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Date: Mar 11, 2020

County Executive Olszewski and Health Officials to Hold Press Briefing Tomorrow Morning

The Maryland Department of Health has confirmed Baltimore County’s first positive COVID-19 case. The individual is in their 60s and worked at the recent American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, D.C., and is not hospitalized. The individual had limited contacts, and they have been identified and notified.

Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services, informed County Executive Olszewski of the case late this evening and remains in regular communication with Maryland Department of Health officials.

“We have been preparing for this situation and we are ready to respond to any potential impact of the COVID-19 virus in our communities,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “We continue to work with our partners across County government and at the state level to monitor this rapidly evolving situation.”

“Keeping residents safe and informed remains our highest priority,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services and Health Officer. “We strongly urge residents to continue following public health best practices and rely on credible sources including the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and your state and local health departments for accurate and up-to-date information.”

Media Briefing

County officials will hold a media briefing tomorrow morning at the Baltimore County Historic Courthouse.

When

Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 11 a.m.

Where

Baltimore County Historic Courthouse, Room 118
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

More Information

For up-to-date fact sheets and information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.

For the latest information from Baltimore County, please visit: www.baltimorecountymd.gov/health.


Honorees Will be Recognized at Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 25

Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month to honor women’s contributions in American society. This year’s theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote.” The theme honors “the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.” 

Baltimore County and the Women’s Commission will recognize three outstanding women during its 38th Annual “Woman of the Year” Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse in Towson. 

The 2020 valiant women of Baltimore County are:

  • Alejandra Ivanovich as the “Woman of the Year,” a dedicated community leader and an advocate for the Latino community and for victims of domestic violence.

  • Dr. Marlene Mahipat as the “Woman Making a Difference Awardee,” a tireless community servant, Dr. Mahipat established two nonprofit foundations assisting children, families in need, and care for animals.

  • Madelin McLean as the “Young Woman of the Year,” a senior at Catonsville High School and a leader inside and outside of the classroom organizing community outreach projects.

Chesnie Caster, a senior at Franklin High School, received Honorable Mention.

These awards are given to County female residents who have enhanced the lives of citizens and made significant contributions in the community, workplace, or school to further the interests of women and children. 

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski will lead the recognition of awardees, together with County Council members, State Senators and Delegates, and County department heads.

More Information

Learn more about Baltimore County's Annual Woman and Young Woman of the Year Awards on the Commission for Women website


Case-by-Case Decisions on Future Town Hall Meetings

Baltimore County released the following update regarding tonight's scheduled District 4 Town Hall at Owings Mills High School:

Baltimore County is continuing communication across County government and the Maryland Department of Health to prepare for any necessary response to COVID-19.

Tonight's scheduled town hall meeting at Owings Mills High School will be held as planned. Decisions on future town hall meetings will be made on a case-by-case basis.

We encourage all residents to continue following common-sense health practices by washing hands, covering coughs and staying home if you are sick. If residents have concerns about COVID-19 or if you are at an increased risk from the virus, refer to the CDC’s guidance regarding prevention.

Share Your Input

For residents unable to attend, Baltimore County will continue to livestream events on Facebook and Twitter. Baltimore County has also released a new online survey to provide residents with another opportunity to provide input on budget priorities. Residents can also email their priorities to JohnnyO@baltimorecountymd.gov.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017