May 28 Community Connections

Mask Mandate lifted, Vaccination Outreach Team Update, Summer Programming for Young People, Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP), Crime Prevention Efforts, Utility Assistance Town Hall, Stand Up & Deliver.

Prince George’s County Lifts Mask Mandate Due to Continued Decline in COVD-19 Metrics

Dear Prince Georgians:

Due to a continued decline in key COVID-19 metrics and increasing vaccination rates, we are now in a place where our health officials have advised it is safe to lift our County’s mask mandate. These new guidelines went into effect today, May 28, 2021, at 5:00 PM. This move will put us in line with the State’s mask guidelines and current CDC guidance. However, similar to the State, masks will still be required on public transportation and in schools, child care settings, and health care settings.

We’ve experienced a lot of loss throughout this crisis, and I know many are still traumatized by the events over the past year. The effects of COVID-19 have not left anyone untouched, and through the darkest days of this pandemic, we have all kept going by the belief that we will get through this crisis together.

Thanks to the hard work of our County’s Health Department, our Office of Emergency Management, and most importantly the hard work of our residents, we have made significant progress in our fight against COVID-19. At the start of 2021, our testing positivity rate was 11%. Today, that number under 2%, the lowest it has been since the start of the pandemic. As of May 17, our infection rate is 0.79 and our cases continue to decline. We have also reported fewer than 500 new cases for the first time since March of 2020. That is why we are lifting the mask mandate here in Prince George’s County.

I know that some of you may be concerned about lifting the mask mandate, and I understand your concern. Our County was hit very hard by this virus, and we’ve experienced the worst of what this pandemic can do. Those days have not been forgotten. Those who choose to continue to wear a mask can absolutely still wear one. For those who feel comfortable and ready to go without a mask, I ask that you please be respectful of people’s personal space as we adjust to these new changes after a difficult year for so many in our community.

I want to encourage all unvaccinated people who live or work in Prince George’s County to get vaccinated as soon as possible. We have made it as easy and convenient as possible to receive a vaccine. Residents can now walk into our Health Department clinics without an appointment. Information on clinic hours and locations, and a vaccine locator to find additional vaccine clinics not operated by our County Health Department, can be found on our website at MyPGC.us/COVIDVaccine. If you prefer to schedule an appointment rather than walk up, you can do that through the same website.

Vaccination Outreach Team Update

As you may know, we have launched a Vaccine Distribution Outreach Team to make it easier for residents to get vaccinated and receive important information on COVID-19 vaccines, as well as relief programs and resources. Our Vaccine Outreach Team canvassers have been overwhelmingly met with gratitude and relief that the County is coming directly to ALL Prince Georgians. Our residents have been thankful that their government is meeting them right where they live to extend a helping hand.

Over the past month, our teams have reached 30,000 Prince Georgians through door knocking, phone calls and text messages, providing information on COVID-19 vaccines and various government resources. The team has provided resource information on rental assistance to 2,146 families, temporary unemployment benefits to 2,669 families, access to food distribution sites or benefits to 1,753 families, and access to vaccination sites and appointments to 6,751 families.

Our outreach team is only 50% of the way through the first canvass pass, and the County will continue this effort through July. Please continue to treat our outreach teams kindly as we work to end this pandemic. Canvassers will always have a bright yellow vest and identification badge to show that they are part of our County vaccine outreach team.

Summer Programming for Young People

As we head into Memorial Day Weekend and the coming summer months, I want our young people to know they have not been overlooked during this time. We are now working to finalize the Alsobrooks Summer Passport Program, which will give youth ages 12 to 18 throughout the County a variety of safe and fun options to choose from this summer. This program will operate from June to August, offering a number of day and evening events.

A few of the engaging activities for youth will include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a bowling experience, and a Six Flags experience with both an educational component as well as an entertainment component. We are also planning an educational opportunity from the Plumbers and Steamfitters unions to teach trades to young people that can open their eyes to entrepreneurship. Additionally, we are planning a beauty and nail educational experience, as well as a cyber security and drone camp. More details and information on how to sign up for these opportunities will be available in the near future.

In addition, the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation recently reopened a number of community centers and facilities, and they are actively expanding summer programming available for residents of all ages. Residents can view a list of open facilities, a list of classes and programs available, and register for those opportunities at pgparks.com.

Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP)

We’re also excited about the employment opportunities that our 2021 Summer Youth Enrichment Program will offer our young people. This year, our program will offer around 2,550 summer employment opportunities to our County’s young people between the ages of 14 to 22. Some of those opportunities include an energy conservation program, an aviation program, trade certification programs in a variety of fields, and working at food distribution sites through our Stand Up & Deliver program. We’ve gotten a lot of interest this year, as we received more than 7,700 applications during the application period earlier this year. As County businesses begin to reopen, we will continue to look for additional opportunities with our SYEP business partners, both virtual and in-person.

Crime Prevention Efforts

Finally, we have seen an uptick in crime since the start of the pandemic. We all can do something to prevent crime in our communities. On Wednesday, in Capitol Heights, my office joined our police force, members of our County Government agencies, and residents in the community to discuss things like crime and other quality of life issues. We also held a community walk on Thursday in the Lewisdale neighborhood. These walks were the first of many community walks to meet our residents where they are and talk about these issues.

We will also host a town hall with our new Acting Chief of Police, Malik Aziz, on June 15. Acting Chief Aziz has already been joining me for community meetings and participating in community walks. The town hall will be another opportunity for him to continue to introduce himself to our community. We will share more details about this town hall in the near future.

From the beginning of this crisis, I have continued to say that COVID-19 would not have the final say. After months of progress, and some setbacks, we are finally seeing the pandemic’s end in sight. We still have a way to go until our County can fully put this virus behind us. Until then, please remember to continue to look out for one another and keep each other safe.

Yours in Service,

Angela Alsobrooks

Prince George’s County Executive

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Utility Assistance Town Hall

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Prince George’s County will host a Utility Assistance Town Hall on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 6:30 PM. Hear about support and assistance programs offered by the Department of Social Services, utility companies and the Salvation Army. To register, click here.  


Stand Up & Deliver

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We are continuing to work hard to address food insecurity in our County, and we want to provide information on upcoming distribution locations for our Stand Up & Deliver program. 

Tuesday, June 1 at 10:00 AM (Groceries)

  • Glassmanor Elementary School – 1011 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill, MD
  • Ridgecrest Elementary School – 6120 Riggs Road, Chillum, MD 

Friday, June 4 at 12:30 PM (Groceries)

  • Victory Grace Center at Port Towns Elementary School – 4351 58th Place, Bladensburg, MD

Saturday, June 5 at 10:00 AM (Groceries)

  • Kingdom Fellowship at High Point High School – 3601 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, MD
  • Ebenezer Church of God – 7550 Buchanan Street, Landover Hills, MD
  • Love AME Church at Capitol Heights Elementary School – 601 Suffolk Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD

Additional food distribution locations can be found on our website by clicking here. This map is updated regularly. If you are able to make a contribution to our Stand Up & Deliver program, please click here to donate.

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