August 7, 2020

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Photo Release: Maryland Department of Health and partners host U.S. Surgeon General at Baltimore City COVID-19 response site

Baltimore, MD—The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today welcomed U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome M. Adams to Baltimore City to survey COVID-19 response operations at the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital and testing site. 


MDH Chief Operating Officer and Medicaid Director Dennis Schrader joined leadership from the Baltimore City Health Department, Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical System to provide briefings and review site operations.

“I’m here in Baltimore to learn about the COVID response,” said Dr. Adams, “to learn about how the city and the state and local organizations and academic institutions like Johns Hopkins have come together to make testing available to the people in the area, but also how they’ve stood up a field hospital here, the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital — truly an amazing example of public private partnerships.”


Dr. Adams’s visit occurred as Maryland’s statewide COVID-19 positivity rate fell below 4 percent for the first time today to 3.9 percent.


“If we all ban together, if we all get the knowledge that will help us overcome this virus, and if we all do those basic public health measures — washing your hands, wearing a face mask, and watching your distance — then I know we can stamp this thing out and we can get back to some sense of normal while we await a vaccine.” – Dr. Jerome M. Adams



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