EASTON — Talbot County Health Officer Dr. Fredia Wadley on Saturday, March 28, reported two new cases of COVID-19. Neither patient has been hospitalized.

One is an individual in their 70s who has visited New York and is suspected of being infected there. The second is an individual in their late 20s with no known contact source or travel history.

The contacts of both individuals were notified late Friday afternoon and have been ordered to quarantine themselves and report any symptoms.

Gov. Larry Hogan has asked all individuals coming into the state from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to quarantine themselves for 14 days.

Wadley said she will provide quarantine letters to any individuals arriving in Talbot County from a high COVID-19 incidence area. Fines can be assessed if the quarantine is broken.

The Talbot County Council took the additional step of asking hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and vacation rentals to voluntarily suspend bookings.

“As new cases are reported, people have become more and more concerned about those who may be new or visiting our area,” Council President Corey Pack said. “It’s very important that we all remind each other about the importance of social distancing in a kind and gentle way. We are simply asking people who have traveled from areas experiencing high infection numbers to separate themselves for 14 days.”

As the number of cases in Maryland continues to rise, Talbot County Director of Emergency Services Clay Stamp said Talbot County is ready to respond.

“As more people are tested, we will likely see an increase in the number of cases in Talbot County,” Stamp said. “We have spent the past two weeks preparing, and we have the capacity in our healthcare system to handle new cases. We are prepared.”

Statewide, the number of COVID-19 cases had climbed to 992 as of early Saturday afternoon, an increase of 218 in the previous 24 hours.

• Starting Monday, March 30, meal pickup from Talbot County Public Schools will continue only at Easton Middle School, Easton Elementary School-Dobson and St. Michaels Middle High School.

Delivery based on requests received by 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, will begin Monday. March 30. Requests received after that time will be added when possible. To maintain social distancing, volunteers will leave meals at mailboxes, front steps, etc. They will not knock on doors. Deliveries will occur approximately between 9 and 11:30 a.m.

• Union Baptist Church at 233 Glenwood Ave., Easton, will have drive-thru food distribution on Tuesday, March 31. It will start at 9 a.m. and end when food runs out. It is open Talbot County residents only; proof of residency may be required.

Line up on Glenwood near the entrance to the church. Do not get out of your car. You will need to complete form given on site, and a picture of the form will be taken to limit contact. Clear your trunk so food can be loaded without you leaving your vehicle.

For more information, call the Talbot Food Resource Line at 410-770-5515 or email talbotlct@talbotcountymd.gov.

• CDC COVID-2019 Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ index.html

• Talbot County COVID-19 Information www.talbotcovid 19.org

• Shore Regional Health COVID Information https://www.umms.org/shore/pa tients-visitors/coronavirus

• Maryland Department of Health Website: https://health.maryland.gov/pages/home.aspx

• Talbot County Health Department Website: https://health.maryland.gov/talbot county/Pages/home.aspx

• Talbot County Health Department Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Talbot HealthMaryland/

• Talbot County Department of Emergency Services Website: http://www.talbot des.org/default.asp

• Talbot County Department of Emergency Services Facebook: https://www.face book.com/talbotdes

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