DENTON — During the weekly meeting with Caroline County officials via Zoom on Tuesday, April 28, Debbie Bowden, Director of Economic Development, announced the beginning of a new effort within the county to help small businesses get back on their feet. The county is in preliminary discussion for the creation of a Small Business Assistance Loan Program that will help assist small businesses. More information will be made available at a later date.
In his weekly statistics report, Scott Leroy, Health Officer for Caroline County, said 615 people have been tested at the regional site at Chesapeake College as of April 28 — of those 86 were Caroline County residents. The Daily Case Update on May 4 reported 90 total cases with 45 released from isolation/recovered, and now reporting cases in all Caroline zip codes.
Anna Sierra, Director of Emergency Services, informed the commissioners of her continued coordination with neighboring counties and continued work with Choptank Community Health for all testing needs.
On Saturday, May 2 the county coordinated testing with Choptank Community Health at Federalsburg Elementary School targeted to those who work or live with someone who works in the poultry industry. Testing was free to residents of Maryland with a valid ID. Sierra said approximately 116 tests were completed. Because the site was small and due to limited test kits, the testing mostly focused on reaching the population of workers that the state has identified as being at greater risk of exposure, said a spokesperson for the county.