Latest news & announcements

Worcester County Health Department confirms first case of COVID-19 in Worcester County

(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) confirmed the first positive test for a case of COVID-19 in Worcester County on March 19, 2020. The patient is a male in his 30s who lives in Worcester County and is recovering at home.

Worcester County Health Department is conducting a contact investigation and appropriate close contacts will have arrangements made for testing if indicated.  

Worcester County Government offices closed to public, services still available

Snow Hill, MD – (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. This enhanced measure has been implemented to protect the health of the public and WCG employees.

First Worcester County FY21 Budget Work Session Rescheduled

Snow Hill, MD – In ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the March 31, 2020 work session on the requested FY21 Worcester County Operating Budget has been rescheduled for April 7 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Worcester County Government Center. Operating schedules are subject to change throughout this health crisis. For current Worcester County Government closings and notices, visit http://www.co.worcester.md.us/covid-19-info. 

Recreation & Parks COVID-19 plan

Effective as of Friday afternoon, March 13, 2020, the Worcester County Recreation Center (WCRC) will remain closed to the public through March 27 at minimum, and all programs and activities will be cancelled. Worcester County parks will remain open for passive activities until further notice.

For more information or to speak with Recreation & Parks staff, please call 410-632-2144, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or email  recandparks@co.worcester.md.us

Worcester County Health Department Opens Call Center for Coronavirus Questions

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 #8. General information on COVID-19 is available 24/7 through Worcester Health’s Public Information Line (410-632-4321) and WorcesterHealth.org. 

March is National Social Work Month

Photo: On March 3, 2020, the Commissioners presented a proclamation recognizing March as National Social Work Month to Julie Rayne and Rhonda Bavis of the Health Department and Jamie Manning, Assistant Director of Services for the Department of Social Services (DSS), and other DSS staff members to honor social workers for striving to improve lives locally.

Worcester County accepting applications for agricultural easements

On behalf of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF), Worcester County is accepting applications from interested landowners who may wish to participate in the MALPF program through the voluntary sale of an agricultural easement to the foundation. Eligible properties must be at least 50 acres in size (unless contiguous to an existing MALPF easement), have subdivision rights available to sell, and meet a minimum soils requirement.