By: David M. Higgins II, Publisher

Mechanicsville, MD- The State of Maryland has released data on Maryland Nursing Home and Senior Living Facility cases and deaths. This comes after Governor Larry Hogan ordered all Maryland Health Departments to submit the information to the Maryland Department of Health on April 27, 2020.

“As we plan our recovery, we are taking additional steps to protect our most vulnerable citizens, including older Marylanders,” said Governor Hogan. “Keeping Marylanders informed and being transparent with the facts continues to be at the heart of our response to COVID-19. We are grateful to the staff in our nursing homes working around the clock to save lives.”

Overall, Maryland has 4,406 cases of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes/Senior Living Facilities, and 471 deaths as of Wednesday, April 29, 2020 @ 8:00 a.m..

Southern Maryland has eighteen Senior Living Facilities and Nursing Homes. As this is the first publishing of this data, it is expected to not be complete and will take several days of reporting, just as was the case when the state started reporting cases by Zip Codes, race, and other more detailed information.

This dataset reflects congregate living facilities in Maryland (i.e., nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and group homes with 10 or more occupants) that have confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths. Data are based on facility reports to MDH, which may be revised if additional information becomes available. Facilities listed report at least one confirmed case of COVID-19.

Calvert County:

Calvert County is not showing up in the graph provided by the State, however, locating the facility name shows 2 cases and 0 deaths at the Calvert County Nursing Center.

Charles County:

Of all three Southern Maryland counties, Charles County has the most cases to report, just like their overall cases and death numbers. Charles County released information on all county nursing homes and senior living facilities on April 16, 2020, after calls for transparency from the community. At that time, at least 125 individuals had tested positive for COVID-19. SagePoint Nursing and Rehabilitation reports the most cases and deaths at a single facility in the State as of today.

Data as of 4/29/2020 @ 8 a.m.

St. Mary’s County

The majority of St. Mary’s County’s cases have been at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, which reported their first cases on March 27, 2020.

The Southern Maryland Chronicle normally brings the community a weekly update on the total cases, numbers and breaks them down. Due to new information be directed to be added to the information the State Provides, we have held off until this information can be added. We will resume a “Inside the Numbers” article on Monday, May 4, 2020.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.

This article was updated 4/29/2020 at 10:30 a.m. to change the following statement” At this time these are not Nursing Home/Senior Facility cases or deaths reported. Calvert County is the only county in Maryland not reporting any cases at this time.” New data was found after publsihing.

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...