By Garrett County Joint Information Center Team
The Garrett County Health Department received notification of additional positive COVID-19 cases which brings the county’s total positive cases to 31.
Dennett Road Manor Nursing home has reported 5 additional positive cases. All of the cases are asymptomatic.
- · a staff member in his 50s, isolating at home
- · a staff member in her 50s, isolating at home
- · a staff member in her 20s, isolating at home
- · a staff member in her 30s, isolating at home, from a surrounding county and will not be added to the county total
- · a female resident in her 70s, isolating at the facility
In addition, a positive result has been received for a male in his 60s who has symptoms and is isolating at home. This person is a close contact of a previously reported case.
“The COVID-19 virus is extremely contagious and is easily spread," said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens. "Even individuals who seem to be taking all the precautions can be infected if their guard is down even momentarily. In Garrett County, we have had health care workers and even a Health Department staff member contract the virus. It is important to constantly be vigilant and practice social distancing, and face coverings."
No matter where a positive case is identified, the next step to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is to determine the person’s close contacts during the time they could have been infectious. If any potential exposures are discovered, individuals who have had close personal contact will be called by the contact tracing team.
Any future community COVID-19 testing dates will be announced on the health department’s Facebook page and website, garretthealth.org
. Anyone going to the Garrett Regional Medical Center for a COVID-19 test must have a physician’s orders and must go through the lab. Please do not go to the emergency room for testing.
For more information, call 301 334-7770 or 301 895-3111.