Daily COVID-19 Update

MD Governor Larry Hogan Tuesday announced the opening of a FEMA-supported mass vaccination site in Southern Maryland, in addition to expanded surveillance of COVID-19 variants, an executive order requiring face coverings in schools, and a warning regarding vaccine fraud in Maryland.

“Following both the federal and state vaccination plans, we continue to broaden the distribution network to ensure as many points of access as possible in every single county,” said Governor Hogan. “We are utilizing every single dose we are allocated, and building an infrastructure with the capability of doing up to 100,000 shots per day, just as soon as they are made by the manufacturers and allocated to us by the federal government.”

NEW FEMA-SUPPORTED MASS VACCINATION SITE IN SOUTHERN MARYLAND: Governor Hogan announced that the fourth state-run mass vaccination site will open no later than March 11 at Regency Furniture Stadium in Charles County. At the state’s request, the Southern Maryland mass vaccination site will be supported by FEMA, which will provide more than 100 personnel—including trained vaccinators—to help staff the site and provide technical assistance. The Southern Maryland mass vaccination site will be capable of administering thousands of shots per day as more supply becomes available.

  • More than 10,000 appointments have been made for the state’s third mass vaccination site, which opens Thursday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore City. In the coming weeks, the state will also open mass vaccination sites on the Eastern Shore and in Western Maryland.
  • In March, the state will launch a pre-registration appointment site for state-run mass vaccination sites.

EXPANDED SURVEILLANCE OF CORONAVIRUS VARIANTS: Governor Hogan announced that the state has entered into agreements with the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University to more than double the state’s surveillance of coronavirus variants to screen more than 10% of cases—the level recommended by public health experts. The Maryland Public Health Laboratory is already testing for these variants at a much higher rate than other states by using genomic sequencing to track virus mutations. This new partnership will give Maryland one of the strongest surveillance systems in the country and the world.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON ALLOCATIONS EXPECTED AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK: Governor Hogan announced that the states have been notified to expect allocations of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine—which is being made here in Maryland—as early as next week. The states are awaiting further guidance from the federal government.

EXECUTIVE ORDER REQUIRING FACE COVERINGS IN SCHOOL SETTINGS: To further support the safe reopening of schools, Governor Hogan has issued an executive order clarifying that face coverings are required for anyone over the age of five in any area of a school setting where interaction with others is likely, including classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, auditoriums, and gymnasiums. Read the executive order.

WARNING ON VACCINE FRAUD: Governor Hogan warned Marylanders that there are increasing reports of fraud related to vaccines, and reiterated that no one can charge for a vaccine or a vaccination. Marylanders who suspect fraudulent activity are urged to notify law enforcement immediately.

The following are the latest COVID-19 Test results for Frostburg State University for Feb. 15-21, 2021  https://www.frostburg.edu/spring2021/testing-dashboard.php  

Testing Period      Number of FSU-Administered Tests – Negative      Number of FSU-Administered Tests – Positive      Positivity Rate     
Feb. 15-21, 2021  2,791  0.00% 
Feb. 8-14, 2021  3,123  1  0.03% 
Feb. 1-7, 2021  2,367  6  0.25% 
Jan. 25-31, 2021  1,718  9  0.52% 
Jan. 17-24, 2021  1,964  7  0.36% 

Test results during the semester include campus-wide testing of in-person students and employees, athletics testing and symptomatic tests conducted by Brady Health.     

Visit www.frostburg.edu/spring2021 and check your FSU email for updates and important information.      

Anyone age 65 or older that wants a COVID vaccine and has not been scheduled to receive their first dose Call GRANT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT 304-257-4922 Thursday February 25, 2021 WV residents under age 65 wanting COVID-19 Vaccine must PREregister online at www.vaccinate.wv.gov or by calling 833-734-0965. You will be called for an appointment for COVID vaccine based on the Governor’s priority group. If you would like to be on the list to receive the COVID vaccine and are unable to register for COVID vaccine, call for assistance:

• Grant County Senior Center

304-257-1666 or

• Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

304- 257-2847.

If you received your first dose of Pfizer vaccine at the Grant County Health Department, you will be contacted with a February 26, 2021 appointment time for your second dose.

There were Four (4) new cases reported in Grant County.

1,181 Total COVID Cases

• 948 Confirmed Positive COVID cases

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

• 1,131 Total Recovered

• 22 Active Cases.

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

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 Hardy County Health Department and Hardy County Office of Emergency Management has three additional confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Hardy County, making 25 active cases, with a total confirmed case count of 1,320. We have had 22 confirmed COVID-19 deaths. We currently have 20 patients in quarantine at home, following proper protocol to protect their neighbors and community. Five 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 1,273 individuals recovered, included in the total confirmed case count of 1,320.

From ACPS: ACPS virtual parent conferences originally scheduled for March 10-11, 2021, have been cancelled as a result of the beginning transitions to the concurrent/hybrid learning schedules. Students in grades Pre-K, kindergarten, and Grade 1, those students failing or failing to engage in virtual learning, and identified students with special needs will return to school buildings on March 1st, followed by students in Grades 2-5, 6, 9, and 12 on March 8th, and finally students in Grades 7, 8, 10, 11 on March 15th.

​Parents are still encouraged to contact their child’s teacher or teachers during regular afternoon office hours and/or student support time to review their child’s academic and behavioral progress. A parent may also request a progress report from their child’s school counselor.