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From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga February 2022

Updated: Mar 1, 2022

Council Member Tom Dernoga

COVID-19 Updates

The County continues its weekly distribution of COVID-19 at-home rapid tests through community centers and libraries. Distributions will generally take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays; however, sometimes and locations may change. For the most current information, visit the Health Department’s testing webpage: The webpage also includes a link for a Test Kit Distribution Tracker to get real-time updates on the supply of test kits at each distribution site before you leave home.

Have you signed up to get your free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests? With help from the White House, every home in the United States is now eligible to order four free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free, and orders will usually ship in seven to twelve days. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them:

Snow and Ice News

Please allow for 48 hours after snowfall concludes before calling 311. Crews work as long as necessary to clear roadways, which consists of salting, sanding, and/or plowing. Snow emergency routes and primary roads are treated first, followed by secondary streets, and finally residential streets including dead-ends and cul-de-sacs. If it has been 48 hours and your situation has not changed, call CountyClick 311 or 301-883-4748, open 7AM to 7PM to notify the County.

Please go to this link for more information and an interactive snowplow map or this link to view the latest Snow Summit:

The Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) is responsible for providing “passable” conditions on a network of more than 1,900 miles of county-maintained roadways to ensure the safety of residents. Their goal is to open the SPARC facility by mid-2023. For more information on this project, please contact

New Beltsville Sports Facility Development

The Sports Performance and Recovery Center (SPARC) team has recently purchased the vacant 3.3-acre lot at 10801 Rhode Island Avenue. They are working on plans to build an approximately 16,000 sq. ft. facility, which will consist of 2 basketball courts (~11,000 sq. ft.) along with speed, strength, and agility areas (~3,500 sq. ft.). The remaining space will be used for locker rooms, a recovery room, and a classroom. They are also examining the prospect of including turf for indoor sports.

SPARC was founded by Ethan Leder, a Maryland native, businessman and philanthropist. Ethan has a passion for improving outcomes through education and athletics. SPARC will be home to multiple high-level trainers to help athletes of all skill levels reach peak performance. SPARC will also use the opportunity to mentor and provide guidance on the careers available to mentees beyond playing professionally.

Contact Us

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

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