MARYLAND — As Tropical Storm Isaias approaches Maryland, state officials say coronavirus testing operations may be impacted. Fourteen sites will be closed Tuesday because of the storm, officials reported Monday afternoon.
The one-day high-volume testing event Tuesday planned at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen has been postponed until Aug. 11. Testing at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium is canceled for Tuesday as well, with tests shifted to Wednesday, Aug. 5, officials say.
“Due to Tropical Storm Isaias, operating hours at all of our testing sites are currently subject to change, and several testing sites will cancel operations,” Mike Ricci, spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan, said in a statement Monday morning.
He encouraged people to visit covidtest.maryland.gov for the latest updates.
These are the sites that will be closed Tuesday, the Maryland Department of Health was reporting as of 1 p.m. Monday, due to tropical storm conditions in the forecast:
Adventist Medical Group – Indian Head Highway (Prince George’s)Annapolis State Employee Site (Annapolis)Carroll County Agricultural Center (Carroll) – Temporarily relocated to Friendship Valley Elementary SchoolColumbia VEIP (Howard)Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center (Prince George’s)Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium (Harford) – Testing rescheduled for August 11Hagerstown VEIP (Washington)Pimlico Race Course (Baltimore City)Prince Frederick VEIP (Calvert)Prince George’s County Health Department, Cheverly Health Center (Prince George’s)Rollingcrest-Chillum Recreation Center (Prince George’s)Timonium Fairgrounds (Baltimore County)Waldorf VEIP (Charles)Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Center (Prince George’s)
More than 220 testing sites statewide are available to check people for the coronavirus.
The Maryland Department of Health reports there are 90,274 confirmed cases as of Monday, and 3,381 people have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, across the state.
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Coronavirus in Maryland: A Snapshot
Here is a look at Maryland’s coronavirus numbers as of Monday, Aug. 3:
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Contracting the coronavirus can result in mild to severe illness. Older adults and those with underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart or lung disease, are the most at risk of complications from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These symptoms of coronavirus can appear two to 14 days after exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Fever or chillsCoughShortness of breath or difficulty breathingFatigueMuscle or body achesHeadacheNew loss of taste or smellSore throatCongestion or runny noseNausea or vomitingDiarrhea
Those who have trouble breathing, feel persistent pain or pressure in the chest, experience new confusion, have the inability to wake or stay awake or have bluish lips or face should get medical attention immediately, federal health officials say.
To prevent getting the illness, authorities advise staying away from those who are sick, keeping 6 feet of distance between yourself and others, washing hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and wearing a cloth face covering when around others.