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(May 29, 2020) Worcester County has reached nearly 200 cases of coronavirus and 12 deaths, according to the Worcester County Health Department. This is an increase of 17 cases from last week. 

Ten of those coronavirus-related deaths have been at the Berlin Nursing Home. One of the deaths is listed as “probable” because the individual was never tested. The health department said that most of the deaths have been women in their 80s. 

The nursing home has recorded 22 staff cases and 57 resident cases. 

There are 111 cases in the Berlin and Ocean Pines 21811 zip code, 17 cases in the Ocean City 21842 zip code, 19 in the Snow Hill 21863 zip code and 55 in the Pocomoke City 21851 zip code. 

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

A total of 104 people have been released from public monitoring. Worcester has conducted 2,079 coronavirus tests.

As of Thursday, Maryland had 49,709 cases.  

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were four covid-19 patients in Atlantic General’s med/surg unit. Two patients have come off ventilators and are breathing on their own. The hospital has discharged a total of 14 patients with covid-19. 

As of  Thursday, next door Wicomico had 919 cases and Sussex County has 4,140 cases. 

Keiser said Atlantic General is prepared and staffed for residents, nonresident property owners and the thousands of annual summer visitors. 

“We have made numerous changes to be able to continue to provide this care, including an expansion of resources and facilities to treat the potential influx in covid-19 cases,” Kesier said. “We will retain these modifications for accommodating expanded capacity if we have a second covid wave,” Kesier said. 

One modification was opening a 16-bed medical surgical unit next to the Berlin nursing home. 

A more recent change is that the 10th Street ImmediCare office in Ocean City has re-opened for urgent care visits. Since March, it was solely being used for taking samples for coronavirus testing. 

“This facility has also been modified to house both our covid screening site and our seasonal walk-in and urgent care clinic,” Kesier said. 

She added that the volume of patients in the emergency department is 50 percent lower than the hospital’s usual volume this time of the year. 

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. 

May 23 – Three people are released from monitoring.

May 24 – Three more people are diagnosed; two more people die for a total of 10 deaths. 

May 25 – Two more people are diagnosed; one person dies for a total of 11 deaths.

May 26 – Eight more people are diagnosed; five more people are released from monitoring.

May 27 – Three more people are released from monitoring for a total of 107. 

May 28 – Five more people are diagnosed for a total of 198.

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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