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Five new coronavirus cases at elder care facilities in Carroll County, no new deaths

Five new COVID-19 cases and no new fatalities resulting from the disease were reported by the health department late Tuesday afternoon.

Carroll County has seen 996 coronavirus cases according to data released by the Carroll County Health Department. All five new cases came from elder care facilities with three new positive test results among residents at Longview Nursing Home in Manchester, one new positive test by a resident at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy, and one new positive test by a staff member at Brinton Woods Health and Rehab Center at Winfield who lives in Carroll.

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The relatively light day for positive tests followed Monday’s report that showed seven cases over the previous 72 hours, one-fifth the number of positive tests the county had been averaging the past two months on the first day of reporting following a weekend.

In total, 554 of the 996 Carroll County cases, and 103 of the 115 deaths, have been people living or working in congregate living facilities. Facilities that house multiple residents are particularly vulnerable to localized outbreaks — especially those that house the elderly and those with preexisting health conditions.

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But the virus threatens people of any age. As of Monday, the county has confirmed 442 community cases. Eight are younger than 10 years old; 23 are in the 10-19 range; 62 are 20-29 years old; 65 are 30-39; 73 are 40-49; 124 are 50-59; 61 are 60-69; 14 are 70-79; and 12 are 80-89. Of the 442 community cases, 217 are women and 225 are men.

The health department considers 289 people to be recovered from the disease — up seven since Monday. The number of hospitalizations for the disease rose by two to 72.

According to health department data, Westminster has the most cases in Carroll, with 351 across two ZIP codes, followed by Sykesville/Eldersburg with 231, Mount Airy with 165, Manchester with 76, Taneytown with 35, Hampstead with 35, Finksburg with 29, Keymar with 28, New Windsor with 22, Woodbine with 11 and Union Bridge with eight. Data is suppressed in ZIP codes with seven cases or fewer.

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.

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