This website provides up-to-date information about the Worcester County Health Department's response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
To view Maryland's COVID-19 Case Count visit https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/ Updated 1/13/2022
No-Cost COVID-19 Testing
Who Needs a third dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine?
A third dose is needed when the body cannot produce adequate protection to the primary vaccine doses. Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
COVID-19 vaccine boosters are now available through the Worcester County Health Department.
When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine booster? (Updated 11/22/21)
We are scheduling first doses of Pfizer (5 years and up), Moderna and JJ (18 and up), Second doses of Pfizer/Moderna (same type as first dose); Pfizer, Moderna and JJ boosters for those who are already vaccinated and are eligible for boosters which are:
-Everyone ages 16 and older can get a booster shot. A Pfizer or Moderna booster can be received at least 6 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series. A Johnson & Johnson booster can be received at least 2 months after your shot.
If you need assistance, call 667-253-2140, Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm.
In alignment with CDC guidance, face coverings will still be required on public transportation, and in schools, child care and health care settings.
The Maryland Department of Health has issued a public health advisory strongly recommending that all non-vaccinated individuals over the age of 2 years continue to wear face coverings in all indoor settings and in outdoor settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Private businesses and workplaces are free to put in place their own policies or guidance. Local jurisdictions are free to use their own emergency powers on these matters.
CDC Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People Updated 1/5/2022
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a respiratory virus. This is a virus that hasn’t caused illness in humans before. COVID-19 is spread just like colds or flu through coughing and sneezing, which creates respiratory droplets, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, or touching an object or surface with the virus on it.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- In more severe cases, pneumonia (infection in the lungs)
Individual risk is dependent on exposure. Current risk assessment:
- People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.
- If you are sick, call your provider to discuss your symptoms before you walk-in to a doctor's office.
What You Can Do to Protect from Infectious Disease?
It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed. Preventing viral respiratory infections. Protect yourself from getting sick.
How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with others.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:
- People aged 65 years and older.
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma.
- People who have heart disease with complications.
- People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment.
- People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [(BM]I)≥40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk.
- People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk.
Where can I go for more information?
The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) has a call center operating Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm with staff available to answer questions. To reach the center call 410-632-1100 option #8. WCHD also operates an automated public information line 24/7 with messaging about COVID-19 (410-632-4321). Visit WorcesterHealth.org for up-to-date facts and information on COVID-19 locally. Follow @WorcesterHealth on Facebook and other social media for emerging updates.
COVID Vaccination Cards
Have you lost Your COVID vaccination card? Maryland MyIR is a free website service that allows consumers to view and print copies of their official vaccination records directly from ImmuNet, Maryland's immunization information system. Visit Maryland MyIR.
Ways to cope with stress
Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
Recovery and Wellness Support Resources for the COVID-19 Outbreak
The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) continues to develop coordinated prevention and response plans for COVID-19. BHA will provide COVID19 updates as they become available and accurate information for behavioral health providers, partners, and the greater community.