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Coronavirus Update March 2020

While the immediate risk of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to most of the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat. For an up-to-date listing of all Coronavirus testing in Maryland, visit WorcesterHealth.org. 

COVID-19 is spread between people who are in close contact with each other and through respiratory droplets. This is very similar to how seasonal flu is spread. Taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs will help prevent the spread of COVID-19, too.

Preventing viral respiratory infections. Protect yourself from getting sick.

    • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
    • avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • stay home while you are sick
    • avoid close contact with others
    • cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
    • clean and disinfect objects and surfaces

There are currently no recommendations for the general population to wear face masks. 

Worcester Health has surveillance in place for all reportable diseases including new infections or suspected cases of COVID-19. Medical facilities know what to report, how to report and how to reach us. We have provided current guidance documents from the state health department related to COVID-19 to these facilities.

  • WCHD has an on call service available for 24/7 response to public health needs. 
  • Systems are in place for rapid testing for any potential cases. 
  • Isolation and quarantine plans are in place if necessary. 
  • Public Health has planning experience with pandemic flu preparation including the robust public health response to H1N1 and access to resources as needs arise.

For more information on Coronavirus in Maryland, call 2-1-1 or visit here

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