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Yesterday was a nice, snowy day that created some really beautiful landscapes.  Today we can expect it to be partly sunny, with a high near 31 degrees and calm. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. East wind 3 to 8 mph.

Here’s a photo of my yard yesterday afternoon to give folks not at the lake an idea of the snow.

mike yard 12-14-20

After the Snow

Winter storm watches and advisories have been issued across the Northeast for what is shaping up to be the most significant winter storm in several years. Even with travel being limited amid the coronavirus pandemic, the storm, which has yet to fully take shape, could potentially become highly impactful and disruptive as the first round of coronavirus vaccines continue to be shipped around the country. Check it out here. Hint: Garrett County is in the “heavy snow” band!

Garrett County’s current total positives for COVID-19 is at 1,240, with the addition of 50 news cases since the Garrett County Health Department’s last report on Friday, December11th. Total county deaths due to COVID-19 or its complications is now 20, an increase of 6. The age range of the local deaths is from 61 to 99.

The current comparison of Garrett County to state COVID-19 numbers is as follows: 7-day positivity rate among Garrett County residents is 15.7% (Maryland rate is 7.5%); 7-day case rate per 100,000 among Garrett County residents is 87.2 (Maryland rate is 46.4)

There has been some uncertainty among members of the public surrounding the news of the vaccine rollout; however, the Maryland State Department of Health is well-aware of our local situation in Garrett County. The Board of Garrett County Commissioners has been working with our local delegation and has reached out directly to the Governor’s office. Here’s the full, updated press release for you.

GLAF just announced a great virtual concert available to all. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will present a virtual “Home for the Holidays” concert free of charge to the community on December 20th at 3:00 pm.  Here’s the scoop and sign-up information.  The Maryland Symphony Orchestra always does a great job when they come out to Garrett County, so I expect this will be another great show.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Forest Conservancy District Boards invite all Maryland fifth-graders in private and public schools to participate in the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest.  The theme for 2021 is: “Trees are Terrific…and Forest Products are Too!” The top three winning artists will receive tree plantings at their schools.

The County Commissioners have announced their next public meeting agenda for the meeting to be on Monday, December 22nd.  The agenda includes a section on a COVID-19 update from Health Commissioner Bob Stephens.