Mayor Announces Second Positive Case of COVID-19: March 16, 2020
March 16, 2020
Mayor Announces Second Positive Case of COVID-19
Today, I announced that the Maryland Department of Health has identified the second positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Baltimore City.
The case involves a female in her 20s. The Baltimore City Health Department is currently investigating the case.
Everyone in Baltimore City has to take seriously the need to practice social distancing, in addition to increased hand washing. This virus is not a joke and the quicker we have maximum participation from our residents, the better for everyone. We will continue to take aggressive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, but we need the public's help.
Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said that her agency's staff is working closely with the Maryland Department of Health and is actively investigating this case.
“I plead with all Baltimore City residents to implement social distancing measures in addition to personal protective measures to protect themselves and their loved ones," Dr. Dzirasa said.
Residents are advised to practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Baltimore City. Residents are asked to stay home if they are sick and to avoid crowds.
Per Governor Hogan’s enhanced Emergency Order, and updated CDC guidelines, mass gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited in an effort to enforce social distancing measures. This order will assist the City of Baltimore in maximizing its healthcare resources to protect vulnerable populations, like adults over the age of 60 and those with underlying comorbidities that place them at the highest risk for severe complications from COVID-19.
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Mayor & Police Commissioner Urge People to Stay Home
Mayor Young and Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael S. Harrison are reminding residents that starting today, at 5:00 p.m., all restaurants, bars, movie theaters and gyms will be closed to the public.
Restaurants may continue delivery and carryout services. Establishments are prohibited from gathering more than 50 people and are banned from dining-in. Drive-thru service at restaurants may continue.
“This is a global health emergency and I need everyone in Baltimore City to adjust to this new reality,” Mayor Young said. “Our residents need to stay at home.”
The Baltimore Police Department, along with the Baltimore City Health Department, the Baltimore City Fire Department and Board of Liquor License Commissioners will begin inspections and enforcement across Baltimore City tonight.
“The Baltimore Police Department is working in collaboration with the Social Club Task Force in supporting Governor Hogan's Executive Order,”
Commissioner Harrison said. “We encourage residents to call 311 with any non-emergency related calls related to businesses or gatherings of crowds. We remain focused on keeping residents safe and will continue to work closely with our local partners to serve the residents to decrease the spread of COVID-19.”
If residents see a business operating in violation of the Governor’s Executive Order, they should report that to 311.
City Operating Feeding Sites During School Closures
Baltimore City is committed to serving and protecting its vulnerable populations during the evolving COVID-19 outbreak.
The City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will remain in operation 24-7 until further notice.
During this emergency, the City has created an interactive map to help residents find a grab-and-go food location. The sites are located at schools, recreation centers, and senior centers.
Children, older adults and other food insecure families are able to get meals at over 50 sites around Baltimore.
The map features pins displaying the following: recreation centers as blue pins, schools are yellow pins and senior centers are magenta pins.
school-aged children can pick up breakfast and lunch at 10 city schools distribution sites between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Students will also be able to pick up snacks beginning at 2:00 p.m. and can receive dinner starting at 5:00 p.m. at one of 40 recreation center sites. The dinner program will run through 7:00 p.m.
The City plans to increase the number of sites serving as food distribution hubs while schools are closed.