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Cecil County Closures and Updates Due to Novel Coronavirus - Updated for May 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

Post Date:05/16/2020 10:06 AM


In early March 2020, at the request of County Executive Alan McCarthy, the Cecil County COVID-19 Joint Information Center (JIC) was formed as a means to provide consolidated and thorough information to the citizens of Cecil County. The JIC is comprised of more than 30 public information officials and communication leads for agencies throughout the county. The JIC is led by Jen Lyall, Public Information Officer/Cecil County Government, and Michelle Lloyd, Deputy Emergency Manager/Department of Emergency Services, with the support and direction of Chief Richard Brooks, Director of Emergency Services.

May 16, 2020


ELKTON, MD. – To date, as reported by the Cecil County Health Department, there have been 320 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cecil County, and 167 of those confirmed cases have been released from isolation. There are 19 COVID-19-related deaths in Cecil County.

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County Executive Alan McCarthy, along with Health Officer Lauren Levy, announced that Cecil County will move forward with Stage One of Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery, a phased plan for reopening the state post-COVID-19.


Under the Governor’s Executive Orders announced late Wednesday, the stay-at-home order has been lifted and a “Safer At Home” advisory put in place to continue to cut down on the spread of the coronavirus in public places. The order also includes the gradual reopening of retail, manufacturing, houses of worship, barber shops and hair salons with social distancing and occupancy limitations.

In Stage One of his plan, Governor Hogan also delegated power to individual jurisdictions, at the county level, to make decisions regarding the timing of re-openings. However, while the county can be more restrictive than the state, the county executive cannot remove restrictions that the Governor retains in place.

“After consulting with our health officer, I am very happy to report that I have absolutely no plans for Cecil County to be more restrictive in our plans for re-opening,” County Executive McCarthy stated at his press conference.

“While this is a time to celebrate, I remind you that it is but the first phase of a gradual reopening of all businesses in Cecil County. I must share my concern and caution to all of our citizens,” he continued. “We have managed to reach this point by collectively battling COVID-19. We must continue to comply with state and local health protocols to be able to move to the next phase, thereby opening our local economy even more.”

The county executive encouraged the public to continue to practice safe social distancing, exercise proper hand-washing hygiene, and wear face masks in public.

“I have full confidence that we will manage this phased reopening well and move forward allowing more businesses to open; therefore, moving us further along in our effort to get everyone back to work and our state and local economies on the mend,” he concluded.

For a more detailed explanation of the Governor’s current orders under Stage One, please visit:


Other important links for Cecil County agencies, relating to COVID-19:cecil county curbside_delivery full directory resized


Please visit your local municipality's website, and/or social media pages, for information specific to your town:

To stay current on developments regarding the Novel Coronavirus on the following federal and state websites:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Maryland Department of Health
  • The Office of Governor Hogan
  • Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center

    Cecil County Government
    Though Cecil County work sites remain closed (except for essential employees), we continue to provide many services to the public. Citizens who have questions regarding Cecil County Government services should call 410-996-5200, and follow the directions given. The vestibule at the Administration Building remains open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to allow for drop-off and pick-ups for Permits, Finance, Housing, Purchasing, Land Use, and Public Works. Please make sure your documents are clearly marked with name/organization and contact information.

  • All Cecil County Solid Waste Management Division facilities are open for normal operations. This includes the Central Landfill, Woodlawn, and Stemmers Run Transfer Stations.
  • In addition, citizens are reminded that they can access the website, and follow on social media, to obtain further information and direction on items of interest.

COVID-19 continues to be a community-spread pandemic. Please remain vigilant and safe in your day-to-day activities as every person we come in contact with is a potential risk to our health. Please stay home when possible, continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands often, sanitize frequently Touched surfaces, and sneeze/cough into a tissue or your elbow.


Media Contact:
Jennifer Lyall
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government
410-996-8454 (office)


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