The Washington County, Maryland Joint Information Center (JIC) provides the following update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to have Washington County daily briefings delivered to your inbox. Emergency Operations Center In celebration of the Easter holiday this weekend, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is reminding the community to continue following social distancing guidelines. We want to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter
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.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
Updated March 31, 2020
What is the risk to the public right now?
Widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States is occurring, and experts expect that in the coming weeks and months, we can expect to see more cases in the U.S. and worldwide. Community spread is how the common cold and flu are transmitted — meaning people catch it from each other while going about their daily lives. Reported community spread of COVID-19 widely in the U.S. raises the level of concern about the immediate threat for the affected communities. At this time risk to the general public in Washington County is still considered low.
Does anyone in Washington County have this new virus now?
Yes, Washington County has confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Up-to-date information about testing and case counts in Washington County are available at https://www.washco-md.net/coronavirus-info/. This page is updated daily. Only certain information about current cases such as decade of age, sex, and whether they have mild or severe symptoms is being disclosed due to HIPAA laws and regulations.
The Washington County Health Department investigates all confirmed cases in Washington County. Their Communicable Disease nurses will be tracking the patients’ whereabouts while they were symptomatic and will identify any contacts that could be at risk for COVID-19. The Health Department will share information, as soon as possible, if any risk to the public is identified.
What should I do if I think I am sick with COVID-19?
If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your regular primary care provider first. Do not go to your doctor’s office without calling.
Your provider will decide if you meet the guidelines for testing and give you instructions. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are mild, you do not need to be tested, but you need to follow the same guidelines – stay home when sick, avoid contact with other people and practice social distancing, cover your cough/sneeze, monitor your symptoms and stay in contact with your healthcare provider if symptoms worsen.
Do not go to the emergency room unless you are having a medical emergency. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
I’m sick but can’t get tested OR I tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do now?
Currently, testing is very limited due to the nationwide shortage of test kits and the current capacity of laboratories to process specimens. Those with the most severe symptoms are prioritized for testing. That is why everyone with mild symptoms, whether they have or have not been tested, needs to follow the same precautions – stay home when sick, avoid contact with other people and practice social distancing, cover your cough/sneeze, monitor your symptoms and stay in contact with your healthcare provider if symptoms worsen – to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. For those being tested, typical wait times to receive results are approximately 5-7 days. At the local and state levels, health professionals are working to increase testing availability as soon as more test kits and lab capacity are in place.
Where is testing currently being done 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 available behind Meritus Medical Plaza, at 13620 Crayton Boulevard. The drive-thru screening center is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 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.
Is there a COVID-19 home test?
There is no COVID-19 home test kit on the market for sale. People who suspect they have COVID-19 should contact their health care provider, who will determine if that patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and will determine whether patients will be referred for lab testing.
Should I still go to my doctor appointments?
Yes, you should still go to all of your doctor appointments. If you are concerned about going into the office Meritus Health currently offers free Telehealth capabilities so that people can speak with their physicians without having to visit the office in person.
For those who do not have health insurance, The Maryland Health Connection has launched a special one month enrollment period for people who do not have health insurance at this time. You can find more information on their website https://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/coronavirus-sep/ or you can call them at 855-642-8572.
Do I need to stockpile as many groceries and supplies as I can?
Please only buy what your family needs for a week or two. It is important to remember that many families may be unable to buy a supply of food and water for weeks in advance. Consumer demand has recently been exceptionally high – especially for grocery, household cleaning, and some healthcare products. Freight flows are not disrupted, but stores need time to restock.
How can I help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
We strongly encourage 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
- Stay at home if you are sick
Social distancing measures are paramount at this time. To reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, take these measures and recommendations seriously. These measures are strongly recommended, especially to vulnerable populations such as adults over sixty and those with pre-existing medical conditions. If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus like fever, cough and shortness of breath, contact a healthcare provider
Are we on a National lockdown?
There is no national lockdown. Governor Larry Hogan has declared a Stay at Home Order for Maryland and Washington County Government has declared a Local State of Emergency.
For all the actions the governor has taken during the State of Emergency visit his website at https://www.governor.maryland.gov/coronavirus/
For local actions please visit the Washington County Government’s website at https://www.washco-md.net/coronavirus-info/
Where can I get the latest updates and news on COVID-19 for the county?
Washington County agencies have formed a Joint Information Center (JIC) in order to better share information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and provide the public with timely, accurate and consistent briefings on what is happening in Washington County. Daily briefings will be posted at 2 p.m. Briefings can be found on the Washington County Government website at www.washco-md.net/jic
You can sign up for these daily updates to be sent to your email by visiting the website above.
What is considered an essential business?
You can view a list of essential businesses by clicking here.
Is my water still safe to drink?
- The Coronavirus is not transmitted by drinking water or wastewater.
- The virus has not been detected in drinking water supplies.
- Boiling your water is not a required as a precaution against COVID-19.
- Our tap water is safe for drinking, cooking, hand washing, etc..
- Disinfectants used to produce drinking water prevents viruses from contaminating water supplies.
- Wastewater treatment plants effectively treat for viruses and other pathogens.
What type of care is the homeless community receiving?
Below is a list of resources currently available to our homeless community:
Hope Center (Rescue Mission)
125 N Prospect
Community Action Council
117 Summit Ave
Families w/ Children
St. John’s Shelter
14-16 Randolph Ave
Families w/ Children
CASA – Abusive Situations
116 W Baltimore St
Women & Children
534 W Franklin St
Women & Children
Reach Crisis Resource Program
140 W Franklin St, Suite 300
Tue, Wed, Thur from 9-1 p.m.
Tue and Thur 9-1 p.m.
328 N. Potomac Street
301-733-6063 ext. 8269
Mon-Thur 8a-12p and 4p-8p drop in at the rear entrance Fri. by appointment
Soul Haven Drop In Center is closed
324 E. Antietam Street
Walk-In Tues-Thurs 10a-4p, call for appointment
Meals / Soup Kitchens
12:45pm & 7pm
Hope Center (Rescue Mission)
125 N Prospect
534 W Franklin TO GO
Sat & Sun
Between W Franklin and E Washington St. TO GO
201 N Potomac (rear entrance)
20 S Prospect
25 E. Church St
Rock of Hope
62 E. Antietam St.
4th Sat only
St. John’s Episcopal
101 S Prospect
- First Call for Help (community info / referral services): 211
- Child Protective Services: 240-420-2222
- Elderly and Vulnerable population abuse 971-673-5200
- Alcoholics Anonymous: 301-733-1109
- Domestic Violence (CASA): 301-739-8975
- Students in Transition (Homeless Education): 301-766-2823
- MD AIDS Hotline: 800-638-6252
- MD Crisis & Suicide Hotline: 800-422-0009
- Narcotics Anonymous: 800.777-1515
- The Listening Line: 301-766-7272; TDD 301-393-0731 Mon-Fri, 5-10pm
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