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Carroll County reports first resident 90 or older has contracted COVID-19; no new deaths

No new deaths from the coronavirus also known by the disease it causes, COVID-19, were announced by the Carroll County Health Department on Thursday, though the number of positive cases rose again.

The county also reported that the first county resident in their 90s has tested positive.

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As of April 23, the county has confirmed a total of 378 cases, up by 13 since Wednesday. Of those, 10 were from “the community” — that is, not residents or staffers of long-term care facilities. Such facilities have accounted for a total of 232 cases and 40 of the county’s 44 deaths.

Citing confidentiality, the Health Department will not release data about which facilities have had cases and deaths, or whether any staff members have died.

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Maryland health officials have also declined to release the names of nursing homes across the state with confirmed coronavirus outbreaks, The Baltimore Sun reports. Heather Shek, assistant director of the state health department’s office of governmental affairs, said in a letter to The Sun that providing such a list “could lead to the identification of specific persons who have tested positive.”

Because COVID-19 tends to be more dangerous for the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions, long-term care facilities are particularly vulnerable to localized outbreaks. Before the county stopped reporting figures for specific facilities April 21, 26 residents of Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy had died. The county will not say whether that number has since risen.

The virus can be deadly for people of any age, though. Of the 146 people confirmed to have the virus who are not at a long-term care facility, as of Thursday, one person is younger than 10 years old, two are in the 10-19 range; 26 are 20-29 years old, 16 are 30-39; 22 are 40-49; 51 are 50-59; 17 are 60-69; six are 70-79; four are 80-89; and one is 90-99. (On Wednesday, the county had said 23 people who had tested positive were 40-49 years old.)

Of those 146 people who have tested positive, 70 are women and 76 are men, according to the Health Department.

Carroll County considers 62 people to be recovered from the disease — no change since Wednesday.

According to Health Department data, the Manchester ZIP code now has eight cases. Westminster, with 162 total cases across two ZIP codes, has the most in Carroll, followed by Mount Airy with 111, Sykesville/Eldersburg with 53, Hampstead with 11, and Taneytown and Finksburg with nine each. Data is suppressed in ZIP codes with seven cases or fewer.

Anyone who thinks they or a family member might be showing coronavirus symptoms can call the Carroll County Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline, which is available 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. seven days a week at 410-876-4848, or contact their doctor. After hours, callers may leave a message or call 211. People with emergencies should continue to call 911.

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