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The weather today will be mostly cloudy, showers likely, mainly after 5pm. High near 58 and low around 48. Saturday will be showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 10am, then a chance of showers. High near 61 and a low around 53. Sunday will be showers likely, mainly between 8am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66 and low around 42. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph.

This was the morning view for @alexandra.garcia66 yesterday morning:

Alexandra.Garcia66_fog at Deep Creek Lake, MD

The Garrett County collection sites will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning March 31. The landfill will be operating under normal hours.

There’s a new data tool that is issuing a “Social Distancing Scorecard” for each county in the United States. The “score” is based on the measure of mobility or pings of your anonymized cell phone movements across towers.

The local Chamber and the Garrett County Health Department presented a webinar on the COVID-19 situation — here’s a link to watch and download the slides:

In case you need it, the Garrett County Health Department has a hotline for all things COVID-19 related in our community: 301-334-7698

I saw a report that more than 42,000 Marylanders filed unemployment in the week ending March 21 — compared to less than 4,000 in the previous week.

In the interest of public health and safety due to COVID-19, the Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens has declared that all transient rentals be closed, and not further rented, effective today March 27, 2020, at 5:00 P.M. This means all existing bookings must be canceled until the Governor’s “Prohibiting Large Gatherings” order is lifted. See the letter here.

President Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Maryland and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing).

I hope each and every one of you is staying safe and healthy!