Washington County reports first death from COVID-19


Washington County, Md. health officials have confirmed the first death associated with COVID-19 in their county during a Friday, April 10 morning press conference.

According to Washington County Health Officer Earl Stoner, the resident was a woman in her 20’s with underlying medical conditions. Stoner said the woman passed away at Meritus Medical Center.

“I am deeply saddened to announce this loss of a member of our community,” he said. “We extend our heartfelt sympathies to her family and friends.”

Stoner did not give any other information about the woman.

He added it’s a tragic loss and sobering reminder of the risk the virus poses.

“This loss should strengthen our resolve to act as though each of us could be carries of COVID-19 because any of us could be,” he said.

It is critical that everyone takes the threat seriously and follows all guidance, recommendations, and actions put forth by the CDC, Maryland Department of Health, and Governor Larry Hogan, he said.

“Now, more than ever, each of us must continue to do our part to prevent the spread of this virus, especially to the most vulnerable members of our community,” Stoner said.

With the virus being in our communities, people should take necessary actions to protect themselves and communities at large.

He said people should wash their hands often or use approved hand sanitizers with 70% alcohol or higher; avoid touching hands to your face, eyes, and mouth with your hands; disinfect surfaces like cellphones; if sick, stay away from others; social distance to the extent of the CDC and Governor Hogan’s executive orders.

“These recommendations, actions, and executive orders have been instituted for a reason,” Stone said.

The need to social distance is more critical now, he added, as the virus affects everyone.

It could matter to your family, friends, someone in the community, and those with underlying medical conditions.

Stoner said, to his understanding, Meritus Health Center is treating seven county residents for COVID-19.