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From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga July 2020

Updated: Aug 1, 2020

4th Coronavirus Edition

District 1 Office Update

Feeding families and individuals challenged with food insecurities related to COVID-19 is a priority for my office. To date, the District 1 Team as distributed around 50,000 hot meals, over the past 9 weeks to residents in need. Currently we have a partnership with Kingdom Fellowship AME to provide produce on specific weekends, with the hope to take this effort through July. Email for more information about other additional and ongoing meal and food opportunities.

We also are still in need of face masks. We will continue collecting at our three drop off locations and deliver them directly to the UM Laurel hospital in bulk. To help, simply send an email to We ask you package the materials in a resalable plastic bag and drop off at one of our three districtwide locations, or place the bag outside your door, for a prearranged pick up.

Teatime with Tom

Join me bi-weekly for a late afternoon virtual conversation from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. We discuss a wide range of topics and answer questions you submit. You must RSVP to join. You can RSVP and submit questions at The July dates will be Friday, July 3rd, July 17th, and July 31st.

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. Prince George's County opned a new COVID-19 testing site located at the Laurel Beltsville Senior Activity Center at 7120 Contee Road in Laurel. The site will be open Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Prince George’s County Health Department operates the site which offers free Covid-19 tests by appointment only for individuals with or without symptoms.

To schedule an appointment, please call 301.883.6627.

The County’s site can accommodate those in vehicles or on foot, and you do not need health insurance to get tested. For more information about Covid-19 testing in Prince George’s County, visit their website

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 may also call the Prince George’s County Health Department coronavirus hotline at (301) 883-6627 to receive updated information about the coronavirus disease. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

Food Assistance Program

The Prince George's County Food Equity Council is maintaining a list of food assistance resources available across the County, updated regularly. To view this list, please visit:

Parks and Rec Update: Summer

Our Department of Parks and Recreation announced all traditional summer camps are canceled and will be replaced by virtual programming. Classes and events are also canceled. Golf courses and tennis courts are open. Full details:

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: Team Dernoga Serving District 1 Families

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