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Yesterday was mixed weather-wise, with some rain in the afternoon.  Today we have a slight chance of showers before 2:00 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66 degrees, with a southwest wind around 8 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. This evening will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Here’s a nice picture taken a few days ago by Bob Bona of the Yough River near Crellin.  Thanks Bob, nice photo.

yough by crellin bob bon 10-10-20

Colorful River

The Garrett County Health Department has received eight additional positive COVID-19 results, bringing the current county total positives to 103. The new positive COVID-19 cases are all female, with one each in their teens, 20s, 40s, 60s, and 70s, and three in their 50s. All of the individuals are being advised to isolate at home or to seek immediate medical attention based on their signs and symptoms. For more information call 301-334-7770 or 301-895-3111.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s Daily Notes column, our individual and collective efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 are important and the recent surge a bit scary, based on the recent uptick in Garrett County cases. According to Bob Stephens, Garrett County Health Officer, “If we as a community want our businesses, schools and churches to remain open, we need to renew our efforts to keep Garrett County safe and healthy.”

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is considering some changes in regulations relative to a number of fishing and boating issues, including zebra mussels.  They are seeking comment until November 3rd.  Follow this link to their newsletter with more details.

Speaking of DNR, we just received the latest edition of their HabiChat Stewards of Backyard Wildlife Newsletter.  They announced two interesting programs, one is on bats and the other is on snakes.  One is free and the other is only $5. Please consider signing-up and learning about both these beneficial critters!

The Garrett County Health Department, in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and local law enforcement agencies, will participate in the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This event will take place on October 24th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at three local locations, providing the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Participants may bring their medication patches and pills, including pet medications, for disposal to one of the three local medication drop box locations:

  • Sherriff’s Department, Oakland
  • Oakland City Hall
  • Maryland State Police Barracks, McHenry