Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information

Worcester County Notices and Closings

Worcester County Commissioners Adopt Emergency Measures Restricting All Non- Essential,  Short-Term Rentals in West Ocean City, Ocean Pines, and other Unincorporated Areas

Stay at home order now in effect - No Marylander should be traveling outside of the state unless such travel is absolutely necessary. If you have traveled outside of the state, you should self-quarantine for 14 days. “We are no longer asking or suggesting that Marylanders stay home—we are directing them to do so.” – Governor Larry Hogan

Ocean City Mayor issues new declaration extending beach and broadwalk closure until April 30

Shore Transit, a division of the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, is the public transportation agency for Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester.  Shore Transit is still operating for essential transportation needs of our region, in compliance with Governor Hogan’s orders.  
Fixed Route service is fully operational in all three counties and the city of Salisbury.  The Origin to Destination (OTD) system for certified riders under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is continuing to support dialysis, medical appointments and essential travel for those who have no other transportation available. The Tri-County Council and Shore Transit will continue to serve our community within the constraints of the current situation.

All visitation for all inmates/detainees of the Worcester County Jail will be suspended until further notice per order of theWorcester County Commissioners. The entry to the facility is restricted with safety precautions in place.

Beach and Boardwalk Closed, Mayor & City Council Urge Visitors to Stay Home 

Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) confirms second positive test for a case of COVID-19 in Worcester County on March 21, 2020.

Worcester County Health The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) confirmed the second positive test for a case of COVID-19 in Worcester County on March 21, 2020.Department confirmed the first positive test for a case of COVID-19 in Worcester County on March 19, 2020. Read More

Worcester County Government Office Closed to the Public, Services Still Available (March 19, 2020), in response to the current health emergency due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Worcester County Commissioners have closed the Worcester County Government (WCG) offices to the public. Read More...

Worcester County Government, the Central Landfill in Newark, and the Homeowner Convenience Centers throughout Worcester County  are currently open to serve the public during standard hours of operation

Department of Social Services closed to the public 

Worcester County Health Department buildings are closed to the public effective March 18, 2020. We are still working behind the scenes to protect our community. 

Worcester County Recreation Center - View announcement

Worcester County Library (All Branches) - View announcement

Worcester County Circuit Courthouse - View announcement

Worcester County Jail Visitation Suspended - View announcement

Worcester County Commission on Aging has announced that the senior centers and the Adult Day Care are closed March 16-20. All other services will continue as scheduled. 

State of Maryland Executive Orders

Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland No. 20-04-15-01 Requiring the Use of Face Coverings  Under Certain Circumstances and Requiring Implementation of Certian Physical Distancing Measures

Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland No. 20-04-14-02 Facilitating Meetings of Stockholders of Maryland Corporation  and Meeting of Sharelholders of Maryland Real Estate Investment  Trusts by Remote Communications

Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland No. 20-04-14-01 Preserving the Supply of Necessary Drugs

Order of the Governor of The State of Maryland Number 20-04-05-02 Delegating Authority to Local Health Officials to Control and Close Unsafe Facilities

Interpretive Guidance for Executive Order Number 20-03-30-01 from Governor Larry Hogan

A current list of all Maryland executive orders can be viewed at Governor Larry Hogan's Official Website

Latest Updates

Town of Ocean City Covid-19 Information

Order of the Governo r of The State of Maryland Number 20-04-05-02 Delegating Authority to Local Health Officials to Control and Close Unsafe Facilities​

Worcester County Health Officer Rebecca Jones sends message to media regarding what residents should know about Coronavirus: 

County Commissioner Chip Bertino partnered up with WCHD this week for a PSA on the importance of handwashing to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Maryland governor Larry Hogan gives coronavirus update -- March 17, 2020

County Commissioners issued a Declaration of Local State of Emergency -  Snow Hill, MD – (March 16, 2020), today the Worcester County Commissioners issued a Declaration of Local State of Emergency effective immediately proclaiming the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a catastrophic health emergency in Worcester County. Read more...

Governer Hogan Press Conference: Closure or Bars, Restaurants, Public Health Surge Plan, Prohibition on Utility Shutoffs, Evictions

Frequently Asked Questions: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Older Adults 
Under Governor Larry Hogan’s direction, state agencies continue to develop comprehensive and coordinated prevention and response plans for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Read more....

Maryland Department of Health Recommendations for Infection Control & Prevention of Covid-19 in Facilities Serving Older Adults
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), older adults have higher risks related to the COVID-19 disease, commonly known as the coronavirus (“COVID-19”).
The Maryland Department of Health (“MDH”) is publishing these recommendations to help deter the spread of COVID-19 among older adults. Read more...

Worcester Health opens call center for Coronavirus questions
(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department opened a call center Thursday, March 12, 2020, for questions regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Callers can reach the center during health department business hours (8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday) by dialing 410-632-1100 option . General information on COVID-19 is available 24/7 through Worcester Health’s Public Information Line (410-632-4321) and WorcesterHealth.org. Read More...

Worcester County Health Department reparedness activities for emerging infectious diseases such as the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) Read More...

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Important Links

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Maryland Business Express - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Businesses

Worcester County is working to ensure all county businesses receive the resources they need to navigate our current health crisis. Follow the link to Worcester County Economic Development for information on financial assistance programs and business resources…