4 coronavirus cases confirmed at Baltimore City nursing home
Several more deaths from the coronavirus were reported Tuesday in Maryland.
The Maryland Department of Health said three victims include a Carroll County resident in his 80s with underlying conditions, a Howard County resident in his 80s with underlying conditions, and a Prince George's County resident in his 40s with no underlying conditions.
Baltimore Mayor Jack Young announced Tuesday afternoon that a city resident in her 70s has died.
The Frederick County Health Department announced Tuesday afternoon that a woman in her 90s with underlying medical conditions died from the coronavirus.
Then, the Carroll County Health Department announced the deaths of three more residents of the Pleasant View Nursing Home, where there was an outbreak of coronavirus.
As of Tuesday morning, the Maryland Department of Health's count of positive coronavirus cases in the state was 1,660 with 14,868 negative test results.
MDH announced five deaths Sunday and five deaths Saturday. Maryland's first coronavirus-related death was reported March 18 after a Prince George's County man in his 60s died. The second victim was a Baltimore County man in his 60s, the third victim was a Montgomery County woman in her 40s, the fourth victim was another Prince George's County man in his 60s and the fifth victim was an Anne Arundel County resident who was over 80.
The 11 News I-Team has confirmed there are four coronavirus cases at a Baltimore City nursing home, the FutureCare Nursing Home in northeast Baltimore. Both city and state health officials are investigating in an effort to trace contacts between the infected individuals and others.
FutureCare Cold Spring sent a statement to 11 News, saying: "The safety and well-being of our residents and staff at FutureCare Cold Spring is our primary concern and regular communication is occurring with the facility's residents, families and staff.
"Over the last week, some of our residents have been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19). Current residents and staff are being monitored closely and the Facility is working in conjunction with the Health Department to conduct further testing on any residents or staff exhibiting symptoms, as well as identifying those individuals requiring quarantine pending testing.
"FutureCare takes this very seriously and is working closely with the Health Department and state regulators to ensure proper protocol and safety procedures are in place for residents and staff. All necessary resources are being directed to assist the Facility and medical staff in treating and caring for the residents with a positive diagnosis, as well as following the guidance provided by the Health Department and have implemented all their recommendations.
"The facility has reviewed with the Health Department the facility's infection control and COVID-19 response protocols, such as isolation procedures, utilization of Protective Personal Equipment, hand hygiene competency for staff, industrial hygiene and disinfection protocols and ongoing enhanced screening and monitoring of residents and staff for symptoms.
"Additionally, the facility is maintaining its restrictions on visitor access and has implemented an admission ban at this time in order to focus on current residents and staff."
On Monday, Gov. Larry Hogan issued a stay-home order for Marylanders as part of the state's effort to address the coronavirus pandemic.
Many people have questions about how the governor's stay-home order will be enforced as violations do carry a criminal penalty of a $5,000 fine and/or a one-year prison sentence.
"We are not giving guidance to arbitrarily make any stops, but rather when it comes to our attention or a complaint is filed, then we investigate that and then we can make that determination, but we are not just stopping to check just yet," Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said.
Baltimore City police said 39 officers are self-quarantined for a variety of reasons, including recent travel, according to the police commissioner.
There are 20 fire recruits who are quarantined, according to the fire chief.
There have been no further confirmed cases in either department. Read more at WBAL TV