Maryland was declared a state of emergency following three confirmed cases of the coronavirus by Governor Larry Hogan last week. The three victims, all residents of Montgomery County, tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home from trips abroad. The victims range between the ages of 50 and 70.
Monday, Hogan confirmed two new cases in Harford and Montgomery counties. The Harford County case was reported to be an 86-year-old female, the Montgomery County case a man in his 60s. Both individuals tested positive after returning from international trips. After testing positive, both victims were admitted to the hospital, the man has since been released. No further information is available at this time.
U.S. Coronavirus Cases
The novel coronavirus poses risks for everyone but those at the highest risk are seniors and chronically ill patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The organization has received 423 (confirmed and presumptive positive) reports of COVID-19 since January 21, 2020. Of those cases, 72 have been linked to travel, 29 person-to-person spread, and 322 are still under investigation.
The CDC has also received reports of 19 deaths linked to the disease. So far, cases have been reported in 35 states across the country. The organization reportedly tested 1,707 patients since March 8, 2020. State and local public health laboratories are also conducting their own coronavirus testing.
CDC Asking The Public To Stay At Home
The CDC is working with state, local, and federal governments to combat the coronavirus. The organization is asking those who do not need to go out “stay at home”, even if they are sick. To prevent COVID-19 from further spreading, the CDC is requesting people with symptoms to contact their physicians by landline, email, or text.
The three symptoms to be on the lookout for include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. The warning signs that warrant a trip to the emergency room include shortness of breath, persistent chest pain or pressure, inability to arouse, new confusion, and bluish discoloration to lips and skin related to low oxygen levels.