Links & Resources

The following information can help you keep up to date on the latest local, regional and national coronavirus news. Staying informed can help all of us by slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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D.C. Residents
The DC Health Link has opened a special enrollment period so D.C. residents without insurance can get coverage during the coronavirus pandemic. Visit the DC Health Link for more information or to enroll.

Maryland Residents
CareFirst has worked with the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to allow for a special enrollment period for individuals to sign up for health insurance coverage.

The special enrollment period will run through April 15, with coverage effective April 1. Visit Maryland Health Connection to enroll.

The coronavirus has put a great deal of stress on everyone. People with mental health issues feel this stress more than the rest of us. Not being able to see other people or stick to familiar routines only makes things worse. But there are some easy steps we can take to ease the pressure.

Get plenty of sleep, eat well and exercise regularly. These three things can improve our thinking and our emotions. But no matter what you do, having a plan for dealing with the extra stress of coronavirus is very important.

Here are a few resources to help get you started:

Getting Tested for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and contact your doctor for guidance. Testing for COVID-19 may not be appropriate for everyone, and only your healthcare provider (doctor) can order the testing.

Testing availability will expand as more testing supplies become available. For more information about COVID-19 testing, visit the Maryland Department of Health’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions About Testing.

Listen to Your Local Government

Members in Maryland, Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and West Virginia can check their government’s website for updates more specific to their community.

Resources for School Children

Mandatory school closings can challenge working parents and guardians. Additionally, many school children depend on school for meals.

For MD, DC and VA education and school-provided meal information, visit this page.

What is Social Distancing and How Can it Help?

According to Johns Hopkins University, social distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for disease transmission.

Want to Help Spread the Word?

Here are some resources you can share with friends and family. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to protect yourself and the people you love.

Proper handwashing can keep you safe and covering your cough can keep others safe. Learn more here:

Healthcare Terms and Definitions

There are a lot of medical and health insurance definitions flying around these days. If you’d like to double check the meaning of a term, check our online glossary.

Follow the Centers for Disease Control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the United States. They are the number one resource for any and all coronavirus-related news. Visit their website and social media pages frequently to stay informed.

You can also find additional updates on the CDC website, as well as their Facebook & Twitter accounts.

The World Health Organization

The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with world public health. Check out the WHO's coronavirus updates.

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