April 5, 2020

Increase in Positive Cases; Food Programs Continue

April 3 updates: Positive cases increase; food programs continue in St. Mary’s; health department surveying active and retired health care workers.

Evidence of Community Spread of Virus in St. Mary’s, Reports Health Dept.

The St. Mary’s County Health Department has confirmed additional positive cases of the novel coronavirus in county residents, bringing the total case count to 23. Additionally, there is now strong evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in St. Mary’s.

St. Mary’s Park Use Limited

The Maryland Department of Health is reporting the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Maryland has increased to 1,660, as of 10:10 am March 31. Reported cases in Southern Maryland: 15 in St. Mary’s County, 15 in Calvert County, and 40 in Charles County.

Amid Pilot Shortage, Marine Corps Assessing F-35 Fleet

A shortage of pilots has the Marine Corps assessing the F-35’s place in its fleet. “Our continued inability to build and sustain an adequate inventory of F-35 pilots leads me to conclude that we must be pragmatic regarding our ability to support” the program,” Gen. David Berger said.

Navy Hospital Ships Deployed on Both Coasts

Navy Hospital Ships

The Navy’s hospital ships — USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy — are deployed to New York and Los Angeles, respectively, to offer aid during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

More Cases of COVID-19 in St. Mary’s; 2 at Vets Home

The St. Mary’s County Health Department has confirmed that two additional St. Mary’s residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. One is a man in his 50s whose method of exposure is likely international travel and another is a man in his 70s whose method of exposure is still being determined. The health department also reported that two residents at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home tested positive.

March 25: Health Dept. Reports Potential Public Exposure Risk

The St. Mary’s County Health Department has determined that a person confirmed to have the novel coronavirus disease may have come into contact with other community members.

More Restrictions Ordered in Effort to Slow Spread of COVID-19


Maryland announces more restrictions in effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and establishes a $175 million business relief program.

March 24: State Has Programs to Assist Small Businesses

Maryland announces financial programs to assist small businesses; number of confirmed coronavirus cases goes up; other updates for March 24.

Drive-Thru Testing for COVID-19 Available at MedStar St. Mary’s

drive-thru testing

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is offering drive-thru testing for the coronavirus. Contact a primary care provider. Your primary care provider will evaluate you and determine if you should be tested. If you meet the criteria for testing, the provider will write a prescription for testing.