August 17, 2020
Deidre McCabe, Director, Office of Communications,
Gischlar, Deputy Director, Office of Communications, 410-767-6491
Maryland Department of Health, Worcester County Health
Department to distribute free masks at West Ocean City Park and Ride
Baltimore, MD –
The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today announced a free mask
distribution event at the West Ocean City Park and Ride to be held on Wed., Aug.
19 beginning at 10 a.m. The event is part of MDH’s #MasksOnMaryland campaign to encourage all Marylanders to wear face coverings in
public places to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Masks will be distributed
as long as supplies last.
“When we all wear masks, we’re
doing our part to help keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy,” said
MDH Secretary Robert R. Neall. “Whether we’re working in the city or
vacationing at the beach, taking this simple step — wherever we go — can help keep Maryland’s COVID-19 numbers
trending in the right direction.”
Presented in partnership with
the Worcester County Health Department, the event will complement regularly
scheduled COVID-19 testing at the Park and Ride, located at 12940 Inlet Isle
Lane. Testing occurs at the site every Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and is provided at no charge.
Those seeking a test do not need to exhibit symptoms or
suspect exposure to COVID-19. Though a doctor’s order is not required to get
tested at the site, appointments are required. Patients may schedule an
appointment by calling 410-632-1100 and selecting option 8.
With the support of the Town
of Ocean City and Atlantic General Hospital, Worcester County has provided over
13,000 COVID-19 tests at its West Ocean City Park and Ride and Pocomoke Health
Department testing sites. To date, Worcester County has tested more than 21
percent of its population and has been successful in reducing its positivity
rate, which is now below three percent.
Throughout the summer, MDH
will host mask distribution events for Marylanders who visit select COVID-19
test sites at specified dates and times. For more testing information
and a comprehensive list of testing sites across the state, visit covidtest.maryland.gov.
Additional COVID-19 information and resources for
Marylanders are available at www.coronavirus.maryland.gov.
Officials from the Worcester County
Health Department, Worcester County Government, the Town of Ocean City and
Atlantic General Hospital will be in attendance to discuss the county’s
COVID-19 testing efforts. Members of the media are welcome to record B-roll
footage, view testing operations and participate in brief interviews specific
to the testing site and #MasksOnMaryland campaign.
The Maryland Department of Health is dedicated to
protecting and improving the health and safety of all Marylanders through
disease prevention, access to care, quality management and community
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