Mayor Young Raises Watch Level for Baltimore City in Preparation for COVID-19

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BALTIMORE, MD.  — Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced that as of 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2020, the City of Baltimore’s Emergency Operations Center Activation Level would be raised to Level III: Watch Level in support of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) activities.

Mayor Young also announced that the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management would continue working with the Baltimore City Health Department and provide additional coordination of resources as the need arises.

“While we have not experienced any confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Maryland, we must remain vigilant and prepared,” Mayor Young said. “My administration has been in close contact with health officials from the state and federal government.”

The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management remains in coordination with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, which has activated the state’s Emergency Operations Center to Enhanced Watch Level in order mobilize additional resources across state government. The City of Baltimore is committed to working with our local, regional, state, and federal partners during this evolving situation.

The Baltimore City Health Department is the lead agency for COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts and continues to closely monitor the virus and prepare for possible cases in Baltimore. The agency has been actively monitoring the virus since mid-January.

Information about COVID-19

Currently, there is no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. However, there are many measures you can take to prevent and limit the spread of this disease and others:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) and throw the tissue away.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, door handles, handrails and telephones using a disinfectant that is EPA approved for killing bacteria and viruses. 
  • Get your flu shot if you haven’t received it yet this season.

The CDC does not recommend the use of facemasks for the general public at this time. Instead, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions such as washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home when you are sick. 

Currently, for field outreach staff and home visitors, there is no additional screening recommended at this time. We recommend the disease prevention practices described above and ask that you help promote these practices in the community. 

You can stay informed by visiting the BCHD COVID-19 website.

The Maryland Department of Health and CDC also have up-to-date COVID-19 guidance and information on their websites.  

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