(March 31, 2020, Westover, MD) The Somerset County Health Department has received notification that three Somerset County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

A woman in her sixties and a couple in their eighties have tested positive and all are currently at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. It is unknown at this time if the female case is connected to the couple.  All three were community transmitted.  The health department is doing contact tracing for those who have been in contact with the individuals.  If someone has been in contact with one of these persons, they will be notified.

The Somerset and Wicomico County Health Departments, in partnership with Peninsula Regional Medical Center, continue to operate the COVID-19 Call Center. Residents can contact the call center at (410) 912-6889, Monday through Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Although the call center cannot share any additional details about confirmed cases, they can help answer residents’ questions.  

If you are experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) contact your primary care doctor for further screening to determine if you should be tested. Unless you are suffering a medical emergency, please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or other medical facility.

The health department strongly urges the public to take all possible precautions to help prevent the spread of this virus. Take these everyday steps to help protect yourself and the community:

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve or your elbow
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Abide with the Governor’s Directive to stay home.

For information on COVID-19, visit the Maryland Department of Health at www.coronavirus.maryland.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. Local updates will be shared through the Somerset County Health Department’s website at www.somersethealth.org or through social media on Facebook (@somersethealth), Instagram (Somersethealthmd) or Twitter (@somersethdmd).

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