Cecil County, MD was notified of its first positive case of COVID-19. The patient is a female in her 20s who lives in the western area of the county and some distance from the Delaware line.
The individual has no history of recent foreign travel or known contact with anyone who traveled.
The Cecil County Health Department is working with the patient and the Maryland Department of Health to conduct contact tracing.
This process will help to identify any people the individual has had close contact with recently. The individual is in stable condition and will self-isolate at home.
Earlier this week, another county that borders Delaware, Worchester, County, MD, reported its first case. Wicomico County (Salisbury) has now reported four cases, according to its health department.
Worcester County Health Department is conducting a contact investigation and appropriate close contacts will have arrangements made for testing if indicated.
“Cecil County has taken a proactive role to address the threat that COVID-19 presents to the health of our community,” stated County Executive Dr. Alan McCarthy. “This first confirmed case serves as an important reminder that good hygiene practices and social distancing are critical to slowing the spread of the coronavirus in our communities. I encourage all residents to stay at home as much as possible and wash their hands frequently.”
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please contact your primary care provider for assessment.
Residents are encouraged to visit www.cecilcountyhealth.org for current and accurate information.
Cecil County Executive McCarthy, along with Health Officer Lauren Levy, will hold a press conference on Monday, March 23rd at 11:00 a.m. via Facebook Live.