Dozen of people at a nursing home in the suburbs west of Baltimore have tested positive for coronavirus, Gov. Larry Hogan announced the news late Saturday as the state’s death toll from the virus has doubled. So far, one of the residents of the nursing home had died.
A very sad update:@CarrollHealthMD confirmed earlier one of the 66 residents to test positive for #Covid_19 passed yesterday evening. @fox5dc was told this was a man in his 90s who had underlying health conditions. Officials are working to contain the rest of the spread. https://t.co/QRXjQOs3lp
— Stephanie Ramirez (@RamirezReports) March 29, 2020
The tragic coronavirus outbreak occurred at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy, approximately 30 miles west of downtown Baltimore.
“As we have been warning for weeks, older Marylanders and those with underlying health conditions are more vulnerable and at a significantly higher risk of contracting this disease,” Hogan said in a statement.
Officials also announced that five more deaths as of Saturday night, doubling the state’s coronavirus toll.
“It took nearly three weeks for the National Capital Region to go from 0 to 1,000 cases of COVID-19. It took three days for the region to go from 1,000 to 2,000 cases in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia,” Hogan said. “This is a rapidly evolving and escalating emergency, which is now surrounding the nation’s capital.”
The governor continued to advise residents to stay home — except for essential reasons — to help stop the spread of the virus.
“We are leveraging the full arsenal of public health and government, but defeating this invisible enemy will require a unity of effort and spirit like nothing we have ever faced,” Hogan said.
Many nursing homes have emerged as a focus of heightened concern as coronavirus cases spike amid a global pandemic.
Nearly 1.4 million patients are being cared for in nursing homes across the country, including severely disabled people.
As the virus continues to spread, nursing homes all over the country have stopped visitors and have taken steps to isolate residents from one another by ending everyday activities and serving meals in individual rooms.