Covid-19 cases top 900 in Wicomico County

Covid-19 tests are being offered to the public in the Fruitland Walmart parking lot on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 to 9 a.m. Registration is required in advance at doineedacovid19test.com.

Coronavirus cases in Wicomico County exceeded 900 this week as more testing became available in the county and three additional city of Salisbury employees tested positive.

Including a positive case within the Salisbury Fire Department last week, there are now five city employees who have contracted the virus, Mayor Jake Day said Tuesday.

As a precautionary measure, all members who may have been in direct contact with last week’s Covid-19 positive member are being tested. These tests revealed three more positive cases contained within the Salisbury Fire Department.

Two of the three additional Salisbury Fire Department employees who tested positive are currently asymptomatic and are not experiencing any problems at this time. The third employee has lost their sense of taste.

“As a precaution and based on CDC guidelines, these members will not return to work for 10 days post positive testing,” said Salisbury Fire Chief, John Tull. “Should these members begin to experience any symptoms, their leave time will be extended.”

City Administrator Julia Glanz said the cases are a reminder of how important testing is for communities to get back to normal.

“If these employees were not tested, they could have unknowingly spread Covid-19 to those around them,” she said. “By getting these employees tested they can quarantine at home and reduce the growth of Covid-19.”

Covid-19 tests are being offered to the public in the Fruitland Walmart parking lot on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 to 9 a.m. Registration is required in advance at doineedacovid19test.com. 

The Wicomico County Health Department also offered free testing on Wednesday with no appointment or doctor’s referral needed.

As of Tuesday, Wicomico County’s confirmed cases of coronavirus patients totaled 908 patients, with 22 deaths from the virus.

Additional Covid-19 cases have also been confirmed in Worcester County, which now reports 194 people as having the virus and 10 deaths.

In Somerset County, the patient count is now 73 with two deaths.

There is now a total of 1,175 cases and 34 deaths in the three Lower Shore counties.

Dorchester County counts 130 cases with two deaths. There are 243 reported cases in Caroline County.

Statewide in Maryland, 47,687 cases have been confirmed, with 2,217 confirmed deaths and 116 probable deaths reported. The current hospitalization totals of people with the virus stands at 1,315.

Across Maryland, 206,800 people have tested negative for the virus and 3,334 people have been released from isolation after testing positive.

Nationally, there are now more than 1.6 million cases with 98,636 deaths as of Tuesday.


Helpful Coronavirus links

Maryland Department of Health Coronavirus Page
CDC: About the Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC: What to do if You Are Sick
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
AP News Coronavirus Coverage

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