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The Berlin Nursing Home and recorded all eight of Worcester County's coronavirus-related deaths. 

(May 22, 2020) All eight of Worcester County’s coronavirus-related deaths have been at the Berlin Nursing Home. It has recorded 19 staff cases and 45 resident cases. 

Worcester County has reached 181 cases and eight deaths, according to the Maryland Health Department. This is an increase of 54 from last week. 

According to the Worcester County Health Department, most of the deaths have been women in their 80s. One of the deaths was probable – the individual was never tested. 

There are 98 cases in the Berlin and Ocean Pines 21811 zip code, 16 cases in the Ocean City 21842 zip code, 17 in the Snow Hill 21863 zip code and 49 in the Pocomoke City 21851 zip code. 

A zip code must have at least eight cases to be listed. 

Ninety-six people have been released from public monitoring. Worcester has conducted 1,717 coronavirus tests.

As of Thursday, Maryland had 43,531.  

As of Wednesday morning, there was one coronavirus patient in the intensive care unit at Atlantic General, three in the med/surg unit and zero in the medical intensive care unit, which was created specifically for patients with coronavirus, according to Toni Keiser, vice president for public relations. The hospital has released 11 patients so far. This week marked the hospital’s first patient off a ventilator. 

As of Thursday, next door Wicomico had 844 cases and Sussex County has 3,960 cases. 

According to Toni Keiser, vice president for public relations for Atlantic General Hospital, said that although the hospital is saving lives throughout the pandemic, it is seeing a potentially dangerous trend – the number of patients coming in for emergency treatment is declining.

“Evidence suggests that people with serious health conditions or symptoms may be avoiding hospitals out of fear of catching covid-19 or contributing to its spread,” Keiser said. “Yet, delaying or avoiding care can lead to complications, long-term health problems, and, in some cases, death.”

She reiterated that with Gov. Larry Hogan’s lifting of the restriction on medical procedures, it is safe to seek out non-coronavirus care.

“It is critical, as we continue to respond to the needs of covid-19 patients, that community members experiencing non-covid health concerns seek out the medical treatment they need,” Kesier said. “We stand ready to ensure our community has access to medically necessary treatment that will prevent their health from worsening during this difficult time.” 

The Worcester County Health Department said that as Maryland moves toward recovery, residents and visitors should remember healthy habits. 

“Wash your hands frequently, continue with social distancing and wear a face covering wherever required,” the department said in a statement. “’Phase One’ doesn’t mean we are out of the woods yet. I’s okay to enjoy the outdoors and visit business as they reopen. But do so safely and with minimal contact while following all executive orders from Governor Hogan.”

To treat patients, Atlantic General is asking for plasma donations from coronavirus survivors. This is for a Mayo Clinic study through the Blood Bank of Delmarva. 

The first patient transfusion took place on April 24. Donors must have tested positive for the virus and have been symptom-free for 28 days. Those who have been symptom-free for 14 days may also donate if they have tested negative.  

When a case is confirmed positive, the health department conducts contact tracing to inform individuals and businesses that may have come into contact with the positive case. 

If someone suspects they may have the virus, they should call their primary care provider or the health department. Do not show up unannounced to a medical facility. 

As for local testing, the Worcester County Health Department has opened a hotline Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to determine if a person should be tested. Call 410-632-1100 and select option eight. 

For general information on the coronavirus call the health department 24/7 at 410-632-4321 or visit worcesterhealth.org. View updates from Atlantic General at atlanticgeneral.org/patients-visitors/covid-19-updates/

To track Maryland cases, visit coronavirus.maryland.gov/.

To donate plasma, go to delmarvablood.org/cpdonor or call 1-88-825-6638.

Coronavirus cases in Worcester County timeline:

March 19 – Worcester County confirms its first case of coronavirus, a man in his 30s.

March 21 – A woman in her 20s tests positive.

March 30 – A third positive case diagnosed out of state is confirmed.

April 1 – A woman in her 20s tests positive. 

April 2 – A man in his 40s tests positive; health department releases three cases from public monitoring. 

April 4 – A man in his 40s and a woman in her 60s test positive. 

April 5 – A man in his 60s and a woman in her 30s test positive. 

April 6 – A man in his 40s tests for a total of 10 positive cases in Worcester; four total cases have been released from public monitoring.

April 9 – Six more people test positive. 

April 13 – Five more people test positive.

April 15 – An out-of-county resident tests positive. 

April 16 – Three more people test positive for a total of 25 cases; nine individuals have been released from public monitoring. 

April 20 – Worcester counts a total of 33 cases; 11 individuals have been released from public monitoring. 

April 21 – One more person tests positive; 13 individuals have been released from public monitoring. 

April 24 – Five more cases diagnosed; 18 cases have been released from monitoring. 

April 25 – Two cases are diagnosed. 

April 26 – Two cases are diagnosed for a total of 48. 

April 27 – Five people test positive. 

April 28 – One person tests positive; 23 cases have been released from monitoring; a woman in her 80s has died.

April 29 – Worcester has 55 confirmed cases.

April 30 – Six people test positive for a total of 61 cases; 26 cases have been released from monitoring; a second case dies. 

May 3 – Worcester counts 75 cases; 29 have been released from monitoring; a third death is probable. 

May 4 – Five more people are diagnosed. 

May 5 – One more person is diagnosed; 40 have been released from monitoring 

May 6 – Five more cases are confirmed; three more people are released from monitoring 

May 7 – Ten more people are diagnosed for 96 total; 47 total have been released from monitoring 

May 8 – Two people are diagnosed; one is released from monitoring 

May 9 – Four people are diagnosed; three are released from monitoring; another death is recorded

May 10 – Four people are diagnosed; one is released from monitoring 

May 11 – Seven people are diagnosed 

May 12 – One person is diagnosed 

May 13 – 11 people are diagnosed for a total of 125; eight people are released from monitoring  

May 14 – Two people are diagnosed; seven people are released from monitoring 

May 15 - Four people are diagnosed; four are released from monitoring 

May 17 - Six people are diagnosed; sixteen people are released from monitoring; six people total have died

May 18 - 27 people are diagnosed for a total of 164; four people are released from monitoring 

May 19 - two more people are released from monitoring 

May 20 – Five people are diagnosed; one more person is released from monitoring; eight people total have died

May 21 – 12 more people are diagnosed for a total of 181; three more people are released from monitoring for a total of 96

Elizabeth covers Worcester County issues for Ocean City Today. In 2018, she graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a bachelor of arts. After graduation, Elizabeth spent a year with Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Wilmington, Delaware.

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