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Coronavirus Updates: Community Organizations Active in Disaster Impact, Rental Assistance Update, Testing Locations

Coronavirus Updates: Community Organizations Active in Disaster Impact, Rental Assistance Update, Testing Locations

County Executive Calvin Ball highlighted the important impact of the Howard County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The COAD is a collaborative effort of community stakeholders, each having an equal role in the organization. Their goal is to organize and deploy community resources in an efficient and timely manner, effectively contributing to each phase of a disaster.
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Coronavirus Updates: Rental and Eviction Relief Applications Open July 6th, No Doctor’s Orders Needed for Columbia Drive-Through Testing, Health Enrollment

Coronavirus Updates: Rental and Eviction Relief Applications Open July 6th, No Doctor’s Orders Needed for Columbia Drive-Through Testing, Health Enrollment

Beginning Monday, July 6th, Howard County residents may apply for financial assistance to pay past due rent payments to prevent eviction. The $​1.5 million in housing ​payment relief is being allocated through local non-profit partnerships. Applicants must be Howard County residents, provide proof of home address, and provide evidence of loss of income due to COVID-related job loss, reduction in hours, and/or medical illness.
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Howard County to Announce Testing Partnerships with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and Quality First Urgent Care

County Executive Calvin Ball will announce two private partnerships on July 6th to improve diagnostic testing and antibody research in Howard County. The County and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL) have entered a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to collaborate in the analysis and understanding of infectious diseases and the use of emerging technologies in treatment and prevention.
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Howard County Recreation & Parks to Provide Childcare in Public School Buildings Starting on July 6

Howard County Recreation & Parks to Provide Childcare in Public School Buildings Starting on July 6

Howard County Recreation & Parks (HCRP) will begin childcare services, including all-day camps, in nine Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) buildings on July 6th. HCRP has traditionally provided all-day and half-day camps during the summer months at HCPSS buildings. In addition to childcare camps, HCRP will resume indoor camps at their community centers, historic sites, nature center, athletic complex, and smaller county-owned facilities on July 6th. 
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Coronavirus Updates: Data Trends, Rec & Parks, Bike Share Reopening, Twin Freedoms Day

Coronavirus Updates: Data Trends, Rec & Parks, Bike Share Reopening, Twin Freedoms Day

Howard County continues to see COVID-19 data trending in the right direction. Howard County Health Department now has 45 contract tracers working to trace and investigate COVID-10 confirmed cases in the county. Cited in the HoCo RISE plan, the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health estimated 15 contact tracers per 100,000 population needed. Howard County is still onboarding additional contact tracers. 
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Howard County to Host Older Adults Teleconference Town Hall

Howard County to Host Older Adults Teleconference Town Hall

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Department of Community Resources and Services’ Office on Aging and Independence will present a teleconference town hall meeting for older adults, caregivers, and interested community members on June 29, 2020 beginning at 4:00 p.m.
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