Hagerstown, Md. (Aug. 12, 2022) –
As the local public health agency, we are working closely with the Maryland Department of Health to actively monitor the monkeypox situation and implement response and coordination strategies. We remain up-to-date on prevention, testing and vaccination guidelines, and are collaborating with local partners, including Meritus and other local health care providers, to support the community. We have the tools and experience to effectively mitigate the impact of monkeypox in our community.
While we continue to live with COVID-19 and the challenges it has presented for more than two years now, this is not a COVID-like situation that is going to overwhelm our health care capacity. These viruses are not the same and do not spread in the same way. While we certainly need to be vigilant, heighten our awareness and follow recommendations, there is no cause for panic.
Our monkeypox resources page that is updated as new information is presented can be found here.