Update on Coronavirus

Sent at the request of the Baltimore County Executive.

We are closely monitoring information about COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. You may have seen the news that the first cases in Maryland have been confirmed, in Montgomery County. While there have not yet been any cases in Baltimore County, we are developing comprehensive and coordinated prevention and response plans across all our County agencies.  

As the attention around the virus grows, so does the opportunity for receiving inaccurate information. I have included at the bottom of this message some frequently asked questions to provide information you should know and share with others. Our family members, customers, colleagues and Baltimore County residents depend on us for accurate information in addition to efficient service delivery. The Baltimore County Department of Health's website is an excellent resource for both.  

Should the situation in Baltimore County change, we will be in regular communication about any implications for agency operations.

I thank you for the work you do and for your commitment to Baltimore County.

Warm regards,
Johnny O

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus?
A: 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Q: What are the symptoms and complications caused by Novel Coronavirus 2019?
A: Current symptoms reported for patients have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

Q: How does the virus spread?
A: The virus spreads through respiratory droplets in coughs and sneezes, and close personal contact.

Q: How can I protect myself?
A: There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to this virus. As a reminder: 

Q: Should I wear a face mask when I go out in public or while serving our customers?
A: No. Currently, the risk to Maryland residents remains low and face masks are not recommended for the general public.

Q: Is there a treatment?
A: There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.

Q: Is there anything else I should know?
A: Yes. Stay informed and seek information from official sources. Be wary of myths and rumors that circulate online and elsewhere. Health information shared through social media is frequently inaccurate, unless coming from an official source such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Maryland Department of Health (MDH) or your County Health Department.