Here’s what we know
- There have been 414,385 cases and 8,134 deaths in Maryland. (Health Department updates here)
- CDC officials recommend double masking — a cloth mask over a disposable surgical mask — to improve protection from the threat of more contagious variants.
- Baltimore City updated restrictions on 3/26. See which activities are changed here.
- The Lord Baltimore Hotel (known as the TRI Center) provides rooms to individuals and families who cannot safely quarantine themselves in their homes, as well as to those experiencing homelessness. Flyers in English | Spanish
- State-wide changes:
- See Maryland's current restrictions here.
- See testing locations here.
- See statewide vaccine eligibility and locations here.
- Marylanders must wear face coverings in public.
What we're doing to protect clients and staff
- We're here for clients. We have always helped people in crisis with nowhere else to go, and that work is more important than ever. Find more COVID resources and information for clients here.
- We're OPEN at 421 Fallsway and our West Baltimore and Baltimore County clinic sites. People without homes can continue to get care in-person and by telehealth. See our hours and locations.
- Coronavirus screening, vaccination, testing and social distancing is underway, including:
- On-site vaccinations: At 421 Fallsway, we offer vaccines for clients experiencing homelessness or clients who are 60+. Vaccines are offered five days a week and so far we have vaccinated over 500 individuals.
- Symptom checks at for clients, visitors and staff.
- Screening hotline specifically to support shelter staff. Our medical providers and community health workers are staffing a hotline accessible by the operators of Baltimore City's and Baltimore County's largest shelters. They provide guidance for COVID-19 screens and trigger city transport to partner hospitals for testing and isolation.
- Testing for clients who screen positive. We repurposed the mobile clinic as a clean provider staging area and have multiple testing bays in our garage.
- Reduced in-person contact:
- Non-clinical staff are working from home, and clinicians are on a rotating schedule.
- There are plexiglass barriers at our registration desks.
- To comply with federal and state orders on unnecessary gatherings, only people seeking or receiving services will be permitted to use clinic waiting rooms.
- One-way clinic flow
- We're adjusting services and embracing new tools as needed:
- Emphasizing telehealth: We're encouraging phone visits and consults whenever possible.
- All clients should call 410-837-5533 to schedule appointments and to determine whether an in-person visit is necessary.
- 800 cloth face coverings (and counting) to clients. We are accepting donations of cloth face coverings to keep up with the demand. Before donating, please email email@example.com.
- Closed or canceled for now:
- Mobile clinic
- Convalescent Care Program
- Saturday clinic hours at 421 Fallsway
- Routine dental services—our dentists are still providing evaluations and referrals for emergency care
- Client groups
- In-person agency gatherings and events
- We're calling for policy changes that support continued telehealth and prevent evictions:
- See our 2021 legislative priorities here
- We are working with local public health and homeless services leaders to ensure that people without homes or in congregate living situations have the option to get vaccinated, tested and have someplace to safely isolate if needed.
You Can Help
Just as you look to your doctors for answers during this crisis, thousands of our neighbors are turning to the health professionals they know and trust at Health Care for the Homeless. Your gift will help us do our part in protecting the lives of people without homes.
Resources & FAQs
Visit the sites below for useful resources, more statistics and FAQs:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Health Care for the Homeless Council
We'll be updating this page as needed. Check back often!