, we have designated the week of March 30-April 3 as a transition week to prepare our teachers for this new model. We are providing our teachers with professional development for using technology for virtual learning, and providing them with time to develop learning activities that can be supported through our technology. We will be distributing IPads to elementary students at their schools on Thursday, April 2 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and on Friday, April 3 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. TCPS recognizes that not all of our families have access to reliable internet connectivity, so we are also planning for how we can best meet the needs of all students.

Food Distribution for Students

Based on the Governor’s Stay at Home Directive issued by Executive Order on March 30, 2020, TCPS meal distribution for children ages 2-18 will move to PICK-UP ONLY.

Beginning Tuesday March 31, meal pick-up will CONTINUE AT THE FOLLOWING SITES ONLY on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9-11 a.m.:

  • Chapel District Elementary
  • Easton Middle
  • Easton Elementary-Dobson
  • St. Michaels Middle High
  • Tilghman Elementary
  • White Marsh Elementary

The package that is distributed on Tuesday will include breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Friday package will include breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack for Friday and Monday along with the CarePacks weekend food bag.

Where to Find More Information

Resources for Marylanders and employees during COVID-19

SBDC Webinar - Topics: EIDL and CARES (PPP) COVID 19 Loans

Monday 4/6/2020, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

Space is Limited ~ You Must Register: https://mdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/16175

Please RSVP with a valid email. After registering, you will receive a Zoom Meeting link to join online, or you can join via the dial-in number. This webinar will be recorded and shared, and if space fills up, additional dates will be added.

Daily SBA Conference Call – Updates (M-F) provided and you can ask questions.

3:00 p.m., Call 202-765-1264, Conf Call ID# 827-299-626

5:30 p.m., Call 202-765-1264, Conf Call ID# 310-688-488

EIDL Application Help – Daily 10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. On the call, an SBA agent will walk you through how to fill out the EIDL form. Have all your necessary documents ready. Zoom Meeting # 6794772946

Paycheck Protection Program Loan (PPPL) FAQ - 

SBA COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Main Maryland Business Information Site for COVID 19 updates and resources - https://govstatus.egov.com/md-coronavirus-business