Olszewski announces major changes in Baltimore County amid first case of COVID-19

Posted at 1:08 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 13:10:32-04

TOWSON, Md. (WMAR) — Following the confirmation of the first case of the COVID-19 virus in a Baltimore County resident, County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Thursday took a number of actions.

All Baltimore County senior centers will be closed to the public beginning on Monday, March 16, until further notice. Anyone with questions should call the Maryland Access Point hotline at 410-887-2594.

The Recreation and Parks Department is canceling all organized recreational activities until further notice. The Department is also advising the county’s Recreation Councils to cancel organized activities. This cancellation includes all travel programs out of state. Recreational facilities will remain open during normal operating hours at this time.

The County Executive’s remaining budget town hall meetings have been canceled. Information about a virtual town hall to allow residents to share their priorities will be shared in the coming days.

The remaining scheduled Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP) hearings have also been canceled. Additional information will be shared in the coming days.

The Code Enforcement Working Group meeting scheduled for March 12, 2020, is canceled. Further information will be provided in the coming days about virtual options for future meetings.

The Baltimore County Women’s Commission meeting scheduled for this evening has been canceled.

The County is suspending all non-essential out of state travel for employees until further notice.

The County has implemented new protocols at our 911 call center to screen for COVID-19 risk in order to protect and prepare first responders.

The County is reviewing telework and sick leave options for all County employees.

The County has issued emergency procurements for soap, hand sanitizer and other necessary cleaning materials, with a particular emphasis on jails, courts and other areas with large traffic flows and concentrations of vulnerable populations.

Friday's Landmarks Preservation Commission meeting will go on as scheduled. The meeting is statutorily required and is expected to have a small number of attendees. Additional guidance about all future board and commission meetings will be provided in the coming days.

All in-person CCBC classes are canceled Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 22, and will resume remotely via alternative teaching methods starting Monday, March 23. Online classes will continue to be held as scheduled.