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COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates and Guidance

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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Retailers May Open for Curbside and Delivery Service, Personal Services and Religious Institutions Remain Closed, Prohibition on Gatherings of More than 10 Remains in Place

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced actions to protect residents and communities and minimize the spread of COVID-19.

“Jurisdictions like Baltimore County must do what’s in the best interest of our communities with the health and safety of our residents at the top of that list,” Olszewski said. “After examining the available data and consulting with our public health team, it’s clear that we are not yet in a position to safely move toward a significant reopening.”

County Executive Olszewski will issue an executive order tomorrow stating that effective Friday, May 15, at 5 p.m., Baltimore County will take the following actions:

Prohibition of 10 or More Extended

County Executive Olszewski’s executive action to prohibit gatherings or events to 10 or more people at all locations and venues will remain in place.

Retail Stores Curbside Pickup

County Executive Olszewski announced that retail stores that were previously closed in Baltimore County may reopen for curbside pickup and delivery only. There will be no in-store retail permitted aside from those retail establishments already considered essential. Shopping malls must continue to stay closed. All public health precautions should remain in place during pickup and delivery.

Remaining Manufacturing to Reopen

Under Maryland’s previous orders, the vast majority of manufacturing firms in Baltimore County were considered essential and remained open. Beginning Friday at 5 p.m., the remaining manufacturing operations—most of them small businesses—may resume operations in a safe manner which protects the health of employees, with guidelines encouraging multiple shifts and other safety precautions.

In-Person Religious Institutions Remain Closed

Until further notice, religious institutions may not begin holding worship services and ceremonies indoors. The restriction on gatherings of more than 10 people remains in place—and those restrictions will continue to apply to religious gatherings.

Personal Services Remain Closed

Until further notice, all personal services establishments, including barbershops, nail salons, and hair salons, must remain closed.

Residents Should Continue to Stay Home

Residents and visitors to Baltimore County should continue to stay at home unless they are traveling to work or medical appointments, shopping for groceries or picking up other retail goods, or traveling to outdoor recreational opportunities. Older and more vulnerable residents are strongly advised to continue staying home as much as possible.

Residents and visitors should practice safe physical distancing and wear masks in public, and frequently wash their hands and sanitize high-touch areas.

Employers should continue to encourage telework for their employees when possible. Individuals who can work from home should continue to do so.

Department Continuing to Ensure Proper Precautions to Protect Personnel and Inmates

Baltimore County officials today announced that an inmate in the Baltimore County Department of Corrections has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is an African-American male in their 50s who is not currently presenting symptoms and is in quarantine.

The Baltimore County Department of Corrections is coordinating with the Department of Health to lead a contact trace investigation to determine whether any other staff or inmates may have had contact with the individual who tested positive.

“Ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of both our professional and dedicated staff and all those at our detention center continues to be our top priority as we navigate this global pandemic,” said Baltimore County Department of Corrections Director Gail M. Watts. “We will continue to follow the recommendations of federal, state, and local health officials and aggressively adopt public health best practices as we respond to this rapidly evolving crisis.”

The Department has already implemented a number of actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Following CDC guidelines for deep-cleaning and sanitizing areas and equipment, and daily disinfecting and cleaning “high-touch” areas throughout the facility.

  • Appropriate use of personal protective equipment and daily “healthy check-ins” for all employees to ensure anyone with symptoms of illness is sent home.

  • Minimizing all unnecessary movement except for critical efforts, including medical treatment and bail reviews.

  • Suspending inmate family and friend visitation and authorizing limited free calling time for inmates.

  • Providing increased education such as, showing COVID-19 informational videos in processing and housing units, placing posters designed by the CDC in all inmate housing areas, and posting increased hand-washing signage.

The impacted individual will remain in the medical unit with continued monitoring for the recommended CDC period. Out of an abundance of caution, the individual’s housing unit is under a quarantine protocol.

The Baltimore County Health Department, in coordination with state health officials, will continue to take steps to ensure all proper precautions are being taken to protect Department personnel and other inmates.

Revised September 11, 2017