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Close Contact and COVID-19 Exposure Risks

We know that people are concerned right now about possible exposure to COVID-19 cases. Any time there are confirmed cases in Worcester County, we are working closely with the Maryland Department of Health investigating these cases. Communicable Disease nurses will identify contacts and advise them of any necessary actions to take. Close contacts identified by our staff as potentially being exposed to this person have been notified and given instructions. The Health Department will share information, as soon as possible, if any risk to the public is identified.

A “close contact” is when an individual has a near relationship with someone who has the virus, often family members or coworkers. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

Worcester County Health Department confirms first case of COVID-19 in Worcester County

The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) confirmed the first positive test for a case of COVID-19 in Worcester County on March 19, 2020. The patient is a male in his 30s who lives in Worcester County and is recovering at home.

Program Updates

In response to COVID-19, effective today, all Worcester County Health Department buildings are closed to the public. We are still working behind the scenes to protect our community. In accordance with Governor Hogan’s Executive Order regarding COVID-19 and social distancing, the Worcester County Health Department will be postponing the following programs:

  • Diabetes Prevention Program- all groups are postponed
  • Diabetes Support Group-  March monthly support group postponed
  • Worcester Wellness Weigh Cooking Demonstration scheduled for March 26, 2020 at 5:30 pm the Pocomoke Health Center
  • TIPS Training scheduled for March 23, 2020 at 10 am at the Snow Hill Health Center

In addition, the Health Department will be canceling the following events:

In response to COVID-19 and to keep our community healthy and safe, all Worcester County Health Department Buildings are closed to the public. We are still working behind the scenes to protect the health of our residents.

For questions about COVID-19 or to reschedule appointments, please call 410-632-1100 and select option 8, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We encourage you to visit worcesterhealth.org for additional information and appreciate your patience during this event.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What You Should Know A Message from Your Health Officer


The COVID-19 situation globally, nationally, and locally is constantly changing and evolving every day. The Worcester County Health Department will provide consistent updates as new information becomes available to keep residents safe and informed. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers we’ve seen in our community.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a respiratory virus. This is a virus that hasn’t caused illness in humans before. COVID-19 is spread just like colds or flu through coughing and sneezing, which creates respiratory droplets, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, or touching an object or surface with the virus on it. Symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and in more severe cases, pneumonia (infection in the lungs).