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News Release, St. Mary’s County Health Department

LEONARDTOWN, MD (March 23, 2020) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has determined that a person confirmed to have the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may have come into contact with other community members. The potential public exposure location, date, and times are as follows:

Outback Steakhouse (bar area), 23415 Three Notch Rd, California, MD 

  • Date: March 10, 2020
  • Time range: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Community members who were also at this location during the specified date/times may be at some risk for acquiring COVID-19 and should:

  • Self-monitor for symptoms of a respiratory infection including fever, flu-like symptoms, cough, or shortness of breath until 14 days have passed from the date of exposure 
  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Call the COVID-19 community hotline (301-475-4911) and ask for a call-back from a health department nurse 

If you develop symptoms:

  • Call your healthcare provider 
  • If you do not have a healthcare provider, call the COVID-19 Community Hotline (Monday – Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 301-475-4911) to speak with a Health Department nurse  
  • Self-isolate – Remain at home until you receive instructions about next steps from your healthcare provider or local health department. Stay at least 6 feet away from others. If possible, do not share a bathroom or bedroom with others in your household. 
  • Those with mild symptoms can stay home. If symptoms worsen or you need medical attention, call ahead before going to your doctor’s office, urgent care or emergency department. Use 9-1-1 if in a medical emergency and notify dispatch of your potential exposure concerns.

For more information about COVID-19, please see the St. Mary’s County Health Department website at www.smchd.org/coronavirus.


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...