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Testing taking place, Dorchester remains at zero confirmed COVID-19 cases

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CAMBRIDGE — Dorchester County is one of two Eastern Shore counties and three Maryland counties overall with no confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday morning, March 24.

Dorchester and Kent counties on the Eastern Shore, and Allegany County in western Maryland, remained free of reported cases of the new coronavirus in totals that are updated and made public on Maryland’s coronavirus website by 10 a.m. every weekday morning. Cases statewide have increased to 349.

Dorchester remains at zero confirmed cases despite the fact that testing in the county is taking place, according to Dorchester County Health Department Public Information Officer Angela Grove. 

Grove said that health care providers in the county are using the state mandated criteria to determine who should be tested.

Tests are prioritized for hospitalized patients, symptomatic Emergency Medical Service personnel, healthcare workers, and law enforcement personnel, according to guidelines created by the Maryland Department of Health.

Additionally, symptomatic patients in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, or in congregate-living facilities housing individuals who are medically fragile may be tested, as well as symptomatic high-risk unstable patients whose care would be altered by a diagnosis of COVID-19.

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