Two Additional Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in St. Mary’s County

March 24, 2020

The St. Mary’s County Health Department has confirmed that two additional St. Mary’s County residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

• A woman in her 20s who may have contracted the virus while traveling domestically
• A man in his 20s whose method of exposure is still being determined

SMCHD is currently conducting an investigation into potential exposure to other community members.

“As we continue to offer testing in our community we are likely to see more positive cases,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “It is critical that members of our community stay home as much as possible to help slow the spread of COVID-19.”

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

A COVID-19 Community Hotline is open for St. Mary’s County residents needing more information about the COVID-19. Community members can call the center at 301-475-4911 Monday-Saturday 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.

20 Responses to Two Additional Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in St. Mary’s County

  1. Theydontcare on March 24, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Meanwhile, the base is still making people work.

    • Anonymous on March 24, 2020 at 7:56 pm

      You are full of it. go away TROll.

    • Leadership101 on March 24, 2020 at 8:38 pm

      More so the supervisors making people work. We all know the type that wait for someone from the top to tell them to do something versus making a decision on their own.

      Good leaders find a way to keep their staff and the community safe. Good leaders listen to their staff, create protocols,, and not just sit and wait from the top to tell them what the next plan of action. It’s clear who those are and are not in our community.

    • Anonymous on March 25, 2020 at 5:26 am

      And you have leave that you can take. “The base” doesn’t make you do anything and during an event like this, it’s up to your command or company to figure out a plan, not the government. Your company could offer you telework or an alternate work location to make you feel safe, but they don’t want to dip into that overhead. Instead, they will wait until the base goes to essential personnel only or completely shuts down so then they get to charge it back to the government. What all of you fail to realize it that all of this “free money” isn’t free. Wanna know why we have a deficit in the trillions? Look in the mirror.

  2. Ron H on March 24, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Oh back from spring break?

  3. Anonymous on March 24, 2020 at 11:43 am

    It would be nice if SMCHD would provide information to all of us here concerning where the infected people exposed people. We could contact them ourselves if we were in the area.

  4. kev on March 24, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    need more info about where these people may have been please. then we can assess whether we could have been exposed to them.

  5. aaron on March 24, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    but the base remains open.. good logic…

    • War veteran on March 24, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      The country’s defense system must remain in motion…if you had served in a war you would understand.

      • War Veteran on March 25, 2020 at 8:32 pm

        Well every US citizen is serving this war we are currently in. In case you haven’t woke up and read the news you’d understand.
        All will be veterans and will see death too. Shoot you may have even caused a death it by spreading the virus.
        You may have to come up with a new one liner because that one isn’t going to fly.

      • Veterans on March 25, 2020 at 9:10 pm

        We are all serving a war now

    • YES on March 24, 2020 at 8:46 pm

      Planes will fall from the sky if they close the base for 2 weeks.

      Close the base for 2 weeks. During that time develop protocols to get people back to work and restart life.

      Planes will not fall from the sky and budget will not fall apart if the base pauses for two weeks. It’s good for everyone’s sanity!

  6. Paxpro on March 24, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    The base is open for essential workers because they provide support to warfighters all over the world. Folks that can telework do, but some jobs cannot be accomplished from home.

    • PAxpro2 on March 25, 2020 at 8:48 pm

      We continue to have people that are not mission essential going in to work and are capable to telework
      and some that pretend they are essential really not. trying to look like a hero or something

  7. Crybabby on March 24, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Go to work base crybabies, your not doing sh*t anyway

    • Tissue on March 25, 2020 at 8:50 pm

      Still upset you didn’t get that interview for base job?

  8. Roddie Bishop on March 24, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    That’s what happens after identifying the illness. Then working with patients and epidemiologists build backward to the areas that they could have been and been in contact with others, see the outback announcement from earlier.

  9. Baud9600 on March 25, 2020 at 8:35 am

    “the base is still making people work” & “but the base remains open”.

    Don’t like your job? Quit. Get a job selling encyclopedias, then you won’t have to work.

  10. Elizabeth madison. on March 26, 2020 at 7:09 am

    What about the grocery store employees? How unfair is that. They are no different then anyone else.

  11. Sentinel on March 26, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    None of the bases I go to are closing. Essential personnel.
    Much more is done on bases than is on the surface.

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