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  • Ashanti F. Martinez

From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga May 2020

Updated: Jun 26, 2020

2nd Coronavirus Edition

District 1 Office Update

Each weekend in April, the District 1 Team has partnered with the Office of County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, Beltsville Adventist Community Center, and Catering by Uptown to provide 500 + meals to underserved District 1 residents. Together we will get through this, and together we will beat COVID-19.

Teatime with Tom

Join me every Friday for a late afternoon discussion from 3–4 pm via Zoom! You must RSVP to join. You can RSVP and submit questions at

Coronavirus Update

As your council member, my number one priority is keeping you informed, especially now, during the current public health emergency involving the coronavirus outbreak. COVID-19 causes respiratory illness and can spread from person to person. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we are working collaboratively in Prince George’s County to inform and protect our communities. For the latest updates, county residents can visit the County Health Department’s dedicated coronavirus web page: If you have any questions or concerns, you can also call the Prince George’s County Health Department’s coronavirus hotline at 301.883.6627 to receive updated information.

Maryland Health Connection

Due to the ongoing public health emergency caused by COVID-19, a special open enrollment period is now available for uninsured Marylanders. Through July 15, uninsured Marylanders can sign up for health insurance through the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. Coverage will begin April 1 regardless of when a health plan is selected during the open enrollment period. Visit to learn more about how you can enroll in coverage and what you need to apply.

District 1 Sewing Project

District 1 senior living facilities, community resource agencies, and essential personnel such as grocery or restaurant workers are in need of personal protective equipment (PPE). If you have elastic bands (¼ inches in width), thread, sewing needles, or cotton fabric that you are willing to donate, please let us know. Your unused materials will go towards the effort to make face masks for staff.

To help, simply send an email to, and one of the members of your District 1 Team will pick up. We ask you package the materials in a resealable plastic bag and place the bag in your mailbox or outside your door. Learn more about the District 1 Sewing Project at We are not accepting rubber bands.

Face Mask Required

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has signed an executive order that requires all residents and visitors to wear face coverings while shopping in grocery stores and pharmacies and while riding the bus effective April 15, 2020. This is for the safety of both employees and customers who rely on these essential services. These face coverings can be a face mask, homemade mask, bandana, or scarf.

Prince George’s County COVID-19 Hourly Employ Relief Fund

We know immediate needs cannot wait. The Prince George’s County COVID-19 Hourly Employ Relief Fund is here to support low-wage hourly workers laid off in our county due to COVID-19. Apply now at

Please keep in touch! Email us at or call 301.952.3887. Se habla Español. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TomDernogaD1.

Photo Caption: District 1 Team with Pastor Sifa and Cpl. Hibbert serving meals to District 1 residents

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