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The county’s first case of the coronavirus, or the COVID-19
disease it causes, was announced Friday afternoon. Chris Winebrenner,
communications manager for Carroll County, said in a phone interview at about
1:45 p.m. Friday that one case has been confirmed. Winebrenner said further
details will be provided during a 3 p.m. news conference at the county office building,
which can be viewed on Facebook.
While Hogan on Thursday prohibited meetings of 250 people or more, Singer
told the crowd at the Carroll County Public Safety Training Center that
meetings of even the size of that meeting are a concern.
“There’s a low risk that anybody here in this room or
anywhere in Carroll County is going to contract the COVID-19 virus, but that’s
going to change,” Singer said.
Updates on the number of Maryland cases and other important
information can be found on the health department’s COVID-19 webpage at cchd.maryland.gov/covid-19/.
Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental
health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention, help others in
crisis, and change the conversation around suicide.
Hope Can Happen
Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the
conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we
can prevent suicides and save lives.
We Can All Take Action
Evidence shows that providing support services, talking
about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm, and following up with
loved ones are just some of the actions we can all take to help others.
Crisis Centers are Critical
By offering immediate counseling to everyone that may need
it, local crisis centers provide invaluable support at critical times and
connect individuals to local services.
Know the Risk Factors
Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely
that someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. They can't cause or
predict a suicide attempt, but they're important to be aware of.
Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders,
schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and certain personality disorders
Alcohol and other substance use disorders
Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
History of trauma or abuse
Major physical illnesses
Previous suicide attempt(s)
Family history of suicide
Job or financial loss
Loss of relationship(s)
Easy access to lethal means
Local clusters of suicide
Lack of social support and sense of isolation
Stigma associated with asking for help
Lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance
Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that
suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or
via the media and Internet)
Know the Warning Signs
Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is
at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems
related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits
any of these, seek help by calling the Lifeline.
Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online,
or buying a gun
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
Study: Police Officers and Firefighters Are More Likely to
Die by Suicide than in Line of Duty
No date – Retrieved Nov. 2018
A white paper commissioned by the Foundation has revealed
that first responders (policemen and firefighters) are more likely to die by
suicide than in the line of duty. In 2017, there were at least 103 firefighter
suicides and 140 police officer suicides. In contrast, 93 firefighters and 129
police officers died in the line of duty. Suicide is a result of mental
illness, including depression and PTSD, which stems from constant exposure to
death and destruction.
The white paper study, the Ruderman White Paper on Mental
Health and Suicide of First Responders, examines a number of factors
contributing to mental health issues among first responders and what leads to
their elevated rate of suicide. One study included in the white paper found
that on average, police officers witness 188 ‘critical incidents’ during their
careers. This exposure to trauma can lead to several forms of mental illness.
Updated: March 12, 2020 By Kevin Dayhoff,
Westminster Common Councilmember, Westminster Fire Department PIO and Chaplain
and Maryland Troopers Association Lodge #20 Chaplain.
Westminster Maryland March 10, 2020– Municipal, county, and state officials have been carefully
monitoring local, national, and international developments regarding the
outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that first emerged in December
2019 in China's Hubei province.
As we continue to monitor developments
regarding the coronavirus, County, municipal, and state officials recognize
that citizens may be negatively affected by impacts of this global outbreak.
As always, the focus of public officials
is the health, safety and well-being of the citizens we serve. Our thoughts are
also with those who have been impacted.
Our monitoring of events has included
the coordinated response of the State of Maryland; and the work of Maggie Kunz,
M.P.H., Health Planner, the communications lead with Carroll County Health
Department, Valerie Hawkins, Carroll County Emergency Management Manager, and
Chris Winebrenner, the Communications Manager with the Carroll County
On March 5, 2020, Maryland Governor
Larry Hogan declared a State of Emergency in the State of Maryland. The state
explained that COVID-19 is a potentially severe respiratory disease that can
cause serious illness or death, caused by the person-to-person spread of a novel
(new) coronavirus, which was not previously found in humans.
Perhaps some of the most important
things citizens can do to prevent the spread of the disease is wash their hands,
cover their coughs and sneezes, stay home when sick, and take other steps to
prevent infections generally, including the seasonal flu that is widespread
At this point it is impossible for
health authorities to predict the spread of COVID-19 and fully understand its
impact, but this does not alter a public safety focus.
Finding credible sources of
information has become increasingly important.
On March 10, 2020 the Carroll County
Health Department reported, “Please note that this outbreak is changing very
frequently and so answers to the questions … may also change. Make sure you get
updated information from … reliable public health sources…:”
For additional up-to-date information,
please go to the Carroll County Health Department website: https://cchd.maryland.gov/
or call the “New COVID-19 Hotline for Carroll County: 410-876-4848” found on
As of March 10, 2020, the latest
information and guidance from the Carroll County Health Department may be found
Is testing available at local providers/labs?
Testing has begun at Lab Corps and
should be available through other labs soon. Individuals can call their
providers to see if they will be offering COVID-19 testing once it is
available. Private lab testing is at the discretion of the provider.
What should I do if I think I
might have COVID-19? Who should be tested for COVID-19?
are having a medical emergency, call 911.
are having symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and think
you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, call
your health care provider. Be sure to tell them about your potential exposure.
Based on your situation and current guidelines, they will assist you in getting
the testing or care that you need.
have general questions, call our COVID-19 line at 410-876-4848, staffed 8 am –
5 pm Monday-Friday. If program staff are not available at that time, please
leave a detailed message and a good number for a call back and someone will get
back to you as soon as possible. You can also call the state hotline at 211
Testing guidance from the CDC,
Criteria to Guide Evaluation and
Laboratory Testing for COVID-19 Health care providers should work
with their local and state health departments to coordinate testing through
public health laboratories.
COVID-19 testing is becoming
available in clinical laboratories. We hope to have more details about this
Clinicians should use their
judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with
COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested. Most patients with confirmed
COVID-19 have developed fever and/or cough and/or difficulty breathing.
Priorities for testing may include:
1. Hospitalized patients who have
signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19
2. Other symptomatic individuals
such as, older adults (age ≥ 65 years) and individuals with chronic medical
conditions and/or an immunocompromised state that may put them at higher risk
for poor outcomes (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, receiving immunosuppressive
medications, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease).
3. Any persons including
healthcare personnel, who within 14 days of symptom onset had close contact
(within 6 feet for a prolonged period or having direct contact with infectious
body fluids) with a suspect or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient, or who
have a history of travel from affected geographic areas (China, Iran, Italy,
Japan, South Korea) within 14 days of their symptom onset.
Mildly ill patients should stay
home and contact their healthcare provider by phone for guidance about clinical
Patients who have severe symptoms,
such as difficulty breathing, should seek care immediately.
Older patients and individuals who
have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact
their physician early in the course of even mild illness.
Is there a cost for COVID-19
Governor Larry Hogan issued a
directive requiring all state health insurers to waive costs associated with
testing for COVID-19. The directive, issued under the governor’s authority
during a state of emergency,
waives any cost-sharing, including co-payments, coinsurance, and deductibles,
in order to remove cost barriers to testing.
What is 2019 novel coronavirus
2019 novel coronavirus is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people
and can spread from person-to-person. The disease has been named COVID-19.
new virus is part of a family of viruses that can affect humans and animals.
They are called coronaviruses because they are shaped like crowns.
coronaviruses make people mildly ill with respiratory illnesses like colds.
Some medical testing includes these milder coronaviruses.
coronaviruses like COVID-19, SARS, and MERS can cause more serious illness.
How many cases of COVID-19 are
there? Where are the cases of COVID-19 in Maryland?
of 3/11/2020, there are 9 cases of COVID-19 in Maryland. 94 people in
Maryland have met the criteria to be tested for 2019-nCoV.
tests will no longer be reported, since private labs can now offer the test.
current Maryland cases are related to travel. There is currently no sign of
community spread in Maryland.
about potential for spread in MD: After returning to the United States, and
before being tested for the disease, one of the MD COVID-19 patients attended
an event on Feb. 28 at The Village at Rockville on Veirs Drive, near Lakewood
Country Club. Between 70 and 100 people were at the event.Anyone
who was at the event, from noon to 6 p.m., should immediately contact their
primary health care provider, Hogan said. Additionally, anyone who has visited
the facility since and feels ill should seek medical care.
person from New Jersey who was diagnosed with COVID-19 was at the Conservative
Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor; MDH
recommends that members of the public who attended this event monitor
themselves for symptoms of a respiratory infection including fever, cold-like
symptoms, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.Persons
who attended this event should check their temperature twice a day and notify
their health care provider and local health department if their temperature
exceeds 100.4 or if they develop a respiratory illness. They should remain at
home until they receive instructions about next steps from their health care
provider or local health department.
For the majority of people, the immediate risk of being
exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. There is
not widespread circulation in most communities in the United States.
People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus
that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure,
with increase in risk dependent on the location.
Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at
elevated risk of exposure.
Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated
risk of exposure.
Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at
elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on location.
does COVID-19 spread?
The virus is thought to spread
people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object
that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly
their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
What are the symptoms of
Patients with COVID-19 have
reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
Patients with more severe
complications have had pneumonia in both lungs.
How severe is COVID-19?
illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including illness resulting in
death. Scientists are working in countries with many cases to learn more about
the severity of COVID-19.
to these recent studies, most people who get COVID-19 recover from their
infection. Close to 80% of people will have mild or moderate symptoms.
people and people with pre-existing medical conditions may be at greater risk
for serious illness and death from COVID-19. Examples of pre-existing
conditions are cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions that
impact the body’s immune system.
How can I protect myself and my
There is currently no vaccine to
prevent COVID-19 infection. Simple actions can help prevent the spread of
respiratory viruses, including:
your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after
going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or
soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
with at least 60% alcohol.
touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
close contact with people who are sick.
If you are sick:
home when you are sick, until you are fever-free for 24 hours without
your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household
cleaning spray or wipe.
Should I wear a mask to prevent
The CDC does not currently recommend that people who are not sick wear a face
mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
should only wear a face mask if a healthcare professional recommends it.
masks may be used by people who may have COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of
the disease to others.
workers and caregivers of people with COVID-19 should wear face masks.
What are the recommendations for
older adults and people with chronic illness who are at higher risk of
getting very sick from COVID-19?
We do not yet have information
from published scientific reports about susceptibility of pregnant women to
COVID-19. Pregnant women experience body and immune system changes which might
make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19.
Pregnant women also might be at risk for severe illness, morbidity, or
mortality compared to the general population as observed in cases of other
related coronavirus infections [including severe acute respiratory syndrome
coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus
(MERS-CoV)] and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza, during
pregnancy. Pregnant women should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid
infection like washing hands often and avoiding people who are sick.
There is no evidence that children
are more susceptible. In fact, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from
China have occurred in adults. Infections in children have been reported,
including in very young children. From limited information published from past
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East
respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreaks, infection among children
was relatively uncommon.
Children should engage in usual preventive
actions to avoid infection, including cleaning hands often using soap and water
or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoiding people who are sick, and staying up
to date on vaccinations, including influenza vaccine.
How do they treat COVID-19?
infected with COVID-19 will receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.
There is no specific treatment for COVID-19, but new treatments are being
researched and developed.
recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer
all cruise ship travel at this time.
Can I get COVID-19 from my pet?
at present there is no evidence that companion animals or pets such as cats and
dogs have been infected or have spread COVID-19.
Is it safe to get packages or
items from an affected country?
The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and
the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has
been moved and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also
Can someone who has been
quarantined for COVID-19 spread the illness to others?
means separating people who have been exposed to a contagious disease but have
not developed illness (symptoms) from others who have not been exposed
who has been released from COVID-19 quarantine is not considered a risk for
spreading the virus to others because they have not developed illness during
the incubation period
What is being done to prepare
for the possible spread of COVID-19?
Since January, all
Maryland state agencies have taken every precaution to prepare
and mobilize resources to address COVID-19. Governor Hogan declared a
State of Emergency in Maryland in order to access additional funds and
The Maryland Department of
*coordinating with state,
federal and local partners to lead response efforts and provide regular updates
from federal partners
* issuing guidance to healthcare
providers, EMS, and health departments
* preparing to test for COVID-19
* inventorying resources to meet
healthcare and other needs that may arise
The Carroll County Health Department
is following similar steps on a local level, working with our schools,
colleges, businesses, government, and other agencies to keep information
coordinated and consistent.
What can I do to prepare?
You can prepare for COVID-19
like you prepare for other possible community issues like winter storms or
a two-week supply of food and water at home.
an adequate supply of health supplies such as over the counter medicines,
tissues, thermometers, fluids with electrolytes, and other items in case
someone becomes sick. However, buy what you need for your family and leave
supplies for others in your community to help everyone stay healthy.
regular prescription drugs and refill if needed. NOTE: Due
to Governor Hogan’s directive, state health carriers will now be required to
waive any time restrictions on prescription medical refills, making it easier
for individuals to obtain medications in advance of any quarantine.
with family and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they had to
stay home due to illness.
informed and help others stay informed using reliable sources such as local and
state health departments and the CDC.