COVID-19 Information & Updates
Cases to Date in 20706 (see Prince George's County Dashboard)
The Delta variant was first detected in the United States in March 2021. It was initially identified in India in December 2020.
These variants seem to spread more easily and quickly than other variants, which may lead to more cases of COVID-19. An increase in the number of cases will put more strain on healthcare resources, lead to more hospitalizations, and potentially more deaths.
So far, studies suggest that the current authorized vaccines work on the circulating variants. Scientists will continue to study these and other variants.
Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Unvaccinated people should get vaccinated and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated. With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever. CDC has updated guidance for fully vaccinated people based on new evidence on the Delta variant. For more information on where to get a COVID-19 vaccine, visit greenbeltmd.gov/vax.
Guidance for People Completely Vaccinated
According to the CDC, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
The COVID-19 state of emergency will end in two phases:
EMERGENCY MANDATES AND RESTRICTIONS END ON JULY 1
All emergency mandates and restrictions will be terminated as of July 1. There will no longer be any statewide mask order in effect for any settings, including schools, camps, and child care facilities.
45-DAY ADMINISTRATIVE GRACE PERIOD THROUGH AUGUST 15
Thursday, July 1 will mark the beginning of a 45-day grace period, where certain regulations will continue to be relaxed to complete the administrative transition out of the pandemic. This includes such provisions as renewing driver’s licenses, winding down emergency health operations, and the moratorium on evictions related to COVID-19.
- Read the order ending the state of emergency.
- Read the list of provisions in effect during the administrative grace period.
- Read answers to frequently asked questions related to today’s announcement.
Indoor Mask Mandate Update
Prince George’s County has expanded its indoor mask mandate to include children ages 2-5, effective immediately. Previously, that mandate only included anyone over the age of 5 in the County. Now, residents and visitors over the age of 2 are required to wear masks in all indoor public venues and businesses in Prince George’s County. Similar to past mandates, exceptions exist for eating and drinking, or those with a bona fide disability that prevents mask wearing.
County Government COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
The County Government is working to finalize its employee vaccination policy. Currently, the County is in the process of asking employees to submit their vaccination status. While that process is still ongoing, preliminary data shows that at least 64% of County employees are vaccinated. The County is using this data to look at various methods to ensure the safety of employees and residents, to include periodic testing and incentives for vaccinated employees.
One agency that has started testing on a weekly basis, for all employees who aren’t vaccinated, is the County’s Department of Corrections. This is due to the nature of the facility with congregate living. More information will be provided to County employees once vaccination policies have been finalized.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization named the disease coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help deter the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
OTHER AREA SITES
PGC COVID-19 HOTLINE (301) 883-6627.
- PGC INFORMATIONAL PAGE
- PGC Health Department
- MD Department of Health
- PGC Public Schools
- COVID-19 Testing Locations:
- Harvard Risk Assessment Map (COVID Risk Levels Dashboard)
- Prince George's County Hospital Utilization Dashboard
- Prince George's County Vaccination Plan
- State of Maryland Vaccination Distribution Plan
- State of Maryland Vaccination Sign-Up
- CDC Guidance - Symptoms of COVID-19
- CDC Guidance - COVID-19 Facts