Confirmed COVID-19 Case in St. Mary’s County Resident

March 21, 2020

Live Announcement Scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.

The St. Mary’s County Health Department has been notified that a St. Mary’s County resident has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The individual is a woman in her 20s who had known exposure to a person diagnosed with COVID-19. She is in good condition, has been isolating at home, and is being monitored by the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD).

SMCHD is currently conducting an investigation into potential exposure to other community members. SMCHD will directly contact individual community members who may have been exposed to coordinate any needed testing and monitoring for symptoms. Any risk of broader community exposure will be announced to the community as the public health investigation continues.

SMCHD urges community members to continue infection prevention measures and social distancing. 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.

“We have been working with state and local partners to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and to prepare our community for the impact of this worldwide pandemic. We are ready to respond together,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “Most people with this illness experience mild or moderate symptoms similar to the common cold or flu. Residents can stay safe by practicing infection prevention measures such as handwashing and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.”

The St. Mary’s County Health Department and St. Mary’s County Government will jointly hold a live announcement on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. which will be live streamed via:
• St. Mary’s County Government Channel 95
• The St. Mary’s County Government YouTube Channel
“It is important to remain calm and stay informed. The St. Mary’s County Government is working very closely with the St. Mary’s County Health Department. I encourage you to continue with preventive measures. Stay away from crowds, wash your hands thoroughly and often,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy.

A call center is open for St. Mary’s County residents needing more information about the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Community members can call the center at 301-475-4911 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to speak with staff and obtain information about the disease or get their questions answered. Language interpretation services are available.

24 Responses to Confirmed COVID-19 Case in St. Mary’s County Resident

  1. Its Lit! on March 21, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Ok, Where in the county has she been over the last week? That would be good for people to know. If this person know this person, work, associate or have been in an area where she was they should know…

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

      I would imagine those people already know. No need to stir the fear machine sparky.

    • Joe S on March 21, 2020 at 10:41 pm

      Not knowing that type of info is what is leading to the delay in treatment to people who could have been exposed. For example, what area of the hospital was the person who tested positive work in!?

  2. Nick on March 21, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Where does this person work? Has she been to work???

    • Anonymous on March 21, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      Don’t you think the Health Department or the individual would have let all of the people that she’s been in contact with know about it? Take a chill pill Nick. No need to get in a tizzy.

  3. Cameron b on March 21, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    I hope it’s not a fast food joint. Wait, I dont eat fast food.

  4. Gimmie on March 21, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    I sure as hell hope in November even the Red Hats realize Trump must be voted out of office and I f I pissed you off oh well I don’t care anything about you as a human

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2020 at 11:32 am

      yea, this is all because of the evil dr. trump…youfreaking hillbilly

    • Sentinel on March 22, 2020 at 12:13 pm

      You didn’t piss us off, we realize you’re just a stupid liberal that hates Trump because your democrat mommies and daddies told you too. I’ve been around a long time stooge, and through a lot of these viruses, and I can tell you, I don’t care who’s president right now – this is the quickest, broadest, most thorough approach I’ve ever seen to a pandemic. You’re just ignorant to what’s going on, have no idea what’s being done and don’t care about actual results. You just want to bash someone because of their politics, because your precious Miss Piggy lost. And that’s a good thing, because you would be in a world of shi# if any of those stupid bastards – Clinton, Biden, or Sanders were president.
      just look at the Piss Poor job your puppet Obama did in 2009.
      By the way – with the past as a reference – this will fizzle down in the next 2 to 3 months while the economy slides back and then it will slingshot when the panic wears off (and it will, it always does) just in time for election.
      Biden handle a crisis? He cant even order lunch. Enjoy 4 more.
      2020 deaths
      Covid-19 – 349
      H1N1 – 23,000

      • Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 4:54 am

        Nice opinion

        • SBD on March 29, 2020 at 2:32 pm

          Fact.

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2020 at 12:24 pm

      He is trying to do something about it now and people still aren’t listening!!!

    • Deb W on March 22, 2020 at 12:26 pm

      WTH Thump has been trying to do something about it but people aren’t listening!!!

  5. Crazzzzy!! on March 21, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    This is ridiculous! I think we need more information then it’s a lady in her 20’s, I’m sure she has been in stores, restaurants, works, any where she could have been and we have every right to know.

    • Sentinel on March 22, 2020 at 6:14 pm

      What is ridiculous is the panic. It is unwarranted, unreasonable, and counter productive. You treat this like any virus even H1N1 which has killed modestly 23,000 this year. With this particular virus it is important to isolate your loved ones if they are elderly or yourself if you are. If need be shop for your older family members. I have been around gov. agencies and military bases and offices with personnel who have been traveling the state, country, and world and haven’t heard of a case yet. 1 in our company is being treated as covid-19 and only has the cold, but is quarantined. Panic helps nothing.

  6. Sanity on March 21, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    And the unwarranted panic continues.

  7. Robert Smith on March 21, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Pretty useless info, press should not have said anything until they could say where in the county…..what stores, businesses, etc……she had been in. All this does is spin people up without providing ANY useful info.

    • You sound spun up on March 23, 2020 at 9:11 am

      …And just what would you do with all the information you are asking for? If you have been staying at home as ALL the health & government officials have been requesting, you are fine. Stay at home, wash hands often, keep 3-6 ft away from others… don’t panic. Jeez.

  8. TBD on March 21, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Great… Everyone just stay home!

  9. Baud9600 on March 22, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    All this reminds me of the old Southern Maryland saying:
    In Charles County, it’s God bless ya!
    In Calvert County. it’s God help ya!
    In St. Mary’s County, it’s God d-mn ya!

  10. barbara on March 23, 2020 at 1:18 am

    don’t worry god got our back

  11. Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    You all have no idea what’s at stake here…I’m born raised Brooklyn, NY, now residing in Queens, NY. A Former Marine and public servant in law enforcement. In my borough alone as of this moment over 3,600 confirmed not counting the rest of NYC.
    You all should be thankful you are not experiencing what we are enduring here and throughout the hardest hit of “our” country.
    And yes…there is fault to go around…stop the political BS!

    • SBD on March 28, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      It’s one of the reasons we “chose” not to live in a city.

    • SBD on March 28, 2020 at 3:22 pm

      NY is also increasing because they are “NOT LISTENING”.

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