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Posted on: July 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Frederick County Health Metrics Continue to Improve

Celebrate the Fourth of July Safely. Avoid crowds, wear face coverings, keep 6 feet apart

Residents Cautioned Against Large Gatherings over Holiday Weekend

FREDERICK, Md. – Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner today announced improvements in several key health measures related to COVID-19.  Hospital statistics have significantly improved, with no COVID patients in intensive care for the past week. Emergency medical transports also declined to a single coronavirus patient over the previous eight days.

“We have made great progress but we can’t afford to drop our guard over the Fourth of July,” said Executive Gardner. “If your community is putting on a fireworks display, watch the show from your porch or car. If you choose to go to a park or beach, stay at least 6 feet from people who don’t live with you. Wear a mask, keep your distance, and wash your hands. These are simple steps that can make a huge difference in the health of our entire community.”

In Frederick County, 9.9% of the population has been tested for the virus. The rate of people testing positive has dropped to 3.1%, below the statewide average.

Four of the nine nursing homes in Frederick County are now eligible to receive limited visitors under strict State health standards. To qualify, there need to be no positive cases among staff or residents for at least 14 days.

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