Anne Arundel County’s Department of Health will host a second weekly virtual town hall at 3 p.m. Wednesday — part of an ongoing effort to ensure residents are equipped with accurate public health information and take a pulse on the questions and concerns bubbling up from the community.
Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman, Director of Aging and Disabilities Pam Jordan and Clinical Director of the Mental Health Agency Catherine Gray will answer resident questions about vulnerable communities, testing and anxiety surrounding the pandemic in a session that will be live-streamed through the Anne Arundel County Department of Health Facebook page.
As the number of cases in Maryland grew to 349 on Tuesday — with 24 in Anne Arundel County — Gov. Larry Hogan ordered all nonessential businesses closed, and urged people to stay in their homes when at all possible.
“Government exists to protect the people it serves. We pay our taxes and we expect government to deliver in times like this," said County Executive Steuart Pittman. “In Anne Arundel County government is doing good things, but I don’t want to sugar coat what’s actually happening in our communities. I’ve spent most of the week listening and it’s very clear to me that people are hurting already.”
This is a tough time for all of us. I want to thank #AnneArundel residents for their patience and understanding as we work to address this public health crisis. This will likely get more difficult before it gets better. Please do your best to stay healthy and safe.
With seemingly more and more restrictions on daily life each day, public health officials have said that having anxiety around the pandemic is normal.
Last week, Kalyanaraman was joined by Behavioral Health Services Director Sandra O’Neill, who advised getting enough sleep, eating balanced meals and making sure to get some exercise while taking social distancing measures.
Particularly during what can be a stressful time, she urged residents to be wary of consumption of alcohol and other drugs: “That is always, always going to make it worse.”
The live streams with public health officials are one of two ways county residents can interact with officials and get their questions answered each week. County Executive Steuart Pittman has also begun hosting virtual town halls at 11 a.m. every Saturday.