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12 people test positive for coronavirus at assisted living center in Frederick

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Posted at 7:12 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 19:16:26-04

FREDERICK, Md. — The Health Department is now reporting 147 reported positive cases of COVID-19 and 4 deaths in Frederick County.

12 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in HeartFields Assisted Living at Frederick. Five residents and seven staff have tested positive. Test results are pending on one additional resident and six staff.

The two deaths that were reported in the April 5 update have been confirmed to be from this facility, one resident and one staff person.

Other health updates:

  • CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings to slow spread of COVID-19 in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).
  • Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • The cloth face coverings recommended to slow spread of COVID-19 are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those critical supplies must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
  • Maintaining 6-feet minimum social distancing remains important to slowing spread of COVID-19.