Updated on 3/9/2020 – 1:21 pm
There have been several reports and updates about coronavirus in Montgomery County over the weekend. This is an evolving situation. We are sending this email to give you the latest facts as we know them.
Sunday evening Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced two additional individuals in Maryland had tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by a new novel coronavirus. Montgomery County now has four individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 after traveling. The 4 individuals are doing well. One 80 year old individual living in Howard County is currently hospitalized.
There are no known cases of non-travel, or community spread, COVID-19 in Montgomery County.
Governor Logan and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) reported that one of the first three cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County had visited a retirement community, The Villages of Rockville, for a religious gathering between noon and 6 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020. MDH reported that individuals in attendance at this event may be at some risk for acquiring COVID-19. MDH advises that individuals who attended the event should monitor themselves for signs of a respiratory infection.
On Saturday, March 7th, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) notified parents/guardians of students at Robert Frost Middle School and Wootton High School that several students had volunteered at the Villages of Rockville several days after the gathering. Dr. Travis Gayles, Montgomery County Chief Health Officer, stated that there is no specific concern for these student volunteers.
Governor Hogan will hold the next press conference on Monday, March 9, at 3:30 p.m.