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.
COVID-19 Vaccines: Click here for information on COVID-19 vaccines and links to pre-register for appointments. Anyone 16 and older is eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage.
COVID-19 Testing: The COVID-19 testing site at the First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville, 6201 Belcrest Road, is offering free non-appointment testing on Mondays, Thursday, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Click here for more information.
Free Diaper Distributions: In a partnership with the Greater DC Diaper Bank, the City will be serving as a distribution point for of free diapers. Sign up for City notices in English or Spanish at www.hyattsville.org/notifyme to receive updates on future distribution dates. Families must provide proof of the child's date of birth at pick-up. This may include but is not limited to a birth certificate, insurance card, passport, immunization record, childcare bill or other document that includes the child's name and date of birth. For questions, call (301) 985-5000.
To locate other local diaper distribution events taking place, visit https://greaterdcdiaperbank.org/our-programs/diaperhubs/.
Food Distributions: The City has a regular distribution of food boxes on Tuesdays at Magruder Park, 3911 Hamilton Street. Pick-up begins at 12 p.m. Both drive-through and walk-up options are available. Please wear masks and follow traffic directions on-site.
Find Food and Other Services: The Prince George's County Food Equity Council has a list of food assistance resources during this crisis, and the County has created a new locator map to find the sites closest to you. 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.
Find A Job: Employ Prince George's (EPG) is dedicated to helping those unemployed during this crisis seek new employment opportunities.
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 appointment. Call (301)-985-5000.
Health Insurance Enrollment: Maryland's special health insurance enrollment period is extended. Eligible residents may opt-in to Medicaid or private health coverage plans through the Maryland Health Connection. To enroll go to MarylandHealthConnection.gov or call 1-855-642-8572.
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.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance: Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Learn more about eligibility and apply on the FEMA website.
Utility Assistance: The Public Service Commission issued consumer protections around turn-off notices and extended payment plans. The Office of People's Counsel has summarized these rulings here. Find additional resources at:
- Office of Home Energy Programs
- Fuel Fund of Maryland
- Office of People’s Counsel Energy Assistance Toolkit
- Call 211 for information about other financial assistance resources in your community
Telephone & Internet Assistance: Lifeline is a federal program that provides discounts for limited income consumers on their telephone and internet services.
Beginning May 12, 2021, eligible households can apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB). The temporary program will provide discounts off the cost of broadband service and equipment rentals, as well as laptops, desktops or tablet computer purchased from a participating broadband provider. Information and eligibility can be found here.Extended Tax Filing Dates: 2020 tax filing deadlines have been pushed back. Federal 2020 income taxes are due May 17, 2021 and Maryland state income taxes are due July 15, 2021.
Emergency Orders to Support Residents: Maryland's Governor has enacted several emergency orders to support Marylanders during this time. Visit the Governor's Coronavirus Response page for a full list of orders and guidance. You can also view this list of Helpful Resources for Tenants from Community Legal Services of Prince George's County.
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.
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 are 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.
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 re-open with a hybrid in-person and virtual learning model starting in April 2021. Visit the Prince Georges County Public Schools website for more information. The school system is offering Distance Learning Parent Support on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 - 8 p.m. Appointments may be scheduled online or by calling 240-696-3315.
For Students and Parents
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 and Internet Essentials discounted services
- Spectrum: offers free internet services for low-income households with students in grades K-12 during this time
- AT&T COVID-19 response
- Verizon COVID-19 response
- Sprint COVID-19 response
- T-Mobile COVID-19 response
Resources from PG County Memorial Library System: While most 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 encourage regular hand washing and maintain safe social distancing from others (6 feet apart) when out in public. The state requires that children over the age of five wear masks in all public places, including outdoors in areas where social distancing cannot be maintained. It is not recommended that children under the age of two wear masks as it poses a choking hazard.