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Worcester County Health Department is dedicated to the health and safety of our residents and visitors.  We have certified inspectors and field staff working with the community to help protect the public in a number of areas.



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Worcester County, MD Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information 2021

Click on the link below the clinic location to register for that clinic. If you need assistance, call 667-253-2140.

 

COVID-19 Clinics Available:
(updated Friday for the upcoming week) 
 

 

5/26
Ocean City Convention Center
4001 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD
(Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson available)

5/27
Ocean City Convention Center
4001 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD
(Pfizer)


All clinics from 5/13 to 5/27 provide the Moderna vaccine, a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine for those 18-years-old and older, unless specified.


Appointments recommended to reserve your vaccine, but walk-ups will be accommodated as vaccine supply allows. Please bring your ID.
If you have questions call 667-253-2140 or visit www.worcesterhealth.org.

This website provides up-to-date information about the Worcester County Health Department's response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

To view Maryland's COVID-19 Case Count visit https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/.

The data below was last updated on May 12, 2021, at 1:20 pm based on the latest available data from coronavirus.jhu.edu & coronavirus.maryland.govNote this data is retroactive to the day before. Vaccine numbers are preliminary and subject to change. 

 

Where can I find COVID-19 testing in and around Worcester County? 

Click the image below for testing locations and contact information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is eligible for the vaccine and when? 

Vaccine supply is dependent on the federal government’s allocation to Maryland and is subject to change. Please note that population groups are non-exhaustive and all numbers are approximate.

GROUPS CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE:

The general population, including healthy adults ages 16 and older. 

STAY INFORMED

More information on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as Maryland’s phased distribution plan, is available on covidlink.maryland.gov. Marylanders can also receive updates from Maryland’s 211 text alert system by texting “MdReady” to 898-211. 

EFFECTIVE SATURDAY, MAY 15:

INDOOR AND OUTDOOR VENUES. Indoor and outdoor venues may resume normal operations. All remaining capacity restrictions will be lifted on all indoor entertainment venues and conventions, and all outdoor entertainment, art, and sports venues, including all ticketed events.


INDOOR AND OUTDOOR DINING. Restaurants and bars may resume normal operations, as all remaining capacity and distancing restrictions and all other limits will be lifted on indoor and outdoor dining.
CRUISE TERMINAL. The cruise terminal in Baltimore City will be reopening. The CDC is working directly with cruise ports and industry representatives to prepare for a safe return to business.
Read the updated executive order
Read the updated Maryland Department of Health guidance for food establishments

INDOOR MASK MANDATE TO EXPIRE AFTER THE STATE ACHIEVES 70% OF MARYLAND ADULTS VACCINATED. The governor announced that the state’s indoor mask mandate will be lifted as soon as 70% of Maryland adults receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine—the national goal set by President Biden. Yesterday, the state officially surpassed the milestone of vaccinating more than 65% of adults.

WORK SEARCH REQUIREMENTS TO BE REINSTATED NEXT MONTH. To further accelerate the state’s economic recovery and with every business in Maryland fully reopened, Governor Hogan has directed the Maryland Department of Labor to work in collaboration with the federal administration to begin the process of reinstating work search requirements to connect more job seekers with good opportunities. The requirements are scheduled to be reinstated by late June.

VACCINATIONS FOR ADOLESCENTS READY TO BEGIN TOMORROW. With approval from the FDA and CDC, COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for Marylanders age 12 to 15 is ready to open tomorrow. Eleven of the state’s mass vaccination sites and hundreds of pharmacy locations will be ready to administer the Pfizer vaccine—which was granted FDA approval earlier this week—to adolescents right away. Marylanders will be able to search for providers vaccinating adolescents at covidvax.maryland.gov.

Also today, the governor issued an order extending the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

EFFECTIVE NOW:

OUTDOOR MASK MANDATE. Masks and face coverings are no longer required outdoors in the State of Maryland. Lifting the outdoor masking order is in line with new CDC guidance.

Face coverings are still required for all Marylanders at all large ticketed venues as well as indoors at all public and private businesses and when using public transportation. Marylanders who are not yet vaccinated are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks, especially when physical distancing is not possible.

EFFECTIVE SATURDAY, MAY 1:
OUTDOOR DINING. Standing service may resume outdoors at bars and restaurants and all restrictions related to outdoor dining capacity and distancing will be lifted. Seated service and physical distancing requirements will remain in place indoors at bars and restaurants.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center

MDH and the Maryland Department of Aging (MDOA) are working together to promote access to vaccines. The departments have begun contacting seniors directly to invite them to use the new COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center at 1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829). The COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Marylanders can call the center to get information on COVID-19 vaccines and identify providers closest to their homes. The center is specifically designed to assist residents without internet access.

The center can also help callers schedule vaccination appointments at the state’s mass vaccination sites, including Six Flags America in Prince George’s County.

An updated overview of Maryland’s phased distribution plan is available here. 

Senior Centers: All senior citizen activities centers (as defined in Section 10-501(i) of the Human Services Article of the Maryland Code) shall remain closed; provided, however, that this paragraph III.b shall cease to be effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 30, 2021.

EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, MARCH 12 AT 5 PM:

CAPACITY LIMITS LIFTED, MASKING, AND DISTANCING PROTOCOLS MAINTAINED. Capacity limits will be lifted on outdoor and indoor dining at restaurants and bars, retail businesses, religious facilities, fitness centers, casinos, personal services, and indoor recreational establishments. Bars and restaurants will be open for seated and distanced service only—patrons may not stand at a crowded bar. Masking, physical distancing, and other safety protocols will remain in place.

LARGE OUTDOOR AND INDOOR VENUES MAY OPERATE AT 50% CAPACITY. Large outdoor and indoor venues may begin operating at 50% capacity. This includes theaters; concert, convention, and wedding venues; racing facilities, and outdoor entertainment and sporting venues. Masking, physical distancing, and other safety protocols will remain in place.

MEDICAL ADULT DAY CARE CENTERS TO REOPEN. Medical adult day care centers may reopen, with facilities able to set appropriate restrictions and safety measures. Read the order.

QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS LIFTED; TRAVEL ADVISORY REMAINS IN PLACE. Quarantine requirements and other restrictions on out-of-state travel will be lifted. A Maryland Department of Health (MDH) travel advisory will remain in place, and Marylanders continue to be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 upon their return from out-of-state travel.
Read the updated MDH directives.

ADDITIONAL ORDERS AND GUIDANCE:

STATEWIDE MASKING ORDER REMAINS IN EFFECT. Maryland’s statewide masking order remains in full force and effect. This requires the wearing of masks or face coverings at any public indoor facility, including retail establishments, fitness centers, grocery stores, pharmacies, personal service establishments, in the public spaces of all public and private businesses across the state, and when using public transportation. Masks are still required in all outdoor public areas whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing.

TELEWORK. With contact tracing continuing to show some transmission among individuals who are working outside the home, particularly in office settings, the state continues to encourage employers to support telework whenever possible.

LICENSING AND PERMITTING. The governor’s order authorizing the suspension of license and permitting expirations will sunset on June 30, 2021. Timeframe suspensions made before this order will remain in effect until June 30, though agencies may terminate them earlier. Agencies are explicitly authorized to conduct virtual hearings and meetings. Read the order.

Up-to-date information about the Hogan administration’s ongoing response to COVID-19 is available at https://governor.maryland.gov/coronavirus/.

CDC Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People Updated 4/27/2021

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a respiratory virus. This is a 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, or touching an object or surface with the virus on it. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • In more severe cases, pneumonia (infection in the lungs)

Individual risk is dependent on exposure. Current risk assessment:

  • People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • If you are sick, call your provider to discuss your symptoms before you walk-in to a doctor's office.

July 29, 2020 - Marylanders are strongly advised to postpone or cancel travel to states with positivity rates greater than 10%, which now include Florida, Texas, Georgia, Lousiana, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Nebraska, and Idaho.

For people who are ill with diagnosed COVID-19 or seasonal influenza, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

What You Can Do to Protect from Infectious Disease?

It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed. Preventing viral respiratory infections. Protect yourself from getting sick.

How can I protect myself from COVID-19? 

  • 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.

 High-Risk Conditions

COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:

  • People aged 65 years and older.
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma.
  • People who have heart disease with complications.
  • People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment.
  • People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [(BM]I)≥40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk.
  • People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk.

Where can I go for more information?

The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) has a call center operating Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm with staff available to answer questions. To reach the center call 410-632-1100 option #8. WCHD also operates an automated public information line 24/7 with messaging about COVID-19 (410-632-4321). Visit WorcesterHealth.org for up-to-date facts and information on COVID-19 locally. Follow @WorcesterHealth on Facebook and other social media for emerging updates.

How long do I have to quarantine if I am a contact of a positive and I have no symptoms?

CDC recently updated their guidance for the length of quarantine for persons who are contacts of a COVID-19 positive case. Below is a summary of the new guidance (updated 12/2/2020).

For most situations, quarantine of persons who DO NOT have any symptoms can end either after 7 days or 10 days following the last exposure to a COVID case, depending on whether a COVID test is performed, as follows:

  • The person may be released from quarantine after Day 7 if they have a COVID-19 test (when diagnostic testing resources are sufficient and available) and test negative and they did not have any symptoms during the daily monitoring.  
    • Note: The specimen may be collected and tested within 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation (e.g., in anticipation of testing delays), but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7. Therefore, the specimen must be collected on or after Day 5.
  • If the person had no symptoms during daily monitoring and did not have a COVID-19 test, they may be released from quarantine after Day 10.

When people meet these criteria and end quarantine early, these individuals must continue self-monitoring of symptoms  and consistent mask use through day 14. They should also continue to follow prevention guidelines including maintaining a minimum of 6 foot physical distance from others and washing their hands.

COVID-19 Public Health Activities

What Businesses and Governments Can do to Prepare

Ways to cope with stress

Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.

 

Recovery and Wellness Support Resources for the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) continues to develop coordinated prevention and response plans for COVID-19. BHA will provide COVID19 updates as they become available and accurate information for behavioral health providers, partners, and the greater community. 

For the latest COVID-19 information and resources, visit the BHA website or coronavirus.maryland.gov. For additional questions or concerns, contact
your Local Behavioral Health Authority.

 

Temporary Event Food Program

 

     Contact:
Environmental Health Program
Isle of Wight Center
 
 Phone: 410-352-3234
 
Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm

 

Licensing and Inspections of Food Service Facilities

    Environmental Health Program
 Isle of Wight Center
 
 Phone: 410-352-3234
 
Hours: 8am to 4:30pm

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The Environmental Health Program licenses and inspects all permanent and temporary food facilities in Worcester County.  For forms or questions related to operating or opening a food service facility, please contact our Office.

Permitting and Inspections of Swimming Pools

    Contact:
Environmental Health Program
Isle of Wight Center
Phone: 410-352-3234
Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm

altThe Environmental Health Program permits and inspects public and semi-public swimming pools and spas in Worcester County.  For forms or questions related to operating or constructing a pool, please contact our Office.

Bed Bug Investigations

     Contact:
 Environmental Health Program
 Isle of Wight Center
 
 Phone: 410-352-3234
 
 Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm

altThe Environmental Health Program investigates bed bug infestations in hotels and in commercial properties,  private residences are excluded. 

Smoke-Free Indoor Air Complaint Investigations

     Contact:
 Environmental Health Program
 Isle of Wight Center
 
 Phone: 410-352-3234
 
 Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm

altPeople in Maryland should now have clean, smoke-free air while working, dining, shopping, or relaxing throughout the state. Please call Environmental Health to file a complaint.

Tanning Beds and Safety

     Contact:
 Environmental Health Program
 Isle of Wight Center
 
 Phone: 410-352-3234
 
 Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm

Implementation of regulations and education regarding the risks associated with tanning bed overuse and safety, aimed at our youth population.  Tanning Bed Safety questions and concerns can be addressed by our Prevention Program at 410-632-1100 ext. 4.

Alcohol Management Training (TIPS)

     Contact:
 Snow Hill Health Center 
 Prevention Program
 
 Phone: 410-632-1100
 
 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS) is an alcohol management program approved by the State of Maryland. The state of Maryland requires that an alcohol licensee have someone associated with the license (i.e. owner, manager, bartender) have training in an approved alcohol management program. The purpose of the TIPS program is to teach servers of alcohol acceptable and helpful standards for responsible alcohol service. TIPS has a fee of $45 per person (group discounts are available).

This service is provided by the Prevention Program.

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