If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath and would like more information, call the Prince Georges County Coronavirus hotline: (301) 883-6627. Please call 911 for medical emergencies. You can now text 911 in Prince George's County if you are experiencing a medical emergency that makes it difficult to speak over the phone.
Visit the Prince Georges County Coronavirus (COVID-19) site for FAQs and guidance on best practices to minimize your risk.
Employee Paid Leave: Under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, certain employers are required to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Learn more here.
Find A Job: Employ Prince George's (EPG) is dedicated to helping those unemployed during this crisis seek new employment opportunities. Hourly workers who have lost their jobs can also apply for a $200 EPG Cash Card through their Hourly Employee Relief Fund.
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.
Request a Face Mask: The City has a limited supply of disposable face-masks available for residents. Pick-up is by request on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call (301)-985-5000.
Find Food and Other Services: The Prince George's County Food Equity Council has a list of food assistance resources during this crisis. To provide a safe environment, many meal distribution sites and food pantries have alternate hours. It's recommended that you call before visiting. You can also use My PG Services to locate free or reduced cost services like medical care, job training, and more.
Request Assistance: Residents impacted by COVID-19 and the closures of schools and businesses can look for assistance through Maryland Unites and Hyattsville Helps.
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.
Fact vs. Myth: Rumors can easily circulate during a crisis. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a website to help distinguish between rumors and facts in the Coronavirus pandemic.
Emergency Orders to Support Residents: Maryland's Governor has enacted several emergency orders to support Marylanders during this time. This includes items like no fees or co-pays for COVID-19 tests, no price-gouging, protection of jobs for workers who are quarantined, extensions on many licenses and permits, and restriction of foreclosures, evictions, utility shut offs and other measures. Visit the Governor's Coronavirus Response page for a full list of orders and guidance.
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 seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. Senior citizens are encouraged to stay home as much as possible.
Senior Call Check Program: The Maryland State Department of Aging offers a free Senior Call Check Program that residents 65 years of age or older can use as a resource during the COVID-19 pandemic. Seniors can call toll-free 1-866-50-CHECK (1-866-502-0560) to register Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday 9am-3pm. The Call Check service will provide messages and updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
Special Grocery Store Hours: Many grocery stores are offering special shopping hours for senior citizens and immunocompromised individuals. Please call your local store to learn more.
Meals on Wheels: Seniors or individuals with a disability and cannot prepare food on their own can reach out to Meals on Wheels of College Park (which also serves Hyattsville). For $5 per day and up to 5 times per week, Meals on Wheels can deliver a hot lunch, dinner, and breakfast for the next morning. Hyattsville residents that meet income requirements may also qualify for free meals. To sign up or for more information, please call Meals on Wheels at (301) 474-1002 or call the City of Hyattsville’s Senior Coordinator, Beryl Johnson, at (301) 985-5058.
Prince George's County Public Schools will begin the 2020-2021 school year with distance learning from August 31, 2020 - January 29, 2020. Visit the Prince Georges County Public Schools website for more information.
For Students and Parents
Free Meals: Students in need of meals can pick up 2 meals at County schools on Mondays and 3 meals on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Parents can also pick up meals for their child with their student ID or report card. Nicholas Orem Middle is the nearest distribution site in Hyattsville. For a full list of sites and for more information, click here.
Internet resources: If your family is in need of internet to complete online schoolwork, many major internet providers are offering free or discounted services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- FCC agreement: states that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot spots
- Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for two months to low-income families and all Xfinity hot spots are free to the public during this time
- Spectrum: offers free internet services for low-income households with students in grades K-12 during this time
- AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10 a month plans to low-income families
- Verizon COVID-19 response: following FCC agreement
- Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and allows all devices to enable hot spot for 60 days at no extra charge
- T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, and offering unlimited data to existing customers
Resources from PG County Memorial Library System: While libraries remain closed, the PGCMLS is offering a daily schedule of virtual activities for learners of all ages.
Staying Active and Healthy: While children can contract COVID-19, many experience milder symptoms than adults. This makes them particularly dangerous, as they can spread the disease to more vulnerable populations without knowing. Children with underlying health conditions and respiratory issues can also become critically ill.
Please keep children home as much as possible, encourage regular hand washing, and maintain safe social distancing from others (6 feet apart) when out in public.
City playgrounds have re-opened with safety protocols in place. Please follow posted signage and avoid using the site if there are more than 10 people (adults and children) present. Hand sanitization stations have been installed at all playgrounds and the equipment will be deep cleaned once a week by the Department of Public Works.