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AGH reports zero patients in med/surge, one in ICU, 24 discharged for recovery

(June 26, 2020) Coronavirus trends continue to go down, as 11 cases have been diagnosed this week in Worcester County, according to the Worcester County Health Department. This brings the county’s total cases since March to 278. There have been 17 deaths. 

The nursing home has had 18 deaths, but one was a resident of another county. One of the deaths is listed as “probable” because the individual was never tested.

The nursing home has recorded 33 staff cases and 68 resident cases, according to the Maryland Department of Health. According to its website, the nursing home has 165 resident beds. 

Multiple requests over the past month for comment from the nursing home have not produced a response.

The Worcester County Detention Center has had 10 correctional officers test positive, according to Public Information Officer Kim Moses. Warden Donna Bounds received notification that three officers had tested positive via private healthcare providers on May 28. 

On June 1, the nurse at the county jail conducted covid-19 tests to 99 jail staff members. 

The next day, one of those tests came back positive. 

On June 3, one officer tested positive at a private healthcare office and five more officers tested positive from the previous day’s testing. 

Tests showed that the 122 inmates were covid-19 negative. 

There are 146 cases in the Berlin and Ocean Pines 21811 zip code, 34 cases in the Ocean City 21842 zip code, 33 in the Snow Hill 21863 zip code and 62 in the Pocomoke City 21851 zip code. 

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

A total of 211 people have been released from public monitoring. Worcester has conducted 4,316 coronavirus tests.

As of Thursday, Maryland had 65,777 cases.  

As of Wednesday at 3 p.m., Atlantic General Hospital had zero patients in the med/surg unit, and one in the intensive care unit, according to Toni Keiser, vice president of public relations. 

“So far our caregivers have cared for two patients who came off a ventilator and are breathing on their own, and we have discharged 24 patients with covid-19 who are on their way to recovery,” Keiser said. 

On Wednesday, it was announced that Atlantic General Hospital would receive a $515,449 grant through the Federal Communications Commission Covid-19 Telehealth Program. In a press release, the hospital said it will use the funding to purchase a telehealth platform subscription and equipment. 

This technology will allow the hospital to provide acute care patient services on a mobile device. This includes appointment preparation, education, discharge planning, family notification and post-appointment follow-up activities. 

Julia Perrotta, virtual care coordinator for Atlantic General Hospital, said that early on in the pandemic, the hospital launched virtual visits for patients. 

“This technology gives patients the option to avoid public spaces while receiving needed healthcare, but it will also help with addressing and eliminating the health disparities that continue to exist in our community,” Perrotta said. “The grant funding through the FCC’s Covid-19 Telehealth Program will support our efforts to further expand mobile technology to meet those health equity goals.” 

As of Thursday, next door Wicomico had 1,055 cases and Sussex County has 4,522 cases as of Wednesday. 

According to the Maryland Department of Health, the state positivity rate has dropped to 5.22 percent as of Wednesday. 

The health department has free testing at its location in Pocomoke City on Walnut Street. The testing is for adults at least 18 years old who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms. Those who want to get tested should bring ID. Testing is available for Worcester County residents only on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

To schedule an appointment, call 410-632-1100, extension 1119. 

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.

May 29 - Eight more people are diagnosed; one more person dies for 13 total; nine more people have been released from monitoring.

May 30 - Four more people test positive; 27 people are released from monitoring. 

May 31 - Four more people test positive; one more person is released from monitoring. 

June 1 - Three more people test positive.

June 2 - Two more people test positive; Six more people are released from monitoring.

June 3 – One person is released from public monitoring. 

June 4 – Four more people test positive for a total of 223; one more person dies for a total of 14; four more people are released from monitoring for a total of 152. 

June 7 - Nine more people are diagnosed; six more people are released from monitoring; one more person dies for a total of 15.

June 8 - Three more people are diagnosed; Five more people are released from monitoring. 

June 9 - Four more people are diagnosed. 

June 10 - Three more people are diagnosed for a total of 243.  

June 11 – Three more people are released from monitoring for a total of 171. 

June 12 - Three more cases are confirmed; four more people are released from monitoring; one person dies for a total of 16.

June 13 - Seven more cases are confirmed; five more cases are released from monitoring. 

June 14 - Three more cases are confirmed; one more person dies for a total of 17.

June 15 - Two more cases are diagnosed; four more people are released from monitoring.

June 16 - Two more people are released from monitoring.

June 17 - Seven more cases for a total of 265; four more are released from monitoring for a total of 190.

June 18 – Two more cases for a total of 267; two more released for a total of 192.

June 21 - Four more cases are confirmed; six more are released. 

June 22 - Seven more cases are confirmed; eight are released.  

June 23 - Three more cases are confirmed; four more are released for 210. 

June 24 - One more case is confirmed for 278.

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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