Somerset Co. health officials encouraging masking indoors for residents

WESTOVER, Md. – With COVID-19 cases on the rise recently and new guidance and requirements issued by the CDC, the Somerset County Health Department is strongly encouraging county residents to wear a mask indoors in public settings and when physical distancing cannot be maintained, regardless of vaccination status.

This week, Somerset County elevated to a substantial community transmission level as the number of cases rose. Officials say the case positivity rate has risen from a lot of .038% on July 5th to a rate of 5.02% on August 5th.

“We urge everyone, age 12 and older, to get a COVID-19 vaccination. This vaccine is safe, offers strong protection against the Delta variant and is an effective tool to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death”, says Danielle Weber, County Health Officer. “Although there are cases of people who become infected after they are fully vaccinated, cases where fully vaccinated people are hospitalized or die from COVID-19 are rare.”

Somerset County officials say they are ready to answer your questions.

Public Affairs Specialist Kyleigh Beaver says, “We understand that you have fears and we understand that you have valid concerns about this vaccine and we want to talk to you and we want to hear about them  . . . the reward of getting the vaccine outweighs the risks that come with it, minimal risk, major reward.”

If you have been exposed to someone who tests positive, regardless of your vaccination status, they ask you to visit one of their testing sites. The Somerset County health department also has several free covid-19 vaccine clinics available and officials say they will even come to you. Just give them a call at 443-523-1920.

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