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18 people test positive for coronavirus at Spring Grove Hospital in Catonsville

Ten patients and eight staff members have tested positive for coronavirus at Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville, state health officials confirmed.

The Maryland Department of Health is coordinating efforts with the Baltimore County Department of Health to contain the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, to others in the psychiatric care facility.

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The facility’s 366 patients are self-isolating in single occupancy rooms, said Charlie Gischlar, spokesman for the health department. Gischlar would not disclose information about the patients who have tested positive for the virus, citing health department policies, or how many are being tested.

He added that the facility has “adequate supplies of [personal protective equipment] and sanitation supplies.”

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One week ago, health officials reported that two patients and seven staff members were confirmed to have contracted the respiratory illness.

The southwest area has been the hardest hit in Baltimore County, particularly in Randallstown where 173 cases have been confirmed, according to state health department data on Baltimore County’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The 21228 ZIP code in Catonsville contains the third-highest concentration of coronavirus cases in Baltimore County, with 155 confirmed cases as of Thursday. Countywide, more than 100 new cases were confirmed between Wednesday and Thursday, with 2,132 total cases and 62 deaths since the pandemic began sweeping through Maryland, according to state data.

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