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The weather for today will be sunny, with a high near 73 degrees and a south/southwest wind of 5 to 7 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Garrett County has experienced three cases of rabies so far this year and the Garrett County Health Department is doing something about it. The Health Department’s Environmental Health Office will hold two rabies clinics for the vaccination of dogs, cats, and ferrets one on September 21st in Grantsville and the other on October 17th in Oakland. Due to COVID-19 the Garrett County Health Department will not be holding any other rabies clinic this year. Here’s the scoop.

Yesterday the Garrett County Health Department announced it has received positive COVID-19 results for four additional persons, bringing the current county total positives to 70. The new positive COVID-19 cases include three females, one in her teens, another in her thirties and another in her 50s, as well as a male in his 30s. There are currently four persons isolating in Garrett County due to COVID-19 positive tests. For more information, call 301.334.7770 or 301.895.3111.

Congratulations to the Garrett College cross county team, which is back in action after a successful inaugural season last year. The cross country season officially began this past Friday at the Westmoreland County Cross Country Invitational in Youngwood, Pa. First year student EllaRose Warnick (Frostburg, Md.) placed seventh, while on the men’s side, first year student Jeffrey Geddie, Jr. (Clinton, MD) also posted a nice time.

Don’t forget the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will be downtown today in the pavilion in Oakland from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. They still have a nice variety of fresh vegetables and fruits, plus other goodies.

With some states continuing to reopen while others have paused or reversed course due to surges in COVID-19, the personal-finance website WalletHub yesterday released their updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions, as well as accompanying videos and audio files. To identify which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 17 key metrics.  I’ll let you judge the findings and implications for yourself.

The Garrett County Health Department has scheduled a TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) training at the end of September. This training is designed to promote the responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol. The TIPS for Concessions training will be held on September 29th, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Oakland American Legion at 423 Memorial Drive. The TIPS class is open to members of groups such as police departments, coalitions, volunteer fire departments, and other organizations that serve alcohol at their events. To register for the class, call 301-980-6769, or email

Is it my imagination or does our little mountain community have a really active and strong health department, hospital and healthcare ecosystem.  As I write these Daily Notes and read other publications, I am always impressed by our local support system. Just wanted to give them all a well deserved shout-out…

Finally, today, please keep your eyes peeled (that’s an old-time expression from back-in-the-day) in future Daily Notes for ongoing profiles of 2020 Deep Creek Times Peoples Choice  Challenge Favorites.  The 2020 challenge was adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and community feedback.  One of the changes is the focus on ALL of the nominees and another is the opportunity for YOU to take photos with, or of, favorites and enter to win $$$$.