Coronavirus Emergency (COVID-19 ) Program Updates

In order to do our part to help prevent the COVID-19 virus spread, FCHD is closed to the public and services are reduced or by appointment only.

If you have questions about COVID-19 or testing, please call the local 211 center at 866-411-6803. 

This page is currently being updated. Please check back for updates. 

Update on FCHD Operational Changes March 19, 2020

Note: calls to numbers listed above may be answered by voicemail as many employees are teleworking. Please leave a message and your call will be returned.

Program/Service operating at reduced capacity: Call with Questions
Narcan training 301-606-4308
Syringe Services Program (reduced schedule) 301-600-1777
Behavioral Health Treatment Services 301-600-3567
AERS 301-600-1736
HIV: Case Managers (non-emergency only) 301-600-3342
Preventive Health Programs 301-600-3362
WIC Services 301-600-2507
Environmental Health services 301-600-1715
Dental Clinic 301-600-1041
Audiology and Infants & Toddlers 301-600-1611
Medicaid Enrollment (phone appointments only) 301-600-3124
Mental Health Appointments (current patients, appointment only) 301-600-1755

Additional notes on services:

Health Care Connection

Medicaid enrollment: Please call 301-600-3124 to make a Medicaid enrollment appointment by phone.

Qualified health plans: The Coronavirus Emergency special enrollment period has been extended until June 15. Please call 301-600-3124 to make a phone appointment. For more information, please visit Maryland Health Connection.

Environmental Health Services

Burn Permits - We are unable to process burn permits for first time applicants. Those who have received burn permits in the past must include their check for payment with a completed application and must be dropped off in the drop box at Entrance A (blue flag) at the Health Department. WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING OR DISPENSING MAIL AT THIS TIME.  The permit and receipt will be returned to the applicant via email.

Food Service Facilities

COVID-19 Touchpoint Disinfection for Retail Food Service Customer Areas

Food Service Recommendations for Carry Out and Delivery

COVID-19 Information for Food Service Facilities

FDA Food Safety and COVID-19

Temporary Food Permits - Due to the social size limitation of 50 people, under the governors order, our office is suspending processing Temporary Food Permits for events that take place within the next 8 weeks. Other events further out will be processed, but the processing time is extended.

Well & Septic - Due to limited availability of staff and services, until further notice, please be advised that information request processing will be delayed and may take 15 to 30 business days to complete and return. Please do not contact our office regarding your information request until this timeframe has passed.

COVID-19 and Septic Systems - What to Know

Wet Season Suspension - Effective March 19, 2020 The Frederick County Environmental Health Services Division has suspended wet season soil evaluations and percolation testing. Precipitation and water table observations will be monitored to determine when testing may resume. No new applications for testing are being accepted for this wet season. If you have questions please call the FCHD Environmental Health Services Division at 301-600-1715.