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The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

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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.


Keeping Residents Informed

Following the confirmation of the first cases of COVID-19 in Maryland, Baltimore County is continuing to closely monitor potential developments and remains in regular contact across County government and with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) to prepare for any comprehensive and coordinated response as necessary.

“Baltimore County is actively working across agencies and with our state partners to coordinate information and prepare for the COVID-19 virus,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “We have brought agency leaders together, will continue public health preparedness efforts, and remain vigilant to ensure we are ready for any scenario.” 

"Keeping residents safe and informed is our highest priority," said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services and Health Officer. "Because misinformation can be as contagious and harmful as a virus, I urge everyone to 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." 

Know Your F.A.C.T.S.

Baltimore County reminds residents to practice simple preventive measures. Knowing your Flu F.A.C.T.S. is an excellent way to limit the spread of infectious germs:

Frequently wash hands.
Always get an annual flu shot.
Cover your cough.
Take time off from work or school if you have symptoms.
Seek care if your symptoms worsen.

More Information

Visit the Baltimore County Health Department's website to receive the County's latest information regarding COVID-19. 

For state and national updates, visit the Maryland Department of Health.

The Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) promotes well-being among individuals and families by providing quality health, housing and social services. Along with an administrative unit, HHS is comprised of the Departments of Health and Social Services.


Show Airs on Cable Channel 25 and Online

The latest edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” includes an in-depth interview with County Executive Johnny Olszewski, an overview of the County’s environmental health function and details on how you can join the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge.  

Clean, Green and Litter-free – Find out how your group can make a difference in your community and help a local school win the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge.

Meet Johnny O – County Executive Johnny Olszewski discusses his top priorities, and plans for open transparent government.

What’s Up Doc? – Baltimore County’s top doc, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch explores environmental health issues like the cleanliness of restaurants, public pools and more.

You can also view the show on the County website’s Hello Baltimore County page. In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25 in Baltimore County, at the following times:

Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.

Thursdays: 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.


 
 
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