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Washington County COVID-19 Status

This dashboard is updated Monday-Friday. 

To view all COVID-19 related stats please visit: https://www.washco-md.net/coronavirus-info/dashboard/

For daily updates and case information by zip codes visit: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov

Resources for Health Care Facilities can be found by visiting: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/hcf-resources

Note: This is a rapidly evolving situation and this page will provide updates as they become available

Press Conference:
COVID-19 Update

HAGERSTOWN, MD (12/15/2020)

Remember to
#MaskUpWashCo

Stay Home – Mask Up – Wash Your Hands

Washington County Government, health, school, first responder and law enforcement agency partners, along with the City of Hagerstown, are working together to plan, respond and communicate on COVID-19. Questions from the public may be directed to COVID-19@MeritusHealth.com or by calling 2-1-1 or 301-790-9170. Up-to-date information is available online at washcohealth.org/coronavirus-disease-2109-covid-19

Washington County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Releases

COVID-19 Joint Information Center Update: April 20, 2021

The Washington County, Maryland Joint Information Center (JIC) provides the following update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.   Please visit www.washco-md.net/coronavirus-info for the latest numbers on Washington County’s COVID-19 dashboard.’   Click here to receive Washington County

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COVID-19 Joint Information Center Update: April 16, 2021

COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER BRIEFING April 16, 2021   The Washington County, Maryland Joint Information Center (JIC) provides the following update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.   Please visit www.washco-md.net/coronavirus-info for the latest numbers on Washington County’s

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COVID-19 Joint Information Center Update: April 13, 2021

COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER BRIEFING April 13, 2021   The Washington County, Maryland Joint Information Center (JIC) provides the following update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.   Please visit www.washco-md.net/coronavirus-info for the latest numbers on Washington County’s

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COVID-19 Joint Information Center Update: April 9, 2021

The Washington County, Maryland Joint Information Center (JIC) provides the following update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.   Please visit www.washco-md.net/coronavirus-info for the latest numbers on Washington County’s COVID-19 dashboard.’   Click here to receive Washington County

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Do your part to help flatten the curve

The Health Department strongly encourages the community to continue preventive measures: such as cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily, and stay at home if you are sick.

Individuals can call 240-313-3210 or email wash.health@maryland.gov to report concerns regarding compliance with this Executive Order.

Wear a Face Mask to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Per Governor Hogan’s most recent executive order, as of 5:00 PM, September 4, 2020 all Maryland residents over the age of five (5) years old are required to wear a face covering when they are:
 
  1. In or on any Public Transportation
  2. Indoors at any location where members of the public are generally permitted, including without limitation, Religious Facilities, Retail Establishments, Foodservice Establishments, Fitness Centers, Gaming Facilities, Indoor Recreation Establishments, Personal Services Establishments, and Indoor Theaters
  3. Outdoors and unable to consistently maintain at least six feet of distance from individuals who are not members of their household
  4. Obtaining healthcare services, including without limitation, in offices of physicians and dentists, hospitals, pharmacies, and laboratories
  5. Engaged in work in any area where: a. interaction with others is likely, including without limitation, in shared areas of commercial offices; or b. food is prepared or packaged.

Exceptions may be found on pages 10-11 of the executive order. 

How to Make Your Own Face Covering

Cloth face coverings should—

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Washington County Health Officer Updates

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Washington County Health Officer Update - July 1, 2020
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COVID-19 Update for Washington County, MD - April 11, 2020
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Testing Sites in Washington County

The Meritus COVID-19 testing site is now available to those who do not currently have symptoms of the coronavirus, but suspect or are concerned that they have been exposed. No appointments or referrals are needed to be tested. Testing is now available for all ages.

  • Meritus Screening Drive Thru Center is located at 13620 Crayton Blvd. The drive-thru screening center is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m and Saturday from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Health Department Spring Mobile Testing Sites: The mobile COVID-19 testing site will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-2pm. Mondays and Wednesdays the testing site will be located at various locations in Hagerstown. Each Friday the testing site will be mobile throughout the county going to different municipalities such as Hancock, Smithburg, Cascade, etc.
  • U.N.I. Urgent Care Center located at 11236 Robinwood Drive, Suite 101 Hagerstown, MD 21742. Appointment required and patients are charged with copay. Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; 240-313-4242
  • U.N.I. Urgent Care Center located at 18721 N Pointe Drive Hagerstown, MD 21742. Appointment required and patients are charged with copay. Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; 301-733-8313

Seasonal Illness Care Clinics (SIC Clinics)

Preparing for the upcoming flu season and the potential increase in COVID-19 cases, Meritus Health has established Seasonal Illness Care Clinics or SIC Clinics to safely accommodate patients with symptoms of COVID-19 or flu. Once a patient has been cared for by his/her provider via video or phone, the provider may refer said patient to one of the SIC Clinics. This would be for those individuals who need to be seen in person, but have COVID or flu-like symptoms preventing them from having an in-practice appointment. Symptoms that would be present to visit a SIC Clinic could include:
  • Upper respiratory illness
  • Body aches
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Ear pain
  • Shortness of breath/wheezing
  • Generalized body aches/joint pain/muscle pain/fatigue
  • Chills
  • Nasal congestion/runny nose/sinus pain and pressure, post nasal drip
  • You’ve tested positive for COVID and have worsening symptoms
  • You have known COVID exposure and feel ill
 
SIC Clinic – North (located at Meritus Medical Plaza, 13620 Crayton Blvd.)
Hours of operation: Monday–Friday from 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8–Noon
 
SIC Clinic - Smithsburg (located beside Meritus Pediatric & Adult Medicine – Smithsburg practice)
Hours of operations: Monday–Thursday 10:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 8:30-11:30 a.m.
 
FREE TELEHEALTH VISITS AVAILABLE
Meritus Health continues to offer FREE telehealth visits. These visits will allow patients to speak directly with a primary care provider to discuss health concerns. Telehealth visits are available from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. To request a telehealth visit please visit - https://www.meritushealth.com/patients-visitors/telehealth-visits/

Hand Washing

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Steps to Proper Handwashing:

  1. Start with warm water
  2. Use soap to make a lather
  3. Scrub for 20 seconds
  4. Rinse well
  5. Dry hands completely
  6. Use towel to shut off faucet

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a good alternative when soap and water are not available to wash your hands.

When to Wash

You should always wash your hands BEFORE:

  • Touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Inserting or removing contact lenses
  • Preparing food
  • Eating

You should always wash your hands AFTER:

  • Using the toilet
  • Coughing, sneezing or using a tissue
  • Eating, drinking or smoking
  • Touching cuts, burns or infected areas on the skin
  • Handling raw meat and poultry
  • Changing diapers
  • Touching animals
  • Touching public surfaces like door handles, gas pumps, shopping carts, etc.

Social Distancing

The CDC defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.” That’s all well and good, but let’s break down what that means in real life.

Social Distancing Tips

  • Do not hug, shake hands, or high five. These actions can transmit a virus from person-to-person.
     
  • Maintain a distance of approximately six feet from others when possible.
     
  • Avoid mass gatherings and congregate settings. The CDC defines congregate settings as crowded public places where close contact with others may occur, such as shopping centers, movie theaters and stadiums.
     
  • Those who are at risk for more severe COVID-19 illness, such as older adults and persons with compromised immunity, should limit contact with others and be rigorous about social distancing and other protective measures
     
  • Use good protective behaviorswash your hands frequently using soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds; cover coughs and sneezes; stay away from others if you’re ill, and disinfect high-touch surfaces

Should I Go to Work?

If possible, businesses should establish policies and practices that facilitate social distancing between employees and with the public. These include flexible worksites (telework) and hours (e.g., staggered shifts).

If your work requires you to be on site, consider whether the worksite can be rearranged to support social distancing.

And remember to follow good hygiene practices like frequent handwashing and cleaning of common surfaces.

If you are eligible to telework, plan your work and take-home materials and equipment that you will need.

COVID-19 Resources

Below are links to information and materials available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) website. All of the resources are free to print and share. 

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, DIRECTV and Antietam Cable Television have Points of Presence within the county. Washington County is well served and several options are available for broadband services. Resources to help your household find the right internet service plan include InternetProviders.com. Cellular telephone services are available through private local and regional vendors.