TOWSON — One person in Baltimore County has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus that has the world on high alert.
The positive test was announced in a press release from Gov. Larry Hogan's office during the evening of March 11. Three new positive tests have been confirmed. One of them is in Montgomery County, and the other is in Prince George's County.
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski's office issued a press release on the morning of March 12, confirming the positive test and announcing cancelations of several Baltimore County activities.
According to the release, activities at all Baltimore County Senior Centers will be suspended, effective immediately. All senior centers will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, until further notice. County officials encourage individuals to coordinate with senior center staff to ensure they are prepared for the closure, and those individuals are encouraged to call the Maryland Access Point hotline at 410-887-2594, according to the release.
The Recreation and Parks Department is cancelling all organized recreational activities until further notice, according to the release. he Department is also advising the county’s Recreation Councils to cancel organized activities. This cancellation includes all travel programs out of state. Recreational facilities will remain open during normal operating hours at this time.
The Code Enforcement Working Group meeting scheduled for March 12 is cancelled, according to the release. Further information will be provided in the coming days about virtual options for future meetings.
According to the release, Baltimore County is suspending all non-essential out-of-state travel until further notice. Telework and sick leave options are being reviewed for county employees. The county has issued emergency procurements for soap, hand sanitizer and other necessary cleaning materials, with a particular emphasis on jails, courts and other areas with large traffic flows and concentrations of vulnerable populations, according to the release.
According to the release, all campus-based CCBC classes are canceled Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, and will resume remotely via alternative teaching methods starting Monday, March 23. Online classes will continue to be held as scheduled. CCBC remains open and services are available. Additional guidance regarding programs, classes and activities at CCBC and BCPS will come directly from those organizations.
All Dundalk residents are encouraged to take the proper precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including regular hand-washing and social distancing as appropriate. All residents, and particularly those at high risk, should follow CDC guidance.
Another suspension, announced on March 12 by the Dundalk Knights Columbus, is the "world famous" Dundalk fish fry. The last fish fry of the Lenten season is March 13.
Many people have been asking about the Dundalk St. Patrick's Day Parade. It has not been canceled. It is still scheduled for this Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. The starting point is at the Logan Village Shopping Center.
The Dundalk Eagle is working to provide you with more updates as they become available.