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Harford Executive Barry Glassman declares state of emergency, as county confirmed third coronavirus case

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman on Wednesday declared a State of Emergency for the county due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, providing “flexibility in maintaining county government functions during the public health crisis.”

Also on Wednesday, county officials confirmed Harford’s third coronavirus case, a 47-year-old male, was among the 28 new cases state officials announced Wednesday, bringing Maryland’s total to at least 85.

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While the 47-year-old has an address in Harford County, he was working in Boston, was tested there and is self-isolated there, said Cindy Mumby, a spokeswoman for county government.

She noted the man had not reported history of travel, according to information provided to the county by health officials.

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“The County Executive has said we can expect more cases as testing increases and public health officials tell us we are moving from the containment phase into the mitigation phase of the coronavirus,” she said. “It’s not unexpected that we get more cases.”

On Saturday, Glassman announce the second confirmed COVID-19 case in Harford, a 69-year-old family member of the county’s first reported case, an 86-year-old woman who traveled overseas.

Glassman will be sending weekly updates on Fridays via email and incorporating information about any Harford County COVID-19 cases into those updates, Mumby said.

Kata Hall, spokeswoman for Gov. Larry Hogan, wrote that the state has now confirmed at least 85 cases of COVID-19, the virus more commonly known as the coronavirus.

Among the 28 new confirmed infections, 23, were found in people aged 19 to 64 years of age, Hall wrote. Five people aged 65 years or older were confirmed infected since Tuesday.

The virus, which has accounted for thousands of deaths worldwide, is said to be more fatal to seniors and those with compromised immune systems.

The state updates the number of cases confirmed each day at 10 a.m. while counties and local jurisdictions may announce cases separate of those confirmed by the state.


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