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I hope that you, your family, and friends are staying safe during the ongoing crisis. Below, please find links to resources for individuals, organizations, and businesses. My staff continues to work remotely and can be reached at Justin.Ready@senate.state.md.us or by calling 410-841-3683. Both email and voicemail will be checked regularly. My team and I will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.

Carroll County Small Business Grant Moves Forward

On Tuesday, March 31st, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to establish a Carroll County Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund. The fund, in the amount of $500,000, will offer working capital to assist Carroll County small businesses with disrupted operations due to COVID-19. Grant assistance is intended to provide interim relief to businesses while complementing actions taken with their bank, business interruption insurance, financial institution, as well as federal and state partners.

A formal process for the grant is currently being established with general terms and conditions, and application details to be developed in the next days. The county and Department of Economic Development will announce more information as plans are finalized. Interested businesses should watch for information via the Department of Economic Development website at www.carrollbiz.org.

Senior Call Check

If you know a senior who is home alone and would like to have a daily check, please register for a senior call check. Free to residents 65 plus. Call 1-866-50-CHECK or register at https://aging.maryland.gov/Pages/senior-call-check.aspx.

Update Information from Governor Hogan

For the most accurate and up to date information on Maryland’s COVID-19 response, please visit, https://governor.maryland.gov/coronavirus/\. Governor Hogan will continue to update the public throughout this rapidly evolving public health event. Live updates are streamed to the governor’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages- all linked on the page above.

More Resources For COVID-19

Maryland Department of Commerce, https://commerce.maryland.gov/

Center for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Maryland Department of Health, https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx

Carroll County Government, https://www.carrollcountymd.gov/

Carroll County Public Schools, https://www.carrollk12.org/about/news/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=2765

Beware of coronavirus-related scams

The FBI warned Americans to stay watchful of coronavirus-related scams, including fake emails from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, phishing emails advertising testing kits and masks, and people selling counterfeit treatments for the virus.

Please remember to stay alert and do not share your personal information over the internet. If you suspect a scam or believe you’ve been a victim, please visit the FBI at https://www.ic3.gov/media/2020/200320.aspx.

Scholarships Available:

If you are or know a high school senior or college student, please consider applying for a Senatorial Scholarship.  For more information or to request an application, email Emily Van Horn at devanhorn@verzion.net and include your full address.  Extended: Scholarships will accepted up to April 30, 2020.

As always, I want you to know it is my honor to represent you in the State Senate.  Again, your feedback and ideas are always welcome at SenatorReady@gmail.com or by contacting my office.