A message from Health Officer Rebecca Jones on COVID-19 testing in Worcester

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Maryland Department of Health has processed more than 3,300 COVID-19 tests since the launch of their Pocomoke and Park and Ride testing locations. This number represents over a quarter of all tests conducted in Worcester County to date. They want to thank the Town of Ocean City for their support providing locations for testing in the north end of the county and Atlantic General Hospital for partnering with us to conduct testing in Pocomoke. Also a thank you to the State of Maryland for coordinating a testing clinic at the Ocean City Convention Center multiple weekends throughout the summer.

“To date, we’ve monitored more than 1,500 Isolation and Quarantine cases, monitoring individuals with potential COVID-19 exposure. Our monitoring team, made up of staff from all of our departments, are working diligently days, nights, and weekends, to assist residents who are in isolation, keeping track of their symptoms and providing assistance in the form of deliveries when needed.
Our nursing department has been conducting contact tracing on COVID-19 close contacts since the pandemic began while our Environmental Health team is working overtime to help keep businesses safe as Maryland reopens and moves through the Governor’s Roadmap to Recovery. Staff from departments such as Prevention, Planning, Behavioral Health and Administration have been extremely flexible in picking up new duties including assisting on location at our testing sites and joining monitoring teams and our call center whenever needed. We couldn’t be more proud of the dedication of our staff in helping their community during this difficult time.
We want to end with recognizing the Worcester residents who have complied with isolation and quarantine procedures due to either testing positive for COVID-19 or being a close contact. We know how difficult it is to stay isolated when we all want to get back to normal as soon as possible. Your sacrifice and diligence is helping so much as we continue towards recovery as a State. You are all public health heroes!
Remember, keep #masksonmaryland
Thank you,
Rebecca Jones
Health Officer for Worcester County.”
(From L to R: Michael Franklin, CEO Atlantic General Hospital, Rick Meehan, Mayor of the Town of Ocean City, Rebecca Jones, Health Officer for Worcester County, Joe Mitrecic, President Worcester County Commission, Mary Beth Carozza, Maryland State Senator District 38)