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The party’s host, who was showing signs of being sick at the time, later tested positive for the virus. So did eight guests. County officials, eager to keep the cluster from growing, dispatched disease tracers to try to learn who else might have been exposed to the virus at the party.

Public health experts say that college-town bars, nightclubs and corner taverns are becoming dangerous new hot spots for the coronavirus.

Some of the revelers who have flocked to Myrtle Beach since hotels and attractions began reopening in May, though, are going home with more than just the usual sunburns, hangovers and sand in their suitcases. They are bringing back the coronavirus.

COVID-19, the novel strain of the coronavirus that has sickened thousands across the globe, is spreading in Maryland.


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Confirmed cases are updated each morning from state reports.

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