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Six more Pleasant View residents die; coronavirus death toll in Carroll County jumps to 30, health department says

One month since the first case of coronavirus was announced in Carroll County, there have been 30 deaths out of 250 confirmed cases according to data released by the Carroll County Health Department late Monday afternoon.

Eight of those deaths came after the health department reported data on Friday evening and six of those were residents at Mount Airy’s Pleasant View Nursing Home, where the COVID-19 death toll has risen to 24.

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Long-term care facilities account for 27 of the 30 Carroll County deaths. Of Carroll’s 250 positive tests for the coronavirus, 148 are connected to long-term care facilities.

In addition to the 81 residents and 36 staff members (14 of whom live in Carroll) at Pleasant View, 29 residents and seven staff members (six who live in Carroll) from Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster have tested positive. One death from Carroll Lutheran Village has been reported, so there have been two deaths at Carroll facilities that are not being named by the health department.

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There have been 102 positive tests that are considered community cases, meaning they are unrelated to the long-term care facilities. The health department announced that there have been three community deaths attributed to COVID-19, up from one through Friday.

According to the health department, 21 people who have tested positive have been released from isolation, meaning at least three days have passed since their recovery, which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and, at least seven days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Largely because of the outbreak at Pleasant View, Mount Airy has the highest number of cases among ZIP codes in Carroll County. Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy first announced two residents with COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, on March 27 and now has 117 total cases.

The Maryland Department of Health on Sunday began sharing the number of COVID-19 cases by ZIP code. The map shows there are 103 cases in Mount Airy ZIP code 21771, 42 in Westminster 21157, 40 in Westminster 21158, 28 in Sykesville 21784, 14 in Woodbine 21797, nine in Hampstead 21074, and nine in Marriottsville 21104.

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There was no data on ZIP codes in Finksburg, Keymar, Manchester, New Windsor, Taneytown, Union Bridge, or Upperco. Data for ZIP codes with fewer than seven cases is not being reported by MDH.

Ed Singer, Carroll County health officer, said ZIP code data is being shared in an effort to be transparent, but there are some key points people should understand when they read the numbers.

“Mount Airy has high numbers, but most of the cases in that area are from the nursing home outbreak there,” Singer said. "And even if you live in an area with a low number of cases, you still need to take all the same precautions, because the coronavirus is spreading throughout the county. We know the stay at home order is a burden, but we are counting on everyone to continue social distancing to protect our community.”

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.

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