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COVID-19 Resources

GROCERIES AND FOOD
Most grocery stores are offering special hours for seniors.  Click here for details.

Takoma Park Silver Spring Coop is taking orders online, for curbside pickup. They are also open to the public (limiting the number of shoppers at any one time). See their website for more details: https://tpss.coop/

See our Delivery page (under "Links and Resources") for information on grocery stores that deliver. 

If you are a member of the Village of TP, and need help picking up groceries, please call us at 301-646-2109.   We have volunteers who can help!

See also our web page "Food Matters" for information on food resources (Meals on Wheels, Manna, etc.).

And see Montgomery County Food Council's website for information on food resources during the pandemic. https://mocofoodcouncil.org/covid-19-local-food-system-resources/#unique-identifier

INFORMATION SOURCES:
Note that the situation is continually changing.  Some trusted sources for up-to-date information are: 
  
Montgomery County: montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19 
Maryland Dept. of Health: https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx

Covid Act Now (covidactnow.org) is a multidisciplinary team of technologists, epidemiologists, health experts, and public policy leaders working to provide disease intelligence and data analysis on COVID in the U.S..  They work in partnership with the Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security, Stanford University Clinical Excellence Research Center, and Grand Rounds.  You can sign up for daily emails with up-to-date data and links to articles.

Montgomery County has launched a dedicated news channel to share information on covid-19. “Corona Montgomery,” is available online at https://coronamontgomery.info/ and on channel 10 on Comcast, Verizon and RCN.  


The New York Times and Washington Post are offering free access to their coronavirus coverage.  See nytimes.com/coronavirus and washingtonpost.com/coronavirus.

MASKS:
Face masks are now required in public places.  If you are a member of the Village of TP, and need help getting a mask, please call us at 301-646-2109.

Do you want to try making your own mask?  Or have questions about masks?  There are many sites online, but one we like is the New York Times's detailed "User's Guide to Face Masks," with do's and don'ts on wearing and caring for them as well as instructions for no-sew masks made at home using t-shirts, tea towels, pillow cases, rubber bands, etc. You don't need to be a subscriber to view it. See https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/10/well/live/coronavirus-face-masks-guides-protection-personal-protective-equipment.html.

RESOURCES:  HOW TO GET HELP
See: https://bit.ly/d20services, a list from the office of District 20 State Delegate Lorig Charkoudian, with information on help with food, unemployment insurance, health care, mental health resources and more.

RESOURCES:  HOW TO GIVE HELP 

See 
https://bit.ly/d20givinghelpa list from the office of District 20 State Delegate Lorig Charkoudian, for places to donate and volunteer. Here are some additions to this list:


SCAMS
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding COVID-10. For more information on scams and fraud, visit the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing.  And see our page on Scams and Frauds - scroll to the bottom of the page.


STAYING  CONNECTED AND COMBATING LONELINESS:
Help from the Village: Do you live alone?  Would you like a Village volunteer to check in with you by phone on a regular basis? If so, and you're a member of the Village, please call us at 301-646-2109.

Help from the City of TP: The City Recreation Department is also connecting folks in this time of social distancing. If you'd like to receive a call, or help make calls, email JavonteM@takomaparkmd.gov or call the Recreation Department's senior coordinator Paula Lisowski at 240-687-4132.

Senior Call Check Program (1-866-50-CHECK) is a free, opt-in, telephonic service to check on Maryland’s older residents.   The program is also currently providing messages and updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and where to find support if needed. https://aging.maryland.gov/Pages/senior-call-check.aspx

The Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) is a 24/7 toll-free, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This resource provides multilingual, and confidential crisis support. https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline

Well Connected (877-797-7299) is a free program offering activities, education, support groups, and friendly conversation over the phone or online. https://covia.org/services/well-connected/

AARP Community Connections  - aarpcommunityconnections.org/ - is a new online platform you can visit to receive support from groups that already existed or have emerged to meet the crisis created by the virus.  The site is free; AARP membership not required.

For additional ongoing programs offering calls to seniors, see our Senior Check-In Services page. 

TAKOMA PARK EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND
The City of Takoma Park has an Emergency Assistance Fund that provides financial support to income-eligible residents in crisis. Anyone who is in need of assistance or wishes to donate, can find more information here

TESTING
Montgomery County is offering free COVID-19 tests for Montgomery County residents.  There's no need for a doctor's referral.  As of August 13, online scheduling has been suspended, but walk-in testing is available. For more information (including links to other testing options), see montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/testing.html or call 240-777-1755 8 am - 6 pm 7 days a week.  Testing sites vary by day of week.  Tests are saliva or cheek swab. More COVID-19 information from the County is available at montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/.



Disclaimer: Note that in its "Links and Resources" pages, the Village of Takoma Park seeks to share information passed along by presenters at our Aging Well events and gathered from the City and County governments, area non-profits, and friends of the Village.  Please be aware this is not an exhaustive list, nor are we endorsing particular resources.