Harford Takes Additional Steps to Protect the Public During COVID Surge

Harford County announces new actions regarding county facilities, organized athletics, telework, and testing.

Following a surge in positivity rates, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman today announced new actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Public safety is my top priority in responding to this recent surge and my long term goal is to keep our economy and government services open for business,” County Executive Glassman said. “I understand the inconvenience, but I believe these actions will put us in a stronger position with COVID-19 cases on the rise in Harford County and beyond. As the pandemic wears on and we head into colder weather, I also want to remind folks to continue handwashing, social distancing and
wearing a mask when required. These three simple steps can save lives.”

Harford County began experiencing a spike in positivity rates on October 31, and has now reached above 7 percent for the first time since June. In response, Harford will now close all County facilities to the public, including administration buildings and all indoor parks and recreation centers. County employees authorized to telework will stay home, and all organized athletics events are postponed. Harford Transit will also operate under a modified schedule.

Additionally, County Executive Glassman has ordered 1,500 rapid tests to help the county better respond to any potential cases in County government and critical agencies such as the County’s public schools, volunteer fire companies, law enforcement, and the Health Department.

From the press release:

The county’s November 12 positivity rate was 7.36%, according to the Maryland COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Similarly, Harford’s seven-day moving average case rate per 100K people began a surge in late October. The case rate rose to 7.27 on October 30 and, within two weeks, rose to 25.28 on November 12. Since March, both metrics have largely tracked or been below the state averages, but have now
risen above.

As of today, Harford County’s total cases are 4,329, an increase of 57, with 81 deaths. Although hospitalizations are a lagging indicator, Harford County hospitalizations reported by University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health are at 28, with nine in critical care.

For more information, view the full press release.

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