This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Washington County Health Department will provide updates as they become available.
For COVID-19 testing and confirmed case counts:
As of 8/5/2020:
Washington County has 986 confirmed cases and 31 deaths. For a count of confirmed cases, death, tests administered and test results received please visit washco-md.net/coronavirus-info/
- In Maryland: https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx
- In the United States: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html
For case data related to nursing homes and other congregate living facilities visit https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/hcf-resources
The Health Department is investigating these cases with the help of the of the Maryland Department of Health. Contact tracers at the health department are identifying household and casual contacts and advising them to self isolate for 2 weeks. For more information on Contact Tracing please visit https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/contact-tracing
Where is testing being done in Washington County?
Washington County Health Department Testing Sites:
(All testing at WCHD sites are Free)
VEIP Station Drive Thru Testing Site
12100 Insurance Way in Hagerstown.
Doctor’s order is NOT required.
Appointments are still required. Schedule your own appointment HERE
Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please follow the directions on the page and choose the Hagerstown VEIP Station when choosing a location. Accommodations such as large print or Braille materials, sign language interpreter, deaf language interpreter, foreign language interpreter, use of MD Relay and more are available at no cost to you at this testing site. Please make sure you indicate any accommodations you require when scheduling your appointment.
More information on:
What to expect at this testing site
While you are waiting for testing results
(English and Spanish versions are accessible by clicking on the above links)
Mobile Testing Sites: Washington County Health Department is launching mobile testing sites throughout Washington County. Testing at these sites are free and you do not need a doctor’s referral or an appointment to be tested.
All testing sites are walk-up clinics and are from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m
|August 5 (9am-12pm)||University Plaza||50 West Washington Street, Hagerstown MD 21740|
|August 7||Funkstown City Hall||30 E. Baltimore Street. Funkstown MD 21734|
|August 12||385 Mill St, Hagerstown, MD 21740S Potomac St Side Parking Lot|
|August 14||Keedysville Library||22 Taylor Drive Keedysville MD 21756|
|Potomac Towers||35 W. Baltimore St. Hagerstown MD 21740. Maintenance Lot-next to the CW Brooks building.|
|August 21||Maugansville Elementary School||18023 Maugans Ave, Hagerstown, MD 21740|
|August 26||St. Mark’s Lutheran Church||601 Washington Ave, Hagerstown MD 21740. Parking lot across the street.|
Additional Testing Sites in Washington County
- Meritus Screening Drive Thru Center is located at 13620 Crayton Blvd. No Appointment required. Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
CVS Drive Thru Testing Site located at 1503 Potomac Ave, Hagerstown MD 21742. Please visit https://www.cvs.com/
minuteclinic/covid-19-testing to see if you qualify for testing at this site and to schedule an appointment.
CVS Drive Thru Testing Site located at 10 E Wilson Blvd, Hagerstown MD 21740. Please visit https://www.cvs.com/
minuteclinic/covid-19-testing to see if you qualify for testing at this site and to schedule an appointment.
- U.N.I. Urgent Care Center located at 11236 Robinwood Drive, Suite 101 Hagerstown, MD 21742. No Appointment required. Monday – Friday 8 am – 8:30 pm Saturday and Sunday 8 am – 6 pm
- U.N.I. Urgent Care Center located at 18721 N Pointe Drive Hagerstown, MD 21742. No Appointment required. Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 7 pm Saturday 8:30 am – 6 pm
Contact tracing is an important public health tool used to stop the spread of disease. By stopping the chain of transmission we are able to save many people from dying of COVID-19.
Here is how it works:
- When someone tests positive for COVID-19 the health department is notified
- We call the person who tested positive for COVID-19 and collect information on places they have been and people they are been in close contact with
- Once we know the household and casual contacts we call each person who was exposed and follow up with them until they are released from self-isolation
- In order to protect patient privacy, contacts are only informed that they may been exposed to a patient with COVID-19. They are not told the identity of the patient who may have exposed them.
If you receive a phone call from the Washington County Health Department, it is extremely important to answer the call or call us back quickly. Your cooperation is crucial for contact tracing to be effective in stopping the chain of transmission.
What to Expect during your phone call with the health department:
We will ask you about:
- Your health and symptoms
- Locations you have been during a specific period of time
- Names and contact information for any household and casual contacts (we do not disclose your name to anyone, only that they may have come into contact with an infected individual)
(Please be as specific as possible about the nature and location of your interaction with others, We heavily rely on positive individuals giving us accurate information of their contacts.)
We will NOT ask you about:
- Social security number
- Financial or bank account information
- Money or payment
- Immigration status
- Personal details unrelated to COVID-19
For more information about contact tracing please visit https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/contact-tracing
Washington County is currently in Stage 2 of the COVID-19 Recovery Plan. For more information on what services are open during this time and for guidelines and toolkits for businesses please visit the following sites:
Please visit the Washington County Government for updates on COVID-19 regarding local news, closings and more.
Governor Hogan issued Executive Order #20-04-05-02 Delegating Authority to Local Health Officials to Control and Close Unsafe Facilities. The purpose of this order is to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by ensuring that a business, organization, facility, or construction site complies with the Social Distancing Guidance published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the Maryland Department of Health. Individuals can call (240) 313-3210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to report concerns regarding compliance with this Executive Order.
COVID-19 & Food Service Establishments
Below are COVID-19 resources, documents and executive orders for food services establishments.
- Maryland Department of Health Food Safety and COVID-19
- MEMA One-Pager Restaurants-v1
- 20.20.06.10.01 – MDH Order – Food Service Establishments
Messages from Health Officer, Earl Stoner
Local Press Briefings
Washington County agencies have formed a Joint Information Center (JIC) in order to better share information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and provide the public with timely, accurate and consistent briefings on what is happening in Washington County. Daily briefings will be posted at 2 p.m. Briefings can be found on the Washington County Government website at https://www.washco-md.net/jic/
Video Recorded Briefings
July 17, 2020 Press Briefing- Community Updates
April 10, 2020 Press Briefing-County’s first confirmed death from COVID-19
March 21, 2020 Press Briefing- Wash Co. First Confirmed Case
March 16, 2020 Press Briefing
What to Do If You’re Sick?
If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your regular primary care provider first. Do not go to your doctor’s office without calling.
If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are mild, you need to follow the same guidelines – stay home when sick, avoid contact with other people and practice social distancing, cover your cough/sneeze, monitor your symptoms and stay in contact with your healthcare provider if symptoms worsen.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19
- Shortness of breath
- Chills or repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- In more severe cases, pneumonia (infection in the lungs)
The vast majority of people recover from this infection. Most people will have mild or moderate symptoms. Older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes, immune suppression or heart or lung disease have a greater risk for more serious illness.
What can I do to protect myself and others?
Take everyday preventive steps that are always recommended to slow the spread of respiratory illnesses like colds and flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve or your elbow
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you are sick, stay home, except when seeking medical care
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, social distancing is a way to keep people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread an infectious disease. Social distancing can take many forms, depending on your lifestyle and your family and work situation. Social distancing can include the following habits and steps:
- Avoid handshaking, hugging and other intimate types of greeting
- Avoid non-essential travel (your health care provider may have specific guidance for your situation)
- Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces
- Work from home if possible for your work situation
- Avoid unnecessary errands — consider ways to have essential items, like food and other household supplies, brought to your house through online delivery services or through family or social networks
About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. This is a new virus that hasn’t caused illness in humans before. Worldwide, COVID-19 has resulted in thousands of human infections, causing illness and in some cases death. Cases have spread to countries throughout the world, with more cases reported daily.
How does COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 is spread just like colds or flu through:
- Coughing and sneezing, which creates respiratory droplets
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly eyes.
Washington County Community Partners Efforts
Washington County government, health, school, first responder and law enforcement agency partners, along with the city of Hagerstown, are working together to plan, respond and communicate on COVID-19 by:
- The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues to work with Meritus Health to assure capacity needs are being addressed in the event that Meritus Health experiences a surge of patients as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak
- The EOC is working aggressively to obtain more supplies and preserve our current resources, such as COVID-19 test kits and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Communicating with CDC and MDH for international, national and local situational awareness updates.
- Washington County agencies have formed a Joint Information Center (JIC) To ensure coordination of public information during the COVID-19 crisis to support the gathering, verification, coordination, and dissemination of accurate, accessible, and timely information to the public.
- Conducting site visits and providing CDC guidance to local organizations and businesses to assist them in planning and preparing for COVID-19.
CDC Guides on How to Prepare and Take Action for COVID-19
- At Home
- At Childcare and K-12 Schools
- At Colleges and Universities
- At Work
- Community and Faith-Based Organizations
- Large Community Events/Mass Gatherings
- Maryland Department of Health Coronavirus Website
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Website
- World Health Organization Coronavirus Website
- Corornavirus Updates for the Deaf and hard of hearing
For General Information on Coronavirus please call MD 2-1-1 or 301-790-9170
or email: COVID-19@MeritusHealth.com