HAGERSTOWN, MD (March 16, 2020) – Washington County Government
announces a Local State of Emergency declaration in Washington County as well as disclosing new restrictions for Washington County Government buildings. All actions are precautionary to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Effective immediately, a Local State of Emergency has been declared for Washington County, running parallel with the State. The declaration will remain in effect for the duration of the State’s State of Emergency.
Also, effective immediately and until further notice, Washington County Government will implement the following restrictions:
The County is enacting enhanced measures to mitigate the risk of contact with the COVID-19 virus. This includes enhanced cleaning protocols at public facilities. We will continue to adjust operations as events warrant. Updates and changes to the building and park access may occur at any time. All visitors are recommended to contact the department they plan to visit or the main county office building for updates prior to arriving.
This is a rapidly changing situation, and information is being shared as it becomes available.Accurate COVID-19 information is critical to the community. For the most current and accurate information about the situation, please refer to the following:
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. Do your part to help flatten the curve.
Health officials also encourage everyone to stay at home when possible. If a citizen must go out, please practice social distancing measures such as staying six feet away from others and avoiding large groups of people. 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 to discuss symptoms before going to urgent care or the emergency room.
As updates and new information come available, the County will continue to keep the public informed with as much detail as HIPAA laws allow. Please follow the Washington County Health Department website
and Washington County Government’s Facebook
page for the most up-to-date news on coronavirus in the county.
For general information or if you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms, please call Meritus at 301-790-9170 to be assessed by a nurse.
For additional information, please contact the Public Relations and Marketing Department at 240-313-2380 or [email protected]