Coronavirus Update from Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy for March 20, 2020
ELKTON, MD. -- Good afternoon. My name is Alan McCarthy, County Executive.
As with many communities around the world, the impacts brought on by the Novel Coronavirus are being felt by the citizens of Cecil County.
Our schools, businesses and everyday lives have been altered in ways that we could have never imagined.
I wanted to take some time and update you on the evolving COVID-19 virus situation here in our county.
I can report that as of this date, March 20th, there are no confirmed cases in Cecil County.
Many of our neighboring counties have not been as fortunate.
However, please understand that statistically it is likely that we will eventually have a positive test from one of our local citizens.
In addition to Federal and State guidelines we are prepared to institute local regulations that will address our needs to ensure to the highest degree possible the safety of our citizens.
Rest assured, we are ready.
Our first responders, including dispatchers, EMTs and paramedics, volunteer fire companies, and law enforcement – all of our public safety professionals have been preparing to deal with our day-to-day needs as well as future scenarios.
The county is also working hand-in-hand with our local medical professionals, hospital and health department to ensure they have the resources they need to address this crisis.
One of the greatest qualities of our citizens is their commitment to our community.
And right now, that commitment is being demonstrated in every corner of the county.
Our community spirit is more and more prevalent each day. Employees and volunteers are all stepping up to address the needs of our most vulnerable citizens including children.
I am so proud of the outpouring of kindness and generosities I have been witnessing as I have visited some of our towns over the last few days.
Our schools, college and libraries, while closed to the public, continue to provide online learning opportunities for our citizens.
Additionally, the school system is feeding thousands of meals – 2 per day per child -- across Cecil County to those who receive free or reduced meals.
This week, I learned of a group of kindhearted volunteers who took it upon themselves to organize their forces to assist the school system by ensuring children who do not have transportation to the food distribution locations, still receive their daily meals.
That, is just one example of the selflessness I have witnessed since the virus broke, and it’s what makes me most proud of Cecil County.
Many of our restaurants and the servers who work there will suffer a tremendous financial hit.
Many of them are still operating for take-out and delivery – I urge you to patronize these establishments. They are depending on us.
It is simply crucial that we support our local businesses as we weather this crisis.
We will continue to update you as this crisis continues.
Please visit the County’s website at ccgov.org for the latest updates, closures and operational changes for agencies across Cecil County.
As we continue to deal with this challenge, please remember to do a few simple things to prevent the spread of germs:
- Continue to wash and sanitize your hands regularly
- If you do not feel well, stay home and self-isolate.
- Practice social distancing and avoid groups of 10 or larger.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a Kleenex or your elbow.
If each one of us practices these hygienic steps, we will make significant progress in eliminating exposure and help stop the spread of this virus.
Thank you for listening.
We will get through this together.
We will persevere as the greatest county in the state of Maryland.
May the generosities and kindness we exhibit now, be the guiding light for our future.
God bless you.
God bless your families.
And, God bless Cecil County.