As COVID-19 spreads in the U.S., Maryland health officials are the latest to announce that a handful of Montgomery County residents have tested positive for the virus that causes it.
Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday said the state’s Public Health Laboratory in Baltimore confirmed three cases of patients who tested positive for the coronavirus.
“They include a married couple in their 70s and another individual in their 50s,” Hogan said in a news conference.
In all three of the cases, the disease was contracted in overseas travel. “They’re in good condition. They’re in quarantine and a thorough investigation is underway to fully determine any of their potential recent interactions with the public,” Hogan explained.
“We have been actively preparing for this situation over the last several weeks across all levels of government,” he added.
On Wednesday, three girls from a Jewish school in Baltimore were sent home early “because they may have come in contact with someone who tested positive for the corona virus,”
Officials said the school is taking precautionary steps to keep children safe by disinfecting the school.
Hogan urged residents “not to panic, but to take this seriously and to stay informed as we continue to provide updates.”