This week Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman discusses:
• COVID-19 status update
• Contact tracing and youth sports
• What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19
Welcome to our weekly health update. Today we’ll provide a COVID status update, talk about our contact tracing in youth sports, and share some tips on what to do if you have symptoms.
Over the past week our case rate has continued to increase. Since mid-June, when our case rate was at its lowest at 3.5, we’ve seen a slow and steady increase with some spikes along the way. The case rate is now close to 11. This path isn’t sustainable. It’s harder to open schools and businesses at this case rate. We expect to see more cases in higher risk people and an increase in hospitalizations and deaths. Remember to mask, distance, wash hands and avoid unnecessary activities. You have the power to stop the spread.
Now let’s switch gears to contact tracing in youth sports. Over the past month we’ve had 11 youth sports teams with a positive player. Each of those cases had an average of 16 contacts, which is a lot more than our usual of 3-4 contacts per case. One problem we’ve had is that some parents have refused to share contacts. We never share personal information. If you’re positive and share a contact with us, when we get in touch with them, we don’t share who was positive. To stop the spread, we need everybody to participate in the contact tracing process.
Our Health Tip of The Week
Stay home when you’re sick. If you have cold, flu or COVID symptoms, stay home until your symptoms resolve. Make sure to get tested. If your COVID test is positive we’ll call you to provide guidance and support for your isolation, which typically lasts about 10 days. If your COVID test is negative, you should still avoid going out until your symptoms clear. During this time of COVID, the fewer people who get sick, the better.
Remember, stay safe, be kind to yourself and others, and mask up. We’ll see you next week.