COVID-19

Local Public Health Advisory: Recent Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Local Public Health Advisory: Recent Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Ongoing surveillance of local COVID-19 data by the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has shown a recent increase in several key indicators, including: Total cases of COVID-19 in St. Mary’s County residents: 7,536 (+85 in past 7 days) Number of Breakthrough Cases: 63 (+19 in the past 7 days, 43% increase) Identified Variants...
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Operational Changes Announced for SMCHD COVID-19 Testing Sites

Operational Changes Announced for SMCHD COVID-19 Testing Sites

Due to limited testing volume, the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) COVID-19 testing will no longer be offered at the School-Based Health Centers at Spring Ridge and Margaret Brent Middle Schools after Friday, July 9, 2021. Effective Monday, July 12, 2021, COVID-19 testing will be offered with extended summer hours at the SMCHD...
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MDOT MVA Reminds Marylanders of Expired Product Deadlines

MDOT MVA Reminds Marylanders of Expired Product Deadlines

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) is reminding Marylanders of deadlines for products that expired during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as operational changes impacting branch offices and Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) stations in observance of Independence Day. All branch offices and VEIP stations closed Saturday, July 3, and...
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Delta Variant of COVID-19 Virus Identified in St. Mary’s County

Delta Variant of COVID-19 Virus Identified in St. Mary’s County

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has been notified of the first identified Delta variant case of the COVID-19 virus in St. Mary’s County. The Delta variant thus far appears to be highly transmissible and may be more likely to cause severe illness, including among unvaccinated youth. Elsewhere in the country and across...
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NAS Patuxent River Updates Health Protection Condition Alpha, Expands Base Access and Programs

NAS Patuxent River Updates Health Protection Condition Alpha, Expands Base Access and Programs

Naval Air Station announced June 25 that the installation is now in Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Alpha. Commanders and public health personnel use HPCON levels to guide specific actions personnel can take in response to a health threat. While it’s always important to prevent the spread of germs, there are additional steps you can...
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State of Maryland Reports Zero COVID-19 Deaths for First Time Since October 2020

State of Maryland Reports Zero COVID-19 Deaths for First Time Since October 2020

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the State of Maryland is reporting zero new COVID-19 deaths for the first time since October 18, 2020. This is another major milestone as the state emerges from the pandemic. New Cases Under 50 For First Time Since March 23, 2020. The state is reporting 42 new confirmed...
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Governor Hogan Announces End of COVID-19 State of Emergency

Governor Hogan Announces End of COVID-19 State of Emergency

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency in the State of Maryland. As of today, Maryland has surpassed 6.5 million vaccinations, and the positivity rate is a record-low 0.82%. “Thanks in large part to the hard work, the sacrifices, and the vigilance of the people of Maryland, we...
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La Plata Community Walk / Clean Up Day

La Plata Community Walk / Clean Up Day

The La Plata Police Department is sponsoring a community walk/clean up day through the Kent Avenue Corridor this Saturday, June 12, 2021, from 9:30 a.m., to 11:30 a.m. During the walk residents can meet elected officials, local law enforcement, faith-based leaders, representatives from local businesses, and non-profits. The Charles County Department of Health will...
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Charles County Resident Claims $40,000 VaxCash Prize

Charles County Resident Claims $40,000 VaxCash Prize

The Maryland Lottery has awarded a $40,000 prize in the $2 Million VaxCash Promotion to Charles County resident Tabatha Duckett, who visited Lottery Headquarters on June 8 to claim her prize. Duckett, the winner in the June 6 drawing, explained that after her initial surprise she was happy to have won a prize just...
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Maryland Reports Under 100 New COVID-19 Cases for First Time Since March 25, 2020

Maryland Reports Under 100 New COVID-19 Cases for First Time Since March 25, 2020

Today, for the first time since March 25, 2020, the State of Maryland is reporting under 100 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. This is another major milestone as the state emerges from the pandemic. 65 New Confirmed Cases. The state is reporting 65 new cases of COVID-19. One month ago today, the state reported 939 new cases....
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NAS Patuxent River Updates Select Programs Under New COVID Guidelines

NAS Patuxent River Updates Select Programs Under New COVID Guidelines

Naval Air Station’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR), Commissary, Navy Exchange, and other services announced updates to some of their programming following new DoD COVID guidelines. “We’re thrilled to be able to reopen some programs and expand others to our patrons while safely operating in a COVID environment,” said Jeff Sias, NAS Patuxent River...
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Governor Hogan and State Tourism Officials Encourage Travelers to Visit Maryland This Summer

Governor Hogan and State Tourism Officials Encourage Travelers to Visit Maryland This Summer

Governor Larry Hogan joined the Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism to encourage Maryland travelers to reconnect and recharge in the State of Maryland. From traveling along one of the state’s 18 scenic byways, to enjoying Maryland’s Outdoor Collection, or navigating the waters of the Chesapeake Bay with a certified Chesapeake Bay Storyteller on a guided water-based...
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Governor Hogan Announces Additional Legislative Actions

Governor Hogan Announces Additional Legislative Actions

Governor Larry Hogan announced in letters to General Assembly leaders that, in accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, he has vetoed the following legislation passed during the 2021 legislative session: HB 1322 – Primary and Secondary Education – School Personnel Not Returning to In-Person Instruction and Work – Accommodations and...
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St. Mary’s County Health Department Achieves National Accreditation

St. Mary’s County Health Department Achieves National Accreditation

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). PHAB is the nonprofit organization that administers the national accreditation program for health departments. Accreditation aims to advance and transform public health practice by championing performance improvement, evidence-based action, and innovation. “We are absolutely thrilled to...
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St. Mary’s County, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, Commissioner Meeting Rollup

St. Mary’s County, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, Commissioner Meeting Rollup

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held a joint meeting with St. Mary’s Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown. MetCom, together with the Department of Public Works & Transportation, provided the Capital Projects Update with details on the Patuxent Park Revitalization Project, FDR Boulevard Project phase, Southampton...
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CSM Commemorates 62nd Spring Commencement During May 14 Virtual Graduation Ceremony and Watch Party

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) celebrated 466 candidates for 480 associate degrees and 271 certificates during its 62nd Spring Commencement Ceremony, held May 14. The 2021 graduating class earned several exceptional characteristics, including having spent their last academic year participating in distance learning with limited in-person instruction. While the 2021 CSM graduates turned...
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Governor Hogan Announces $192.9 Million in Additional Emergency Rental Assistance Awards to Local Jurisdictions

Governor Hogan Announces $192.9 Million in Additional Emergency Rental Assistance Awards to Local Jurisdictions

Governor Larry Hogan announced an additional $192.9 million in funding has been awarded to local governments and service providers through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. These federal funds will support local Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership initiatives that assist tenants whose ability to pay rent has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor also...
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Governor Hogan Announces End of Statewide Mask Mandate

Governor Hogan Announces End of Statewide Mask Mandate

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the end of the statewide mask mandate, aligning Maryland with new CDC guidance. This order will take effect Saturday, May 15, along with the lifting of all capacity limits and restrictions that the governor announced earlier this week.  “Today is the day that so many of us have...
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St. Mary’s County Public Schools Partner with Health Department on High School Prom Activities

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Partner with Health Department on High School Prom Activities

On May 15, 2021, St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS), in partnership with St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD), will provide support to all prom events scheduled for SMCPS High Schools. In addition to precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, prom events will include activities to address young driver safety. Students will also have...
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Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for Ages 12 & Older

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for Ages 12 & Older

Following authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use of Pfizer vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age, the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) is expanding eligibility for SMCHD vaccination clinics to include individuals ages 12 and older. Please note: the Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine...
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Governor Hogan Lifts Capacity Limits on Indoor and Outdoor Venues, All Remaining Restrictions on Indoor and Outdoor Dining As of Saturday, May 15

Governor Hogan Lifts Capacity Limits on Indoor and Outdoor Venues, All Remaining Restrictions on Indoor and Outdoor Dining As of Saturday, May 15

Statewide Indoor Mask Mandate To Be Lifted After 70% of Adults Receive Vaccine; Following CDC Approval, Vaccinations for Adolescents to Begin Tomorrow; Maryland Department of Labor to Begin Process of Reinstating Work Search Requirements 5/12/2021: As a result of the state’s rapid pace of COVID-19 vaccinations and subsequent declines in key health metrics, Governor...
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Maryland Reports Lowest Number of COVID-19 Cases Since Last July, Hospitalizations Fall Under 800

Maryland Reports Lowest Number of COVID-19 Cases Since Last July, Hospitalizations Fall Under 800

The State of Maryland’s key health metrics continue to improve across the board, as today the state is reporting the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since July 6, 2020. Case Rate Per 100K Falls to Lowest Level Since October 6. The state’s COVID-19 case rate per 100K dropped to 9.2—the lowest level since October...
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Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing & Vaccine Event at Lexington Park Library

Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing & Vaccine Event at Lexington Park Library

The Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 Testing Taskforce, in partnership with the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) and St. Mary’s County Library will host a 2-day pop up COVID-19 testing and vaccine event on Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16, 2021 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library, located at 21677...
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VIDEO: Emergency Medical Services Billing Now in Effect for St. Mary’s County

VIDEO: Emergency Medical Services Billing Now in Effect for St. Mary’s County

Effective May 1, 2021, the St. Mary’s County Government will begin recouping costs of emergency services through a system of billing insurance carriers. County residents are not responsible for paying for services, insurance carriers, Medicare and Medicaid are billed. Fees will be based on services rendered and have been set by the Commissioners of...
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New School-Based Health Centers in St. Mary’s County Recognized by State Commission and Awarded $650,000 Grant to Address Health Equity

New School-Based Health Centers in St. Mary’s County Recognized by State Commission and Awarded $650,000 Grant to Address Health Equity

The St. Mary’s County Equity Task Force is pleased to announce official state recognition of the two new school-based health centers (SBHCs) in the county, as well as a $650,000 grant awarded to the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) to support clinical service delivery at the SBHCs. Following a review of operational plans...
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