Town of Edmonston COVID-19 Survey
The Town of Edmonston has received $1,468,036 in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the federal government’s American Rescue Plan (ARPA) and is seeking public input to determine the best use of the funds provided. Please take a moment to answer a few questions. Then email your answers to TownHall@edmonston.gov.
A COVID-vaccine can prevent serious illness by allowing your body to create antibodies that protect you from contracting the COVID-19 virus. Anyone aged 5 or older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of insurance of immigration status. Fully vaccinated individuals 12 and older are also eligible for a third dose booster vaccine. For information about vaccine distribution in Prince George’s County, visit the County’s COVID-19 Vaccination website.
Hyattsville COVID-19 vaccination site
A COVID-19 vaccination site is open at the First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville at 6201 Belcrest Road. The site offers vaccine first and second doses and booster shots on Tuesdays between 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Both walk-ins and appointments are available.
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: vaccines and booster doses for ages 12 and older
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.: vaccines for ages 5 and older, boosters for ages 12 and older
MAKE A COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENT or call (443) 481-6852
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Legal guardians may approve another adult family member or friend to take a child to the vaccine site by filling out the Parental Delegation Form. (Formulario en español)
Special Weekend Clinics
The Hyattsville vaccine site is offering special weekend vaccine clinics for children and their families. Vaccines at these clinics are available for anyone ages 5 and older, and booster doses are available for anyone ages 12 and older.
Entering the Hyattsville Vaccine Clinic Site
Please enter and park in the Church’s parking lot accessed off Queens Chapel Road. Vaccines will take place inside the Church’s Fellowship Hall.
The site is located within walking distance of the Prince George’s Plaza Metro station and several County and Metrobus routes.
There are many other ways to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Maryland:
- Find a clinic hosted by the County Health Department on the County’s vaccine web page or call 311 and press #.
- Check the State’s vaccine locator to find local hospitals and pharmacies administering vaccines.
- Use the CDC’s Vaccine Finder Tool
State and County COVID-19 Guidance
As of March 9, 2022, the Prince George’s County State of Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. The County’s indoor mask mandate has been lifted due to low transmission rates of COVID-19 in our area. Masks are still required on all public transit by a federal mandate. Prince George’s County Public Schools will continue requiring masks in all school buildings until the County’s population is 80% vaccinated.
Hyattsville COVID-19 Testing Site
Free, non-appointment COVID-19 PCR testing is available for all ages in the parking lot at the First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville, 6201 Belcrest Road. Hours of operation are Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Except holidays.) Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The site offers both drive-thru and walk-up tests. Drivers should enter the parking lot using the entrance off MD Route 410 (East-West Highway) across from the Safeway. Walk-up tests are offered on the side of the Church facing Belcrest Road. Please wear a mask and follow traffic guidance.
The Church is located within walking distance of the Prince George’s Plaza Metro Station and several bus routes. View a local transit map.
There are many COVID-19 test sites available in Prince George’s County. Please visit the County’s COVID-19 testing page for a locator map or call 311 for a list of available sites.
Free COVID-19 at-home test kits
Prince George’s County is distributing COVID-19 rapid test kits at local community centers and libraries on a weekly basis. Find a location near you at health.mypgc.us/COVIDTesting. One box per person is available for pick-up first-come, first-serve basis. Proof of County residency is required.
Four free COVID tests per residential address are available by mail from the Federal Government. Request your tests at covidtest.gov (en español covidtest.gov/es), or by phone at 1-800-232-0233. The phone line serves speakers of English, Spanish and more than 150 additional languages and is open from 8 a.m. until midnight, seven days a week. Hearing impaired callers can request tests via a text-based line at 1-888-720-7489. Tests are typically mailed within 7-12 business days of ordering.
Public Health Resources
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus not previously identified in humans. The disease is highly contagious. Symptoms of the virus include fever, shortness of breath, and coughing and can sometimes be severe, requiring hospitalization. COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available to protect you from severe illness and death related to the virus.
To learn more about COVID-19 and find resources to stay healthy, visit:
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Maryland Department of Health (includes a Maryland case map dashboard)
- Prince George’s County Department of Health
Visit the Prince Georges County Coronavirus (COVID-19) site for FAQs and guidance on best practices to minimize your risk of being exposed to COVID-19. Vaccinations, booster doses and masking are your best defense against the potentially deadly virus.
COVID-19 Testing: The COVID-19 testing site at the First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville, 6201 Belcrest Road, is offering free non-appointment testing for ages 10+ on Mondays & Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Food Distributions: The Town in partnership with Victory Grace Center has a regular distribution of food boxes on Saturdays at Edmonston Town hall, 5005 52nd Avenue. Pick-up begins at 11 a.m. Both drive-through and walk-up options are available. Please wear masks and follow traffic directions on-site.
Find Food and Other Services: The Prince George’s County Food Equity Council has a list of food assistance resources during this crisis, and the County has created a new locator map to find the sites closest to you. To provide a safe environment, many meal distribution sites and food pantries have alternate hours. It’s recommended that you call before visiting.
Housing Assistance: The State of Maryland Homeowner Assistance Fund will support homeowners with financial hardships experienced after January 21, 2020. Find more information and apply online.
The Prince George’s County Rental Assistance program is currently closed, but applications received by the December 15, 2021, deadline are being processed. Check on the status of your application by visiting the County’s Housing and Community Development web site or call the Rental Assistance Hotline at 301-883-6504.
Find A Job: Employ Prince George’s (EPG) is dedicated to helping those unemployed during this crisis seek new employment opportunities.
File for Unemployment: Visit the Maryland Division of Unemployment Insurance’s BEACON One-Stop Application to file a claim for many unemployment benefit programs using a single application.
Health Insurance Enrollment: Eligible residents may opt-in to Medicaid or private health coverage plans through the Maryland Health Connection. To enroll go to the Maryland Health Connection or call 1-855-642-8572.
Community Crisis Services, Inc. (CCSI): CCSI provides information and referrals to assist community members in any type of crisis. Using a database of over 6,000 agencies and programs across the state, CCSI directs individuals facing a crisis to information and referrals. Call 211 to obtain information about:
- Disability Services
- Employment and Job Training
- Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens
- Housing and Homeless Services
- Legal Aid
- Mental Health
- Rental Assistance
- Senior Services
- Substance Abuse
- Utility Assistance
Mental Health Resources: The stress of the pandemic can be overwhelming and seriously affect mental health. The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 crisis counseling and support. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
- Prince George’s County Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 301-864-7130
Domestic Violence Hotline: 301-731-1203. A 24-hour crisis intervention hotline staffed by trained counselors who connect individuals and families in crisis with information, support, and referrals.
Homeless Hotline: 888-731-0999.The first point of contact for shelter placement in Prince George’s County, CCSI staff connect individuals and families to resources to stabilize difficult housing situations and emergency shelter.
Foreclosure Assistance: Homeowners who are facing foreclosure or at risk of defaulting on their mortgage should contact the company where they send their monthly payments to request assistance. Homeowners can also call the Maryland HOPE hotline at 1-877-462-7555 for a referral to a nonprofit housing advocate. Additional information and resources about mortgage relief and foreclosure prevention can be found by visiting the DLLR department’s website.
Utility Assistance: The Public Service Commission issued consumer protections around turn-off notices and extended payment plans. The Office of People’s Counsel has summarized these rulings. Find additional resources at:
- Office of Home Energy Programs
- Fuel Fund of Maryland
- Office of People’s Counsel Energy Assistance Toolkit
- Call 211 for information about other financial assistance resources in your community
WSSC is offering financial assistance to customers facing water shut-offs. Call WSSC’s Customer Service Advisors at 301-206-4001 or visit WSSC’s web site.
Telephone & Internet Assistance: Lifeline is a federal program that provides discounts for limited income consumers on their telephone and internet services.
Eligible households can apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB). The temporary program will provide discounts off the cost of broadband service and equipment rentals, as well as laptops, desktops or tablet computer purchased from a participating broadband provider. Read more about the program and eligibility.
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. Learn more about eligibility and apply on the FEMA website.
Fact vs. Myth: Rumors can easily circulate during a crisis. The Federal Emergency Management Agency website to help distinguish between rumors and facts in the Coronavirus pandemic.
For Seniors and those with health conditions
Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. Senior citizens are encouraged to get vaccinated to protect themselves.
Call-a-Bus is a demand response curb-to-curb service. Service is available to all residents of Prince George’s County who are not served by, or cannot use, existing bus or rail services. However, priority is given to seniors and persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities must provide their own escort, if needed. Service animals are allowed for the visually impaired.
Scheduling Call-a-Bus Trips
Reservations can be made up to 7 days in advance by calling 301-499-8603 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding County holidays). Hours of service are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding County holidays). Same day requests are accepted but are subject to availability of resources.
When reserving a trip, please be sure to indicate if you will need special assistance, such as a wheelchair lift or escort. Once your trip is scheduled, you will be required to call back the day before your trip to confirm your reservation; otherwise, your reservation may be cancelled. Please be ready for pick-up 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time and be waiting at a location where you are visible to the driver. Due to traffic congestion, please wait 15 minutes before calling to verify if your trip is late.
For Students and Parents
Prince George’s County Memorial Library System: PGCMLS is offering a daily schedule of virtual activities for learners of all ages. Some branches have also begun offering in-person services. Visit their website for details. https://www.pgcmls.info
Vaccines for children ages 5+: Vaccines are now available for children ages 5 and older, and booster doses are available for children ages 16 and older. Visit the Prince George’s County Health Department for additional information. County’s COVID-19 Vaccination website.
Find COVID-19 guidance for businesses on the County’s Coronavirus website.
Businesses and non-profit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the State of Maryland can use the following Federal, State, and Local funding resources. Funding is not always guaranteed and businesses are encouraged to apply ASAP.
Maryland businesses can use the state’s Business Relief Wizard tool to find the programs that are most relevant.
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – Offering Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) increases.
- Maryland Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance – Provides an alternative to layoffs for employers faced with a temporary decline in business. Qualified employers are able to retain employees by reducing their hours of work by a percentage equal to the total reduction of hours that would have been achieved by a layoff. The employees whose hours are reduced receive partial UI benefits to supplement lost wages.
- Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund – provides emergency financial relief to Maryland businesses through low interest rates and low documentation loans.
- Childcare Stabilization Program: Grant program through the State of Maryland for childcare providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Employ Prince George’s COVID-19 Rapid Re-Employment Grant program: Businesses that hire Prince George’s County residents before December 15 will qualify for grants up to $15,000 per new employee hired. Grants will supplement 50% to 90% of an employee’s salary during an agreed upon period. Businesses are eligible for up to $50,000 in grants for this program.
- What Non-Profits Need to Know: Guidance from Prince George’s County.
The Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation is also keeping the business Community up to date with local and state resources and news to assist its operations during this health crisis.