Somerset County Health Dept. addresses spike in COVID cases

SOMERSET Co., Md. – Somerset County’s COVID-19 positivity rate is currently the highest in the state of Maryland.

On Thursday, the percent of people testing positive stood at an alarming 20.34%.

The Somerset County Health Department says the spike is likely caused by COVID fatigue. They say everyone is getting tired of the regulations and guidance, and some still spent time with loved ones for the Thanksgiving holiday despite warnings from state officials.

To stop the spread, the health department says the best thing you can do is to simply follow safety guidelines.

Sharon Lynch with the Somerset County Health Department said, “Wear that mask, watch that distance, wash your hands, sanitize surfaces too…Think about the holiday activity, the holiday tradition, the gathering with friends and family. Is it really worth it this year?”

The county is expanding its testing in response to the spike. This week and next week people can get tested at the Washington High School. No appointment is needed. For more information just head to

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