COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Alert

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ANNOUNCEMENTS

Somerset County announces additional actions to protect Public Health, Limit spread of COVID-19

(March 24, 2020, Princess Anne, MD)
Somerset County Government has issued an Emergency Declaration and announced additional actions to protect public health and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland. These changes will enable essential services to continue and provide protection for employees and the public. 

  • Effective 8:00 am on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, and until further notice, the county will operate on a modified schedule.
  • Non-essential employees will telework from home and only essential employees are required to report to County buildings
  • Great Hope Golf Course and the Caddyshack Restaurant are closed to the public
Please be advised that the COVID-19 emergency is a rapidly changing situation and actions are subject to change.For questions, updates, and more information about Somerset County’s response, please visit www.somersetmd.us. All residents are urged to practice these personal precautions to protect yourself and others: 

  • Unless you have an essential reason to leave your house, stay at home
  • Maintain social distancing-remain at least 6 feet from others
  • Wash your hands often and sanitize surfaces
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
  • If you feel unwell call your health care provider for guidance
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  These measures are designed to keep the people of Somerset County healthy during the current outbreak and mitigate further spread of the virus.  For more information about COVID-19, please visit health.maryland.gov.

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FIRST COVID-19 CASE CONFIRMED CASE IN SOMERSET

(March 21, 2020, Westover, MD) The Somerset County Health Department has received notification that a Somerset County resident has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first confirmed case in Somerset County.  The woman is in her 60s. She is in good condition and is isolating at home. The Somerset County Health Department with the help of the Maryland Department of Health is conducting a contact investigation and appropriate close contacts will have arrangements made for testing if indicated. 

If you are experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) contact your primary care doctor for further screening to determine if you should be tested. Unless you are suffering a medical emergency, please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or other medical facility. You should speak with your healthcare provider, who can alert an emergency room so that its staff is ready with proper protective gear. If you have any questions you can call 443.614.6708.  During regular business hours call 443.523.1700.  We cannot share any additional details about confirmed cases, but staff can help answer residents’ questions. 

The health department strongly urges the public to take all possible precautions to help prevent the spread of this virus. Take these everyday steps to help protect yourself and the community:

     • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
     • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
     • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve or your elbow
     • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
     • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices
     • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
     • If you are sick, stay home and self isolate, except when seeking medical care
     • Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.  Stay home unless absolutely necessary.

For information on COVID-19, visit the Maryland Department of Health at www.coronavirus.maryland.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. Local updates will be shared through the Somerset County Health Department’s website at www.somersethealth.org or through social media on Facebook (@somersethealthmd), Instagram (Somersethealthmd) or Twitter (@somersethdmd).

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SOMERSET COUNTY GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED ACTIONS TO PROTECT PUBLIC DURING COVID-19

(March 19, 2020, PRINCESS ANNE, MD)  Somerset County Government has announced additional actions to protect public health and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland.
 
  • County offices will remain staffed during normal business hours with restricted access to all County buildings for the general public
  • All Recreation and Parks programming has been cancelled until further notice, however County outdoor recreation areas are available for passive recreation
  • Great Hope Golf Course is open for business and The Caddy Shack Restaurant offers carry-out options
  • The outdoor pavilion at Great Hope Golf Course, and pavilions at all county recreation areas, are closed
  • Inmate visitation has been cancelled at the Somerset County Detention Center
  • Somerset County Libraries are closed
  • All Somerset County Senior Centers/MAC are closed. Meals on Wheels will continue on normal schedule
  • Somerset County Visitor’s Center is closed. The rest area, bathrooms and public grounds will remain open
  • Gatherings which exceed 10 people are prohibited
  • Liberal leave policy for non-essential County personnel is in effect
 
We urge all residents to practice these personal precautions to protect yourself and others:
 
  • Wash your hands often and sanitize surfaces
  • Maintain social distancing - remaining at least 6 feet from others
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
  • Stay home if you feel unwell and call your health care provider for guidance
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  These measures are designed to keep the people of Somerset County healthy during the current outbreak and mitigate further spread of the virus. 

For more information call or visit the websites for :
Somerset County Health Department - 443-523-1700 - somersethealth.org
Maryland Department of Health - health.maryland.gov
CDC - cdc.gov
COVID-19 Cancellations & Closures - WBOC Covid-19 Cancellations and Closures

"These Emergency Orders carry the full force of the law and will be enforced"
- Governor Larry Hogan