xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement

Anne Arundel Department of Health set to host second weekly virtual town hall Wednesday

Nilesh Kalyanaraman, the nominated Anne Arundel County health officer, speaks with reporters and editors of The Capital to discuss his job and public health issues in the county.
Nilesh Kalyanaraman, the nominated Anne Arundel County health officer, speaks with reporters and editors of The Capital to discuss his job and public health issues in the county.(Paul W. Gillespie/Capital Gazette)

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.

Advertisement

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.”

County residents can submit questions via email to covid19info@aacounty.org.

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.

Most recently, he and Kalyanaraman were joined by Rep. Anthony Brown and state Sen. Sarah Elfreth to discuss what is being done at the local, state and federal levels to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus on vulnerable communities and the economy.

Advertisement



Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement