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Delegate Nicole A. Williams Newsletter: Phase 2 reopening; Workgroup Meeting on Police Reform

Dear Neighbors and Friends,


This week we are seeing much lower positivity numbers, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, here in Maryland. We are doing a great job with wearing our masks, social distancing and washing our hands frequently. However, if you listen to the news you will hear the stories about spikes in other states across the country.


Yesterday, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced that Prince George’s County will move into a full phase 2 reopening starting Monday, June 29th at 5:00 PM. We are now averaging 3.9 deaths per day which is lower than the 9 deaths per day we were previously seeing in Prince George’s County. We have moved from an average of 244 COVID-19 hospital patients to 80 patients this week here in the County. Additionally, our positivity rate has decreased from 43.1% to 7.8%. The County Health Department is now offering free testing without an appointment.


The Governor did not have a press conference this week but he did issue a press release that our daily positivity rate in Maryland reached a new low of 4.38%, we have conducted more than 600,000 tests and we have nearly 200 testing sites available across the state. This is great news. However, we are still seek answers from the Governor’s administration on other matters such as the processing of the backlog of unemployment claims, an executive order to improve policing in our state, continuation with the increase of the minimum wage and the plan for our November election.


We must continue to be vigilant about beating the Coronavirus but we must also make sure we are providing for those among us who have the least and are struggling day to day.


Nicole


Which restrictions are lifted in the new Phase 2 Reopening in Prince George's County?

  • Gyms, fitness centers and other indoor physical activities not to exceed 50% capacity

  • Casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, indoor skating rinks and miniature golf at 50% capacity.

  • Social and fraternal clubs at 50% capacity

  • Shopping malls at 50% capacity.

  • Personal services, including barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, massage parlors, and spas at 50% capacity and by appointment only.

  • Houses of worship may expand indoor services to 50% capacity.

  • Childcare Facilities.

  • Outdoor community pools both public and private at 50% capacity.

  • Car washes.

  • Outdoor Youth sports.

  • Large gatherings up to 100 persons are allowed.


For a copy of the County Executive’s Amended Order click here.


Police Reform and Accountability in Maryland

Work Group

The work group held its first meeting on Tuesday. You can view the first meeting of the work group on YouTube. There have been several articles such as this one in the Washington Informer about the first meeting. We are not in session so we cannot introduce any legislation right now to address the changes that we know are needed. However, Governor Hogan can immediately implement police reform measures by executive order. Last week all 99 Democrats in the House of Delegates called for Hogan to do that just. To date, we have not heard anything from the Governor's administration. I urge you to sign the petition to call on the Governor to ask him if he will immediately issue an executive order to implement police reform measures. If you wish to call his office his number is,  410-974-3901 or 1-800-811-8336.

Need Health Insurance

The Maryland Health Connections’ COVID-19 Special Enrollment Session has been extended for uninsured residents to apply for health insurance, including Medicaid. Get covered by visiting www.marylandhealthconnections.gov. The deadline to apply has been extended to July 15th.

Prince George's County Public Schools

Summer Food Service Program

PGCPS ended the grab and go meals on Wednesday, June 17th. There will be a one week break and then the school system will begin on Monday, June 29th to operate its summer food service program which will run through August 13, 2020. The “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch meals will be available Monday through Thursday from 10 AM to noon at 87 school sites and 12 apartment complexes. Click here for a list of all of the locations in the County for the summer grab and go meals. To bridge the gap in meal service, PGCPS families can access seven community sites from Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26. The sites will offer lunch and a snack from 12-2 PM.

Unemployment Insurance


We have been informed by the Department of Labor that they are making progress in working through the backlog of unemployment claims. If you are continuing to have problems, please let my office know. Please use this Unemployment Insurance Tracker Form or contact my office directly for additional assistance.  To directly access the BEACON One-Stop site, visit https://beacon.labor.maryland.gov/claimant/ The website will be down between the hours of 1 AM – 3 AM to perform maintenance and resolve any ongoing technical issues. 

NAACP Scholarships

I recently I became aware of applications for the following NAACP scholarships. Please pass this information along to any potentially qualified students.

  1. The Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship

  • Applicant must be a current member of the NAACP

  • Scholarship amount: twenty (20) to forty (40) scholarships available

  • Maximum scholarship amount is $2,000.00

  1. The Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarship for male students

  • Applicant must be a male majoring in one of the following fields: Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematical Sciences

  • NAACP membership and participation are highly desirable

  • Scholarship amount: 20-40 Scholarships available

  • Maximum scholarship award is $3,000.00

  1. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity James Weldon Johnson Scholarship

  • Applicant must compose a 500 – 750 word essay that

  • 1) Addresses how the life and legacy of James Weldon Johnson has impacted them, OR 

  • 2) Is an analysis of “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

  • Scholarship amount: Seven scholarships worth $3,000 each, available annually

  • One (1) recipient per NAACP region

Submission Deadline for Applications: July 17, 2020 Scholarship Application Forms are available at: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=pfscholar As a general rule, applicants to any of the three (3) NAACP scholarships listed above MUST:

  • Be a US citizen

  • Not have reached the age of 25 by the July 17, 2020 application deadline

  • Be currently enrolled in or accepted by an accredited college or university in the U.S.

  • Must demonstrate financial need based on the federal poverty guidelines (Click here to see guidelines).

For Graduating High School Seniors and Undergraduate Students

  • Must be full-time student

  • Must possess a grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 system

For College (Graduate) Students

  • May be full or part-time student.

  • Must possess a 3.0 average on a 4.0 system


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