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DO THE FIVE

1) HANDS   Wash them often
2) ELBOW  Cough into it
3) FACE      Don’t touch it
4) FEET      Stay more than 3ft apart
5) FEEL      Sick? Stay home

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

COVID CASES TOP 2800

The Allegany County Health Department is reporting the total number of COVID-19 cases at 2,804 with a total of 73 deaths to date. The case rate is 136.33 per 100,000, while the state average is 33.81 per 100,000. The current positivity rate is 13.66 per cent, while the statewide average is 6.86 per cent. There…

COUNTY HAS 14TH HIGHEST NUMBER OF COVID CASES

Allegany County is in the unenviable position of having the 14th highest number of recent cases of COVID-19 per capita of any metro area in the country, according to the New York Times. The statewide daily COVID-19 positivity rate was 6.3 per cent, with Allegany County at 15.34 per cent; Garrett County reports a 12.93…

MINERAL REPORTS 16TH COVID-19 RELATED DEATH

A ninth resident of the Piney Valley Nursing Home in Keyser has died from COVID-19 complications, according to the Mineral County Health Department. The nursing home has seen 72 residents and 37 employees test positive for the virus; a total of 16 Mineral County residents have died from the coronavirus, with at least 11 passing…

PRAYER VIGIL SET FOR SUNDAY

The Pastoral Care and Foundation Departments at UPMC-Western Maryland are joining with Central Assembly of God and other churches to hold a prayer vigil Sunday evening. People are invited to gather in the parking lot Sunday at 6 p.m. to pray and show appreciation to the health care workers at the hospital, and to let…

NO ARRESTS FOR VIOLATION OF GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER

COVID-19 prevention efforts Wednesday night indicate Maryland State troopers made no arrests, filed no charges, and had to only issue a minimal amount of warnings for people in businesses not wearing face coverings or social distancing. During the overwhelming majority of checks made, troopers found businesses and customers in compliance with requirements for face coverings,…

FIVE ADDITIONAL COVID DEATHS REPORTED

There have been five additional deaths and 251 new cases of COVID-19 since Monday, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 2,583, with a total of 16 deaths from COVID-19. Allegany County’s numbers continue to rise, with a case rate of 166.76 per 100,000, more than four times the state average. The current positivity…

MINERAL COUNTY REPORTS 15TH COVID-19 DEATH

An eighth resident of Piney Valley nursing home in Keyser has died from COVID-19 complications; this brings to 15, the total number of deaths in Mineral County. Piney Valley has been the site of an ongoing outbreak that has seen 70 residents and 34 employees test positive for the disease. As of yesterday, Mineral County…

GARRETT COUNTY REPORTING 125 MORE COVID CASES

The Garrett County Health Department has been notified of 125 additional positive COVID-19 results since Monday, bringing the county’s current total positives to 684. The 7-day positivity rate among Garrett County residents stands at 13.89; the state rate is 6.52 per cent. The 7-day case rate per 100,000 among Garrett County residents is 106.84; the…

PRAYER VIGIL SET FOR SUNDAY

The Pastoral Care and Foundation Departments at UPMC-Western Maryland are joining with Central Assembly of God and other churches to hold a prayer vigil Sunday evening. People are invited to gather in the parking lot Sunday at 6 p.m. to pray and show appreciation to the health care workers at the hospital, and to let…

COURTS TO FURTHER RESTRICT OPERATIONS

The Maryland court system will further restrict operations and reduce the types of cases that will be heard virtually or in person due to the surge in coronavirus cases. District and Circuit courts will return to Phase II of the judiciary’s reopening plan, beginning Monday. District Court judges will still hear certain types of cases.…

ADDITIONAL DEATH REPORTED IN GARRETT COUNTY

The Garrett County Health Department has been notified of an additional death due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to four. Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens, while expressing condolences to the families of those who have passed, noted that senior citizens have been particularly hard hit during the pandemic. The Health Department…

MINERAL REPORTS THREE COVID-19 DEATHS

Six more deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in Mineral County. The Health Department announced three deaths on Monday and three on Tuesday, raising the county death toll to 14. Four of the victims were residents of Piney Valley Nursing Home in Keyser, which has been the site of an ongoing outbreak that has seen…

FROSTBURG TO HOLD COVID TEST EVENT

The city of Frostburg, in partnership with AEON Technologies of Frostburg, will be sponsoring a COVID test event for employees working at restaurants, retailers, in-person service providers, and manufacturers within the city limits of Frostburg. The Mayor and Council there hopes that by providing a single testing event for essential and small business workers, businesses…

HOGAN ANNOUNCES FURTHER COVID-19 PREVENTION EFFORTS

The Maryland State Police will be out, in force, over the Thanksgiving holiday, to not only monitor drunk and drugged driving, but also to enforce state mandates to stem the COVID-19 surge in the state. During a press conference today, the Governor announced that the Maryland State Police will be investigating violations of state law,…

NINE ADDITIONAL COVID-19 DEATHS SINCE FRIDAY

There have been nine additional COVID-19 deaths in Allegany County since Friday, according to the Allegany County Health Department. There have been 149 new positive cases. The cumulative number of cases now stands at 2,332, with a total of 56 deaths. The county’s case rate is 165.34 per 100,000, more than four times the state…

Daily Prevention and Preparedness 

At this time, there is no vaccine for COVID-19. Prevention of COVID-19 centers on frequent hand-washing, covering coughs and sneezes and separating people who have respiratory symptoms.

Treatment for COVID-19, as with any coronavirus infection like the common cold, includes the use of over-the-counter fever-relievers,

drinking plenty of fluids and resting at home to help relieve symptoms. Those with more severe symptoms may be hospitalized to provide additional support.

While much remains unknown about COVID-19, the CDC reports that people who are elderly and who have chronic health conditions appear to be at higher risk for infection. These chronic conditions may include cancer, diabetes, heart disease or any issue that lowers the body’s immunity to germs.

Information and updates about COVID-19 in Maryland—including up-to-date testing and confirmed case count information—are available at health.maryland.gov/coronavirus. The page is updated every morning.

Additional information about COVID-19, including the latest CDC travel advisories, can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.


 

Prevention Tips

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.Maintain social distancing

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. Practice respiratory hygiene

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 immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

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 and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

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 from COVID-19.

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.


Maryland’s Coronavirus Information

UPMC – WESTERN MARYLAND VISITATION POLICY

MARYLAND BUSINESS RESOURCE PAGE

MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

ALLEGANY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION OFFICIAL SITE

On January 29, Governor Hogan directed all state agencies to take every precaution to prepare and mobilize whatever resources are necessary to address COVID-19. This week, the governor will submit a $10 million emergency funding request to the General Assembly as part of a supplemental budget.

  • Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) and MDH, in coordination with theMaryland Hospital Association, are coordinating on surge planning, including ambulance re-routing plans, suspension of voluntary admissions, enhanced methods of medical monitoring for home-bound patients with mild to moderate symptoms.
  • The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) is coordinating with University System of Maryland institutions that are bringing home students who are studying abroad in Italy and Japan.
  • MDH is coordinating with nursing homes and assisted living facilities to review and reiterate guidance on infection control and medical management.
  • MDH is coordinating with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to provide guidance to local school systems on protocols for school closures.
  • MDH is coordinating with the Maryland Hospital Association to work with all the local hospitals on surge plans and preparedness.
  • The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is actively engaged with travelers to ensure they have information they need and are following the CDC guidelines. The Port of Baltimore is also engaged in similar screening protocols.
  • MDH continues to participate in daily briefing calls with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and federal partners. MDH also continues to coordinate with local health departments as well as other state agencies on preparedness and response to the virus.
  • MDH has released public service announcements regarding statewide preparedness efforts.
  • All state agencies have reviewed their Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans and submitted them to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

Updates from West Virginia

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus designated SARS-CoV-2. The current outbreak of COVID-19 originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. Since then, tens of thousands of confirmed cases have been reported, predominantly in China but in a rapidly growing number of countries world wide. While most COVID-19 cases outside of China have been associated with travel to or from China, community spread is being detected in a growing number of countries.
 

Community spread means the spread of illness for which the source of infection is unknown. On February 26, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed a COVID-19 case in California in a person who reportedly did not have relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient with COVID-19. It is possible that this could be the first instance of community spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. However, it is also possible that the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected. This is an rapidly evolving situation, so information and recommendations may change. We will continue to learn more in the coming days and share new information as it is available.


Updates from Pennsylvania

Much of the nation’s attention is focused, appropriately, on our federal agencies such as CDC, NIH, HHS, the Surgeon General and Homeland Security. The state of Pennsylvania is providing up to date public information through several state agencies and their websites.

DOH COVID-19 press releases

Daily COVID-19 report (updated every evening)

485 – 03/11/20 – UPD – Updated: COVID-19 Specimen Collection and Shipping Guidance

486 – 03/11/20 – ALT – Alert – Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings

Businesses fact sheet update

Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in nursing homesOpens In A New Window

Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in dialysis facilitiesOpens In A New Window

Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning COVID-19 in Home Health AgenciesOpens In A New Window

Guidance for use of Certain Industrial Respirators by Health Care PersonnelOpens In A New Window

PA Department of Health – www.health.pa.gov

PA Emergency Management Agency –  www.pema.pa.gov and daily televised briefings

PA Department of Community and Economic Development- www.dced.gov

PA Department of Labor and Industry- www.dli.pa.gov

Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communitieswith Local COVID-19 Transmission

 

 

Information from Maryland Emergency Management Agency, MDH, West Virginia Health and Human Resources, PA Dept of Health, the DPH, Allegany Co Board of Ed, and CDC

 

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