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Carroll County government offices close to public because of coronavirus, as sixth case is confirmed

Carroll County closed several of its government offices at the end of business Wednesday to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, and Board of County Commissioners meetings will be held remotely.

Also on Wednesday, the county confirmed the sixth case of COVID-19 in Carroll. A woman in her 20s is the latest Carroll countian to be confirmed with the disease, according to Maggie Kunz, spokesperson for the county health department. Kunz did not have further information on the woman as of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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The following buildings will be closed to the public until further notice, according to a Tuesday night news release from the county:

  • Main county office building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster
  • County maintenance center, Old Meadow Branch Road, Westminster
  • Bureau of Housing, Distillery Building, 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster. The building remains open for noncounty organizations.
  • Bureau of Aging at the Westminster Senior and Community Center, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster
  • Robert Moton Center, 300 South Center St., Westminster
  • Bureau of Permits & Inspections, temporary location, 1100 Green Valley Road, New Windsor

All county meetings are canceled unless attendees are notified by county staff to teleconference. Any exceptions to this protocol will be communicated by the managing department.

The Board of County Commissioners and staff will have meetings through a screen rather than in person. They will meet virtually via GoToMeeting, an online video conference service, according to a Wednesday news release from the county. The next open session begins at 9 a.m. March 26.

Residents can watch the live stream of the meeting through the county Facebook page, YouTube channel or online meeting portal, or tune in to Comcast Channel 24, the release states.

Although the county prefers residents use online methods to watch the meeting, residents unable to view the cable channel or the internet will be able to listen to the virtual meeting by calling +1 (408) 650-3123 and entering the access code, 722-945-301.

There will be no dialogue from participants calling in and callers will be muted, according to the release. There is a limit to the number of callers the system can accept.

All meetings will be replayed on Comcast Channel 24.


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The senior centers, Business/Employment Resource Center, visitor’s center and Farm Museum continue to be closed, the release states. The Northern Landfill, Hoods Mill Landfill and Carroll County Regional Airport continue to operate at regular hours.

Customers wishing to make any payments to the county or file deeds should use the locked county dropbox in the lower parking lot (parking lot A) or mail to: Carroll County Government, Collections Office, 225 N. Center St., Westminster, MD 21157. Online payments are also accepted via the county website. Receipts will be mailed.

Employment applications will be accepted online via the county Department of Human Resources webpage at https://www.carrollcountymd.gov/government/directory/humanresources/.

Any residents with a question should call the county office at 410-386-2400 for information. A directory of departments with phone numbers is also available on the county website.

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.

Parks closure extended

Carroll County Recreation and Parks is continuing closures due to the coronavirus-caused state of emergency.

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All Recreation and Parks sponsored programs and events, including all Recreation Council activities, are canceled through at least April 26, regardless of their location, according to a March 25 news release from the county.

All pavilion and other group reservations at Carroll parks are cancelled through April 26. Recreation and Parks will provide full refunds or reschedule previously reserved dates.

Bear Branch and Piney Run nature centers, the Piney Run Park gate house and boat house, and Hap Baker Firearms Facility are closed until further notice. No boating is allowed at Piney Run Park, but it remains open from 7 a.m. to sunset on weekdays.

All other county parks, including trails, will remain open during regular hours.

The county reminds park visitors to follow the governor’s order not to gather in groups larger than 10 people and keep a distance of 6 feet from other visitors. Because there is no way that to guarantee a germ-free playground, Recreation and Parks strongly recommends not using park playground equipment.

Those needing to interact with department staff should email ccrec@carrollcountymd.gov or call 410-386-2103.

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