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Officials with the Maryland Association of Counties sent out a notice Wednesday to all participants of their annual conference, held Aug. 18-21 in Ocean City, letting them know that "several attendees" tested positive for covid. 

Worcester County no longer has the highest covid case rate in Maryland, but a trip to Ocean City may have spurred a number of cases among people from other parts of the state.

On Wednesday, a notice went out to participants of the Maryland Association of Counties conference, held in Ocean City from Aug. 18-21, stating that “several attendees” had tested positive for covid-19.

Reports from other media said the group included several of Gov. Larry Hogan’s senior staff, but that he and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford tested negative. Reports said all of Hogan’s staff had been vaccinated.

According to a story in the Daily Record, about 2,500 people attended the conference and masks were recommended but not required for most activities, many of which were held indoors at the Ocean City convention center.

The news broke soon after Hogan, a cancer survivor, announced that he received his third booster shot.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently approved the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s amendment of the emergency use authorizations to offer Pfizer and Moderna booster shots to individuals with compromised immune systems. And starting next week, officials at the Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset county health departments will begin administering those Moderna and Pfizer boosters.

According to a news release issued Friday, the third dose should be administered at least four weeks after completing a primary vaccine series, and individuals who qualify for the shot can set up to get one by contacting his or her local health department.

In Worcester County, those seeking a booster can visit worcesterhealth.org or call 667-253-2140 to schedule an appointment.

Worcester County currently has a 70 percent vaccination rate for individuals who have received at least one shot.

The county’s case rate also went down since last week by more than 3 percent.

This story appears in the printed version of the Ocean City Today on Aug. 27, 2021.

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