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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: 8:25am - 3/16/21

How will Garrett County handle businesses and travel?
Garrett County leaders will follow Governor Hogan’s Orders and guidance to determine the timeline to implement the Governor's ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ plan

Am I allowed to go out on the lake? Boating? Hiking? Biking?
It is important to continue to maintain social distancing. The Maryland DNR has specific details.
Am I required to cover my face when I am in any retail, foodservice, or personal services location?
Per the Governor's order (6/10/20) employees and customers are required to wear a face-covering while working in any Maryland personal service or foodservice establishment.
Wearing a cloth face-covering is important because CDC’s studies are showing that people who have no symptoms may still be COVID-19 positive and can unknowingly transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.
This link,, will take you to the CDC file that gives several suggested ways to make a face covering, explains how to wear it, and how to take care of it.
DO –
  • Use a homemade cloth face covering.
  • Put on the face covering before entering a new environment, making sure it fits snugly and is covering your mouth and nose.
  • Complete your activity without touching the face covering or any part of your face.
  • Take the face covering off from the back when done with the activity – touching the front could contaminate your hands.
  • Drop it straight into your washing machine after coming home.
  • Wash your hands after handling the face covering.
  • Use a medical-grade mask such as an N95. (Save these for health care workers and first responders.)
  • Touch or move the face covering while wearing it.
  • Wear the face covering in any position other than over your mouth and nose.
  • Talk on your cell phone while wearing the face covering.
  • Take the face covering off from the front.
  • Put the face covering down on other surfaces after taking it off.
  • Put a face covering on a child under the age of 2 or someone with breathing problems.
What are the details of the Order from Maryland 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.
Is the county government still open?
All government services are open and available. In-person appointments can be made if necessary:
                -Sheriff’s Department
                -Emergency Medical Services
                -Emergency Management
                -Court System (as needed)
                -Public Utilities - Maintenance Only
                -Landfill (normal winter operating hours)
                -Collection Sites (normal operating hours but CLOSED Tuesday & Thursday)
Where are the best business resources?
Our Department of Economic Development has created a page with all of the federal, state, and local resources. Also, the department and the Garrett County Development Corporation have created a "Kick-Start Grant" program.
Does Garrett County have a local small business grant program?
Yes, for qualifying Garrett County businesses, there are grants available. Read more details here.
Where do I file unemployment?
If someone is having difficulty placing a call or accessing the website, he or she can email Employers can email or contact 410-767-2412.
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.