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Carroll County announces 9 new cases of coronavirus, with 4 tied to Westminster retirement community

The Carroll County Health Department announced nine new confirmed cases of the coronavirus Wednesday evening, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 103.

Three of the cases, a woman in her 60s and two women in their 80s, are residents of Carroll Lutheran Village who recently transferred there from two undisclosed “Maryland hospitals,” according to a health department news release. All three are isolated in private rooms.

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A fourth case is a woman in her 20s who works at Carroll Lutheran Village and is now isolating at home, according to the release.

Carroll Lutheran Village is described on its website as a continuing care retirement community in Westminster. The coronavirus also known as the disease it causes, COVID-19, is especially dangerous for older adults and those with compromised immune systems.

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“We are in daily contact with [County] Health Officer Ed Singer and his staff from the Carroll County Health Department, as well as staff from the Maryland Department of Health,” Ken Connelly, vice president of operations for Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland, says in the release. “We continue to adhere to all protocols and recommendations from these agencies to help prevent further spread of the coronavirus.”

The remaining five cases are people in the community: a man in his 20s, a man in his 30s, a man in his 40s, a woman in her 50s and a man in his 80s. No details were provided on their condition or location.

None of the cases were associated with Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy, where 77 of 95 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, 17 people — including one staff member — have been hospitalized, and five people have died.

The Maryland Department of Health promulgated guidelines for long-term and continuing care facilities in a time of COVID-19 on March 10, which can be found online at coronavirus.maryland.gov.

Maryland confirmed another 325 cases Wednesday, pushing the state’s total to at least 1,985. The surge, the largest single-day rise in confirmed cases the state has experienced thus far, marks an increase of 19.6% over the total from Tuesday, the first full day of Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order requiring Marylanders to stay home with the exception of essential reasons.

A total of at least 31 Marylanders have died of the coronavirus, the state said Wednesday morning.

The state reported it has issued 17,233 negative tests for the coronavirus, a rise of nearly 16% from Tuesday. Sixty-nine patients have been released from isolation.

As of the evening of April 1, the coronavirus had resulted in more than 4,700 deaths in the United States out of more than 213,000 people who have tested positive for the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. The World Health Organization deemed the coronavirus a pandemic March 11.

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.

Updates on the number of Maryland cases and other important information can be found on the health department’s COVID-19 webpage at cchd.maryland.gov/covid-19/.

Baltimore Sun reporter Nathan Ruiz contributed to this article.

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