COVID-19 Information

The State’s Public Health Laboratory in Baltimore confirmed the first three positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Maryland on Thursday, March 5.   County health officials, along with emergency management officials, are working closely with State and Federal health officials to respond to this pandemic.

Information on Testing

If you think you are ill and need medical care, you should seek medical attention.  Call ahead before going so the provider can take precautions when you arrive.  Testing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) change frequently.  Please visit their site for updates on their guidance about who should be tested.  

Your physician or health care provider will assess your symptoms and determine if diagnostic testing for the COVID-19 virus is appropriate. If your health care provider suspects COVID-19, THEY will coordinate testing with a commercial lab or the State's public health laboratory. While some commercial labs have the ability to analyze and report results to the patient or provider who ordered testing, the labs currently only perform the analysis and DO NOT collect specimens directly from patients. If you would like to speak with a nurse please call 240-777-1755.  

Montgomery County COVID-19 Cases by the Numbers

Confirmed Cases
  Male Female Total
Age Group Count Rate* Count Rate* Count Rate
0-17     5    4.0    1   0.8    6   2.5
18-49 146  68.6 129 58.3 275 63.3
50-64   83  83.2   74 66.8 157 74.6
65+   76 116.1   52 60.2 128 84.3
Total 310         61.7    256 47.6 566 54.4
* Rates are per 100,000 population

The information on the case count chart above is based on the Maryland Department of Health released on 4/3/20.  We will be updating the case count chart on Tuesday and Friday.

Age Group Male Female Total
0-17 0 0 0
18-49 1 1 2
50-64 1 0 1
65+ 3 0 3
Total 5 1 19


As of 10:00 a.m. on 4/6/20,  there is incomplete demographic data on the deaths. The chart reflects the correct total of deaths, but as there is missing demographic data, the male and female totals, are not currently complete. 
  • The information in this table is not intended to be used for individual diagnoses or to measure individual risk. Please call your health care provider if you have any COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
  • In addition to the number of confirmed cases seen in each age group, rates are provided to indicate the age distribution of cases while taking into account the size differences of the age groups. This rate is the number of cases in an age group divided by the total number of people within that age group.
  • All data are subject to change as more information is received.

Frequently Asked Questions
Most people recover from this infection. Close to 80 percent will have mild or moderate symptoms. Ill people may be advised to recover at home and isolate themselves from others. These individuals should call their physician or clinic if their symptoms worsen. There is also no specific medicine currently to treat COVID-19 because it is a new disease. 
Some COVID-19 infections can lead to serious illness, and in some cases death. If someone has a more serious illness from COVID-19, they may be admitted to the hospital. Older people and those with pre-existing medical problems have a greater risk for serious illness. Examples of pre-existing medical problems are cancer, diabetes, heart disease, COPD and other conditions that impact our immune system's ability to fight germs.
          The CDC now recommends wearing masks where social distancing is difficult to maintain.  Masks are not advised for children under two years of age and individuals with difficulty breathing. 
            The goal of cloth masks is to prevent people who feel healthy but have COVID-19 from unknowingly spreading respiratory droplets when they are in public. It should be emphasized that cloth masks do not offer the same level of protection as surgical masks and N95 respirator mask.  Surgical masks and N95 respirator masks should be reserved for frontline health care personnel.
          Cloth face covers should:
  • Fit snugly, but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
If you are wearing a mask, it is important to wash it regularly; machine washing is considered to be an acceptable cleaning method. Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
      If you want to make your own cloth masks, here are some how-to instructions and videos to provide guidance:
  • U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams provides tips on making and wearing a mask.
  • CDC instructions on how to wear and clean a facemask.
 People who suspect they have COVID-19 should contact their health care provider, who will determine if they have signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 .  They  will determine if diagnostic testing is appropriate.  ​ Testing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) change frequently.  Please visit  their site  for updates on their guidance about who should be tested.  There is no COVID-19 home test kit on the market for sale.

Updates and Resources from CDC