This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Frederick County has reported its second COVID-19 outbreak at a long-term care facility, where 12 people have tested positive.

HeartFields Assisted Living at Frederick reported five confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents and seven staff members also tested positive, according to a release from the Frederick County Joint Information Center Monday night.

The two most recent deaths in the county from the virus were both from the facility, with one staff member and one resident dying. Frederick County has a total of four deaths, with one of the other deaths from Frederick Health and Rehabilitation Center, another nursing home.

Test results are pending on one additional resident and six staff members, according to the release.

All non-essential visitors have been prohibited from visiting HeartFields, according to the Five Star Senior Living website. Five Star owns HeartFields.

Team members and essential visitors are screened for fevers and other signs of illness. All dining areas and non-medical outings, as well as social events, have been postponed.

Residents and staff are monitored for symptoms, and those with any signs of COVID-19 are isolated or sent home, according to the website. Residents are asked not to leave, and when returning, they are screened with the possibility of 14 days of self-isolation.

“The safety, health and well-being of our residents, clients and team members remains our highest priority, and the Five Star COVID-19 task force continues monitoring developments and further enhancing our policies and procedures in this evolving global health crisis,” according to Five Star’s website.

Another nursing home, Ballenger Creek Center, owned by Genesis, has two employees who tested positive for COVID-19, Lori Mayer, spokeswoman for the facility, said in an email.

Patients, residents and families have been notified, Mayer said, and the facility started video conference calls to keep families updated.

“We are doing everything possible to minimize any additional cases at our center...” Mayer said in her email.

The center has taken precautions, such as making all staff wear masks, eye protection and gloves, quarantining specific employees and increasing the number of times surfaces are cleaned, she said.

Patients and residents are restricted to their rooms, with patients and residents monitored three times a day for temperature increases and symptoms. Visitation is restricted, except for situations like end-of-life care, Mayer said. The facility uses Zoom for video calls.

“At this time, our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our patients, residents and staff,” Mayer said in her email. “Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by COViD-19.”

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland exceeded 4,000 as of Monday morning, with deaths in the state jumping to 91.

As of 10 a.m. Monday morning, the Maryland Department of Health reported the total number of confirmed cases of the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 is 4,045.

However, the statistics do not include an 11th death in Carroll County, and two cases of COVID-19 in Frederick County, making the total number of cases at least 4,047. Carroll County, which has the largest nursing home outbreak in the state, reported four more deaths from the Pleasant View Nursing Home, as of 6:30 p.m. Monday, bringing the total in the county to 15.

Frederick County has 147 cases, as of 7 p.m. Monday. The seven new cases are not included in the state numbers.

Another 123 people were hospitalized in the state due to COVID-19, while 25 patients were released from isolation, meaning they have not had symptoms in three days and it has been at least seven days since the onset of symptoms.

A total of 184 Marylanders have been released from isolation. No Frederick County residents were hospitalized or released from isolation in the last 24 hours, according to the Joint Information Center release.

More women than men have been diagnosed with the coronavirus in the state, with 2,155 women diagnosed and 1,890 men. Frederick County also follows this pattern with 88 women diagnosed compared to 59 men.

Almost half of all Maryland cases are under 50 years old. There are now 16 cases of people younger than 9. None of those cases are in Frederick County.

Approximately 55 percent of Frederick County cases are people younger than 50.

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Donald Trump was warned at the end of January by one of his top White House advisers that coronavirus had the potential to kill hundreds of thousands of Americans and derail the US economy, unless tough action were taken immediately, new memos have revealed.

The memos were written by Trump’s economic adviser, Peter Navarro, and circulated via the national security council widely around the White House and federal agencies.

The missing six weeks: how Trump failed the biggest test of his life

They show that even within the Trump administration alarm bells were ringing by late January, at a time when the president was consistently downplaying the threat of Covid-19.


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Men lied Math doesn’t.

Trump blamed Obama for the shelves empty of N95 masks. Obama left office in 1/2017 39 months ago.

The 3M™ 8710, 8210, 8812 and 8822 Particulate Respirators have a shelf life of 3 years. End of shelf life is marked on the product packaging. Before initial use, always check that the product is within the stated shelf life (use by date).


And just to get back to the topic of this article there is now a confirmed case of an infected staff member at Homewood in the nursing home section. Where my MIL resides. Prayers for all.

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Just go take your “fish tank cleaner”!

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Because the past Dimocratic leadership allowed that manufacturing to leave the USA

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That is a stupid remark, rb.

Alice Jones

according to 'some' on this site, this crisis has been 1m years in the making! No one's fault! It's Barry's fault! It's Sasquatches fault! Hmmmmm. front page nytimes seems to disagree. go figure.


Do you have a link to that story sam?

Alice Jones

you betcha.

Alice Jones


There is nothing in this article that assigns blame sam. I saw this article earlier this morning, but though you had something that I missed. The Chinese didn't admit that the disease was communicable between humans until January 21. Before that they said that it was zoonotic, only passing from an animal carrier to people, but not people to people. Navarro acknowledged that when he said "But he went on to emphasize that the “risk of a worst-case pandemic scenario should not be overlooked” given the information coming from China." His statement The lack of immune protection or an existing cure or vaccine would leave Americans defenseless in the case of a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on U.S. soil,” Mr. Navarro’s memo said. “This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans.” is the same message that the U.S. government (Presidents, Senators, Congressmen) have been getting from the Intelligence and Health communities for decades, and I gave references to each of those reports previously. So yes, it has been years in the making. Barack Obama has no more blame than any other president, senator, or congressman has or had when they received the reports, but failed to act.

Navarro went on to say With the subject line “Impose Travel Ban on China?” Mr. Navarro opened the memo by writing, “If the probability of a pandemic is greater than roughly 1%, a game-theoretic analysis of the coronavirus indicates the clear dominant strategy is an immediate travel ban on China.” Do you recall people calling DJT a racist for wanting to shut down travel between China and the US? I sure do, but I also agree with Dr. Fauci's statement that doing so was pointless because the spread of the virus was inevitable. Mr. Navarro was at odds with medical experts like Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, who had argued that such travel bans only delay the eventual spread. Since the world is so highly linked by air travel and commerce, spread to the U.S. was inevitable.


FNP Reporters, please be consistent on what you are calling this? This is a new one to me: SARS-CoV-2?


notconcerned, SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes the pandemic disease COVID-19.


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March 24, 2020, 10:37 PM EDT

Updated on March 24, 2020, 11:33 PM EDT


Really? By Che and Cortez? Two unknowns? Then why are more state Governors permitting those infected to be treated with this? Go back to reading your PMSNBC!


Trump said: "What do you have to lose? What do you have to lose?"



The US economy will never recover fully from Covid-19.

Donald Trump's top economic adviser Peter Navarro warned White House officials in January and February that coronavirus could kill up to two million Americans and cost the economy $5.7trillion.


And how was he supposed to fix it? Please give answers and not just TDS spittle.


How does one "postpone" a "dining area"?


It appears Frederick County may have reached it's apex.  New cases have been about the same for a couple of days.


I would wait on that pronouncement for the 4-7 day COVID testing backlog to work its way through. So in other words, put a pin in it for a week or so. I hope you are right, but I rather be cautious


Also, I am tripling the number of positives in an excess of caution. A majority of symptomatic people are told to stay home and many are never tested. So the ppl that do test positive have made it through multiple phase gates in order to just be tested, that gives you a good idea of how many are not being tested.


Not true - the last 5 days the cases went from 54-73-112-138-151. Source MD Dept of Health COVID page. Our percentage of cases as it relates to Mo Co has been increasing and now stands at 17% of their cases. But the unavailability of testing makes all these numbers suspect.


no msmith6276, using the raw numbers is meaningless, as it only relates to those tested, not those infected. There are many, many more that are infected, but are either asymptomatic, or have symptoms of a mild cold. What does matter is the percent of positives of those tested. As the infection levels in the population increases, so will the level of positives from the number of people tested. As long as those numbers are increasing, we are not out of the woods.


It will help a lot if you can dig into the reason behind the drop in the new cases. Was it a blip or was it caused by a lack of testing kits? There is a WaPo article saying that the Governor had requested testing kits from Korea through connections of the First Lady. When will MD receive that batch of testing kids from Korea? When will Frederick receive an allocation from that batch? Among those confirmed cases in Frederick, how many are tested by which labs?


That would require some actual research (on the part of the FNP reporter) and a request to interview whomever handles Public Relations at Frederick Health Hospital, where the testing center is located. But that would require an actual journalistic outlet. I don't think the FNP qualifies. Unfortunately for us, this "newspaper" is all we have for hyperlocal news.

@Reporter- if you are listening please do some actual investigation. People are scared. We need new information, not repackaged stats from the Frederick County Health Dept COVID page.....

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