Worcester officials respond after tourist tests positive for COVID-19

WORCESTER CO., Md. – Officials confirmed on Thursday that a tourist did test positive for COVID-19 after visiting the resort town this past weekend. However, the Worcester County Health Department says the woman was not sick while she was there so they claim no one at any establishment was exposed.

The Howard County woman, who wants to remain anonymous, says she visited Ocean City from Friday to Sunday. She says she stayed at a hotel and visited multiple bars. She tells 47 ABC she posted a video to Facebook on Wednesday saying she tested positive in order to make others aware.

“When really I wasn’t trying to cause anyone any chaos or panic down there. I was bringing awareness number one for people who maybe I did come in contact with or in some of the establishments I was in. I think maybe I wasn’t one of the ones who took it seriously at the beginning,” the woman tells 47 ABC.

The woman says she is doing fine now. Since she just tested positive this week, 47 ABC asked for clarification on how the health department can say that she definitively did not expose anyone in Ocean City to the virus.

They say, “People are thought to be most contagious when they are the most symptomatic (sickest). Our contact investigation per Maryland Department of Health guidance begins at the start date of symptom onset. Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”

47 ABC pressed further and officials say it is difficult to deal in absolutes. They say it is in fact “nearly impossible to rule out anything in its entirety.”

Given this information, 47 ABC still asked for further clarification on ruling out exposure.

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