Council Office Statement on COVID-19

The Coronavirus COVID-19 is a new public health crisis that has been responsible for many illnesses and deaths worldwide.  The virus is transmitted through airborne droplets when people cough or sneeze.  Symptoms are fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.  Those at highest risk are people age 60 and over, with chronic medical conditions, as well as people with compromised immune systems.  There is no specific medicine or vaccine currently available for COVID-19.

The Harford County Council is working closely with the Harford County Health Department, community providers, and many others to make sure we, as a community, are as safe as possible.  Common sense preventive measures include washing your hands often, covering your cough, and staying home when sick.  Older adults and people with conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease should take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others; when you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick; avoid crowds as much as possible; avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel; stock up on supplies, like extra medications; and stay home as much as possible to reduce your risk of being exposed to the virus.

Finally, please beware of misinformation and rumors that might be found on social media.  The most accurate resources are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and the Maryland Department of Health website at:  https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx.