Carroll County Coronavirus
Coronavirus confirmed in Carroll County.
Covid-19, Q & A
Three cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus
disease) were confirmed on 3/5/2020 in Montgomery County, Maryland. There
are currently 19 confirmed cases in Maryland as of 3/13/20. The 1st
confirmed case has now been announced for Carroll County Maryland. You can
take steps to protect yourself and your family and prepare for the possible
spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and
mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who
- Clean frequently touched objects and
- Stay home when you are sick
- Prepare a kit of supplies such as
water, food, and medicine, like you would for a winter storm or hurricane
- Stay informed with reliable
information from local, state, and federal public health sources
Read this page and follow the links for
more details about Carroll County Coronavirus.
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Carroll County Government Building Restrictions
Westminster, MD, Saturday, March 14, 2020 – At
a press conference yesterday, Board of Carroll County Commissioners’ President
Stephen Wantz made important announcements regarding a Local State of
Emergency declaration in Carroll County as well as disclosing new restrictions
for Carroll County Government buildings. All actions are precautionary to
prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Effective immediately, a Local State of Emergency has been declared for
Carroll County, running parallel with the State, allowing Board President
Stephen Wantz to provide one voice in making decisions. Although the authority
is given to the president, Commissioner Wantz indicated he will work closely
with all commissioners. Having one voice will allow for a more streamlined
process for making decisions in the county regarding the rapidly evolving
COVID-19 health crisis. The declaration will remain in effect for the duration
of the State’s State of Emergency.
Also, effective immediately and until further notice, Carroll County
Government will implement the following building restrictions:
Visitor access to all county office buildings (County Office Building (COB),
BERC Building, Maintenance Center, Robert Moton Center, Bureau of Aging and
Bureau of Housing) is by
appointment only. Signs are posted at all entrances. This includes
Visitors destined for the Collections Office do not require an appointment;
however, customers paying taxes are encouraged to use county drop boxes.
Receipts will be mailed.
Any residents needing to visit any county office building should call the
county main phone number at 410-386-2400 for referral to the appropriate
department to receive more information or to schedule an appointment. A
directory of departments with phone numbers is also available on the county
All visitors or those seeking appointments will be asked the following
questions on the phone or prior to going beyond the COB Information Desk
Are you or others you have had close contact with, suspected of having
Have you recently traveled to or from another country?
Do you have any of the following symptoms?
Shortness of breath
Carroll County’s 5 senior centers remain closed.
All county meetings are cancelled unless attendees are notified by county
staff. Teleconferencing will be used when possible. Any exceptions to this
protocol will be communicated by the managing department.
Questions concerning Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals should
be directed to the respective departments for instructions prior to
scheduled meetings or hearings.
All Carroll County Recreation & Parks sponsored programs and events
including all recreation council activities are canceled through March 30,
regardless of their location. All county parks will remain open during
regular hours, sunrise to sunset.
Carroll County Board of Commissioner Open Sessions will continue and will be
live-streamed for public viewing. There will be no access to Open Sessions
accept by appointment 410-386-2043.
Other activities and events may be cancelled, contact the sponsor or check
the website prior to visiting.
Updates and changes to the building and park access may occur
at any time, all visitors are recommended to contact the department they plan
to visit or the main county office building for updates prior to arriving.
Accurate COVID-19 information is critical to the community. For the most
current and accurate information about the situation, please refer to the
Carroll County Health Department (CCHD): https://cchd.maryland.gov/covid-19/
Maryland Department of Health (MDH): https://health.maryland.gov/pages/home.aspx
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Anyone feeling ill should contact their health care professional. CCHD is now
operating a hotline, available 8 am – 5 pm at 410-876-4848 during weekdays.
After hours, callers may leave a message or call 2-1-1. All emergencies should
continue to call 9-1-1.
Release: The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has determined that a person
confirmed to have Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, attended a gathering at
The Village at Rockville on February 28, 2020. The time period of risk of
exposure is from noon to 6 p.m. Those who attended the event may be at some risk
for acquiring COVID-19.
MDH recommends that members of the public who attended this event monitor
themselves for symptoms of a respiratory infection including fever, cold-like
symptoms, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath until March 13,
Until then, persons who attended this event should check their temperature twice
a day and notify their health care provider and local health department if their
temperature is greater than 100.4 or they develop a respiratory illness. They
should remain at home until they receive instructions about next steps from
their health care provider or local health department.
Members of the public who think they may have been exposed may call the Maryland
Emergency Management Agency call center at 410-517-3720. The call center is
available until midnight tonight and from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday and
Sunday. Please call 211 with any other
CDC Fact Sheets:
FAQs about COVID-19 are below.
Carroll County Coronavirus information.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause
illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to
cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe
diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes
coronavirus disease COVID-19.
COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently
discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the
outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and
dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose,
sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.
Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel
unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special
treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously
ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying
medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more
likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty
breathing should seek medical attention.
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The
disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or
mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These
droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch
COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose
or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a
person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is
important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
Studies to date suggest that the virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly
transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the
The main way the disease spreads is through
respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. The risk of catching
COVID-19 from someone with no symptoms at all is very low. However, many people
with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. This is particularly true at the
early stages of the disease. It is therefore possible to catch COVID-19 from
someone who has, for example, just a mild cough and does not feel ill. WHO is
assessing ongoing research on the period of transmission of COVID-19 and will
continue to share updated findings.
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading
COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:
Regularly and thoroughly
clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub
kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself
and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from
their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can
breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing
has the disease.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated,
hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the
virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good
respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent
elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect
the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and
difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the
directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information
on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care
provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also
protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19.
Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local
public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information
on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise
on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or
local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling
to places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or
Why? You have a higher chance of catching COVID-19 in one of these areas
The risk depends on where you are - and more specifically,
whether there is a COVID-19 outbreak unfolding there.
For most people in most locations the risk of catching COVID-19
is still low. However, there are now places around the world (cities or areas)
where the disease is spreading. For people living in, or visiting, these areas
the risk of catching COVID-19 is higher. Governments and health authorities are
taking vigorous action every time a new case of COVID-19 is identified. Be sure
to comply with any local restrictions on travel, movement or large gatherings.
Cooperating with disease control efforts will reduce your risk of catching or
COVID-19 outbreaks can be contained and transmission stopped, as
has been shown in China and some other countries. Unfortunately, new outbreaks
can emerge rapidly. It’s important to be aware of the situation where you are or
intend to go. WHO publishes daily updates on the COVID-19 situation worldwide.
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