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The weather today will be sunny with a high near 74 and a low around 48. Increasing clouds and a chance of showers after 2am. South wind around 8 mph. Saturday will be a chance of showers, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy with the temperature dropping to 48 by 4pm; a low around 37. Sunday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 46 and a low around 42.

Unfortunately, rural areas seem to be getting hit harder with coronavirus cases and our local cases are now seeing a spike.

This website, a 501c3 non-profit, built by a multidisciplinary team of technologists, epidemiologists, public health experts, and public policy leaders, has Garrett County currently rated “At risk of [COVID-19] outbreak”.

GC at Risk of COVID outbreak

The Garrett County Health Department also has issued a few updates on the local COVID-19 situation. First a message from Bob Stephens, the County Health Officer: “Although Garrett County continues to remain the county with the lowest number of total cases in the state, we are on a bad trajectory.”  Contact tracing continues to show the most recent spread is through social events, and not from an influx of visitors to the county.

“COVID is being spread through those places where people expect that it would not spread,” Stephens said. “The main spread is through family, close friends, and recreational activities where people are getting together and they feel much more comfortable. For the most part, they are not following the guidelines of social distancing and wearing face coverings.”

The total number of cases as of Thursday, October 22, is 117 with 24 in isolation.

What’s New Around Town other than the increase in coronavirus? A new bridge is being installed on Route 39 and D’s Eats sets up his food truck in the town of Oakland.

You probably already know but #5 and #7 are great places to choose for a romantic date by the Southern Maryland Chronicle.

Tomorrow is Mountaintop Tabletop Board Game Day at the Ruth Enlow Library and the Charm City Junction concert.

Fishing at Deep Creek Lake is very good, as cooler water temperatures has caused many fish species to be aggressively feeding. Recreational boat traffic is down also making for a more peaceful experience.”

Our friend Russ Dijak had a few visitors this week! Russ, how in the world did you get them to pose for you?!