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Washington County COVID-19 Status

Note: Due to the rapidly evolving nature of this public health crisis, Washington County will update this dashboard daily at 10.a.m. based on the most recently available data. Non-Washington County Residents shown here were tested in Washington County but do not reside in Washington County.

 

Press Conference Briefing on COVID-19

HAGERSTOWN, MD (March 31, 2020)

Help Washington County Flatten the Curve

Stay Home – Cover Coughs & Sneezes – 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

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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.

Washington County Health Officer Updates

Testing Sites in Washington County

Once you have spoken with someone on the COVID-19 care line -301-730-9170- or to your physician about your symptoms you may be directed to Meritus’s drive-thru screening clinic to be tested for the flu (this is the first step) and then COVID-19.

  • Drive-thru Center: COVID-19 screening is now available behind Meritus Medical Plaza, at 13620 Crayton Boulevard. The drive-thru screening center is open Monday – Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Walk-thru Center: COVID-19 screening is available at 24 N. Walnut Street, Hagerstown, MD. The walk-thru screening center is open Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Meritus Health continues to provide a hotline for those who have questions about symptoms directly related to COVID-19. Questions from the public may be directed to COVID-19@MeritusHealth.com or by calling 2-1-1 or 301-790-9170.
 

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

Stop the Spread of Germs

Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, like coronavirus disease 2019 by avoiding close contact with people who are sick; covering cough and sneeze; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and washing your hands with soap and water.

Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease

Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Wash Your Hands

Follow these steps for proper handwashing to prevent the spread of germs. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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