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Maryland sees third coronavirus death as officials confirm 41 new cases, raising state’s total to at least 190 Saturday

Maryland officials on Saturday confirmed another 41 cases of coronavirus in the state, for a total of at least 190, as well as a third death.

Meanwhile, four counties reported their first cases — including a hospital worker in St. Mary’s County.

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Michael Ricci, a spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan, announced shortly after 11 p.m. that a Montgomery County woman in her 40s with underlying health conditions had died as a result of the virus, marking the state’s third death.

Eight counties reported increases in cases from Friday to saturday. Anne Arundel County now has 15 reported cases; Baltimore City has 15; Baltimore County, 19; Charles County, 4; Howard County, 19; Montgomery County, 68; Prince George’s County, 36; and Wicomico County, 2.

Montgomery reported the largest increase in cases, from 51 Friday to 68 Saturday.

In addition, two counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, one in Western Maryland and St. Mary’s in Southern Maryland each reported their first cases, though none were reflected in the state’s total Saturday.

Caroline County announced its first reported case Saturday, a woman in her 30s who lives in the Federalsburg area. She was tested Tuesday and got a positive test result Saturday.

The woman had not recently traveled but had been in contact with people who had, according to Caroline County. She is resting at home, where she is self-quarantining with her family. The county did not release further details on the patient.

In addition, Queen Anne’s County reported its first case on Saturday. The county said the patient is a woman in her 50s who was in stable condition. She had not recently traveled out of the country, the county said.

In Western Maryland, Washington County officials announced a woman in her 50s had tested positive, was in good condition and was exhibiting mild conditions. She was isolating at home, county officials said.

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In Southern Maryland, St. Mary’s County officials said a Washington, D.C. resident who works at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital had tested positive. The patient, a woman in her 40s who is isolating herself in her D.C. home, would not technically be counted as a case in the county, they said.

“We are in the process of identifying potential risks to St. Mary’s County residents," said Dr. Meena Brewster, the county’s health officer, in a statement. “Our Infectious Disease team will directly contact individual community members who may have been exposed to coordinate any needed testing and monitoring for symptoms. If at any point in our investigation we feel that there was risk of broader community exposure, we will notify the public.”

Holly Meyer, a MedStar spokeswoman, confirmed the employee was a member of the hospital’s medical staff, and said MedStar is now in the process of “compiling a list of all staff and patients who may have come into direct contact with the provider during the asymptomatic stage of this condition," in order to then provide them with further instructions.

Meyer said the infected worker “took the important step to self-quarantine immediately when first experiencing flu-like symptoms, acting quickly to limit its potential spread.”

Also, the University of Maryland reported that a part-time contractor who does work with the University Health Center and with Maryland Athletics had tested positive. University officials immediately “began notifying the individuals who we know came into direct contact with the individual” and advising them to stay home for 14 days and remain alert to possible symptoms.

No additional cases of children were reported Saturday morning. The state previously reported 42 new cases on Friday, including two children, an infant and a teenager who tested positive. A 5-year-old girl in Howard County was previously reported. None of the children were hospitalized.

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Prior to Saturday, the state had reported two deaths — both of men in their 60s with underlying health conditions. The first was reported Wednesday in Prince George’s County and the second in Baltimore County on Friday.

The majority of Maryland cases have been reported in people ages 18 to 64, officials said. On Saturday, 149 cases were in that age group, and 38 were 65 and older.

The virus, which has accounted for more than 11,000 deaths worldwide, is said to be more fatal to seniors and those with compromised immune systems.

On Saturday, Johns Hopkins Medicine joined other hospitals in the area and nationally in issuing new visitor guidelines to help prevent the spread of the disease within its network of regional facilities. The policy bars visitors to adult inpatient facilities except under a narrow set of circumstances — allowing two visitors for end-of-life scenarios, one visitor and a doula for labor and delivery, and one visitor for patients undergoing emergency surgery related to a traumatic event.

Two visitors, including parents and legal guardians, will be allowed to accompany patients at pediatric inpatient facilities, the system said. Additional restrictions were placed on out-patient facilities. All visitors must have permission to visit from system officials.

Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and has since activated the National Guard in response to the outbreak. More than 2,000 members of the Guard are expected to be called to duty statewide.

On Friday, Guard units were spotted in different areas of the state, including in downtown Baltimore, where Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said Guard units were brought in to help with meal distribution and with logistical support of the city’s hospitals. Ricci said units were also reporting to FedEx Field in Prince George’s County to support a pilot assessment location, as well as other locations around the state.

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