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Emmitsburg COVID-19 Public Statements



May 21, 2020 COVID-19 Update with Helen Propheter (YouTube)

May 13, 2020 COVID-19 Update with CE Jan Gardner (YouTube)

May 6, 2020 COVID-19 Update (YouTube)

April 29, 2020 COVID-19 Briefing (YouTube)
 
April 23, 2020 COVID-19 Briefing (YouTube)

April 15, 2020 COVID-19 Briefing
 (YouTube)

April 9, 2020 COVID-19 Briefing
 (YouTube)

April 1, 2020 COVID-19 Briefing
 (YouTube)

MAY 6, 2020 PUBLIC STATEMENT

Effective May 6, 2020: As the Town of Emmitsburg continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation, the following actions are being taken:

  • The town office will continue to have reduced hours and be closed to walk-in services until June 1, 2020. Town staff will be available by phone (301-600-6300) or email only Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The town office will continue to be closed Fridays. Town staff will continue to monitor all voicemails and emails outside of business hours.
  • The first quarter water bills (for months January – March) will be mailed out by May 18, 2020 with a new due date of June 24, 2020.
  • The May 16, 2020 recycling and yard waste drop off will be OPEN with staff supervision only.
  • The May 18, 2020 town meeting will be by virtual participation only via cable channel 99 and Zoom. To obtain information about viewing the meeting on Zoom please call the town office or email Mshaw@emmitsburgmd.gov.
  • The May 19, 2020 Parks Committee meeting has been CANCELED.
  • Community Pool will NOT be opening Memorial Day weekend; an opening date has not been determined yet.
  • The situation will be reevaluated and an update given by May 27, 2020. We anticipate resuming normal business operations on June 1.


APRIL 29, 2020 PUBLIC STATEMENT

Good afternoon. Don Briggs your Mayor. Today is Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Today I am joined by Commissioner T.J. Burns.

• Last Friday, April 24th, Governor Hogan announced a three-stage recovery plan, “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.” It is only a road map document not a calendar date document.
The first stage, “Stay at home” order could be lifted in early May along with the ban of certain recreational activities like boating, golfing and certain gym activities.
Stage two would restore some public transportation and possibly reopening of restaurants and bars.
Final stage would be permitting higher risk gatherings like attending concerts and going to church. BUT
Before the first stage gets the go ahead, the State COVID-19 cases must be on a downward trajectory, or at least be leveling off. It seems we are about a week into this timeline.
So, the town is still operating under a State of Emergency and amendments as issued by the Governor. Stay at home, face masks in public, social distancing request are still in place. For details please go to https://governor.maryland.gov/recovery. Also, the State website Coronavirus.Maryland.gov.
If you need a face mask contact Vigilant Hose Co. at 301-447-2728.
• As of this morning, the confirmed COVID 19 information is: State: 20,113 cases, 929 deaths; Frederick County: 870 cases and 42 deaths. The 21727-zip code: 13 confirmed cases which is up from 9 reported cases last week. The 13 cases has not change since last Saturday, April 25th. The Frederick County Health Department will not release any further details. The State, County, and the Town operate under HIPAA – the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a 1996 Federal law that restricts access to individuals' private medical information. If you are concerned about the 13 cases in our zip code, take care of yourself, avoid interactions with others, do what we all have been told to do, stay in place, self-distance, and wear a face mask in public places.
• Town manager Willets and I just got off weekly conference call with County Executive and other mayors. Main discussion point was County is going to received money soon to reimburse for non-budgeted COVID 19 expenses. And we are to submit ours to County by tomorrow. Which we are doing. Consensus of those on the call was that we are amid this thing and it will not all of a sudden be over once the stay at home order is lifted. Expected to linger over summer. There is a strong possibility there will be another round of COVID 19 next fall-winter.
• Yesterday, I spoke with Phyllis Kelly, manager of the Emmitsburg Food Bank. The food bank supply remains stable and demand is increasing to almost normal pre COVID 19 demand level. As I have mentioned before, we have a backup plan in place for re-stocking.
• Jubilee: Still well stocked with the exception, at times, of bread and paper products. They are doing a great job. Shipments are being made as generally scheduled. Thank you also Med One pharmacy and Dollar General for the uninterrupted service and staffing.
• The Kountry Kitchen restaurant is still preparing and serving children take-home meals at Vigilant Hose Company location near the square on West Main Street, Monday thru Friday, 10 am – 12 noon. Also “Food-4-Kids” weekend bags of food to children are served every Friday. The FCPS program is continuing to distribute food 11:30 – 12:30 at Jubilee M-F with weekend packets. Look for the yellow bus. The Senior Center is also delivering meals every week.
• From the last information we have, both the Gettysburg Hospital and Frederick Memorial hospital have open bed capacity.
• Pool. We have a signed pool management contract. We are waiting for official notification as to the opening date and under what circumstance. Scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 23rd. So the opening date is still pending.
• Census 2020. Congratulations! We are up to 56.7% for this census as compared to 2010 we are up about 5% point over 2010 census at the same time.
• The 39th Community Day is on scheduled for Saturday, June 25th. Fireworks have been paid for and the town has a permit for the parade.
• A major concern is the impact of the COVID 19 virus on our volunteer fire departments with the cancellation of their fundraisers. This is a serious concern and will be addressed. Think of all the things Vigilant Hose Company is doing for us.
• The town office will continue to be closed to direct contact with the public. Town field and office staff will continue to work on a rotating basis. Town office hours: 9 am – 3 pm, Monday through Thursday. A staff member will be monitoring town phones on Fridays. Water and wastewater treatment plants are continually supervised every day.
We plan to hold virtual town meetings at 7:30 pm, next Monday, May 4th. And a special budget presentation meeting Monday, May 18th at 7:30 pm.
A virtual Planning Commission meeting is planned for Tuesday, May 5th at 7:30 pm.
Dunkin Donuts and Rutters are still working their development plans through County and State permitting.
We are still plan on holding a Farmers Market this summer.
The yard waste collection site will be open this Saturday, May 2nd, 9 am - 12 pm. Only paper or recyclable bags will be accepted, no plastic bags will be accepted. The site is located at the town wastewater treatment solar fields across US 15 on Creamery Road.
If allowed, we plan to reopen the town office Monday, May 11th. A decision will be made mid-week next week on or about if this is possible and at what time. Waiting for Stay at Home order to be lifted. It will be a soft opening. Hours open schedule will be announced at that time.
• Quarterly Water, Sewer and Trash bills (WST) will be mailed out May 18th with a payment due date of June 24th. To get back on schedule the next bills will go out June 30th due date August 5th. This is a compressed schedule. Please call the office if you have problems with payments. We will work with you. Let’s work together.
• Our response team continues to work with our area partners, the Seton Center, the Shrine and the Mount. I continue to be in contact with the County Executive or her staff and other mayors as our town manager is with the county and other town managers.
• Please thank everyone who has been on the front lines. There are lots of people doing a lot of things for us. Our first responders, doctors, nurses, deputies, pastors, town staff and those that serve at Jubilee, the pharmacy, gas stations and our restaurants. Please thank them.
• For local information with regard to COVID-19, please, please rely on the town as the official information source for local information. Please go to the town website, emmitsburgmd.gov, the town FaceBook page, or call us 301-600-6300. Vigilant Hose Company, 301-447-2728.
• Please continue to support our local restaurants. Carry-outs and/or buy gift certificates. They are overwhelmingly appreciative of the patronage. The Carriage House Inn plans to resume service later in May. Also it is a good time to take your car in for servicing. Our auto repair stations, and our area newspapers need support.
• Scams Are up. Be careful. If it is too good to be true than it probably is. Check with Vigilant Hose company if you need a mask.
• Commissioner Burns gave a very good presentation. Summarizing; Thanked everyone one in town for following the rules. Their efforts are greatly appreciated. Also, now that the weather is getting warmer, if you are driving please look for and give safe distance for cyclist, walkers and joggers.
• Thank you to all for your patience and politeness, it is what we have relied on through this and is it what is pulling us through. Remember, we are all in this together. Thank you.



APRIL 23, 2020 PUBLIC STATEMENT

Good afternoon. Don Briggs your Mayor. Today is Thursday, April 23, 2020. Again, I am joined by Commissioner Frank Davis, who, along with Cathy Willets, our town manager, and myself serve as the town COVID-19 response team.

• The town is still operating under a State of Emergency and amendments as issued by Governor Larry Hogan. The stay at home, not mandatory request, for non-essential service people is still in place. Face masks are required in public places, that includes places where we go for essential needs and services, the grocery store, pharmacy and gas stations. If you need a face mask contact Vigilant Hose Co. at 301-447-2728.
• As of this morning, the confirmed COVID 19 information is: State: 14,775 cases, 631 deaths; Frederick County 658 cases and 29 deaths. The 21727-zip code has 9 confirmed cases. The Frederick County Health Department will not release any further details. The County, and the town, operate under HIPAA – the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a 1996 Federal law that restricts access to individuals' private medical information. If you are concerned about the 9 cases in our zip code, avoid interactions with others, do what we all have been told to do, stay in place, self-distance, and wear a face mask in public places.
• County Executive Gardner held a teleconference with county mayors yesterday morning. Our town planner was also on the call. The State, while still processing the distribution of the previous tranche was preparing for receiving the latest tranche which is expected to be received this Friday. Distribution of funds is still being finalized, but it seems the Town will at least be reimbursed for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), staff overtime and comp time for the time period, March 1st through May 31st. A major concern was the impact of the COVID 19 virus on our volunteer fire departments with the cancellation of their fundraisers. It was my understanding that this is a serious concern and will be addressed. Think of all the things Vigilant Hose Co is doing for us.
• Governor Hogan held a televised press conference yesterday afternoon at the reopening of a hospital in Laurel. Through the extraordinary efforts of the governor and the first lady of Maryland, Maryland is now in a very good position with regard to testing equipment. With the addition of the Laurel hospital beds and those now at the Baltimore Convention Center, the ability to hospitalize those ill has improved immensely. Though things seem to be going in a positive direction, the cases curve has not leveled off. No opening of businesses date has been set. To ready the state for reopening, the Governor announced a new program, the Maryland Strong Recovery and Reopening Plan. It consists of a four-point plan: Extensive testing capabilities, capable hospital capacities, adequate PPE supplies and a robust tracing capability. The plan is to start this new initiative next week. The State website is Coronavirus.Maryland.gov.
• Tuesday, I spoke with Phyllis Kelly, manager of the Emmitsburg Food Bank. The food bank supply remains stable. To reiterate, we have a backup plan in place.
• Commissioner Davis will comment on information regarding the Frederick County Health Department, the Gettysburg Hospital and Frederick Memorial hospital.
• The town office will continue to be closed to direct contact with the public. Town field and office staff will continue to work on a rotating basis. Town office hours: 9 am – 3 pm, Monday through Thursday. A staff member will be monitoring town phones on Fridays. Water and wastewater treatment plants are continually supervised every day.
We planned to hold virtual town meetings at 7:30 pm, Monday, May 4th. A special budget presentation meeting, at 7:30 pm, Monday, May 18th. A Planning Commission meeting is planned for Tuesday, May 5th at 7:30 pm. It will also be a virtual meeting. Dunkin Donuts and Rutters are still working their development plans through County and State permitting. We are still planning to hold a Farmers Market this summer. The yard waste collection site will be open on Saturday, May 2nd, 9 am - 12 pm.
If allowed, we plan to reopen the town office Monday, May 11th at 8 am.
• Quarterly Water, Sewer and Trash bills (WST) will be mailed out May 18th with a payment due date of June 24th. To get back on schedule the next WST bills will go out June 30th. This is a compressed schedule. Please call the office if you have problems with payments. We will work with you. Let’s work together.
• Jubilee: No change. Still well stocked with the exception, at times, of bread and toilet paper. They are doing a great job. Shipments are being made as generally scheduled. Thank you also Med One pharmacy and Dollar General for the uninterrupted service and staffing.
• Kountry Kitchen in Thurmont and some of our local restaurants have prepared, now over 5½ weeks an estimated 3,000 children take-home meals. The meals are served at Vigilant Hose Company location near the square on West Main Street, Monday thru Friday, 10 am – 12 noon. Also “Food-4-Kids” weekend bags of food to children are served every Friday. The FCPS program is continuing to distribute food 11:30 – 12:30 at Jubilee M-F with weekend packets. Look for the yellow bus. The Senior Center is also delivering meals every week.
• Please continue to support our local restaurants. Carry-outs and/or buy gift certificates. They are overwhelmingly appreciative of the patronage. The Carriage House Inn plans to resume service later in May.
• Our response team continues to work with our area partners, the Seton Center, the Shrine and the Mount. I continue to be in contact with the County Executive or her staff and other mayors as our town manager is with the county and other town managers.
• Lots of people doing a lot of things for us. Our first responders, doctors, nurses, deputies, pastors, town staff and those that serve at Jubilee, the pharmacy, gas stations and our restaurants. Please thank them.
• For local information with regard to the COVID-19, please, please rely on the town as the official information source for local information. Please go to the town website, emmitsburgmd.gov, the town FaceBook page, or call us 301-600-6300. Vigilant Hose Company, 301-447-2728.
• Scams are up. Be careful. Check with Vigilant Hose Company if you need a mask.
• Commissioner Davis: Summarized not transcribed (much better than this). Fire company fundraising has been impacted, but not our service to the community. Vigilant Hose company is always there for you. Also be appreciative of all those in our community who do wonderful things for us that have also been impacted by this virus, the churches, the Food Bank and others.
• The best advice I can give now is near the same advice I gave at the March 3rd town meeting: Stay calm, drink lots of water, stay rested, exercise, watch your diet, all as recommended by your physician. Add to that, stay at home, wear a face mask in public places and keep 6-foot self-distancing. Know your risk and that we all pose a risk to others and that there are those who are more at risk. Don’t miss this opportunity to call or do something for someone who would really appreciate it. Thank you.

 






APRIL 15, 2020 PUBLIC STATEMENT

Effective April 15, 2020: As the Town of Emmitsburg continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation, the following actions are being taken: 

  • The town office will continue to have reduced hours and be closed to walk-in services until May 11, 2020. Town staff will be available by phone (301-600-6300) or email only Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The town office will continue to be closed Fridays. Town staff will continue to monitor all voicemails and emails outside of business hours.
  • The first quarter water bills (for months January – March) will be mailed out by May 18, 2020 with a new due date of June 24, 2020.
  • The May 2, 2020 recycling and yard waste drop off will be OPEN with limited assistance.
  • The May 4, 2020 town meeting (click for agenda) and the May 5, 2020 Planning Commission meeting will be virtual. An online viewing platform will be offered to those wishing to view the meetings online and will be posted online the day before the meeting.
  • A special budget presentation Town meeting will be held Monday, May 18, 2020 at 7:30 pm.  It will also be a virtual meeting.
  • Rainbow Lake fishing permits will be available by email only. Any person wishing to get a fishing permit should email a copy of their state issued fishing license to mshaw@emmitsburgmd.gov. Please allow two business days for processing. Issued permits will only be valid is signed and dated.

The situation will be reevaluated and an update given by May 6, 2020. We anticipate resuming normal business operations on May 11, 2020.






MARCH 30, 2020 PUBLIC STATEMENT
Following the Governor’s recommendations, the following additional actions are being taken:
  • The town office will continue to have reduced hours and be closed to walk-in services. Town staff will be available by phone (301-600-6300) or email only Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The town office will be closed Fridays. Town staff will continue to monitor all voicemails and emails outside of business hours.
  • The April 18, 2020-yard waste drop-off has been canceled.
  • The April 18, 2020 bulk trash has been canceled. We are working with Republic Services to schedule another date.
  • The April 20, 2020 town meeting has been canceled.
  • The first quarter water bills will be mailed out by May 4, 2020. Due to the delayed mailing, the water bill due date has been extended to June 10, 2020.
  • Rainbow Lake fishing permits will be available by email only. Any person wishing to get a fishing permit should email a copy of their state issued fishing license to  mshaw@emmitsburgmd.gov . Please allow two business days for processing. Issued permits will only be valid is signed and dated.
  • Basic zoning permits are available online. Please visit www.emmitsburgmd.gov or email zgulden@emmitsburgmd.gov for more information.





MARCH 23, 2020 PUBLIC STATEMENT
As the Town of Emmitsburg continues to monitor the COVID-19 virus and receive updates from Governor Larry Hogan’s Office, the following additional actions are being taken:

  • Effective immediately, the town office will have reduced hours and will continue to be closed to walk-in services. Town staff will be available by phone (301-600-6300) or email only Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The town office will be closed Fridays. 
  • Effective immediately, all water, sewer and public works services will remain operative; however, employees will have limited working hours.
  • Town staff will continue to monitor all voicemails and emails outside of business hours.
  • The April 6, 2020 town meeting has been re-scheduled to Monday, April 20, 2020.
  • The April 13, 2020 town meeting has been canceled.
  • The first quarter water bills will be mailed out by April 20, 2020. Due to the delayed mailing, the water bill due date has been extended from May 5th to Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

The situation will be reevaluated and an update given by April 3rd. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work through this unprecedented issue.



MARCH 20, 2020 PUBLIC STATEMENT
Effective 1:00 PM 3/20/2020: In response to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, the playgrounds at all Emmitsburg parks are now closed to both children and adults.  The parks, the dog park and walking paths remain open but please practice social distancing.





MARCH 18, 2020 PUBLIC STATEMENT
Effective March 19, 2020: As the Town of Emmitsburg remains committed to decreasing the risk of the COVID-19 virus, Town Offices will be operating with limited staffing and will continue to be closed to walk-in services until April 3rd. Town staff will still be available by phone at (301) 600-6300, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition, all water, sewer and public works services will remain operative. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work through this unprecedented issue. We anticipate resuming normal operations on April 6th.