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Posted on: March 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] TOWN UPDATE - Coronavirus Disease Response


The Town of University Park continues to prepare for and monitor the novel Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The Town is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and decisions from state and county health departments to ensure we are aware of the latest information and recommended actions for our area. To help reduce the risk of transmission, the CDC has recommended social distancing measures including reducing activities particularly for those with increased risk of several illness. The safety of our residents and staff are our foremost concern. We expect the Town to continue to operate and carry out essential services. However, we are making the following changes:

Effective March 16, 2020, the Town Hall is closed to all non-essential personnel until further notice. Instead of coming into the Town Hall, try this:

Use the Town website ( Many Town services like, building and dumpster/pod permits, scheduling of special trash collections, and more can be done via our website ( or by calling 301-927-4262. Please leave a message and staff will return your call.

Permitting questions and/or applications should be directed to Town Clerk Andrea Marcavitch at; 301-927-4262 ext. 101. Permitting information and forms can be found at

Public Works related services should be directed to Public Works Director Mickey Beall at; 301-927-4262 ext. 200; Public Works services can be found on our website at

Police services will continue as usual. If you have any questions contact Chief Harvey Baker at; 301-789-8475. Call 911 for emergency services requiring an urgent response.

Our Mayor also serves as our Town Administrator and will be working with Department Heads to be sure staff and residents are informed and manage the Town’s response during this crisis. If you have any questions contact Mayor Carey at; 240-338-2826.


We regret to announce the suspension of the following services until further notice:

  • Shuttle Bus services to Metro and Seniors & Disabled Persons’ Shuttle Bus services, effective at end of the last run on Wednesday, March 18;
  • Closure of the Tot Lot and Wells Parkway Playground, beginning Thursday, March 19;
  • Issuance of resident parking permits – the blue UP sticker; and
  • Notary services.

The following will continue with modifications:

  • Council meetings will be held virtually until further notice. Details on how residents can participate in these meetings will be forth coming. We are working on our plan of action;
  • Monthly Committee meetings ­- Committee Chairs will make the decision whether they will meet. Please visit our website calendar for more information at; and
  • Code compliance and rental inspections ­- outside only.

The following services will continue without disruption:

  • Police patrols and emergency response; and
  • Regular collections of refuse – trash, compost and yard waste, and recycling.

The Town will continue to update the public as the situation continues to evolve. Please visit the Town’s website ( ). To receive information notices, go to and subscribe to “News Flash” to receive the latest and most up-to-date Town news and information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Prince George’s County Health Department Coronavirus hotline at (301)883-6627 during 8:00am - 8:00pm to receive updated information about the Coronavirus disease. *Please contact 911 for medical emergencies only. Do not contact 911 for Coronavirus related issues.

For the latest and most accurate information about this evolving situation, visit the CDC, state and county health department websites:


Maryland Department of

Prince George’s County Department of Health:


Tuesday, March 17, The Capital Area Food Bank will have pop-up food pantry distribution at the following locations from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm:
•Giant Parking Lot, 6000 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770
•Giant Parking Lot, 10480 Campus Way South, Largo, MD 20774
•Giant Parking Lot, 7074 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD 20748

Friday, March 20, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Free Produce Distribution at Christian Life Church; 5600 Taylor Road, Riverdale, MD

Prince Georges Public School Meal Distribution

Monday through Friday – any student, with or without a parent/guardian, may go to any one of these sites to pick up both meals and a snack between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Adults may not pick up meals for children. There will be school system staff in the cafeteria or parking lot, depending on weather, to distribute the meals. Meals can be found at the following schools:

  • Andrew Jackson Academy
  • Benjamin Tasker Middle School
  • Buck Lodge Middle School
  • Carmody Hills Elementary
  • District Heights Elementary
  • Drew-Freeman Middle School
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School
  • Hillcrest Heights Elementary
  • Frank Dent Elementary
  • John Bayne Elementary
  • Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary
  • Kenmoor Middle School
  • Langley Park McCormick Elementary
  • Longfields Elementary
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
  • Nicholas Orem Middle School
  • Port Towns Elementary
  • Samuel Chase Elementary
  • Stephen Decatur Middle School
  • Suitland Elementary
  • Templeton Elementary
  • Thurgood Marshall Middle School
  • Walker Mill Middle School
  • William Paca Elementary
  • William Wirt Middle School

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