Daily COVID-19 Update

From ACHD: COVID-19 vaccination appointments are now available for Allegany County residents ages 75 and over. Vaccinations are available by appointment only and will be given at the Barton Business Park Shell Building, 17300 Barton Park Drive, Rawlings, MD.

To make an appointment online, go to https://health.maryland.gov/…/Pages/COVIDVaccination.aspx.

To make an appointment over the phone, please contact your local HRDC senior center:

• Cumberland Senior Center: 301-783-1721 or 301-783-1710

• Frostburg Senior Center: 301-689-5510

• George’s Creek Senior Center: 301-783-1842

• Westernport Senior Center: 301-359-9930

Individuals with barriers which prevent them from getting to the clinic should let the HRDC senior center representative know.

Fact sheets and safety information about the vaccines can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronav…/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html.

On Monday, the Allegany County Health Department reported 66 new COVID cases in Allegany County and one additional death. This brings the county’s cumulative case count to 5,771 with 163 deaths. The current case rate in Allegany County is 49.7cases per 100,000 population, while Maryland’s state average is currently 50.46 cases per 100,000 population. Allegany’s positivity rate is now at 8.59%, while the statewide average is 8.56%.

Garrett County is currently continuing to vaccinate the Priority Group 1A as directed by the Maryland Vaccine Plan. This priority group includes healthcare workers, residents and staff of nursing facilities, first responders, public safety, and corrections facilities. Each long-term care facility is working under their own contract with CVS or Walgreens Pharmacy to vaccinate their staff and residents.

If you are not included in one of these groups, but you believe that you are in an extremely high-risk category, please contact your primary healthcare provider for additional information and to discuss any options that may be available. The Garrett County Health Department is NOT maintaining a list, and is only able to schedule appointments for those who meet the current qualifications at this time.

“We understand there is a high demand for the vaccine, and are working tirelessly to continue advancing the vaccination process,” said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens. “Please watch for our announcements for updates. Thank you for your patience as we work together to move closer to ending the pandemic.”

Today’s statistics for Garrett County include:

· A total of 1,623 COVID-19 cases

· A total of 54 deaths due to COVID-19 or its complications

· A 7-day case rate of 58.1 per 100,000 Garrett County residents, compared to Maryland’s case rate of 50.5.

· A 7-day positivity rate of 16.6%, compared to Maryland’s rate of 8.6%

For the most up-to-date information about vaccine distribution and testing in Garrett County watch for announcements from the Health Department on media outlets, the Health Department’s Facebook page and website (garretthealth.org).

When vaccine appointments become available for different segments of the population, the Health Department will announce qualification requirements and instructions on how to schedule an appointment.

Vaccinations are being given by appointment only, which must be made by your attending medical provider. Do not come to a vaccination clinic without an appointment. Proof of age and proof of Garrett County residency will be required.

Additional COVID-19 resources:

· If you have COVID-19 like symptoms, schedule a testing appointment at the Health Department by calling 301-334-7697.

· Free COVID-19 testing is available (with or without symptoms) on Tuesdays (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and Thursdays (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park. Pre-registration is recommended. Visit garretthealth.org for more information.

· For all other COVID-19 related questions, or to report a COVID-19 compliance issue, call the local COVID-19 Hotline number at 301-334-7698

There will be a Regional COVID 19 Community Vaccination Clinic at the Hardy County Armory (157 Freedom Way Moorefield) on

Thursday January 14, 2021

THIS EVENT IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

This Clinic will serve Grant, Hardy, Mineral and Hampshire Counties.

Call your Local Health Department for an appointment

(Grant County Health Department 304-257-4922)

Or EA Hawse _304-897-7400.

You Must be a WV resident and 80+years of age. Please bring your WV ID.

We are not able to start a list for any other age groups as we have not been given guidance on when vaccine may be available but will publicize that as soon as information is received from the governor’s office.

Please… Everyone must do their part to prevent the continued spread of this virus. PLEASE, SOCIAL DISTANCE … remember, COVID can be contagious 2 days before you have symptoms. If you have been told to quarantine, please be responsible and stay away from others.

There were Twelve (12) new cases reported today.

992 Total COVID Cases

• 781 Confirmed Positive COVID cases

• 211 Probable COVID cases (Probable cases are those that have a positive result from a rapid antigen test).

• 818 Total Recovered

• 152 Active Cases. Multiple are hospitalized, however as many are transferred to other hospitals quickly it is difficult to obtain accurate information quickly.

• 18 Deaths listed as COVID related (6 from GRCC).

Possible symptoms of COVID are increased sinus or cold like symptoms, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, fever, muscle aches, cough, shortness of breath, headache, or diarrhea.

COVID TESTING

Grant Memorial Hospital:

COVID testing hours LIMITED TO TWO DAYS WEEKLY

Monday and Thursday 6:00 am- 9:00 am and 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Call (304) 257 1026 and press 5 to speak to an ER nurse to preregister.

By Appointment:

Grove Street Health Center call 304-257-2451

Mt. Storm Health Center call 304-693-7616

The Hampshire County Health Department has received 12 confirmed cases today. Case investigation and contact tracing are ongoing.

Hampshire County’s current case count is 1,223 confirmed (PCR and Rapid test combined), 121 active, 21 deaths and 5 hospitalizations.

**Free community testing**

Hampshire County Fairgrounds

Tuesday January 12th – 9a-1p

Thursday January 14th – 9a-3p

You can also find other testing options at https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/pages/testing.aspx

The Hampshire County Health Department confirmed two new deaths due to complications from COVID-19. The deceases include a 77 year old man from Romney and an 86 year old woman who was residing at the Hampshire Center. That brings the current total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 21 in Hampshire County.

HARDY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

January 11th, 2021 COVID-19 UPDATE

COUNTY INFECTION RATE: RED

COUNTY POSITIVITY RATE: RED

LESSER OF THE TWO: RED

The Hardy County Health Department and Hardy County Office of Emergency Management has 32 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Hardy County, making 232 active cases, with a total confirmed case count of 1053. We have had 14 confirmed COVID-19 deaths. We currently have 213 patients in quarantine at home, following proper protocol to protect their neighbors and community.

19 patients are currently hospitalized due to severe symptoms of COVID-19. Due to privacy, additional information regarding the persons, area of residence, and travel history will not be disclosed. The Hardy County Health Department has completed the necessary contact tracing to ensure the safety of close contacts and to prevent additional transmission. Hardy County now has 809 individuals recovered, included in the total confirmed case count of 1053.

COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may linger in the air, as well as land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by breathing in the droplets, touching these objects or surfaces, or by touching their eyes, nose or mouth. COVID-19 can be very easily spread by airborne transmission when near a contagious person or in the same room or enclosed space. Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, lung problems, and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

There are vaccines under development and testing, and a few recently released to prevent COVID-19. The first vaccines available will be used for healthcare workers, first responders, and the most vulnerable community members. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The Hardy County Health Department as always recommends everyday preventive actions to help impede the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

Avoiding exposure to others who are sick.

Staying home when you are ill.

Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).

DHHR’s COVID-19 information hotline 24/7, toll-free at 1-800-887-4304 and state website at http://www.coronavirus.wv.gov/. For local information, please call Hardy County Health Dept at 304-530-6355 or visit the Health Department’s website at http://www.hardycountyhealthdepartment.com/. All media inquiries, contact David Maher, Hardy Sheriff PIO at pio@hardycounty.com.

Print version at https://www.dropbox.com/…/20210111-hardy-covid-update…

It is with sorrow that we have to announce an additional three deaths related to COVID-19 in Hardy County.

One community member was a 74-year-old female who died after hospitalization. Two additional individuals, an 87-year old male and a 76-year old female passed away from COVID-19 at a nursing home.

There have been a total of 14 deaths in Hardy County due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of those affected.

In Mineral County there are a total of 2157 cases, 195 active currently, 52 probable, 1930 recovered and 70 deaths

From ACPS: IMPORTANT FOOD SERVICE REMINDER: Allegany County Public Schools will continue to provide FREE “to go” breakfast and lunch meals to all students at all school locations Monday-Friday from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Any ACPS student (or their parent/guardian) can pick up the student meals for the day at any location throughout the county. As always, face masks/cloth face coverings are required during meal pickups to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

MD Governor Larry Hogan introduced the RELIEF Act of 2021, an emergency legislative package that will provide more than $1 billion in direct stimulus and tax relief for Maryland working families, small businesses, and those who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This legislation builds on the more than $700 million in emergency economic relief that the governor has already announced.

“With the start of a new 2021 legislative session on Wednesday, we are now asking the legislative branch to assist by immediately passing this stimulus and tax relief package to help even more struggling families and small businesses across our state,” said Governor Hogan. “We will be introducing the RELIEF Act of 2021 as emergency legislation on day one. We will ask both houses of the legislature to act on it immediately, so that I can immediately sign it into law, and these relief measures can take effect—all so that we can immediately get these much-needed dollars out the door and into the pockets of those who desperately need it.”

The $1 Billion RELIEF Act. The Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families Act includes the following economic stimulus and tax relief:

Provides direct stimulus payments for low-to-moderate income Marylanders, with benefits of up to $750 for families and $450 for individuals. This relief begins with immediate payments of $500 for families and $300 for individuals who filed for the Earned Income Tax Credit, followed by a second-round stimulus for EITC filers that would provide an additional $250 for eligible families and $150 for individuals. This relief will directly help more than 400,000 Marylanders. Similar to federal stimulus payments, no application for relief is necessary. ($270 million)

Repeals all state and local income taxes on unemployment benefits, providing further support and assistance for Marylanders who have lost their jobs. ($180 million)

Supports small businesses with sales tax credits of up to $3,000 per month for four months— for a total of up to $12,000—freeing-up much needed resources to protect payrolls and sustain operations. This relief will directly help more than 55,000 Maryland small businesses. ($300 million)

Extends unemployment tax relief for small businesses, staving off sudden and substantial tax hikes in 2021. This provision codifies an emergency order the governor issued last month. ($218 million)

Safeguards Maryland businesses against any tax increase triggered by the use of state loan or grant funds. ($40 million)

The RELIEF Act will be introduced as emergency legislation so that it can take immediate effect upon enactment. A summary of the bill is available here. The legislation is funded through the remaining surplus at the end of Fiscal Year 2020, difficult budget reductions, and a small portion of the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

During today’s press conference, the governor also provided an update on the new federal COVID-19 relief bill, which will provide Marylanders with an additional nearly $15 billion, including:

$7.14 billion in business assistance funding, including an additional $5.5 billion through the Paycheck Protection Program;

$4.18 billion in individual assistance funding, including an additional $2.59 billion for direct stimulus payments, $1.38 billion for extended unemployment insurance, and $211 million for enhanced SNAP benefits;

$925 million for K-12 school, and $130 million for child care;

$400 million for rental assistance, which can be used to help pay for rent and utility bills;

$336 million for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, and $75 million for vaccination programs;

$257 million for the transportation sector; and

$58 million to expand broadband access.