News Release, Charles County Health Department

UPDATE 4/19/2020

TheCharlesCounty Department of Health has identified101 cases of COVID-19in county nursing homes and assisted living facilities,including those at Sagepoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

TheCharlesCounty Department of Health continuesto workclosely with the Maryland Department of Health tosupport COVID-19 preparedness and response capacity in all facilities. To maintain patient confidentiality, no additional details will be provided.

For additional information on COVID-19, visit theCharlesCounty Department of Health’s website athttp://www.charlescountyhealth.orgor call the county health department’s COVID-19 call center at301-609-6717or 301-609-6777. The call center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

4/16/2020: Today the Charles County Department of Health is announcing an official count for COVID-19 cases at nursing homes throughout the County. As of Wednesday, April 15, 90 residents and 23 employees at six nursing homes and senior living facilities through the county have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Health Department has been closely monitoring this evolving situation and is working closely with nursing homes to respond and ensure that the most vulnerable residents receive proper testing, treatment, and care.

Dr. Howard Haft, who is Executive Director of the Maryland Primary Care Program at the Maryland Department of Health, has been temporarily assigned by Deputy Secretary of Health Fran Phillips to oversee the COVID-19 response in Charles County. Dr. Haft is a former state Deputy Secretary of Health and a Charles County resident who has delivered primary care in the community for many years.

“Just as we have seen across the state and the country, our nursing home population is at high risk for contracting the COVID-19 virus,” stated Dr. Haft. “We understand the heightened concern of those who have loved ones in these facilities. I want to assure them that through testing, we are identifying patients and staff, both with and without symptoms, so we can do whatever is necessary to prevent the spread of this virus. We know is especially hard to contain COVID-19 in nursing facilities and that’s why it’s a top priority right now.”

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