Daily COVID-19 Update

This week, the Allegany County Health Department will move its main COVID-19 vaccination location from Rawlings to the Allegany County Fairgrounds. The COVID vaccine clinics will be held inside the Multipurpose Building, while COVID testing will continue to be done as a drive-thru at the adjacent pavilion. A walk-in COVID vaccination clinic will be available at the fairgrounds Friday, May 7 from 9 to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines will be available at that clinic.

In addition to the fairgrounds location, the health department will be providing walk-in clinics in Lonaconing on Tuesday, May 4 from 9 to noon at the Goodwill Fire Company Armory and in Mt. Savage on Thursday, May 6 from 9 to noon at the Mt. Savage Fire Company. The Moderna COVID vaccine will be offered at those clinics. Walk-in clinics are open to any Allegany County adult age 18 or older, no appointment necessary.

“We want to extend our sincere thanks to the Allegany County Government for allowing us to use the Barton Business Park Shell Building for COVID-19 vaccinations over the past few months, and for allowing us to now relocate that operation to the Allegany County Fairgrounds,” said Brenda Caldwell, Public Information Officer for the Allegany County Health Department. The county government has been a key partner in the health department’s COVID response efforts since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Allegany County Health Department reports that 22,807 Allegany County residents have received their first dose of a two-dose vaccine against COVID-19 (32.4% of the population), with 18,070 of those individuals now fully vaccinated with their second dose (25.7 % of the population). The number of residents who have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine stands at 2,147 (3.0 %).

By comparison, the state reported that 46.0% of all Marylanders had received their first dose of a two-dose vaccine, with 32.0% having had both doses and 3.2% vaccinated with the single dose vaccine.

Allegany County COVID-19 Case Statistics as of April May 2:

• New COVID Cases: 31 (cumulative total 6,852)

• Additional Deaths: 0 (cumulative total 207)

• Cases Per 100,000 Population: 14.4 (Maryland: 13.46)

• Positivity Rate: 4.32% (Maryland: 3.69%)

In order to continue to facilitate vaccination efforts in Allegany County and to better serve the community, UPMC Western Maryland is pleased to once again to announce an upcoming Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination clinic to be held Thursday, May 6, from noon until 6 p.m. in the hospital auditorium.

All Individuals age 16 and older are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, and this clinic will administer the first dose. Please note, individuals under the age of 18 must have a parent present to sign a consent form.

Those interested have several options: · Register online at https://www.marylandvax.org/reg/9312600999

· Call 240-964-1000 on Tuesday, May 4, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

· Walk-ins are also welcome.

Individuals should enter the hospital through the entrance adjacent to the parking garage where they will be screened and then directed to registration where they will be required to show their driver’s license or another valid form of identification.

UPMC Western Maryland recognizes the importance of safely distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to its community members, and is pleased to be able to offer this additional option along with the other opportunities now available in Allegany County.

Free Community COVID Testing is available at the Viking Field Parking Lot Tuesday 11- 5 and COVID VACCINE IS 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 Two (2) Positive cases reported in Grant County.

There have been positive cases resulting in several elementary school students and teachers 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.

1,394 Total COVID Cases

• 1139 Confirmed Positive COVID cases

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

• 1,336 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 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 39 active cases, with a total confirmed case count of 1,569. We have had 22 confirmed COVID-19 deaths. We currently have 35 patients in quarantine at home, following proper protocol to protect their neighbors and community. Four 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 1,508 individuals recovered, included in the total confirmed case count of 1,569.