- Rates of COVID in the state, city and county are rising sharply, leading to the recent increased restrictions state-wide and in Baltimore City
- We have started to see an increase in numbers of people going for testing in our community as well.
- Among those who have tested positive, many have had minimal symptoms (just runny noses or cough). We are also seeing more younger (preschool) children with mild symptoms testing positive for COVID
- We are actively monitoring the number of positive cases. Updates will be posted as needed, and as more information becomes available
Bottom line: Our state and surrounding locales are experiencing a significant rise in COVID positivity. We may be starting to see this increase in our community, as well.
- All COVID-like symptoms need to be considered carefully. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should stay at home and discuss their condition with a healthcare provider.
- Testing is strongly encouraged for any COVID-like symptoms. Be”H we are lucky to have fast and accurate testing that is easily accessible. Testing during an infection has the advantage of proving immunity – those who have tested positive on a PCR or rapid testing can be assumed to have some immunity for 90 days after the positive test. (Antibody tests, on the other hand, are not reliable on their own to determine immunity.)
- Quarantine (14 days, for those exposed to someone with COVID) and isolation (10 days for those who have or may have COVID) should be taken seriously as it may literally save lives. Please see this quarantine/isolation FAQ for more details. Please remember that one cannot “test out of quarantine” by testing negative.
- Before coming into close contacts with others, each family should do a quick “check in”: Ask whether anyone in the household has been sick or exposed to someone with COVID. Masking, social distancing, hand hygiene, and quarantine (when necessary) remain extremely important to limiting spread of disease.
- Slowing the spread of influenza may help in decreasing the overall effect of COVID on the healthcare system and prevent co-infections (as well as helping to prevent the flu!). We remind and encourage everyone to get your flu shot.