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10.29.20 – Weekly Health Update

Last updated: November 5, 2020

This week Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman discusses:

  • COVID-19 Status Update
  • The COVID Care Coordination Program
  • Halloween Safety Tips

Transcript:

Welcome to our weekly health update. Today we’ll provide a COVID status update, share resources to support families, and give tips on having a safer Halloween.

Over the past week our case rate has continued to increase. It’s now close to 12. Our hospitalizations are continuing to increase. Deaths have increased with 20 deaths in the last 3 weeks, nearly one a day. It’s a rate we haven’t seen since June. With cases increasing in the state and country, we are heading into a hard stretch. We’re playing defense, and we can’t let up now. Mask up and limit your activities.

COVID has impacted families throughout the county. A key part of our contact tracing is case management to help people get food, pay their bills, and keep their housing so that they can manage isolation and quarantine. The COVID Care Coordination Program (CCC) is a new program that extends this support beyond 14 days. Bi-lingual family assistance navigators and critical case managers will customize a long term plan for COVID-positive individuals and families. Call 410-222-7256 for more info.

Our Health Tip of The Week

Happy Halloween. This year, with proper COVID safety measures, you and your kids can have a good time. Here are some tips to have a safer Halloween:

  • Leave candy out in goodie bags to avoid close contact
  • Have a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Pumpkin carving is a great way to keep physical distance while having fun

For more tips check out our website at aahealth.org.

Remember, stay safe, be kind to yourself and others, and mask up. We’ll see you next week.

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