News Release, St. Mary’s County Health Department

LEONARDTOWN, MD (March 17, 2020) – Effective immediately, the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) buildings, including the main office and harm reduction satellite office, will be closed to public access until further notice. 

“This action allows us to promote social distancing measures and to redirect our public health workforce to focus on COVID-19 emergency preparedness and response,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “Essential services needed for the immediate protection of public health will continue, but walk-in services will no longer be available.” 

The following services will continue to operate, though no walk-in service will be available:

  • Emergency Preparedness & Response
  • Infectious Disease Control
  • Environmental Health Services (e.g., perc tests, community health complaints, food safety inspections, septic, rabies, etc.)
  • Medicaid eligibility and enrollment
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutritional Program
  • Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program
  • Vital Records (online only)
  • Nurse Monitoring & Care Coordination for Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities
  • Behavioral Health Care Coordination & System Management
  • Epidemiology

The following programs will be suspended or reduced until further notice:

  • Harm Reduction Program
  • Health Clinic
  • Local Health Improvement Coalition, Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Program
  • Administrative Care Coordination Unit
  • Behavioral Health Prevention Programs
  • Primary Care Collaborative
  • Cancer Screening Programs
  • Asthma & Lead Programs
  • Tobacco Control Programs
  • School Wellness

For questions about SMCHD programs and services, please call 301-475-4330 or visit Environmental Health calls should be directed to 301-475-4321. Community members, healthcare providers, and local business owners are encouraged to visit the St. Mary’s County Health Department’s website for local COVID-19 updates and information at