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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Information is changing daily on the COVID-19 situation. Click on the images / links below for quick access to specific information.
This page will serve as a resource guide for frequently asked questions for government operations and actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
Last Updated: 2:49 pm March 31, 2020

What is the most recent Order from Maryland Governor Hogan?
People are ordered to stay at home unless it is for an essential activity which are:
  • Work
  • Medical services or supplies
  • Care for a family member, friend, pet, or livestock
  • Outdoor exercises including hiking, biking, walking and jogging
Employers are being asked to give each of their employees appropriate documentation.
Stay at Home Directive:
"No Maryland resident should be leaving their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason, such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes.
In addition, only essential businesses are allowed to remain open in Maryland, and those businesses must make every effort to scale down their operations in order to reduce the number of required staff, to limit interactions with customers, and to institute telework for as much of the workforce as is practical.
As we have previously stated, no Marylander should be traveling outside of the state unless such travel is absolutely necessary. If you have traveled outside of the state, you should self-quarantine for 14 days.
This is a deadly public health crisis. We are no longer asking or suggesting that Marylanders stay home—we are directing them to do so." - Governor Hogan
What does a Declaration of a local State of Emergency mean?

This government action enables Garrett County to leverage other state or federal resources to respond to the COVID-19 situation. For example, if we need help distributing food to our senior citizens, Garrett County can access state and federal-level resources like the National Guard.
Where can I find the Commissioners' video briefing?
The video can be viewed here:
Do we have a curfew? Are we still allowed to work?
Garrett County Government does not have the authority to implement a curfew or mandate business closures.
The Garrett County Government is following Maryland Governor Hogan's state-wide mandates for this period of time. As of March 30, 2020, Governor Hogan has declared at Stay at Home Order.
In addition to what is already closed by prior orders, the Governor has closed anything that is not included in the new federal guidelines for critical infrastructure sectors and asked for reduced staffing where possible.
All Marylanders are directed to remain at home, and adhere to the governor’s guidance for social distancing. Beginning March 23, 2020, further enforcement actions have been taken to disperse any gatherings in violation of the governor’s orders.
The County Government has also suspended normal county operations. All county buildings will be closed, except for essential services identified as:
                -Sheriff’s Department
                -Emergency Medical Services
                -Emergency Management
                -Court System (as needed)
                -Public Utilities - Maintenance Only
                -Landfill (normal operating hours)
                -Collection Sites (normal operating hours but CLOSED Tuesday & Thursday)
Private businesses outside of these criteria are still allowed to be open and operating while maintaining social distancing. 
US Dept of Homeland Security Cyber-Infrastructure Division (CISA) guidance can be found at:
Can I still go for a walk or run outside? Can I go fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, etc?
All persons living in the State of Maryland are hereby ordered, effective as of 8:00 p.m. on March 30, 2020, to stay in their homes or places of residences (“Homes”) except: 
i. to conduct or participate in Essential Activities

As used herein, “Essential Activities” means:
Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, or biking, but only in compliance with paragraph III below and applicable social distancing guidance published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and the Maryland Department of Health (“MDH”);

Paragraph III
Gatherings Large Than 10 Persons Prohibited.
a. Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events (“large gatherings and events”) of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. 
b. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of the state of emergency and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded.
Where do I file unemployment?
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Our local health department recommends following this CDC guidance on symptoms.
What should I do if I think I have been in contact with a confirmed case?
Our local health department recommends following this guidance to know if you need to be tested.
I have more health-related questions. Where do I go for more information?
The Garrett County Health Department's FAQ page is linked here. Also, there is a COVID-19 hotline that can be called at 301-334-7698.