REISTERSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — Marylanders now have a hotline to call if they see anyone ignoring COVID-19 prevention guidelines in situations that could pose a high risk for COVID-19 spread.

Several state agencies- Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Maryland Department of Health and Maryland Department of State Police- teamed up to put up a statewide toll-free number and email address.

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Through the number and email, people can report situations where prevention guidelines are being ignored and there is a high risk of potential for the spread of COVID-19.

You can call this number: 1-833-979-2266 or email prevent.covid@maryland.gov

If you use the number you can remain anonymous or give their name and phone number if officials need more information.

The information given will be forwarded to the local health department officials in the jurisdiction of the location or situation described in the call or email.

Officials said local officials will assess and take appropriate action.

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES: 

The state reminds Marylanders that anyone who violates the governor’s executive order could be charged with a violation of that order.

There is a penalty of up to one year in jail, a $5,000 or both.

It is important for each Marylander to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the state of Maryland.  Following state and local health guidelines will result in a safer and healthier state that can return to normal sooner rather than later,” state agencies said in a statement.    

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

CBS Baltimore Staff

Comments (10)
  1. Michael O'Connor says:

    That is the reich thing to do.

    1. Brenda Nichols says:

      Honestly, most of the time I don’t mind wearing the mask in stores and places where there are a lot of people. But, if i am outside minding my own business who’s business is it whether i wear one or not? What are they thinking? Trying to turn everyone into snitches? It’s ridiculous!

    2. Mike says:

      We were all told by Republicans to “see something, say something” – and now we can. Get over yourself.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Brenda, it is not just about you, it is about how you can be a threat to others. You could be infected and not know it, anyone can spread it not knowing.

    I was out taking a walk the other day and a kid fell off his bike and started crying. I ran over to help not thinking about anything but that. He did not have a mask and I was not wearing one. What if I made a child sick? I am a senior w/ health issues taking an immunosuppressant drug- what he he infected me as I am very likely not to survive it?

    This is not forever, we need to be considerate of one another and do what is best for all until this is over rather than just thinking of ourselves. It is not just that one person, it is all the others they come into contact with and some of them may be in the likely to die group. Yeah I’d love to have all my friends over for a cookout, but that is not the right thing to do right now. Sending kids back to school. sports, scouts or whatever is not the right thing to do right now either. Halting the spread is of benefit to all. There may be a vaccine by the end of the year, in 2 years or maybe never and nobody knows. It is not “being a snitch” it is doing something for the greater good instead of being selfish.

    1. Anonymous says:

      “The greater good”, how noble. If politics has not divided this country enough then a health crisis is just the opportunity to really turn people against each other. You may want to read the article below to get an idea with what kind of fire this country is playing.
      https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/east-german-domestic-surveillance-went-far-beyond-the-stasi-a-1042883.html

      1. Bixby says:

        Ah, yes, it’s just like the East German Stasi!

        You people are selfish a-holes. Admit it.

    2. working_man says:

      Your willingness to approve this tactic is quite telling.

  3. anarem says:

    WOW, scary. Along with the governors who are banning travel for people in their states (RI and MA, I’m pointing at you) this is getting absurd and terrifying. This on a day when the CDP announced they goofed on their math and actual death rate is .04…less than the flu. Any government excuse for power… 🙁

  4. chrissfarmer says:

    “Any government excuse for power… ” LOL- power for what? OK, so Trump is trying to stop free elections for the sake of his tender ego, but all COVID has done is cost states and the fed lots of money, make politicians look bad, citizens unhappy and ruin economies. The government is not getting any benefit out of COVID restrictions, which have been stated clearly are temporary, in fact it is just the opposite, it benefits citizens and hurts the government,. Your claim makes no sense!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Just called on someone down the street having a party- couple dozen loud drunks, a pool and not a mask in sight. The really sad part is there are kids there being endangered. Called police too, some of them are illegally parked blocking the street

    So sad too bad

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