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Second positive case of Novel Coronavirus confirmed in Queen Anne’s County

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CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne’s County Health Officer, Joseph A. Ciotola, Jr., M.D., announced the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Queen Anne’s County, Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

The individual that tested positive in Queen Anne’s County is a male in his 20’s. This case is considered a community transmission since he did not travel out of the country; however he did recently travel outside of Queen Anne’s County, advised Ciotola, the young man is currently in stable condition and has no underlying health issues.

In addition to this second confirmed case, there are two other related patients that are under investigation. All of these individuals have been quarantined, reported Ciotola in his March 25 update. This case is not connected with the county’s first positive case, he said.

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Queen Anne’s County was reported on Saturday March 21, just before 2 p.m.

The individual who tested positive was a woman in her 50s who had traveled out of the country recently; she is in stable condition, Ciotola said.

Coincidentally, about the same time as the announcement, the Walgreens in Centreville closed for a level one decontamination of the store, said Beth Malasky, public information officer for the county.

Corporate managers at Walgreens reported an employee at that location was tested on Friday, March 20, for the COVID-19 virus and test results are pending. The store remains closed, however, the drive-up pharmacy window is open.

There is no connection between the single confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county and the pending results at Walgreens, Malsasky said.

COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease of the lungs. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. COVID-19 is spread by contact with an infected person, usually through coughing and sneezing or between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet). It is also possible that a person can become infected by touching a surface or an object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose and possibly eyes. COVID-19 is a new virus in humans; most people have little or no immunity.

All county residents are instructed to continue with social distancing and if you are having symptoms to contact your primary care physician. Persons who have been exposed to the virus have the potential to infect others before they display symptoms. If you have sick family members recovering at home please use this link for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Queen Anne’s County Health Department has set up an information line for the public to call with questions about COVID-19. Staff will be available by phone from 8:00 AM — 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, 443-262-9900 qaccovid19.callcenter@maryland.gov

Queen Anne’s County Government has set up an information line for questions about county departments and services during COVID-19. This line is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am till 4:30 pm. Call 443-786-9529

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