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The Carroll County Health Department announced 27 additional cases of positive coronavirus tests on Thursday, with 21 of them linked to elder care facilities, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Carroll County to 130. The department also announced six recoveries in people who had been in isolation.
Six of the new cases were found in the community, a man in his 20s, a man in his 50s and four women in their 50s, according to a health department media release.
Another three cases were identified at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster, where four cases — three residents and one employee — had been announced on Wednesday. The new cases at Carroll Lutheran Village are all residents, a man in his 90s and two women in their 90s, according to the release.
“The individuals testing positive for COVID-19 are isolated in separate private rooms in the skilled nursing and rehabilitation unit,” Ken Connelly, vice president of operations for Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland, which operates Carroll Lutheran Village, said in a statement. “All team members who work in Carroll Lutheran Village’s Health Care Center are wearing surgical masks at all times. All team members caring for sick patients are wearing Personal Protective Equipment including gowns, gloves, eye goggles, and N95 face masks when caring for sick patients.”
The one sick employee is isolating at home, according to Connelly, who said that all staff are being screened for temperature and COVID-19 symptoms at the beginning of every shift.
“There are no confirmed coronavirus cases in the Independent Living at Carroll Lutheran Village,” he said.
The health department is supporting Carroll Lutheran Village with communications, advice and disinfection, according to the release, and Carroll County Government is also keeping abreast of the situation and standing ready to offer what assistance it can, according to Carroll County Commissioner Stephen Wantz, R-District 1.
“We are monitoring the situation and if they need anything we have advised them to please reach out and we will do whatever we can,” Wantz said. “We are apparently getting a shipment of some [personal protection equipment] tomorrow, so we may be able to assist with that.”
As for the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy, where 77 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and five have died — the only Carroll deaths so far — the health department announced Thursday that 18 staff members have also tested positive. Another 24 staff members have tested negative while 21 test results were still pending.
The six people in Carroll County who had previously tested positive are now considered recovered and have left isolation, having had no fever for three days without medication and at least seven days having passed since their symptoms began.
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As of 6:21 p.m. Thursday, the novel coronavirus had resulted in 5,850 deaths in the United States out of about 242,182 people who have tested positive for the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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.