First case of coronavirus confirmed in Frederick County, MD

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The woman didn't need to be hospitalized.

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FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — Frederick County Executive, Jan Gardner, announced Monday morning the first positive coronavirus case in the county.

Gardner was joined by County Health Officer, Dr. Barbara Brookmyer who said the resident is a 30-year-old woman who had contact with people who had traveled to places with community transmission.

“We knew this was going to happen for the last several weeks based on what we had seen in the rest of the country and more recently in Maryland,” Dr. Brookmyer said.

The woman didn’t need to be hospitalized and is currently recovering at home.

“The health department will be following up with the patient and will be following up on any close contacts that she may have had in order to talk with those individuals to discuss with them their particular situations and any particular risks that they may have,” Dr. Brookmyer explained.

Health officials say further announcements will be made if it’s discovered that the patient had significant contact with other people and if there is a risk to the general public.

While considerable awareness has been communicated to older adults over 60 who are at greater risk, Dr. Brookmyer stressed that this case also show that younger people must also take precautions.

“Persons in their thirties are not immune. Persons who are younger, people who are healthy are not immune,” Dr. Brookmyer said.

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