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The weather today will be rain showers before 11pm, then rain and snow showers between 11pm and midnight, then snow showers after midnight. High near 48 and low around 18. South wind 7 to 14 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

See more details for this storm and the East Coast.

Garrett County currently has a total of 1,460 cases and 37 deaths due to COVID-19 or its complications. Western Maryland counties hold the top three highest rankings for both 7-day rates tracked by Maryland (case rate and positivity rate) with Garrett County currently ranked as second highest for both.

7-day case rate per 100,000 residents – Maryland 14.6

  1. Allegany County – 78.3
  2. Garrett County – 76.8
  3. Washington County – 75.4

7-day positivity rate – Maryland 7.4%

  1. Washington County – 14.6%
  2. Garrett County – 13.1%
  3. Allegany County – 12.5%

The first doses of COVID-19 vaccine are also reaching the county this week: Garrett Regional Medical Center received a 100-dose shipment and the health department received 100 doses on Wednesday.

There will be no testing on Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park. Free COVID-19 testing will be held at this location on Tuesday, December 29 (9 am-12:30 pm) and Thursday, December 31 (10 am-2 pm). Preregistration is recommended to speed up the process on the testing day. Visit garretthealth.org for preregistration information.

Here’s an interesting story: “Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed the first safe and effective vaccine for polio, vacationed with his family at Deep Creek Lake for six years, from 1957-1962. When asked what activities he and his two brothers enjoyed during summers at Deep Creek Lake, Peter Salk mentions comic books and card games, but, he declares, “The best was water skiing.” After seven years of spending summer vacations at Lake Erie, Jonas Salk did what Peter describes as a “wonderful thing” for his family. He bought a cottage at Deep Creek Lake, just two hours from their home in Pittsburgh. It’s likely that the Salks were introduced to Deep Creek Lake by their friends the Wishiks, who owned a place across the lake. The Wishiks had been influenced in their choice by Dr. Benjamin Spock, the renowned pediatrician, a Pittsburgh neighbor and professional colleague, who used to camp on the lot next to the one they purchased.”  Read more from Mountain Discoveries Magazine.

Be careful out and about tonight when this rain changes to snow but the light displays will look magical: Light display at the Oakland armory from 5pm-11pm and Broadford Park drive-thru from 6pm-9pm.

Merry Christmas Eve!