THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Garrett County is now reporting a total of 117 positive COVID-19 cases. The new cases include a young girl, under nine years old, along with a girl from 10 to 19 years old, a man in his 20’s, a woman in her 30’s, two women and a man in their 40’s, a man and woman…
The Allegany County Health Department reports that the total cumulative COVID-19 case count for Allegany County is now at 628. The latest cases include a female and a male in their teens, four women and a man in their 20s, two women in their 30s, two women in their 40s, two women and two men…
The Garrett County Health Department has received four additional positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the current county total positives to 107. The new cases include a man and woman in their 30’s, and a woman and man in their 60’s. All are being advised to isolate at home or to seek medical attention, based on their…
Frostburg State University has announced 28 new COVID-19 cases, of 546 tests reported during a two-week period from October 4th through the 17th. This is the largest number of cases in a two-week period, since it began reporting results at the beginning of the semester. The institution announced on Monday it was “pausing” athletic-related activity…
The Allegany County Health Department reports the total cumulative COVID-19 case count for Allegany County is now at 605. The latest cases include a female under age 12, two females and a male in their teens, six females and three males in their 20s, two women and four men in their 30s, a woman in…
With a rise in COVID-19 cases in Allegany and Garrett Counties, Frostburg State University is pausing athletic-related activity in sports, including men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country and the hurdles and springs cohort within the track and field team. The school says most of the positive cases had come about as the result of…
The Allegany County Health Department is now reporting 570 total positive COVID-19 cases, as of Friday. The latest cases include six females and a male in their teens, three men in their 20’s, a woman and two men in their 30’s, a man in his 40’s, a woman in her 50’s, two men in their…
A second person in the Garrett County Public School system has tested positive for COVID-19, but it is not known whether this second case was a staff member or student. The individual is out of the building and quarantining. The school system case came the day after the county health department reported five new positive…
There was one new case of COVID-19 in Grant County; health officials there are in the process of notifying contacts. Of the 180 total cases, 173 have been confirmed, and 7 are probable. A total of 154 residents have recovered.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Allegany County now stands at 551. The latest cases include a male child under the age of 10; four males and a female in their teens; three men and seven women in their 20’s; a man and four females in their 30’s; a man and a woman in…
There has been an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Mineral County that can be traced to community spread. Frankfort Middle School will be closed today, after an employee reportedly tested positive; today was to be a remote learning day for students. Mineral County has reported 17 cases of coronavirus, including 14 on Tuesday. There is…
The Garrett County Health Department has reported five additional positive COVID-19 results, bringing the total number positives to 88. The latest cases include a woman in her 20’s, who is isolating at home. Other cases include two men in their 50’s, one in his 20’s, and another in his 40’s.
The Garrett County Health Department is reporting four additional positive COVID-19 results, bringing the current total positives to 83. The new cases include two female teenagers with symptoms, a woman in her 50’s, and a man in his 20’s. All are isolating at home.
Grant County is reporting two new COVID-19 cases, including a student from Petersburg Elementary School. Close contact from the school, along with friends and family have been notified and they are self-quarantining, per protocol. There are 175 cases, and 11 deaths. The Grant County Schools and the Health Department remind parents to monitor children for…
Paw Paw school students were home yesterday, after a student tested positive for COVID-19; the school system continues to identify those who had close contact with the student, and yesterday’s closure was to allow contact tracing to be completed. Morgan County reported 74 cases as of Sunday morning.
Daily Prevention and Preparedness
At this time, there is no vaccine for COVID-19. Prevention of COVID-19 centers on frequent hand-washing, covering coughs and sneezes and separating people who have respiratory symptoms.
Treatment for COVID-19, as with any coronavirus infection like the common cold, includes the use of over-the-counter fever-relievers,
drinking plenty of fluids and resting at home to help relieve symptoms. Those with more severe symptoms may be hospitalized to provide additional support.
While much remains unknown about COVID-19, the CDC reports that people who are elderly and who have chronic health conditions appear to be at higher risk for infection. These chronic conditions may include cancer, diabetes, heart disease or any issue that lowers the body’s immunity to germs.
Information and updates about COVID-19 in Maryland—including up-to-date testing and confirmed case count information—are available at health.maryland.gov/coronavirus. The page is updated every morning.
Additional information about COVID-19, including the latest CDC travel advisories, can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick. Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
On January 29, Governor Hogan directed all state agencies to take every precaution to prepare and mobilize whatever resources are necessary to address COVID-19. This week, the governor will submit a $10 million emergency funding request to the General Assembly as part of a supplemental budget.
- Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) and MDH, in coordination with theMaryland Hospital Association, are coordinating on surge planning, including ambulance re-routing plans, suspension of voluntary admissions, enhanced methods of medical monitoring for home-bound patients with mild to moderate symptoms.
- The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) is coordinating with University System of Maryland institutions that are bringing home students who are studying abroad in Italy and Japan.
- MDH is coordinating with nursing homes and assisted living facilities to review and reiterate guidance on infection control and medical management.
- MDH is coordinating with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to provide guidance to local school systems on protocols for school closures.
- MDH is coordinating with the Maryland Hospital Association to work with all the local hospitals on surge plans and preparedness.
- The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is actively engaged with travelers to ensure they have information they need and are following the CDC guidelines. The Port of Baltimore is also engaged in similar screening protocols.
- MDH continues to participate in daily briefing calls with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and federal partners. MDH also continues to coordinate with local health departments as well as other state agencies on preparedness and response to the virus.
- MDH has released public service announcements regarding statewide preparedness efforts.
- All state agencies have reviewed their Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans and submitted them to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.
- Information Hotline Established to Address COVID-19 Concerns (3-9-20)
- West Virginia State Lab Now Able to Conduct Tests for COVID-19 (3-7-20)
- Governor Jim Justice Press Release (3-4-20): “The health and safety of all West Virginians is the highest priority and we are monitoring coronavirus around the clock”
- DHHR Prepares for Potential Spread of COVID-19 (2-26-20)
- For additional information, please visit CDC’s Situation Summary, view States Reporting Cases of COVID-19 to CDC, or call DHHR’s COVID-19 information hotline 24/7, toll-free at 1-800-887-4304.
Community spread means the spread of illness for which the source of infection is unknown. On February 26, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed a COVID-19 case in California in a person who reportedly did not have relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient with COVID-19. It is possible that this could be the first instance of community spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. However, it is also possible that the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected. This is an rapidly evolving situation, so information and recommendations may change. We will continue to learn more in the coming days and share new information as it is available.
Much of the nation’s attention is focused, appropriately, on our federal agencies such as CDC, NIH, HHS, the Surgeon General and Homeland Security. The state of Pennsylvania is providing up to date public information through several state agencies and their websites.
Daily COVID-19 report (updated every evening)
Businesses fact sheet update
PA Department of Health – www.health.pa.gov
PA Emergency Management Agency – www.pema.pa.gov and daily televised briefings
PA Department of Community and Economic Development- www.dced.gov
PA Department of Labor and Industry- www.dli.pa.gov
Information from Maryland Emergency Management Agency, MDH, West Virginia Health and Human Resources, PA Dept of Health, the DPH, Allegany Co Board of Ed, and CDC
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