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The COVID-19 outbreak leaves seniors at higher risk than the general population. For more information on coronavirus, please visit the CDC website. For resources for seniors in Montgomery County, MD, please see our Coronavirus Resources.

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Coronavirus Information and Resources

Symptoms

Symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) include cough, fever, and shortness of breath, and may present 2-14 days after exposure. If you have trouble breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, new confusion and inability to arouse, or bluish lips and face, seek immediate medical attention.

Please see the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

At-Risk Groups

Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for coronavirus disease. People in these groups should stay home if possible, wash hands frequently, disinfect frequently-touched surfaces, and avoid close contact with others, especially people who are sick.

Please see the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

Prevention

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

To protect yourself and others:

  • Avoid close contact and distance yourself from others
  • Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds using soap and water
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and face
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue
  • Wear a mask if you are sick
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces

 

Find more information on the CDC website.

What to Do if You Are Sick

If you are sick and suspect you have COVID-19, please stay home except to get medical care. Do not use public transit or ride-sharing services like Lyft or Uber.

People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Be sure to separate yourself from other people and pets within your home as much as possible, cover coughs and sneezes, wash your hands frequently, and do not share personal household items.

If your symptoms worsen or you have trouble breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, new confusion and inability to arouse, or bluish lips and face, seek immediate medical attention. Be sure to call ahead.

For the most up-to-date information and protocols, visit the CDC website and Montgomery County website.

Call Your Primary Care Physician

Call your primary care physician to discuss symptoms and potential exposure via telephone to reduce in-person contact. They will assess whether you should be tested for coronavirus and make the necessary arrangements.

Urgent Care

If you do not have a primary care physician or if you need immediate medical attention, please call ahead to your local urgent care to let them know you will be coming in order to reduce contact with others.

Cancellations, Changes, Postponements, and Closures

As it is not advisable to attend large gatherings at this time, many events have been cancelled or moved online. Check to see if there are changes to any events you had plans to attend. For the most up-to-date information on Chevy Chase At Home events, check the Events page.

Also consider confirming whether places like restaurants, stores, houses of worship, and public services are open before you visit. You can find more information about closures of Montgomery County facilities on the Montgomery County website.

 

Resources for Seniors

Resources by Phone

 

  • 211 Maryland (Health and human services hotline): 211
  • Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Hotline 240-777-1755

 

Senior Call Check

Senior Call Check participants receive an automated call every day within a time frame chosen by the participant. If the participant does not answer their first call, they will be called two additional times in the same day. If those calls go unanswered, an alternate person, selected by the participant, will be notified and asked to check on the participant. Participants can also choose to alert law enforcement to perform a wellness check.

Senior Call Check phone lines are open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. During these hours, seniors can call toll-free 1-866-50-CHECK (1-866-502-0560) and register. Registration is also available online at aging.maryland.gov.

 

Food and Supplies

Grocery Stores

During this time, many grocery stores are open for seniors-only hours to ensure seniors can more safely obtain the goods they need.

Local grocer Brookville Market is doing its best to keep supplies available and in stock. The store is now open for special senior hours before and after regular hours. Senior hours are 7-8 pm. If the door is closed, knock and Joe will open the door for you!

Please see this list for more stores in Montgomery County with similar programs.

Takeout and Delivery

Takeout and delivery orders are a great way to eat well and support your favorite local restaurants during this time. Consider to order from your favorite restaurant, or order from a local restaurant through a food delivery service like Postmates, Doordash, or UberEats.

Curbside Food Pickup Zones

The county Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has established "No Parking" zones in areas with high concentrations of restaurants - Bethesda and Silver Spring - and converted them to "curbside food pickup" zones. They are in front of restaurants that have suspended full service under Gov. Hogan's statewide order and now offer take-out service. Drivers may park in these new "curbside food pickup" zones for up to 15 minutes. The areas designated as "No Parking" to allow curbside restaurant access are subject to change. MCDOT is open to consideration of expanding the changes to support other areas currently controlled by curbside parking meters. To request additional locations, contact Jeremy.Souders@montgomerycountymd.gov

 

Additional Resources

For information on additional resources and services, please visit our Resources page. For entertainment indoors, please see our COVID-19 Boredom Busters.

 

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Updated: 06/24/2020 fp