By Garrett County Joint Information Center Team
The Garrett County Health Department was notified today of five positive COVID-19 testing results at a long-term care facility in Garrett County.
Staff of Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home in Oakland, Maryland, have been periodically tested since they were first tested six weeks ago in conjunction with the state initiative to test all long-term facilities. Today the nursing home received confirmation of positive results for five staff members.
“These cases demonstrate that we have asymptomatic community spread of COVID-19 in Garrett County,” said Dr. Jennifer Corder, Deputy Health Officer for Garrett and Allegany County. “Because these individuals work in a long-term care facility, they were tested, even though they had no symptoms. We can expect that other well-feeling individuals in our community have COVID-19, and for this reason, we remind you to wear your mask, wash your hands and practice physical distancing when out in public.”
Two of the staff who have tested positive are Garrett County residents, while the other three are residents of surrounding counties and will not be added to Garrett County’s testing result numbers. The Garrett County residents are both female, and are in their 30s or 40s.
These new positives results have increased Garrett County’s total positive cases for COVID-19 to 13.
The Health Department, in conjunction with local and state partners, will be holding two testing opportunities for persons who wish to be tested but do not have symptoms of COVID-19:
- Friday, July 3, Garrett County Fairgrounds at 270 Mosser Road in McHenry from 8 am to 12 noon.
- Friday, July 17, from 7:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot between the Health Department and the Mountain Laurel Medical Center at 1025 Memorial Drive in Oakland
For more information, call 301 334-7770 or 301 895-3111.