Washington D.C. Resident Who Works at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Tests Positive for COVID-19

March 21, 2020

St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has been notified that a Washington, D.C. resident who works at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Mary’s County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

While this will not be classified as a St. Mary’s County case, the St. Mary’s County Health Department will conduct a public health investigation in coordination with the Washington D.C. Health Department and the Maryland Department of Health.

The individual is a woman in her 40s who is isolating in her D.C. home, is currently symptomatic, and is being monitored by the Washington D.C. Health Department.

“We are in the process of identifying potential risks to St. Mary’s County residents,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “Our Infectious Disease team will directly contact individual community members who may have been exposed to coordinate any needed testing and monitoring for symptoms. If at any point in our investigation we feel that there was risk of broader community exposure, we will notify the public.”

SMCHD urges community members to continue infection prevention measures and social distancing such as avoiding groups of 10 or more persons and keeping at least six feet away from ill persons. If you are sick, stay home and away from others. If you need medical attention, call ahead to your primary care doctor or health care facility, or use 9-1-1 if in a medical emergency.

For local COVID-19 updates and information, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus.


28 Responses to Washington D.C. Resident Who Works at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Tests Positive for COVID-19

  1. Anonymous on March 21, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Shut Down Three Notch Road!!!

    • KD on March 22, 2020 at 4:52 am

      Shut off the electricity!!!

    • Steve O on March 22, 2020 at 9:51 am

      Probably got it in Nanjemoy.

  2. Anonymous on March 21, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Oh crap

  3. Pat on March 21, 2020 at 11:39 am

    so Now anyone in st.marrys could have ben infected by an irresponsible employee from D.C so guessing yull should figure out what patients the person worked with and call them to come back in to be tested , and any employee that’s worked around the person

    • Anonymous on March 21, 2020 at 12:04 pm

      How do you know this person was irresponsible? They have symptoms and they got tested- where’s the problem? This person works at a hospital so they probably didn’t have the luxury of being able to telework to protect themselves from getting sick. And the article literally said that people who came in contact with this person are being contacted.

      • Anonymous on March 22, 2020 at 6:31 am

        What do you expect from a guy named Pat who can’t properly articulate himself? We should feel sorry for his wife and pray that she has the strength to help him learn proper English.

    • Responsible on March 21, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      It’s irresponsible statements like this that hurt. Do you really think this person showed up to work feeling sick? She’s in the medical field and I guarantee you knows exactly what is expected of her with regards to COVID19. Unfortunately COVID19 has up to a 10 day incubation period where you have no symptoms but can still infect others. But I know you’re practicing good quarantine practices and not bum rushing the grocery stores on a daily basis because you’re a responsible person. While you’re sitting at home you might take some English classes.

      • Anonymous on March 21, 2020 at 6:34 pm

        Very true . I just question what is happening for the safety of existing patience , employees and visitors that were there during the last 3 weeks or even month . Are they being tested to make sure they are safe or if some need to be separated from those who may be in danger ? No one is talking about that and that is a scary thought for the residents of st marys county .

      • People on March 23, 2020 at 10:10 pm

        Hey Responsible. Don’t call out people on English when you aren’t looking too good yourself

        I guarantee you knows exactly what is expected
        and have you ever heard of using a comma (,)?

    • Anonymous on March 21, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      The problem with this virus is that a person may not show symptoms right away. Our health care workers and those who work in medical facilities are on the frontline and unfortunately it’s possible that many of those folks are going to get it. Who knows who she got it from, maybe somebody else at the hospital had it, didn’t show symptoms and passed it to her. I don’t know the person, but I certainly pray for her to have a speedy recovery.

  4. Common sense on March 21, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Just one example of how it is spread. Wash often and maintain your six feet of distance if you ‘must’ venture out.

  5. Anonymous on March 21, 2020 at 11:49 am

    lol .. oh no it’s the end of the world .. better stock up on toilet paper and food you don’t need ..

  6. Lissette on March 21, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    People who are blaming her are idiots! She was working not on a vacation on Spring Break!! Stop blaming someone who was asked to come to work and help us here!

  7. JesseJames on March 21, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    My wife is a nurse there. Please keep all the medical professionals and staff in your prayers. They are not stay at home, they are essential to battling this and taking care of ALL patients.

    • Linda Sopjack on March 21, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      May God continue to protect our heLTH CARE WORKERS. tHEY ARE FIGHTING OUR BATTLE.

  8. M. Bowie on March 21, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    would be NICE to know WHERE this person worked in the hospital to know if any of us might have been exposed and same goes for the 20 year old. SMH……

    • Pam442 on March 21, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      Just chill, out Health Department will sort that out and wait on your phone to ring. They will not send the Sheriff with the black APC at two AM to investigate you.

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2020 at 3:20 pm

      Be nice know if you were exposed

    • expose on March 23, 2020 at 10:05 pm

      SMH that people think the virus just arrived in St.Marys. Think about that for a second.

  9. duhh on March 21, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Knowing theyre from DC they should’ve been told to keep their ass there

    • Anonymous on March 21, 2020 at 7:23 pm

      Exactly how I feel, if you live in DC & it’s been cases up there keep it up PG & DC area !

      • J Rooper Rowe on March 26, 2020 at 10:34 am

        LOLOL oh shut UP!!!

        You can’t ‘keep’ this virus in a certain location. And yeah, I see your racist undertones. Well you better get ready, jackass – you’re gonna get it worse because I bet you live in an area where most of you have this attitude. It’s not gonna end good for you, I’m afraid. It’s frightening how ignorant you are on this, seriously,

  10. karen sparacino on March 21, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    Sending prayers for this lady and her family .. I hope that she will make a full recovery .. To her family don’t listen to the negative only focus on the positive .. God will provide .. Thank you for doing what you do to try and keep us all healthy.. Bless you

  11. Trump on March 21, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Nothing that travels from D.C. to our area is ever any good. I knew a vector from either D.C., Baltimore, or Annapolis would transmit this horrid virus to our precious mother county.

  12. LordHelpUs on March 21, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    I wonder if TBoneHead from 98.3 is willing to accept the seriousness of this plague. No one wants to lose a NOT one love one.

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 10:00 pm

      Most of his listeners are over 60. Yeah he will see the seriousness if we don’t get a grip on this.

  13. James Reardon on March 21, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Border wall might be nessacary both ways in and out of county.

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