November 2020

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

This information was obtained from the website of the World Health Organization

 If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue. Check local advice where you live and work. Do it all!

What to do to keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19

  • Maintain at least a 1-metre distance between yourself and others to reduce your risk of infection when they cough, sneeze or speak. Maintain an even greater distance between yourself and others when indoors. The further away, the better.
  • Make wearing a mask a normal part of being around other people.

Here are the basics of how to wear a mask:

  • Clean your hands before you put your mask on, as well as before and after you take it off.
  • Make sure it covers both your nose, mouth and chin.

Here are some specifics on what type of mask to wear and when, depending on how much virus is circulating where you live, where you go and who you are.

  • Wear a fabric mask unless you’re in a particular risk group. This is especially important when you can’t stay physically distanced, particularly in crowded and poorly ventilated indoor settings.
  • Wear a medical/surgical mask if you:
    • Are over 60,
    • Have underlying medical conditions,
    • Are feeling unwell, and/or
    • Are looking after an ill family member.
  • For more public advice on masks, read our Q&Aand watch our  videos. There is also a Q&A focused on masks and children.
  • For health workers, medical masks are essential personal protective equipment when engaging with patients with suspected, probable or confirmed COVID-19. Respirator masks (such as FFP2, FFP3, N95, N99) should be used in settings where procedures generating aerosols are performed and must be fitted to ensure the right size is worn.
  • Find out more about the science of how COVID-19 infects people and our bodies react by watching or reading this interview.


How to make your environment safer

  • Avoid the 3Cs: spaces that are closed, crowded or involve close contact.
    • Outbreaks have been reported in restaurants, choir practices, fitness classes, nightclubs, offices and places of worship where people have gathered, often in crowded indoor settings where they talk loudly, shout, breathe heavily or sing.
    • The risks of getting COVID-19 are higher in crowded and inadequately ventilated spaces where infected people spend long periods of time together in close proximity. These environments are where the virus appears to spreads by respiratory droplets or aerosols more efficiently, so taking precautions is even more important.
  • Meet people outside. Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor ones, particularly if indoor spaces are small and without outdoor air coming in.
    • For more information on how to hold events like family gatherings, children’s football games and family occasions, read our Q&A on small public gatherings.
  • Avoid crowded or indoor settings but if you can’t, then take precautions:


Don’t forget the basics of good hygiene

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This eliminates germs including viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately into a closed bin and wash your hands. By following good ‘respiratory hygiene’, you protect the people around you from viruses, which cause colds, flu and COVID-19.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently especially those which are regularly touched, such as door handles, faucets and phone screens.


What to do if you feel unwell

  • Know the full range of symptoms of COVID-19. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Other symptoms that are less common and may affect some patients include loss of taste or smell, aches and pains, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, red eyes, diarrhoea, or a skin rash.
  • Stay home and self-isolate even if you have minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover. Call your health care provider or hotline for advice. Have someone bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house or have someone near you, wear a medical mask to avoid infecting others.
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately. Call by telephone first, if you can and follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • Keep up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as WHO or your local and national health authorities. Local and national authorities and public health units are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

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Voting in Maryland

Maryland Board of Elections or at (800) 222-8683.


Voting Information by County

701 Kelly Road, Suite 231
Cumberland MD 21502-3401
Diane Loibel, Election Director
301-777-2430 (Fax)
Directions To This Location

Anne Arundel
Anne Arundel County Government Building
Street Address: 6740 Baymeadow Drive
Glen Burnie, MD 21060
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 490 – Glen Burnie MD 21060-0490
Joseph A. Torre, III, Election Director
410-222-6833 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

Baltimore City
Charles L. Benton Building
417 E. Fayette Street, Room 129
Baltimore MD 21202-3432
Armstead B. C. Jones, Sr., Election Director
410-962-8747 (Fax)
Fax for Absentee Ballots Only: 410-727-1775 or 410-783-7394
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

Baltimore County
11112 Gilroy Road, Suite 104
Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Katie Brown, Election Director
410-887-0894 (fax)
Directions To This Location

Street Address: 30 Duke Street – Lower Level
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 798 – Prince Frederick MD 20678-0798
Gail L. Hatfield, Election Director
410-535-5009 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

Health and Public Services Building
403 S. Seventh Street, Suite 247
Denton MD 21629-1335
Allison Murphy, Election Director
410-479-5736 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

300 South Center Street, Room 212
Westminster MD 21157-5248
Katherine Berry, Election Director
410-876-3925 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

200 Chesapeake Blvd., Suite 1900
Elkton, MD 21921-6395
Ruie Lavoie, Election Director
888-979-8183 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

Street Address: 201 East Charles Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 908, La Plata MD 20646-0908
Tracy Dickerson, Election Director
301-934-6487 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

County Office Building
Street Address: 501 Court Lane, Room 105
Cambridge, MD 21613
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 414 – Cambridge MD 21613-0414
Gwendolyn Dales, Election Director
410-228-9635 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

340A Montevue Lane
Frederick MD 21702-8214
Stuart Harvey, Election Director
301-600-2344 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

Public Service Center
2008 Maryland Highway, Suite 1
Mountain Lake Park MD 21550
Steve Fratz, Election Director
301-334-6988 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

133 Industry Lane
Forest Hill MD 21050
Kim Slusar, Acting Election Director
410-638-3310 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 200
Columbia MD 21046
Guy Mickley, Election Director
410-313-5833 (Fax; voter registration application and absentee ballot requests)
410-313-5899 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

135 Dixon Drive
Chestertown MD 21620-1141
Cheemoandia Blake, Election Director
410-778-0265 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

Street Address: 18753-210 N. Frederick Avenue
Gaithersburg MD 20879-3121
Mailing Addresses:
P.O. Box 4333 – Rockville MD 20849-4333
For Mail-in Ballot Applications Only:
P.O. Box 10159 – Rockville MD 20849-0159
For Mail-in Ballots Only:
P.O. Box 10369 – Rockville MD 20849-0369
Margaret A. Jurgensen, Election Director
240-777-8505 (Fax)
Email Address:
Absentee Voting:
Directions To This Location

Prince George’s
1100 Mercantile Lane, Suite 115A
Largo, MD 20774
Alisha Alexander, Election Director
301-341-7391 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

Queen Anne’s
110 Vincit Street
Suite 102
Centreville, MD 21617
Christine Jones, Election Director
410-758-1119 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

St Mary’s
Street Address: 23250 Hollywood Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 197 – Leonardtown MD 20650-0197
Wendy Adkins, Election Director
301-475-4200 ext 71614
301-475-4077 (Fax)
Email Addresses:
Directions To This Location

County Office Building
Street Address: 11916 Somerset Avenue
Princess Anne, MD 21853
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 96 – Princess Anne MD 21853-0096
Joanna Emely, Election Director
410-651-5130 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

Street Address: 215 Bay Street, Easton MD, 21601
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 353 – Easton MD 21601-0353
Jeri Cook, Election Director
410-770-8078 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

35 W. Washington Street, Room 101
Hagerstown MD 21740
Kaye Robucci, Election Director
240-313-2062 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

Street Address: 345 Snow Hill Road
Salisbury, MD 21804
Mailing Address: P.O.Box 4091 – Salisbury MD 21803-4091
Anthony Gutierrez, Election Director
410-548-4849 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

201 Belt Street, Suite C
Snow Hill MD 21863-1310
Patricia Jackson, Election Director
410-632-3031 (Fax)
Email Address:
Directions To This Location

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Prince George’s County

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