COVID-19 Upends Life and Business in Garrett County

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has caused massive changes in daily life across the nation as people learn to social distance and adopt stringent hygiene practices to quell the spread of the menacing disease. On March 28 a reported 992 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Maryland – a 28 percent increase in just one day. The fifth person to die from the coronavirus in Maryland was an Anne Arundel County man in his 80s, the state health department announced Friday night.

Garrett County remains at 3 reported cases for COVID-19 with the Health Department rescinding an earlier reported case that was tested outside of the county, however, that forth case is recovering in Garrett County, according to Commissioner Paul Edwards.

"Our efforts seem to be working as we continue to move forward," said Edwards during a March 27th Facebook video post. He's pleased to report that the diagnosed cases appear to be stable at the present time.

"We need to stay diligent and continue social distancing," Edwards reinforces by noting neighboring counties of Bedford, PA and Preston, WV are also reporting new positive cases for the virus.

Local agencies and health care providers have been thrust into the daunting task of informing people to follow safety guidelines to contain the virus while allowing essential businesses to remain open that supply food, staples, and health care services. Just one day following Edward's address, the Garrett County Health Department released a total of COVID-19 tests taken with more than half of the tests still awaiting results.