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Woman in 20s test positive for coronavirus, second confirmed case in Baltimore City

Coronavirus AP
Posted at 4:13 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 16:39:32-04

BALTIMORE — Mayor Jack Young announced that the Maryland Department of Health has identified the second positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Baltimore City.

The case involves a woman in her 20s. The Baltimore City Health Department is currently investigating the case.

This is Maryland's 42nd case of the coronavirus.

"Everyone in Baltimore City has to take seriously the need to practice social distancing, in additional to increased hand washing," Mayor Young said. "This virus is not a joke and the quicker we have maximum participation from our residents, the better for everyone. We will continue to take aggressive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, but we need the public's help."

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said that her agency's staff is working closely with the Maryland Department of Health and is actively investigating this case.

“I plead with all Baltimore City residents to implement social distancing measures in addition to personal protective measures to protect themselves and their loved ones," Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said.

Residents are advised to practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Baltimore City. Residents are asked to stay home if they are sick and to avoid crowds.

Per the Governor’s enhanced Emergency Order, and updated CDC guidelines, mass gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited in an effort to enforce social distancing measures.

This order will assist the City of Baltimore in maximizing its healthcare resources to protect vulnerable populations, like adults over the age of 60 and those with underlying comorbidities that place them at the highest risk for severe complications from COVID-19.