Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Frederick County Joint Information Center COVID-19

Last updated: April 5, 2020 at 6:30m. This page will be updated once a day.

COVID-19 Statistics in Frederick County

  • Number of Confirmed Cases: 140
  • Number of Deaths: 4
  • Cases ever hospitalized: 14
  • Cases recovered: 20


Cases by Gender

  • Male: 55
  • Female: 85

Cases by Age Range (years)

  • 0-9: 0
  • 10-19: 6
  • 20-29: 19
  • 30-39: 29
  • 40-49: 25
  • 50-59: 22
  • 60-69: 13
  • 70-79: 15
  • 80+: 11

Frederick County’s first case was announced on 3/16/2020. The first COVID-19 death was announced on 3/31/2020. 

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.

For current, accurate information:

  1. FAQs
  2. People 65+ & Higher Risk
  3. Prevention & Symptoms
  4. What to Do if You're Sick
  5. Plan & Prepare
  6. Travel
  7. Take Care of Your Mental Health
  8. Public Health in Action
  9. Español

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Does Frederick County have any cases of COVID-19?

Frederick County’s first case was announced 3/16/2020. Visit coronavirus.maryland.gov for an interactive map of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and affected counties in Maryland.

How do I get tested? Does the Health Department test people? 

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.

How many people have been tested in Frederick County?

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.

I’m sick but can’t get tested OR I tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do now?

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.

Doesn’t the public need to know where a person with COVID-19 has been?

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.

Can people with no symptoms have COVID-19?

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.

Most cases of COVID-19 are mild. Why is this more serious than the flu?

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.”

Flatten the curve

I’ve lost my job. What do I do now?

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.

Visit Workforce Services for help filing for unemployment or finding a job. More resources can be found on the Frederick County COVID-19 Resources page.

What resources exist for business owners?

Here are local, state and federal resources to help businesses whose daily operations are affected during the state of emergency:

What if I don’t have a primary healthcare provider?

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.

I want to report a violation of the Governor’s social distancing orders. Who do I report violations to?

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.

Can pets get COVID-19? Can I take my pet to the vet?

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.