County Covid Testing

The Frederick County Health Department’s free mobile COVID-19 testing unit was set up in the parking lot of the Frederick Towne Mall on Monday.

Frederick County reported its second-highest daily number of COVID-19 infections during the pandemic Wednesday, one day after Gov. Larry Hogan (R) imposed further restrictions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The 61 cases reported Wednesday were surpassed by only the 74 infections on April 24 when the early phase of the pandemic was at its height, according to the county health department.

“It is important for everyone in Frederick County to do what they can individually to reduce the spread of the virus in our community,” said Rissah Watkins, the director of planning, assessment and communications for the Frederick County Health Department.

“It’s up to each one of us to make smart choices about who we get together with, and to consistently wear our face coverings and distance ourselves from people outside our households,” she said.

The spike in cases continues a disturbing trend on the county, state and national levels.

As daily case numbers across the U.S. exceed 100,000 on a regular basis, both Maryland and Frederick County are seeing their key metrics regarding the virus rise to levels not seen in months.

That prompted Hogan to restrict capacity at state bars and restaurants to 50 percent Tuesday after they had been operating at 75 percent for more than a month in the county — and almost two months across the state.

“Each of us has to be more cautious and vigilant,” Hogan warned.

On Wednesday, Maryland reported more than 1,700 daily cases for the third time.

The 1,714 cases reported by the Maryland Department of Health were the third-most of the pandemic and brought the overall number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the state to 158,423. That includes 5,318 in Frederick County.

Hospitalizations statewide surged past 800 for the first time since June 12. The 806 currently hospitalized by the virus include 193 in intensive care.

At Frederick Health Hospital, there were 18 patients being treated for the coronavirus, including two in intensive care.

While the death toll in Frederick County remained at 132, there were 16 deaths reported across the state, bringing the overall number in the state to 4,100.

Meanwhile, the seven-day rolling positivity rate reached its highest level since mid-June in both the county (4.42 percent) and the state (5.6 percent).

The Frederick County Board of Health will convene a biannual meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in a virtual format. The Board of Health includes the county executive and the County Council with the County Health Officer serving as the executive officer and secretary of the board.

“This week’s meeting will focus on a COVID-19 update and discuss possible regulations,” Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, the county health officer, said in an email to the News-Post.

The Frederick County Health Department announced Tuesday the launch of MD COVID Alert, which is the official COVID-19 Exposure Notifications Express system in Maryland.

Maryland residents that opt into the system will be able to receive updates on their phones if they have potentially been exposed to an infected person.

“It uses Bluetooth technology in smartphones to quickly notify users who might have been exposed to someone who tested positive,” Watkins said.

“For some people, it may be difficult to remember who they’ve been in close contact with when they’re talking with a contact tracer, or they might not have phone numbers for everyone they were around. If people download and activate the MD COVID Alert app, this will help fill in some of those gaps for the contact tracing process and help us to better identify who may be at greater risk for COVID-19. It’s one more tool we can use to help our community, and like all the others, it will work best when many people in our community participate.”

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There can be no better time to resume in school instruction and sports!

Greg F

Thanks trump. Thanks trump supporters. A hefty F U to you all.






Oh Greg, you hurt my feelings!! I'm just sorry it didn't get YOU. But, there is still hope!! Bless your heart Greg!!

Greg F

Whatever least I didn’t support the orange Mussolini.


Your are an idiot.

Greg F

*You’re...can’t even do that right.


As you know fyreman, most of your posts end up being removed from this forum bc you are incapable of stating your opinions without degenerating into frankly disgusting namecalling, innuendo, and graphic near-pornography. Just the type of commenter to represent the typical Trump voter/supporter. Sad, really. P/S. You and "your guy" lost, which qualifies you both as losers, methinks. Sorry.

Greg F

Haha...Cd and loo but nothing beats the pig ignorance of supporting a total jag off like’s like supporting the Edsel or Pinto.


It's now easy to tell who is not washing their hands and wearing a mask. Duh.



Trump's anti-mask attitude was supported by many of his followers, and it cost lives. Duh.


You can be infected through your eyes as well. Suggesting the app to others led me to stop responding to replies. "Exposure is inevitable. I am going to live my life. I don't want to think about this every minute. Live in the moment, it is all anyone has. This is an imperfect solution." SIGH It's something that MAY alert you to be tested to protect the vulnerable strangers you inadvertently encounter as you BRAVELY soldier on.




Yes, it is possible to get infected through your eyes. It has also been shown that masks offer significant but not total protection against flu and Covid.


thanks, three. Yep, some take a while to catch on and catch up...but then again, they ARE Trump supporters. (yeah, we're lookin' at you, bosco). And yet, we still have here a small minority of deep thinkers amongst us here who will try to convince others that there is NO correlation WHATSOVER between political affiliation and the disregard for mask wearing. Hard to explain, then, renowned neurosurgeon and Trump stooge Ben well as many others who disregard mask-wearing to show "undying" support to their idiot-in-chief.



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