CAMBRIDGE — Dorchester County Superintendent David Bromwell announced local schools will remain in Phase 1 — virtual learning — through the end of the month.
On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Dorchester County had the highest rate of COVID-19 on the Eastern Shore and the second highest in Maryland with a seven-day positivity rate of 11.6% and 90.4 cases per 100,000.
According to the Dorchester County Health Department, it was the highest the county has experienced during this pandemic, Bromwell said in a post to the school system’s Facebook page.
“Your frustration with this situation is shared by me as well as all of us at Dorchester County Public Schools. We want nothing more than to be able to start bringing students back into our buildings safely,” he said.
Bromwell added he and the schools executive team have been working on a new plan to ensure as many students as possible are able to receive some amount of in-person instruction as soon as it is safely possible. He said he would announce details of this plan Friday afternoon.
“Reducing COVID is a community effort. Please try to limit your contacts and practice the three W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands, and wait six feet away from others,” he said.
According the Maryland Department of Health data, as of Wednesday, Dorchester had registered 1,658 cases of COVID-19; 24 residents have died from the virus.