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Carroll County Health Department announces new coronavirus cases; hospital has tested more than 500 people

The number of coronavirus cases in Carroll County nearly doubled overnight, and Carroll Hospital has tested more than 500 people for the disease, according to health department and hospital officials.

Maggie Kunz, spokesperson for the Carroll County Health Department, said there are 10 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

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In the morning of March 26, Kunz said there were “tentatively” 10 cases, as the health department was in the process of confirming positive results from various labs. By late afternoon, Kunz confirmed there are definitely 10 cases in Carroll.

To date, Carroll Hospital has collected samples to be tested for COVID-19 from 531 individuals, of which 378 were obtained via drive-through tests, hospital spokesperson Selena Mowery wrote in an 11 a.m. email March 26.

As of March 23, the hospital had collected 388 samples, 262 of which were obtained via drive-through testing.

As part of 157 new cases statewide, Maryland officials confirmed Carroll’s seventh case Thursday morning, though it’s possible for that total to not be up to date with the latest information available to the county. The sixth case, a woman in her 20s, was announced Wednesday.

The first two cases announced in Carroll County, a woman in her 30s and a man in his 40s who are related to each other, are expected to be deemed recovered from the coronavirus Friday, Kunz said.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, a person with COVID-19 directed to self-isolate at home may stop home isolation under the following conditions:

  • At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
  • At least seven days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Anyone feeling ill should contact their health care professional. Carroll County Health Department is operating a COVID-19 hotline, available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, at 410-876-4848. After hours, callers may leave a message or call 211. All emergencies should continue to call 911.

This story will be updated.

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