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Yesterday was drizzly and dreary, but I hope all had a nice St. Paddy’s Day regardless.  Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 52 degrees and a low around 45, with a southeast wind of 5 to 11 mph. Showers are likely after 8:00 pm.

Before you read further for more coverage of local topics related to the COVID-19 situation, you may want to take a deep breath, a sip of coffee (or something else) and read/listen to the latest episode of Wildfulness episode #55, B52 Down in the Maryland Mountains. While many of our readers are likely aware of what happened here in Garrett County in 1964, this is a well-done piece by Wildfulness creator Lisa Cole that reflects a “simpler time,” when our biggest fear was nuclear war and not the COVID-19 virus. Well, maybe not so simple!  Check it out here. 

The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is hoping to hold their next Winter Market on March 28th. In the meantime, they have issued a nice newsletter with tips for staying healthy, a few recipes to get you cooking for your family while you are in lock-down, and maybe even a few ideas for indoor activities for you and your kids/grandkids while the schools are closed.

St. Peters church in Oakland asked us to spread the word that they will not be having their fish dinners available on site or for take out this Friday, March 20th.

Effective yesterday, the Garrett County Health Department will be closed to the public until further notice. This is a preventative measure in order to maintain continuity of vital operations and to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Status updates will follow with additional information pertaining to local services as they become available. For updates visit:  https://garretthealth.org/building-closure-notice/

Garrett College announced that beginning today it will implementing a reduced-access protocol on all GC campuses. According to the new protocol, Garrett College’s physical locations will only be open to: Garrett College employees; Garrett College credit students accessing online resources (laptops, internet, etc.) to work on college coursework in its Learning Commons; Garrett College students still residing in on-campus housing; Food services staff, and Tenants/customers at the Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC). Other on-campus visits will be by appointment only until further notice.  Individuals are being encouraged to conduct business with Garrett College offices by phone and email whenever possible during the current State of Emergency throughout Maryland.

Heard from Nicole at Greater Oakland Business Association that the Maryland Department of Health is providing a free webinar this morning that may be of interest to you. Please see the details below with the agenda as follows:

  • Brief novel coronavirus situation overview
  • Action items for businesses to prevent and mitigate the spread of respiratory diseases, like novel coronavirus
  • Opportunity to obtain information for tactical decision making short, medium, and long term
  • Opportunity for questions and answers

Time: 0930-1030hrs (ET) Teleconference Dial-In Number: 1-855-244-8681 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada);1-650-479-3207 Call-in number (US/Canada)
Passcode: 142 873 42   Meeting Link:   https://mdmema.webex.com/mdmema/j.php?MTID=m620267b0a73376c33b43714b9c610d0dÂ

Have a great, healthy day folks…