Daily COVID-19 Update

Moderna COVID vaccine booster appointments announced last week for October 26 and 27 filled up very quickly, and today the Allegany County Health Department has announced additional Moderna booster clinics for Tuesday, November 2 and Wednesday, November 3 from 9 to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. each day. Those clinics will take place in the Multipurpose Building at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. Moderna boosters are given by appointment only. Eligible individuals can register for an appointment online at health.maryland.gov/allegany.

In order to qualify for a Moderna booster appointment, individuals must have finished their initial course of COVID vaccine at least six months ago AND fall into one of the following classifications: age 65+; age 18+ living in a long-term care setting; age 18+ with underlying medical conditions; or age 18+ working in a high-risk setting.

The fairgrounds clinics on November 2 & 3 will also offer Pfizer COVID vaccine (first, second, and booster doses) on a walk-in basis.

Individuals looking to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine or looking for additional vaccination opportunities can get details at health.maryland.gov/allegany.

Allegany County COVID-19 Case and Vaccination Statistics as of October 23:

  • New COVID Cases: 38 (cumulative total 9,681)
  • Additional Deaths: 0 (cumulative total 245)
  • Cases Per 100,000 Population: 26.37 (Maryland: 13.07)
  • Positivity Rate: 5.57% (Maryland: 3.1%)
  • Percent of population fully vaccinated: 46.4% (Maryland: 66.1%)


Garrett County’s COVID-19 rates continue to go up as the rates of all other counties in Maryland are trending down.

“In fact, Garrett County’s rates are higher than any of the counties that surround us,” said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens. “For a long time, our rates were the best in Maryland, and better than those of the West Virginia counties that directly border us, but now our numbers are higher than any of theirs.”

COVID-19 Numbers:

  • Garrett County’s 7-Day Average Positivity Rate is 15.62%. Maryland’s overall rate is 3.21%.
  • Garrett County’s 7-Day Case Rate per 100,000 is 68.44. Maryland’s overall case rate is 12.5 per 100,000.

In the last 10 days, Garrett County has had 141 new positive cases of COVID-19 and the number of deaths attributed to complications from COVID-19 has gone up by 2, reaching a combined total of 78.

“We are seeing the consequences of our high numbers, which include deaths, and long-term effects of COVID,” Stephens said. “Businesses are closing and cutting back hours not because of any mandates, but because they have staff who are sick or quarantined. In addition, hospital and nursing home staff are working long hours to meet the high demands brought on by the added burden of COVID.”

“Frankly, I believe it is foolish to not receive the vaccine,” Stephens continued. “It has been proven to be effective and stunningly safe – many hundreds of times safer than acquiring the virus and also safer than not having immunity. PLEASE GET THE VACCINE. If you have concerns, talk to your doctor.”

“I am certain that some may take offense and maybe have hurt feelings by this statement,” Stephens said, “but, I believe it is my obligation to give this strong statement. In public health we have the goals of promoting health, preventing sickness, and protecting the community. The best way to do this right now is to have as many persons as possible vaccinated against COVID and other diseases that may easily spread in the community.”

The Garrett County Health Department has weekly clinics scheduled at their Oakland and Grantsville Offices, with Moderna and Pfizer vaccine available at each clinic.

Oakland Clinics

  • ​Tuesdays at 1025 Memorial Drive
  • ​8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grantsville Clinics

  • ​Fridays at 28 Hershberger Lane
  • ​8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information and to make an appointment visit GarrettHealth.org or call 301-334-7697 or 301-895-3111.



Free Community COVID Testing is available in the Petersburg City Parking Lot Tuesdays 11-5 Fridays 11-3

There were Nine (9) New Cases of COVID-19 were reported in Grant County.

October TOTAL —226

2,382 Total COVID Cases

  • 2047 Confirmed Positive COVID cases
  • 335 Probable COVID cases
  • 2,260 Total Recovered
  • 79 Active Cases uncertain how many hospitalized as some have transferred, and some have not been able to be reached.
  • 35 Deaths listed as COVID related

Moderna Covid vaccine has been approved for booster doses.


Grant County Health Department call 304-257-4922

Grove Street Health Center 304-257-2451

Mt. Top Medical Health Center 304-693-7616

Judy’s Drug Store 304-257-1044

Walgreen’s Pharmacy 304-257-2072

You must bring your vaccine card with you.

CDC recommends the booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine 6 months or more after their initial series, for individuals

  • age 65 or older
  • age 18 or over with underlying medical conditions
  • high risk exposure employment

or 2 months after Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (Grant County Health Department will not have Johnson and Johnson vaccine; however, if you want a booster of Moderna or Pfizer at least 2 mos. after Johnson and Johnson that will be available by appointment).

Grove St. Health Center will have Johnson and Johnson available.

It is recognized that some people may not prefer the vaccine type they originally received and may prefer to receive a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

COVID Testing By Appointment:

Grove Street Health Care Center 304-257-2451 or

Mt. Top Medical Center 304-693-7616.



The Hampshire County Health Department is  now taking appointments for those eligible for the Moderna COVID-19 Booster Vaccination on Tuesday (11/2/21) from 8:30am to 11:30am and Thursday (11/4/2021) from 8:30am-11:30am at Hope Christian Church in Augusta, WV. Call us at (304)496-9640 for an appointment. Please bring your photo ID and vaccination card with you to your boost vaccination clinic appointment.



The Mineral County Health Department is   now taking appointments for those eligible for the MODERNA COVID-19 Booster Vaccination on Thursday (10/28/21) from 11am to 3pm at the Fort Ashby Fairgrounds drive thru clinic. If you are a WV resident, call us at (304)788-1321 for an appointment.

To be eligible, you MUST be at least 6 months since completing the MODERNA primary series and you meet the following requirements:

* Individuals 65 years and older

* Individuals 18-64 years old with underlying medical conditions

* Individuals 18-64 who are at increased risk for Covid-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting based on their individual assessment of benefits and risks

Please bring your photo ID and vaccination card with you to your boost vaccination clinic appointment.