Worcester County Commissioners issue a Declaration of Emergency for COVID-19

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. 

Public health remains the top priority of the Commissioners, and following executive orders issued by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the Commissioners implemented special preparedness measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and minimize the threat to public safety and lives of all Worcester County residents and visitors. The Commissioners and other Worcester County Government (WCG) officials are working cooperatively with the Worcester County Health Department (WCHD), the lead agency in this emergency, the State of Maryland, and other local and state partners to implement preparedness plans to respond throughout the course of this evolving event. 

A schedule of Worcester County closings and the latest updates are available at www.co.worcester.md.us/covid-19-info. While operating schedules are subject to change throughout this health crisis, at this time, the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill, all Senior Centers, and the County Libraries throughout the County are closed to the public. All other WCG departments are continuing to provide needed public services. At this time, the Worcester County Government Center in Snow Hill, the Central Landfill in Newark, and the Homeowner Convenience Centers throughout the county will remain open during standard hours of operation. The Commissioners will conduct their regularly-scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 10 a.m. 

For questions about COVID-19, call the WCHD Call Center during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 410-632-1100, option #8. General information on COVID-19 is available 24/7 through the WCHD’s Public Information Line at 410-632-4321 and WorcesterHealth.org.