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Second coronavirus death reported at Central Maryland Correctional Facility in Sykesville

Twenty-one new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday and a death was announced from the Central Maryland Correctional Facility in Sykesville, according to Carroll County Health Department data.

The Central Maryland Correctional Facility has now seen two coronavirus deaths. Five inmates and one staff member have had positive tests. It was unclear whether the latest death was an inmate or staff member.

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Twelve of the new cases were from elder care facilities with seven residents testing positive at Fairhaven in Sykesville, bringing the total there to 47 resident cases. That facility has also seen 23 staff cases (five Carroll countians) and 13 deaths. Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster had two more residents test positive and has now had 45 resident cases and 13 staff cases (12 Carroll countians) with 12 deaths. Longview in Manchester had two residents and one staff member test positive. That facility has had 30 resident cases, nine staff cases and two fatalities.

There have been 461 cases in long-term care facilities in the county, including 81 of Carroll’s 88 deaths. Facilities that house multiple residents are particularly vulnerable to localized outbreaks — especially those that house the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions.

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But the virus threatens people of any age. The county announced nine new community cases, that is those who have tested positive for the coronavirus who do not live or work in a long-term care facility. As of Thursday, eight are younger than 10 years old; 19 are in the 10-19 range; 57 are 20-29 years old; 63 are 30-39; 54 are 40-49; 111 are 50-59; 46 are 60-69; 14 are 70-79; and 10 are 80-89.

Of the 382 community cases, 190 are women and 192 are men. The health department has announced 67 hospitalizations for COVID-19, up by one since Wednesday.

The department considers 242 people to be recovered from the disease — 36 more than had been previously announced.

According to health department data, Westminster has the most cases in Carroll, with 311 across two ZIP codes, followed by Sykesville/Eldersburg with 181, Mount Airy with 156, Manchester with 55, Hampstead with 29, Keymar and Taneytown with 28, Finksburg with 22, and New Windsor with 15. 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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