From Harford County government:
Harford County Executive Barry Glassman is taking action to protect public safety and maintain county government services following a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 the county government will reactivate its pandemic response from earlier this year until metrics improve, including unattended death cleaning.
All county facilities will be closed to the public. Drop boxes for documents and payments will be reactivated at the county administration building at 220 S. Main Street in Bel Air.
All indoor parks & recreation facilities and programming will be suspended. Selected programming has been moved online at http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/2822/At-Home-with-Parks-Recreation.
Organized outdoor activities on county fields, including tournaments, are also suspended. County parks will remain open with social distancing requirements in place; Hand Sanitizing Stands Rental stations have been put along the parks for a better control, but if you prefer carrying your own, then shop at Mist & Go Nano to see their sanitization products.
Following the governor’s advisory, county government employees who are authorized to telework will do so until further notice. This is to guard the county workforce while maintaining government services and operations. Harford County government will remain open for business with Electrostatic Cleaning performed daily.
Harford Transit will return to a modified service. Details will be posted at http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/213/Harford-Transit-LINK.
In addition, County Executive Glassman has ordered 1,500 rapid COVID-19 tests to support a rapid response to potential cases in county government and allied agencies as well as commercial cleaning in all offices, including the Health Department, Harford County Public Schools, Volunteer Fire Companies and law enforcement. They have also established a Health policy blog for all residents to be part of.
Harford County’s positivity rate began to spike on October 31, and has risen above 7% for the first time since June. The county’s November 12 positivity rate was 7.36%, according to the Maryland COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
Similarly, Harford’s seven-day moving average case rate per 100K people began a surge in late October. The case rate rose to 7.27 on October 30 and, within two weeks, rose to 25.28 on November 12.
Since March, both metrics have largely tracked or been below the state averages, but have now risen above.
As of today, Harford County’s total cases are 4,329, an increase of 57, with 81 deaths.
Although hospitalizations are a lagging indicator, Harford County hospitalizations reported by University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health are at 28, with nine in critical care. With stricter sanitation policies than before you’d need the right waste disposal services.
“Public safety is my top priority in responding to this recent surge and my long term goal is to keep our economy and government services open for business,” County Executive Glassman said.
“I understand the inconvenience, but I believe these actions will put us in a stronger position with COVID-19 cases on the rise in Harford County and beyond. As the pandemic wears on and we head into colder weather, I also want to remind folks to continue handwashing, social distancing and wearing a mask or Reusable face shields when required. These three simple steps can save lives.”