Last updated: April 5, 2020 at 6:30m. This page will be updated once a day.
The majority of Frederick County cases are not sure where or how they became infected. This means that Frederick County has “sustained community spread.” Everyone is at risk for COVID-19, and everyone needs to stay at home and take precautions.
A note about stigma: Since we expect the number of confirmed cases to continue to go up, we’d like to remind everyone that COVID-19 affects people from all walks of life. Be kind to those who are affected, they have not done anything wrong. Safely supporting others in their time of need is good for the person receiving support as well as the helper.
Visit coronavirus.maryland.gov for an interactive map of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and affected counties in Maryland. Note that county numbers may be higher than Maryland numbers due to the timing of reporting.
If you have symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, please call ahead to your primary healthcare provider. Your provider will decide if you meet the guidelines for testing and give you instructions. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are mild, you do not need to be tested, but 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 – to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.
The Frederick County Health Department does not test people for COVID-19.
For additional FAQs about testing, read the Maryland Department of Health FAQs.
Multiple healthcare providers are testing in Frederick County and can send tests directly to commercial labs. Therefore, we do not have a total number of tests. All confirmed cases must be reported to the Health Department.
There aren’t currently enough tests to test everyone who wants one. Those with the most severe symptoms are prioritized for testing. That is why everyone with mild symptoms, whether they have or have not been tested, needs to follow the same precautions - 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 – to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. If you are sick with severe symptoms, call ahead and get medical care immediately. Older adults and people with underlying health conditions should contact their provider for medical concerns.
Our public health nurses talk with people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 to learn where they have been and who they have been in contact with. They then contact any individuals who might be at risk. This is called "contact tracing." If there is any risk to the public, we put that information out as soon as possible.
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person in respiratory droplets from someone who is infected. People who are infected often have symptoms of illness. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
It is true that the majority of people with COVID-19 will have mild symptoms, but about 20% of people will have a serious case which can require hospitalization. People who are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 include older people (especially over the age of 60) and people with chronic health conditions such as heart and lung disease and diabetes. Our healthcare system is used to the amount of patients who come in during a regular flu season. With COVID-19, since it is a new virus and no one has immunity, and there is no vaccine or treatment, it could cause a surge to healthcare facilities and strain resources. It is critical that we implement social distancing so that the health care system can better manage the flow of people seeking care. This is referred to as “flattening the curve.”
During these difficult times, when many have had their normal work routines disrupted, it is important to establish a new schedule. Stick to the same sleep and wake times as you usually would. Schedule breaks and eat meals at the same time you normally would. Make time for socializing via FaceTime or phone. Stay informed but avoid overconsumption of media.
The State of Maryland has a special enrollment period. Please call 301-600-3124 for an appointment to apply for health insurance and find a provider.
Frederick Health Hospital is also providing Virtual Visits, free for a limited time. Talk with a provider online. Click here to schedule a Virtual Visit.
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office 24-hour main information line is 301-600-1046. Call this number if you have questions, such as whether a gathering should be reported, and someone will help to determine the best course of action and dispatch if necessary. The non-emergency dispatch number is 301-600-2071.
The Frederick Police Department non-emergency line is 301-600-2100.
There is no evidence that pets can transmit COVID-19 to humans. As a precaution, if you are sick with COVID-19, wash hands before and after touching your pet. If your pet is sick or injured, contact your veterinarian to find out which services are considered essential. Veterinarians are considered essential employees.
COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:
Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
Extra steps people in higher risk groups or their caretakers can take:
Protect the vulnerable. Protect the healthcare system. Closing schools, implementing social distancing is all designed to “flatten the curve.” It is critical that we flatten the curve so that the health care system can better manage the flow of people seeking care.
Prevent the spread of germs. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, cover your cough/sneeze, avoid touching your face, clean “high touch” surfaces, stay home when sick, and wash your hands often.
Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in the area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:
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.
Do not go to the emergency room unless you are having a medical emergency. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. You should base the details of your household plan on the needs and daily routine of your household members. Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus
For older adults, people at higher risk and their caregivers, click here for additional planning and preparedness tips.
Make sure your all-emergencies preparedness kit also contains these things:
If you have traveled to an area with widespread ongoing transmission or a Level 3 country in the past 14 days, CDC is recommending that travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning to the United States, practice social distancing and monitor your health. Travelers that are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should call ahead before seeking medical care.
Membership is open to anyone over 18 years of age who is interested in promoting public health and assisting in the event of an emergency. Whether you are an actively licensed health care professional, student, retired health professional or someone with an interest in volunteering during emergencies, you are encouraged to register. Because many health personnel will already be committed to a role during an emergency, there is a need to recruit non-medical personnel who can assist health professionals during emergency responses.
Register today at https://mdresponds.health.maryland.gov/
FCHD is closely monitoring the current situation and taking the following actions:
Prevenga la propagación de enfermedades respiratorias:
Sabemos que muchos no están seguros cuáles son los "negocios esenciales" exactamente, por lo que el gráfico a continuación les ayudará aclarar esa pregunta. #COVID19
Recuerde: Siempre use medidas de seguridad apropiadas y buenas prácticas cibernéticas. Al hacerlo, se protegerá y ayudará a detener la actividad criminal. #MarylandUnidos