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FREDERICK, MD – The Frederick County Health Department (FCHD) is working closely with Frederick County Senior Services Division to prepare our community for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). These agencies work closely with groups of people who are at higher risk for getting COVID-19 and are taking extra steps to educate individuals and organizations like long-term care and senior centers on how to prepare for and reduce exposure to the novel coronavirus.
People who have a higher risk of getting very sick from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) include:
“What we know about this new virus so far is that older people and people with chronic health conditions seem to be more susceptible to it,” said Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, Health Officer at the Frederick County Health Department. “It’s important for these individuals or anyone who is a caretaker for someone to take steps now to prepare to be affected by COVID-19 in our community. Governor Hogan announced on March 9 that these individuals should stay home as much as possible and avoid large crowds to reduce the chance of getting sick.”
Kathy Schey, Director of the Frederick County Senior Services Division, supported the need to take action now. “There are some easy things that people can do to prepare themselves and their loved ones. Make sure you have enough medicine, food, and household items on hand, including pet supplies. Check in with your neighbors and family and make sure they’re taking steps to prepare, too.”
Here are some steps people in higher risk groups and their caregivers should take:
For caregivers or people who work with older people:
Stay informed from reputable sources. Get more information from CDC: People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19