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Commissioners Approve Emergency Funding for St. Mary’s County Health Department COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Efforts

The Commissioners approved an immediate allocation of $40,000 from emergency reserves for funding to the St. Mary’s County Health Department for a contractual infectious disease nurse and additional supplies for COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts during their regular Tuesday business meeting March 10, 2020, During a brief presented to the Commissioners by Director of Emergency Services, Stephen Walker and Emergency Manager Gerald Gardiner, St. Mary’s County Health Officer, Dr. Meenakshi Brewster stated that “…we are more and more concerned about COVID-19” she went on to say “they would get to work immediately” to use the funds. The Department of Emergency Service announced they are operating under an Enhanced Level of Operations, which means events require additional monitoring or resources above normal operations. Director Stephen Walker emphasized that there are currently no identified cases of COVID-19 in St. Mary’s County. There are active preparation and preventive measures taking place across the community. Gardiner listed the timeline of preparatory meetings that began February 28, 2020, stating that information and updates on COVID-19 is changing rapidly. Currently, county partners are meeting weekly to share knowledge and preparation efforts. A copy of the brief to the Commissioners can be viewed by accessing the March […]

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