This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) will provide updates as they become available.
NOTE: All positive test results are reported to MDH in real-time and are included in the daily confirmed cases count. Negative test counts are cumulative, reflecting updated totals reported by public and private labs providing testing to Maryland clinicians.Background.
Use your head — Slow the spread
All Marylanders are advised to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19:
Wash your hands often with soap and water
Cover your mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Avoid contact with sick people
If you are sick, stay home and call your health care provider
Practice social distancing — keep distance between yourself and others and avoid crowds
All Marylanders are also advised to practice social distancing. Social distancing is a way to keep people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread an infectious disease. Social distancing can take many forms, depending on your lifestyle and your family and work situation, and can include the following habits and steps:
Avoid handshaking, hugging and other intimate types of greeting
Avoid non-essential travel (your health care provider may have specific guidance for your situation)
Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces
Work from home if possible for your work situation
Avoid unnecessary errands — consider ways to have essential items, like food and other household supplies, brought to your house through online delivery services or through family or social networks.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, thought to be able to spread like the cold or flu through:
Coughing and sneezing, which creates respiratory droplets
Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
Touching an object or surface with the virus on it
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Shortness of breath
In more severe cases, pneumonia (infection in the lungs)
The vast majority of people recover from this infection. Most people will have mild or moderate symptoms. Older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes, immune suppression or heart or lung disease have a greater risk for more serious illness.
Maryland will launch statewide testing for COVID-19 as soon as supplies are available.
People with symptoms, particularly those over 60 or those with pre-existing medical conditions, are most at risk and should be tested. People with no symptoms and healthy people with mild symptoms do not need a test in most cases. If you have symptoms, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your health care provider for next steps. If you don’t have a health care provider, call your local health department.
Health care providers order COVID-19 testing, so you will need to discuss testing with a health care provider. Please keep in mind that a health care provider’s decision to order COVID-19 testing is based on several factor including clinical judgment, availability of testing supplies and ability to safely collect specimens for testing. At this time, the Maryland Department of Health and local health departments do not collect specimens for COVID-19 testing.
If you have questions, please dial 2-1-1 or contact your local health department.