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Howard County library branches to host coronavirus preparation meetings

The Howard County Health Department has announced a series of free community presentations this week and next to provide more information on the new coronavirus.

According to the health department, the presentations will inform Howard residents about current developments, local planning efforts and preventive actions.

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The presentations are scheduled for:

  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at East Columbia Branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way;
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Elkridge Branch library, 6540 Washington Blvd.;
  • 2 to 3 p.m. March 10 at Miller Branch library, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City.

The first library presentation on Wednesday will be livestreamed via Facebook and posted on YouTube afterward. Space will be limited for people who want to attend in person, so residents are encouraged to view the livestream or YouTube video.

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Those interested in attending a presentation in person must register ahead of time. To register, go to hclibrary.org/classes-events and then search “Protecting You and Your Families” to find the specific presentation.

There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Maryland, as results for six people tested came back negative. Seven more people are being tested, according to the Maryland Department of Health.

The number of cases with the disease has risen in recent days across the country. In the United States, the number of cases climbed to at least 91, and the country has recorded two deaths, both in Washington state.

The virus has infected more than 89,000 people in 66 countries, causing about 3,000 deaths. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath and pneumonia, state health officials said.

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For more information, call the health department at 410-313-6284 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or 410-313-292 after hours.

Baltimore Sun reporter Meredith Cohn contributed to this article.

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