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Worcester Health opens call center for Coronavirus questions

 

 

(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department opened a call center Thursday, March 12, 2020, for questions regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Callers can reach the center during health department business hours (8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday) by dialing 410-632-1100 option #8. General information on COVID-19 is available 24/7 through Worcester Health’s Public Information Line (410-632-4321) and WorcesterHealth.org. 

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This is a new virus that hasn’t caused illness in humans before. COVID-19 is spread just like colds or flu through:

  • coughing and sneezing, which creates respiratory droplets
  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching an object or surface with the virus on it

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.

2020 Go Red for Women's Heart Health

Physical activity of any form is one of the best ways to improve heart health. In 2020, public and private health agencies across the Lower Eastern Shore are encouraging women to Get Pumped about their heart health and to learn more about how exercise, as well as healthy eating, contributes to preventing heart disease.  

The Tri-County region will Go Red for Women’s Heart Health again this January with a free kick-off in Worcester County. The event will take place from 5-7 p.m., January 31, at the Worcester Technical High School, 6290 Worcester Hwy, Newark, MD. Learn about heart health with interactive presentations including physical activity, heart-healthy cooking demonstration, and heart disease prevention 101. Light refreshments, including a smoothie bar, will be offered.

Worcester Health Offers Free Smoking Cessation Classes Starting In January

Snow Hill, MD- Temperatures are dropping and it is a season for fresh starts. The Worcester County Health Department’s free winter smoking cessation classes begin in January. Worcester Health is committed to helping smokers establish new behavior patterns that lead to a tobacco free lifestyle. With the smoking cessation class, Chantix, gum, patch, lozenges and other aids to help individuals quit tobacco are available through a voucher program for individuals meeting specific requirements.

Worcester Health offering Medicaid Diabetes Prevention Program

Snow Hill, MD- Small changes often lead to major results and Worcester County Health Department’s Medicaid Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) aims to help residents eat healthy, be active and lower their risk for type 2 diabetes with easy-to-follow tips and tools.

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