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Maryland Dept. of Health – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

or visit our covid-19 page here 

covid-19 numbers at a glance:

United States – 1,698,523

Maryland – 49,709

Somerset – 73

In Somerset County 57 have recovered, 3 are hospitalized, and 1 has died. (Updated every Friday afternoon)

For a breakdown by zip code, visit coronavirus.maryland.gov. Due to federal guidelines, data for zip codes with 7 or fewer cases is suppressed.

(All numbers will be updated Monday – Friday by 2:45 pm)



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You can prevent the spreadThe best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed. You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 with these actions:
• Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your face.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of understandable concern. As all healthcare providers work together to control the spread of the virus within their communities, they want you to know that your health and safety remain their top priority.

"We have made great strides in keeping people well, directing them to the right level of care, and preventing unnecessary use of services," said Steve Leonard, Ph.D., MBA, FACHE, President/CEO of Peninsula Regional Health System. "Now, as we begin our transition from COVID-19 to more traditional hospital and physician office care, we face a situation where people who are sick and need our attention are concerned or afraid to come. These are very real concerns we have chosen to address together."

Atlantic General Hospital, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, the McCready Health Pavilion, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, and the health departments of Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset Counties are collaborating on a "Safe, Ready, Waiting" message. It is an informational campaign adopted from one the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) is sharing throughout the state. "This message from MHA is one that applies to all our hospitals and satellite locations across the Delmarva Peninsula," said Penny Short, MSM, BSN, RN and President of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decrease across Delaware and Maryland, providers are getting back to the business of healthcare and working to identify what a new normal looks like.

"Our goal is to convey to the public that their hospitals and medical practices are safe, ready and waiting to deliver the care they may need, including emergency care, added Michael Franklin, FACHE, President/CEO of Atlantic General Hospital. "We want to allay fear and be sure residents understand never to delay seeking emergency or urgently needed medical care. The COVID-19 public health emergency only enhanced already comprehensive efforts to keep patients and staff safe."

The traditional and social media campaign features leaders of local hospitals and health departments encouraging the community to rediscover healthcare – to avail themselves of the many services offered at different care levels. It's designed to make sure patients know that Maryland and Delaware hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, family medicine and specialty care offices are safe, ready and waiting to address critical and emergency care needs.

"You'll hear familiar terms we have all been using like social distancing, masking, intensive cleaning and visitation restrictions. COVID-19 may never go away, but we can manage it, and our hospitals and medical practices are open to safely care for everyone, 24/7," said Lori Brewster, MS, APRN/BC, LCADC, Health Officer for Wicomico and Somerset Counties.

Print, social media and radio messages will remind the community of the risks related to delaying care. They will reinforce that all hospitals, physician offices and labs always use safety precautions, distancing of patients and infection prevention measures, regardless of a patient's condition or diagnosis.

Telehealth remains a viable primary care or behavioral health option for those who are unable to see their medical provider in-person. Be sure to check with your care provider's office for telehealth opportunities.

"A common theme throughout the pandemic has been that we'll get through this together," added Rebecca Jones, RN, BSN, MSN, Worcester County Health Officer. "Each team, each organization and each person in our health community has demonstrated that we can respond quickly, effectively and with a strong purpose to remain steadfast in our mission to care for our communities."
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Today we again report zero new cases in our county. As we begin testing in our county next week, we anticipate those numbers to increase. Continue to do your part especially as the state expands reopening. We are #somersetstrong ... See MoreSee Less

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Do you know how to safely dispose of unused medications? Here are the drop box locations in Somerset County! You can take any unused/unwanted/expired medications to these locations and drop them off, no questions asked! ... See MoreSee Less

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Are you having a baby soon? Free resources to help from our friends at PRMC.In-person childbirth classes are on hold now to help with social distancing, but new parents can still get prepared! Peninsula Regional offers an app with free videos, education, development calendar, a kick counter and much more! Register at www.peninsula.org/yomingo. ... See MoreSee Less

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Additional reopenings coming Friday. Please continue to wear face coverings, maintain physical distancing and wash your hands.Effective Friday May 29th at 5 p.m., restaurants as well as social organizations will be able to safely reopen for outdoor dining, following strict public health requirements consistent with the CDC, FDA, and the National Restaurant Association.

Also effective at 5 p.m, on Friday, many other outdoor activities will be able to safely resume, including youth sports activities and outdoor activities at youth day camps with safety measures in place for staff and participants. Outdoor pools may also reopen with strict safety guidelines, and drive-in movie theaters will be able to safely reopen.

For detailed information and guidelines regarding these reopenings, visit: open.maryland.gov/backtobusiness.

Read the full news release and find additional reopening guidelines: governor.maryland.gov/2020/05/27/governor-hogan-announces-resumption-of-outdoor-dining-additional...
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A raccoon located on the 10,000 block of Clarence Barnes Road in Princess Anne, MD has tested positive for Rabies. The raccoon was sent to the MD State Laboratory for testing after biting a person. The positive test results were received Wednesday, May 27, 2020. All animal bites or scratches should be reported to the Somerset County Health Department at (443)523-1700 during business hours and (443)859-4419 after hours. NOTE: the raccoon pictured is not the actual animal) ... See MoreSee Less

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The Somerset Health Department will hold a free drive through COVID-19 testing event on June 2, 2020 at the health department on 8928 Sign Post Road, Westover, MD. Testing is 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This nasal swab test is for the general public. A doctor’s referral is not needed but an appointment is required. To schedule an appointment, call 443-523-1920 during regular business hours.
On the day of the test, only those who have an appointment time will be tested. Individuals are encouraged to bring a photo ID on the day of the test.
This press release is also to inform all members of the media that this drive-thru medical clinic will not be open for any form of media coverage. The Somerset County Health Department believes the protection and the privacy of those being tested is paramount. We are asking you to please provide our patients the same level of privacy.
A limited number of tests are available and the schedule is expected to fill quickly.
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Today we report no new cases of the virus. We do anticipate the number to increase as testing increases around the region. Continue to practice all the recommendations including wearing face masks in public, physical distancing, hand washing. #somersetstrong ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us today at 5pm to hear the latest update.Today at 5 p.m., I will provide an update regarding our 'Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.'

Watch live here on Facebook, Twitter (@GovLarryHogan), or YouTube (live captioning available): bit.ly/3bvczfj
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do you still need health insurance? Its not too late. Sign up today.If you’re a Marylander without health insurance, you can find a plan during the Coronavirus Emergency Enrollment Period that ends on June 15.

All Maryland Health Connection plans cover COVID-19 testing and treatment, as well as hospitalization, emergency services, office visits, and mental health care.

Find a plan at: MarylandHealthConnection.gov
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Today are count has risen to 73 total cases. Continue to protect yourself by following the recommended guidelines. ... See MoreSee Less

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Though this was a post from yesterday, everyday we need to give thanks to all the dedicated workers who are fighting this virus.Countless workers are risking their health to keep us safe from #COVID19. Join us every Friday as we take time to stop & show different professions the gratitude & appreciation they deserve.

Today, we thank Emergency Medical Service providers!

Innumerables trabajadores arriesgan su salud para mantenernos a salvo de este #COVID19. Únanse con nosotros hoy mientras paramos para mostrar a estas diferentes profesiones el aprecio que se merecen.

Agradecemos al Personal de Servicios Médicos de Emergencia!

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Enjoy. Be safe. Be thankful.This Memorial Day weekend, I encourage Marylanders to take time to honor America’s fallen heroes. And as you do so, be aware of the public health guidelines in place for your jurisdiction, and above all, use common sense. ... See MoreSee Less

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Wear your mask correctly otherwise you are protecting no one. #masksonsomerset ... See MoreSee Less

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Good news.Peninsula Regional Health System's weekly COVID-19 admissions and discharges. ... See MoreSee Less

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Walmart in Fruitland is a new testing site and appointments are required. For questions, contact Walmart directly. ... See MoreSee Less

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