As Garrett County now has one of the highest COVID-19 positivity rates in the state, local and regional health care providers are prepared to handle the increase.
Garrett County Emergency Services, the Garrett County Health Department, and other local health care organizations have been working with each other to collaborate and organize response efforts in the community in the midst of the pandemic and are prepared for a surge in cases.
Currently, the Garrett County Health Department is reporting three hospitalized cases of COVID-19 in Garrett County and Garrett Regional Medical Center is operating as normal with no capacity issues.
“We greatly appreciate the help the governor has given us to combat COVID-19. Right now, a statewide issue is the need for additional testing services and the need for additional staff due to quarantine protocols,” said Paul Edwards, Chair, Board of Garrett County Commissioners. “Garrett Regional Medical Center is confident that they will continue to meet the needs of the community even as positive cases may escalate in Garrett County.”
There also is no anticipated lapse in emergency response capabilities from local rescue squads or fire departments or longer than normal response times to calls for service.
For community members with medical questions regarding COVID-19, please utilize the Garrett County Health Department website https://garretthealth.org/coronavirus or telephone hotline at 301-334-7698.