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Baltimore County Health Officer issues notice to faith-based institutions

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Posted at 1:31 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 13:31:05-04

BALTIMORE COUNTY — Baltimore County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Branch has issued a health notice to faith-based institutions calling for their help in the ongoing effort to decrease the spread of COVID-19.

“With the flu season right around the corner it is more important than ever for residents to adhere to the recommendations of national, state and local health officials,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “Our faith-based organizations are some of our most valuable partners in helping to drive home that message.”

“Faith-based institutions have a long-standing tradition of serving as anchors in communities and a focal point for the distribution of information and guidance,” said Health Officer Branch. “We are relying on these institutions to emphasize to their parishioners and their neighboring communities the importance of safeguarding against the coronavirus.”

In addition to sharing safety messages with parishioners, the order also called for faith-based institutions affiliated with educational facilities to encourage those facilities to follow practices and protocols outlined in their re-opening plans, noting that institutions that operate outside of plans are subject to closure.