Three more cases of coronavirus confirmed in Howard County, Frederick County announces first case

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Posted at 1:49 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 14:10:58-04

MARYLAND — The Howard County Health Department is reporting three more cases of the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

On Monday, March 16, the Health Department was made aware of three additional cases.

They include: a man in his 40s on dialysis who is in the hospital, a woman in her 70s who is self-isolating at home, and a man in his 50’s with underlying health conditions who is also self-isolating at home. How these cases were acquired is still under investigation.

Howard County had it's first confirmed case of the coronavirus on Sunday. She's an 82-year-old woman with mild symptoms and is currently hospitalized.

“We will continue to see new cases of the coronavirus in Howard County, but as a community, we can limit the spread of the coronavirus by continuing social distancing practices like staying home as much as possible, and continuing to practice healthy habits,” said Dr. Maura J. Rossman, Health Officer. “If you do get sick with a mild illness, stay home. If you develop more serious symptoms or have underlying health conditions, contact your medical provider for advice. If you are experiencing a health emergency, contact 911. We will get through this by working together, remaining calm and following guidance from the health department and your medical provider.”

The Howard County Health Department has a Coronavirus Information Line for answers to health and medical questions about the virus. Call 410-313-6284. The line is available from 8:00am until 8:00pm seven days a week.

Frederick County’s first case was also announced on Monday.

The woman is a Frederick County resident in her 30s who did not travel abroad but had contact with people who recently traveled to Italy. She has very mild symptoms and is recovering at home.

The Health Department will investigate this case with the help of the Maryland Department of Health. Communicable Disease nurses will identify contacts and advise them of any actions they should take. The Health Department will share information as soon as possible if any risk to the public is identified.

This would make 41 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Maryland.