Carroll County officials address Mount Airy COVID-19 outbreak

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (WDVM) — Following the COVID-19 outbreak at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mt. Airy, Maryland, Carroll County Board of Commissioners’ President Stephen Wantz and Carroll County Health Officer Ed Singer held a press conference with Carroll Hospital, detailing how the county is handling the situation.

County officials stated that a resident of Pleasant View, a man in his 90’s, died after testing positive for COVID-19. The resident had underlying medical conditions and died at the nursing home.

The County Health Department initially reported that 11 residents, who tested positive for the virus, were transported to Carroll County Hospital and Frederick Memorial Hospital. At least several more COVID-19 positive residents have been transported to hospitals since the initial report.

The nursing home has 104 beds. The remainder of the residents and symptomatic staff are currently being tested for the virus. So far, no staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

The rest of the residents and symptomatic staff are currently undergoing testing. COVID-19 tests for the nursing home were originally being completed by private labs. However, with an urgency to speed up the process for getting back results, testing is now being turned at state labs.

Residents at the nursing home are currently not being moved in and out of the facility except for the need for a higher level of medical care through transport.

Maryland health officials reported that overall cases around the state rose to about 1,200 on Sunday, representing an increase of more than 200 cases.

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