Welcome to the Town of Oxford

Congratulations to Katherine Chapple and Karli Abbott, the winners of the first R. Gordon Graves Community Service Scholarship! We are excited for these girls and can’t wait to hear about their College adventures!
The Town Commissioners are currently reviewing an update to the Oxford Adverse Weather Emergency Operations Plan. This document is available for review at this link: 2021 Oxford Emergency Operations Plan
 
August 20, 2021
Talbot County Health Department has provided the following information today:
 
In the past week, there have been 75 new COVID cases in Talbot County. This translates to a Community Transmission rate of 201.7 total cases in the past 7 days/100,000 people (“High” is >100).
 
There have been 192 new COVID cases in the past month:
92% under age 65
62% under age 40
22% under age 18
13% under age 12
 
17 hospitalizations, 65% of which were in people under age 65
 
The vast majority of cases and hospitalizations continue to be in unvaccinated individuals who are old enough to be vaccinated. 
 
The Delta variant is now thought to account for 98.8% of new infections.
 
Please get vaccinated. Wear a mask indoors. And please encourage your friends and family to do the same.

August 12, 2021: The Talbot County Health Department has reported that we have moved into what the CDC considers to be HIGH Community Transmission. The recommendation from the CDC for vaccinated persons in HIGH Community Transmission areas is below along with links for Talbot County Health Department daily testing and vaccines. 

To reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others: CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people:

  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
    • Fully vaccinated people might choose to mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated. People who are at increased risk for severe disease include older adults and those who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, overweight or obesity, and heart conditions.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 get tested 3-5 days after the date of your exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result.
  • Isolate if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow any applicable federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.


TALBOT COUNTY HAZARD MITIGATION 2021 UPDATE INFORMATION 

Oxford residents are asked to please respond to the Citizen Survey available at this link: survey  


July 28, 2021: Although the Oxford Commissioners and all Oxford Boards had transitioned to IN PERSON MEETINGS in June. For the next couple of weeks we are going to fall back to virtual or partially virtual meetings for everyone’s safety. Please check meeting dates and agendas on this website for Virtual links to join the meetings. 

In light of the recent increase in COVID cases locally and nationally we are implementing additional precautions for the protection of residents and staff.

Visitors will be seen for the purpose of conducting necessary business by appointment only.

  • Mail can be dropped in the mail slot to the left of the front door or in the file box inside the lobby when it is open
  • Building permit applications and plans can be dropped in the file box inside the lobby when it is open
  • Please leave packages to the right of this door
  • Building Permit Applications can be download from the town website: www.oxfordmd.net

The staff is available by telephone and email, with email being the preferred method of contact for questions and permitting information:       

 Town Office 410-226-5122 // Urgent Issues 443-496-1761

 For police and all emergency issues dial 911

Information regarding town meetings and virtual links to participate can be found on this website under events and under government agendas. 

Social Distancing protocols are in place and it is requested that visitors wear a mask when inside the town building.


August 2, 2021 – Oxford residence and visitors, as there has been concern recently with the increase in COVID cases nationally and the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant, along with a concerning uptick in cases locally, it seems appropriate to review the most recent COVID recommendations.
 
Talbot County Health Department is sharing the following information from the CDC:
 
Guiding Principles for Fully Vaccinated People
 
  • Outdoor activities pose minimal risk to fully vaccinated people.
  • Most indoor activities pose low risk to fully vaccinated people, especially in areas with low or moderate transmission.
  • Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant.
  • Fully vaccinated people who become infected with the Delta variant can transmit it to others.

To reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others, CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people: 

  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
  • Fully vaccinated people might choose to mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Isolate if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until they receive a negative test result.
For more info visit the CDC’s COVID-19 page at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html


The start of the Hurricane Season is as good a time as any to make sure you are prepared in the event of an emergency. Visit Ready.Gov to learn more about the risk Hurricanes poses and the advance planning that will keep you and your family safe. Local information can be found at the links below:

Oxford Hurricane Preparation

Talbot County Emergency Services Hurricane Information


The Town of Oxford is pleased to have available the Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2020. This report is designed to inform you of the quality of water and services that the town delivers to you every day. The Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2020 was mailed with the quarterly water bill and can also be found here: CCR 2020

If you live in Oxford’s service area, but do not receive a water bill, you can also pick up a hard copy at the Town Office at 101 Market Street.


Please note: the Oxford Commissioners and all Oxford Boards have transitioned to IN PERSON MEETINGS. All meetings will be held on their normal ‘pre-covid’ days, times and locations. Meetings are held upstairs in the Commissioners meeting room located in the Community Services Building located at 101 Market Street. Questions can be directed to oxfordclerk@goeaston.net .

The Oxford Commissioners Meetings will have an option to view through the Zoom platform. Please look at the event calendar or the agenda on this website. 

Social Distancing protocols are in place and it is requested that non-vaccinated visitors wear a mask. 

Further information for individual meetings can be found on this site under events and under government agendas. 


For the most recent Notices of Public Hearings: Notice of Public Hearings

Other town news and information can be found below and at: News, Calendar and Town Information

Recent Information concerning ongoing efforts to build resilience for Oxford can be found here: Oxford Shoreline Improvements

Information regarding Oxford’s Economic Development efforts can be found here: Oxford Economic Development


Election Information

Update: Brian Wells is the Commissioner elect following the June 15th election. Brian will be sworn into office on July 13, 20201.  


 

The Commissioners of Oxford have established the R Gordon Graves Community Service Scholarship Program, in honor of former Commissioner Gordon Graves, open to all Talbot County Students pursuing post high school education, college or vocational. The chosen applicant/s will receive award/s of $500 to be used towards books and supplies for their post high school education.

More information and the student application form can be found at this link:

 R GORDON GRAVES COMMUNITY SERVICES SCHOLARSHIP

Citizens and businesses wishing to make contributions to the fund in honor of Gordon, should address their check to the Town of Oxford and note in the Memo:  Graves Scholarship Fund. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 339, Oxford, MD 21654 or dropped off at the town office.  


COVID-19 / Corona Virus Information 

COVID Update June 15, 2021 from Governor Hogan:
 
Today I announced the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency in Maryland. On Thursday, July 1, any and all emergency restrictions and mandates of any kind will end. Masks or face coverings will not be required in any settings anywhere, including schools, camps, and child care facilities.
 
July 1 will also begin a 45-day grace period through August 15 where certain regulations will continue to be relaxed to help people complete the transition out of the pandemic. This includes an additional 45 days to renew your expired driver’s license, and if you have not yet made an appointment to do that yet, you should take care of that as soon as possible.
 
Thanks in large part to the hard work, the sacrifices, and the vigilance of the people of Maryland, we have finally reached the light at the end of that long tunnel. Each and every one of you—your actions—have made this day possible.

New to Oxford? 
 

NEW!  Text to 911 is now available for Emergencies  Talbot County Emergency Services has just announced that in an Emergency when you cannot make an audio call, you can now Text a message to 911. (This service has been set up with the following carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.) 

 


Complete copies of all ordinances, meeting minutes, maps, and other town records are maintained in the Oxford Town Office. This website, and the partial records shown on this website, are provided as a convenience only. This website is not a repository of official public records of the Town of Oxford.