Mayor Gavin Buckley
Public Information Office
160 Duke of Gloucester Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
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City of Annapolis Officials Offer COVID-19 Updates
Three Confirmed Cases in Montgomery County.
City Leaders Continue to Monitor Public Health Risk.
ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 6, 2020) – The City of Annapolis is closely monitoring public health developments around COVID-19 (also known as “Coronavirus”). The City’s Office of Emergency Management and all City departments are working closely with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health on preparations and continuity of operations.
On Thursday night, Gov. Larry Hogan announced three positive cases in Montgomery County. The individuals are in isolation. As of Wednesday, state health officials can now conduct tests in the state of Maryland.
At this time, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. But health officials ask residents to be mindful to practice healthy hygiene habits that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. These habits include:
· Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Wash for at least 20 seconds.
· Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available.
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
· Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
· If you are sick, stay home.
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Please do not stockpile supplies such as hand sanitizers or masks. Masks are not needed for the general public. They are only useful, for instance, in a clinic waiting room or other higher-risk environment, to help prevent someone who already has a respiratory illness from spreading it to others.
Our City public servants are trained and prepared. We are continually communicating and collaborating with federal, state, county and city agencies, as well as hospitals and health care providers, schools, and businesses to ensure the health and safety of all residents.
We offer a special advisory for houses of worship: Please review protocols for rituals that are a common part of services, including passing of the peace, communion, and tithing. Some denominations have offered substitutes for hugging and handshaking including friendly waves, elbow bumps or peace signs. Setting up digital account services can be a substitute for passing the plate.
For up-to-date fact sheets and information about COVID-19, visit
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