Daily COVID-19 Update

The Allegany County Health Department reports that 22,646 Allegany County residents have received their first dose of a two-dose vaccine against COVID-19 (32.2% of the population), with 17,310 of those individuals now fully vaccinated with their second dose (24.6 % of the population). The number of residents who have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine stands at 2,134 (3.0 %).

By comparison, the state reported that 43.6% of all Marylanders had received their first dose of a two-dose vaccine, with 29.7% having had both doses and 3.1% vaccinated with the single dose vaccine.

Allegany County COVID-19 Case Statistics as of April 29:

• New COVID Cases: 17 (cumulative total 6,821)

• Additional Deaths: 0 (cumulative total 207)

• Cases Per 100,000 Population: 9.94 (Maryland: 14.76)

• Positivity Rate: 2.71% (Maryland: 3.72%)

WEEKLY COVID-19 UPDATE: For the week of April 26-30, 2021, ACPS reports zero cases of COVID-19 in staff members, and four cases of COVID-19 in students who were within an Allegany County Public School. These individuals will complete the required isolation period before returning to their school buildings. Close contacts at school were identified in all four of the student cases. Those identified close contacts will complete a ten-day quarantine before returning to the school building. Parents were notified through the ACPS Blackboard notification system if there was a positive case in their child’s school.

ACPS had two staff members who were reported as quarantined this week due to either a close contact with a positive person, or Covid Like Illness (CLI). ACPS had 138 students who were reported as quarantined this week due to either a close contact with a positive person, or Covid Like Illness (CLI).

Earlier this week, Governor Hogan lifted the outdoor mask mandate in Maryland, with the exception of large ticketed venues. The Governor’s announcement also strongly encouraged those who are not vaccinated to continue wearing masks, especially when physical distancing is not possible. All students under the age of 16 are currently not vaccinated. At this time, under guidance from the Maryland Department of Health, there is no change in outdoor masking guidelines for schools. The Maryland Department of Health is currently reviewing how the Governor’s announcement will apply to school students and will be issuing updated guidance to schools in the near future.

The Garrett County Health Department is working with various state and local partners to bring vaccination clinics into the communities.

“It may seem like there are vaccine clinics popping up everywhere, and that’s basically true,” said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens. “As vaccine supply has increased, so has the offer for help from various state and federal agencies. Bringing the vaccine into the communities is the best way to make sure everyone who wants a vaccine is able to get it.”

Over the next several weeks there will be clinics in many communities. All the clinics are under the broad umbrella of the Maryland GoVAX campaign. Although various clinics are coordinated by different agencies, they all have the same goal of getting vaccines into the arms of people.

“It doesn’t matter if you schedule an appointment at our traditional vaccine site at MEDCO, or if you go to the Mobile Clinic at GCC Technologies, or attend one of the community clinics, or go to a local provider or pharmacy. What’s important is that you get your vaccination!” Stephens said. “You have so many choices now, so just pick one and get it done. We need everyone to do their part.”

Vaccination appointments continue to be available at MEDCO each Tuesday and Thursday unless otherwise announced. Appointments may be scheduled at garretthealth.org or call 301-334-7698 for assistance.

The GoVAX Mobile Clinic will be open at GCC Technologies Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and again next Tuesday through Saturday, May 4 -8. Links to schedule appointments are available on garretthealth.org, but walk-ins are accepted.

The following community clinics are scheduled to run from 12-6 p.m. on the designated days. To decrease your time at the clinic, schedule an appointment at garretthealth.org or call 301-334-7698 for assistance. Walk-ins are also accepted.

• Tuesday, May 4, Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department, 176 Brenneman Road, Bittinger

• Wednesday, May 5, Bloomington Volunteer Fire Department, 77 N. Branch Avenue, Bloomington

• Thursday, May 6, Friendsville Volunteer Fire Department, 122 Walnut Street, Friendsville

• Friday, May 7, Eastern Garrett Volunteer Fire Department, 401 Finzel Road, Frostburg

• Saturday, May 8, Crellin Senior Center 1859 Hutton Road, Oakland

Additional Community Clinics are scheduled with the Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the designated day. To decrease your time at the clinic, schedule an appointment at garretthealth.org or call 301-334-7698 for assistance. Walk-ins are also accepted.

• May 8, Kitzmiller Community Center, 288 West Main Street, Kitzmiller

• May 15, Friendsville Volunteer Fire Department,122 Walnut Street, Friendsville

• May 22, Grantsville Medical Center, 32 Corporate Drive, Grantsville

The GoVAX Mobile clinics and Community Clinics are made possible through partnerships with Maryland Department of Health, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Maryland National Guard, and Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force. Local partners include Garrett County Health Department, Garrett County Emergency Management, and Garrett County Government.

COVID VACCINE AVAILABLE for ANYONE Age 18 or Older Tuesday May 4 by appointment only at Grant County Health Department for Moderna Vaccine Call 304-257-4922 or CLINIC AT MT. STORM HEALTH CENTER for an appointment CALL 304-693-7616 Age 16-18, Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for this age, CALL LOCAL pharmacies).

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

There have been positive cases resulting in several elementary school students quarantined due to exposure in class or riding the buses from PES and MES.

Please remember to observe children for symptoms, including “sinus” issues, GI complaints, loss of taste or smell, headaches, or muscle aches all of which MAY be symptoms of COVID. Social distance, masks and hand hygiene. Do not send children to school or sports activities with symptoms.

1,392 Total COVID Cases

• 1137 Confirmed Positive COVID cases

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

• 1,334 Total Recovered

• 29 Active Cases

• 25 Deaths listed as COVID related

Free Community Testing Viking Field Parking Lot Tuesdays 11- 5 Fridays 11-3

Grant Memorial Hospital:

Mondays and Thursdays 6:00 am- 9:00 am and 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Call 304-257-1026 ext. 5

By Appointment:

Grove Street Health Care Center 304-257-2451 or

Mt. Top Medical Center 304-693-7616.

The Hampshire County Health Department has received 7 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Case investigation and contact tracing are ongoing. Hampshire County’s current case count is 1802 confirmed (PCR and Rapid test combined), 22 active, 33 deaths and 1 hospitalization.

Vaccination appointments for Moderna available to anyone 18 and older. Please call us to schedule. 304-496-9640

**Free COVID-19 Testing**Thursday, May 6th from 10a-5p LOCATION: Hampshire County Health Department

Hampshire County is currently at Low Community Transmission (Green). Please continue to follow COVID-19 precautions including mask usage, social distancing, and frequent hand washing. To view the DHHR COVID-19 webpage and map, please visit https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx