The county health department announced Wednesday that there is an outbreak of COVID-19 at a long-term health facility in Frederick.
Six residents at The Frederick Health and Rehabilitation Center on North Place off West Patrick Street tested positive for the disease, including a man in his 80s who has since died, according to a press release from the Frederick County Health Department. This is the county’s second death and one of 31 in the state.
A total of 10 residents have been tested, with four cases coming back negative. Of the five residents, not including the man that died, two are male and three are female. Ages range from 71 to 86 years old, according to the release. The five residents are getting treatment at the long-term care facility and have been isolated, according to the release.
The Frederick County Health Department is continuing to monitor the 98-bed facility. A liaison for the county health department brought in to respond to long-term health care facilities during the COIVD-19 pandemic toured Frederick Health and Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday, according to the release.
The center told the liaison that it had implemented heightened precautions several weeks ago, according to the release. Staff members are screened each shift, as well as outside health care personnel.
In addition to the six cases, Frederick County reported 10 new cases of the disease on Wednesday, with 18 people cleared from isolation. The county now has 49 confirmed cases. Thirty-one Maryland residents, including the two Frederick County residents, have now died from the disease, an increase of around 13 in 24 hours, according to the Maryland Department of Health.
At least five of the deaths are from a Carroll County nursing home that has also experienced an outbreak. Two Anne Arundel County residents, a Calvert County man, a Prince George’s County man, two Montgomery County residents and a Baltimore County man have also died, according to the state health department.
The Maryland Department of Health reported that there were 1,985 confirmed cases of COVID-19, as of 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. Of those cases, 69 have been released from isolation.
At least 19,218 Maryland residents have been tested for the disease caused by the new coronavirus, although the number does not include pending tests. Of those tests, 17,233 came back negative.
Montgomery and Prince George’s counties continue to see the highest number of cases, both in the 400s. All counties but Allegany have reported at least one case.