By Garrett County Joint Information Center Team
The Garrett County Health Department received a positive COVID-19 result for one additional person, bringing the current county total to 45. The new positive COVID-19 case is an asymptomatic female in her 80s who is isolating at home.
The final results are in for the community COVID-19 testing held on July 17. The total tests administered were just under 530, with only 5 positive results. The Garrett County totals were 445 testes, with only one positive, whose case was reported in an earlier release. The additional 4 positives were not from Garrett County and were not added to the county total.
Garrett County participants made up 84% of the total, with Marylanders from outside of Garrett County making up 5%, West Virginia residents making up another 5%. The rest of the participants were from across the U.S.
During the Governor’s press conference on Wednesday, he reported some interesting statistics that have been discovered through contact tracing. The governor announced the following findings based on recent interviews conducted with COVID-19 patients and the activities they had participated in.
Of those who tested positive:
- 44% had recently attended family gatherings
- 23% attended house parties
- 21% attended outdoor events
Additional information for those who tested positive:
- 54% work outside the home
- 39% shopped at retail stores
- 23% ate inside at a restaurant
- 23% ate outside at a restaurant
Of those testing positive for COVID-19 and who work, these occupations were represented the most:
- 25% health care
- 23% people who work in offices, without direct contact with the public
- 13% people who work in jobs that deal directly with the public
- 12% restaurant and food service employees
“Wearing a mask is the single-best mitigation strategy that we have to fight the virus, and the science and the data are very clear,” Governor Hogan said. “It’s the best way to keep you and your family safe, to keep people out of the hospital, and to keep Maryland open for business.”
Future community COVID-19 testing dates are being planned and will be announced on the health department’s Facebook page and website, garretthealth.org. Anyone going to the Garrett Regional Medical Center for a COVID-19 test must have a physician’s orders and must go through the lab. Please do not go to the emergency room for testing unless you are sick enough to need emergency care.
For more information, call 301 334-7770 or 301 895-3111.