Situation Reports
(SITREP)

This page provides updates on Caroline County's response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Updates will be posted by 10:00 a.m. the next day. For additional information, you can view all past news releases.

Monday, June 15, 2020

  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation

  • Based on an evaluation of operational tempo and coordination needs, the EOC will lower its activation level to Enhanced beginning Monday, June 22. The EOC will discontinue use of the HAPS building as of Friday and staff still assigned to roles in the EOC will be conducting operations from their normal workstations. Unified Command for this response will dissolve as of Friday and Caroline County Health Department will take the primary lead for COVID-19 public health operations.

  • Caroline County Public Schools food services provided 4,638 students with a total of 13,534 meals for the week of June 13-19th

  • Operations helped plan a second Community Point of Testing in Marydel over the weekend

  • PIO Team will continue messaging and updated COVID numbers. 

  • Logistics is coordinating with the Food Pantry operations to continue services through December. These pop up pantries will be posted on facebook.

  • This is the final SITREP for the Caroline County EOC. 

  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Past SITREPs

Monday, March 16, 2020


Highlights from today's SITREP:

  • Talbot County has reported its first case of COVID-19, which is the first case on the Eastern Shore. The individual did not have travel to foreign countries in their recent history.
  • Stay connected and informed by following this website, the Caroline County Dept of Emergency Services Facebook page, and Caroline County Government Twitter.
  • Register your cell phone with CodeRed, our community emergency alert system.
  • Prevention is critical; maintain frequent hand washing, disinfecting, and social distancing.
  • The EOC remains partially activated.
  • County government, health department, and school system staff made progress on a variety of plans including meal distribution, continuity of operations, testing plans, childcare plans for healthcare providers and emergency personnel, and contingency plans for extended school closures. See full report for details and additional work product.
  • The Governor ordered all restaurants, bars, fitness centers, and theaters closed as of 5:00 p.m. today. Food takeout, drive through, and delivery services remain available.
  • All social, recreational, religious, sporting, and leisure gatherings of more than 50 are prohibited by Executive Order.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Highlights from today's SITREP:

  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation.
  • The County Commissioners declared a local state of emergency. The County is operating at "Level III" and all departments and buildings will be closed to the public as of March 19, 2020.
  • A Continuity of Operations plan was approved by the Commissioners.
  • The Health Department did not directly have any patients requiring testing on 3/17.
  • Caroline Schools distributed 1,442 meals at 18 sites County-wide.
  • The County began implementing a childcare plan for healthcare providers and emergency personnel.
  • The Disinfection Strike Team continues operations at all County buildings.
  • County IT personnel continue to implement telework services.
  • Choptank Community Health System has 14 COVID-19 tests pending, with three additional swabs sent for testing on 3/17.
  • All residents are encouraged to register for emergency alerts.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation. Staffing plans are being developed to improve social distancing within the EOC. The County IT Department is supporting telework setups for EOC staff (as well as regular County departments).
  • Caroline County Government is operating at "Level III." All departments and buildings are closed to the public as of 3/19. Read more here.
  • State offices closed to the public 3/19. Social Services is shifting to telework and responding to emergency service requests.
  • Caroline Schools delivered 630 meals throughout the County. Meals for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be delivered tomorrow (3/19).
  • Caroline Schools are working on instructional plans for potential extended school closures.
  • Carolinecovid19.org went live, along with a Commissioner video announcing the local state of emergency. The video includes ASL, and versions in Spanish and Haitian Creole are available.
  • The Liaison Team continues to work with community partners to develop resources, including translation and interpretation services.
  • A childcare survey was issued to assess the need for services to support healthcare and emergency/essential employees.
  • No additional patients were identified by the Health Department for testing today.
  • Choptank Community Health System contiues testing operations, and received 3 new negative results today. They still have not received any positive test results.
  • All residents are encouraged to register for emergency alerts.
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Thursday, March 19, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation. Beginning Monday, modified, virtual EOC operations will go into effect to facilitate better social distancing. Section heads will work in person, with their teams working remotely. On site staff will be part of a body temperature testing protocol managed by the Health Department.
  • Caroline County Government is operating at "Level III." All departments and buildings are closed to the public as of 3/19. Read more here.
  • The State of Maryland implemented new restrictions to help reduce the spread of the virus, including banning all social gatherings of more than 10 people. See full list of new actions here.
  • Caroline County Public Works continues to implement county-wide disinfection plans.
  • Park signage (English and Spanish) has been created to reinforce safety precautions for playground and open space use. All signs will be posted on 3/24. Content has been shared with all municipalities for their use as well.
  • The Health Department has not directly identified any new cases for testing. Staff will be supporting the Regional Testing Location with two nurses.
  • Caroline Schools distributed a total of 2,523 meals to students to cover Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Caroline Schools has distributed a survey to address technology and access needs for students in the event of extended school closures. Students/families can complete the survey here.
  • The Liaison Team is continues partner coordination, including with Delaware as Caroline County is a contiguous county.
  • Choptank Community Health System continues testing operations, with several test results pending. No positive tests have been received.
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Friday, March 20, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation. Beginning Monday, modified, virtual EOC operations will go into effect to facilitate better social distancing.
  • Caroline County Government is operating at "Level III." All departments and buildings are closed to the public as of 3/19. Read more here.
  • The County PIO Team and IT Department continue to develop plans for hosting future Commissioners meetings via public conference call.
  • The Caroline County Finance Office gained access to the FEMA Grants Portal and explored documentation related to reimbursement of expenses.
  • The Liaison Team developed a survey of towns regarding public meeting plans. They also began working with the faith-based community to provide informational resources about holding virtual services.
  • The EOC Operations Team finalized a letter to health care proviers with information regarding the regional testing site.
  • Caroline Schools continue to develop instructional plans in the event of prolonged school closures, including assessing technology needs.
  • Choptank Community Health System continues to take the lead role in testing locally. CCHS has been identified as a primary referral for emergency and urgent dental work as many local dentist offices are closing.
  • Note: SITREPs are not produced over the weekend. Please visit the News page for the latest updates and information.
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Monday, March 23, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation. The EOC has implemented virtual operations with some staff working from home to facilitate better social distancing. New members were added to the Liaison Team to facilitate increased communication with partners.
  • Governor Hogan announced a new executive order requiring all non-essential businesses to close as of 5PM today.
  • County IT is supporting EOC and regular staff working from home. Finance is tracking EOC expenses that will be eligible for reimbursement.
  • Recreation & Parks continues to develop solutions for childcare for healthcare workers and emergency personnel.
  • The Liaison Team and PIO Team worked to parse, understand, and communicate the details of the Governor's latest executive order.
  • Caroline County Health Department continues to track quarantine measures for the single positive case in the County.
  • The Health Department worked with EMS and the 911 Center to further develop response protocols.
  • Caroline Schools Food Service department continues to deliver meals throughout the community. Instructional staff continues to develop plans in the event of prolonged school closures.
  • Choptank Community Health System continues to take the lead role in testing locally. They are still waiting for many pending test results.
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Tuesday, March 24, 202


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation. All EOC positions will switch to virtual (telework) over the course of the week.
  • County HR, IT, and Finance departments continue to support staff working in the EOC and conducting County business remotely.
  • The testing facility at Chesapeake College did not operate today. Testing will resume tomorrow. Note: A doctor's note is required for testing at the College.
  • Caroline Schools Food Service department continues to deliver meals throughout the community. Instructional staff continues to develop plans in the event of prolonged school closures. The CCPS IT Department is developing a technology distribution plan to maximize safety.
  • The Liaison Team is reaching out to businesses that have been required to close that may have personal protective equipment (PPE - i.e. masks) such as nail salons, hair salons, tattoo parlors, etc. to ask if they will sell it for redistribution to response personnel.
  • The PIO team is addressing concerns related to homemade masks to address the PPE shortage. Although Maryland Department of Health guidance does not recommend homemade masks, there is some support for making the masks in the community.
  • The EOC Operations Team continues to work on essential personnel screening/exposure protocol, as well as pandemic viral protocol.
  • The Liaison Team and Planning Team are working to address food distribution to vulnerable populations.
  • Choptank Community Health System continues to take the lead role in testing locally. They are still waiting for many pending test results.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation. All EOC positions will switch to virtual (telework) over the course of the week.
  • IT continues to support virtual operations. The Zoom conference call mobile app has proven to be a useful tool.
  • The regional testing center at Chesapeake College continued operations today, but was unable to provide a breakdown of Caroline residents who received testing. In total, 40 tests were conducted today. The testing center will resume operations on Friday. A doctor's order is required to receive testing.
  • Caroline Schools have reacted quickly to the State Superintendent's announcement of prolonged closures. Staff is finalizing technology purchases and distribution to facilitate virtual instruction.
  • The Liaison Team is continuing to reach out to closed businesses who may be able to sell PPE.
  • Calls have been received regarding excessive gatherings, which have also been reported in other jurisdictions.
  • The Operations Team finalized a variety of protocols related to screening, exposure, and PPE.
  • Choptank Community Health System did not report any new positive tests today. Telehealth services are active and have facilitated 86 patient care sessions so far.
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Thursday, March 26, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation.
  • County IT, HR, and Finance departments continue to support EOC operations.
  • The regional testing center at Chesapeake College will be by appointment only on Monday due to limited testing supplies.
  • Caroline Schools distributed 900 meals across the county today. CCPS IT personnel are finalizing technology distribution plans to support learning at home. Distribution will begin next week.
  • The Liaison Team is continuing to reach out to closed businesses who may be able to sell PPE. They are also building a database of all businesses in order to reach out and provide information while their businesses are closed.
  • The Liaison Team is also building a database of vulnerable individuals who may require food service. The database has over 700 entries so far.
  • The Operations Team developed a risk reduction plan for CCPS personnel distributing technology to students.
  • The Logistics Team has noted that thermometers are in short supply like other medical equipment. If you know of a source of thermometers, please email outreach@carolinemd.org.
  • Choptank Community Health System did not report any new positive tests today. They are seeing many patients whose previous providers are not testing, have shut down, or are not accepting new patients. CCHS continues to provide services enrolled in the school-based health program, even if they aren't the child's primary care provider.
  • This is the final SITREP for the week. The next SITREP will cover Monday, March 30th.
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Monday, March 30, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation.
  • The Governor issued a Stay-At-Home order for all Marylanders. This order closes all non-essential businesses not defined in current guidance from the State.
  • Finance & Logistics Teams are developing a workflow to track and distribute donations. The County is seeking donations of PPE and sewn facemasks. Visit the Donate page for details on how you can help.
  • HR is developing individual letters for Essential Employees to carry while traveling to and from work.
  • Caroline County has its fourth positive case. The Health Department continues to monitor and is participating in planning for Alternative Care Sites with regional partners.
  • Caroline Schools issued information about school parking lots serving as wireless hotspots. 348 pieces of tech equipment were distributed to students. Over 1,000 meals were distributed across 23 county-wide sites.
  • The PIO team is developing messaging for an "Act Like You Have It" approach to the community spread of the virus.
  • Choptank Community Health System has 44 pending tests. Their Eaton Pediatrics location is set to begin telehealth.
  • Law Enforcement is coordinating alternative housing arrangements for officers may be exposed and cannot return home.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation.
  • The County HR Department issued letters to Essential Personnel to carry when traveling to and from work.
  • Caroline Schools will continue technology and meal distribution throughout the week.
  • The Liaison Team is continuing to work with a variety of stakeholders including municipalities, restaurants and other small businesses, grocery stores, and faith-based establishments. They are also developing a Volunteer Management plan.
  • The PIO Team implemented "Act Like You Have It" messaging to emphasize that COVID-19 has reached community spread and anyone could be a carrier of the virus, even if they feel perfectly healthy.
  • The Operations Team is developing communications protocols with long-term care facilities.
  • Choptank Community Health System has 44 pending tests across a three-county region. Their Eaton Pediatrics location is set to begin telehealth.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation.
  • The Caroline Health Department provided cumulative testing stats: 87 negative tests, 4 positives, 17 pending. The Health Department is continuing to work with a long-term care facility that submitted tests.
  • Queen Anne's County is coordinating a Regional Transition Care Center in conjunction with Shore Regional Health.
  • Caroline Schools distributed over 2,000 student meals and 17 senior meals. The Continuity of Learning website is nearly ready and will go live tonight or tomorrow morning.
  • The Liaison Team received new interpretive guidance from the state regarding faith-based organizations. They have also updated the list of senior shopping hours at grocery stores and pharmacies.
  • The Salvation Army will deliver 100+ food boxes to seniors beginning tomorrow.
  • The PIO Team is working with Recreation & Parks to develop clarifying messaging and signage about people taking walks and engaging in outdoor activity. Walks and outdoor exercise are encouraged as long as people are maintaining proper physical distancing.
  • Daycare space for children of Essential Employees is more limited after several daycares have retracted. Daycares should already have specified medical equipment, primarily an ear/forehead thermometer, as part of their licensure.
  • Choptank Community Health System had a new positive test today. NOTE: This individual is a Delaware resident who was tested at a Choptank location in Caroline County.
  • The majority of Social Services staff will be transitioning from administrative leave to telework.
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Thursday, April 2, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation.
  • Maryland Department of Health has provided modeling that indicates the initial 90-day response timeline may need to be extended. Additional details will follow when there is more information.
  • The Caroline Health Department reported cumulative testing stats: 99 negative tests, 4 positives, 2 recovered, and 21 pending
  • Caroline Schools launched the Continuity of Learning website that provides students with numerous resources to prepare for online learning. The final day of technology distribution is Monday, April 6th. All Kindergarten through 2nd Grade students will receive a pre-loaded device.
  • The Operations Team reviewed the COVID-19 Regional Surge Plan and outlined the resources that may be required from the Caroline County Health Department.
  • The Operations Team provided guidance to a variety of organizations including Benedictine School, Volunteer Fire & EMS, and others.
  • The Logistics Team is expecting a delivery of PPE tomorrow. Some homemade masks have been distributed to CNAs working with DSS. These masks will be exchanged for surgical masks better suited for medical personnel working with seniors.
  • Choptank Health is actively working with Law Enforcement Agencies regarding a public individual who altered their test results to indicate positive, resulting in the individual's employer to close their business. Methods are being discussed to monitor and deter such actions.
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Friday, April 3, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation.
  • The Governor held a press conference to summarize ongoing efforts in response to COVID-19. No additional measures were announced to expand/enforce the stay-at-home order, but all Marylanders were urged to continue their individual duty to help stop the spread.
  • President Porter briefed the EOC on the Commissioners' efforts to identify funding to support volunteer fire companies, whose fundraising abilities have been severely limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Caroline County Health Department cumulative testing testing stats: 109 negative tests, 6 positives, 2 recovered, 25 pending
  • The Health Officer participated in a walk-through of the Alternative Care Site. The site could bring on 100 - 150 additional beds depending on care requirements.
  • Surge models forecast a timeline of late-April or early-May for peak in our area. The Health Officer emphasized such models are not predictive, but rather forecasts that help guide the response in Caroline County.
  • Caroline Schools staff have been working hard to gear up for Continuity of Learning, which will begin Monday.
  • The Liaison Team undertook a variety of tasks including assisting a small business with navigating the SBA application and providing messaging about senior meals, among other activities.
  • The PIO Team launched its first positive messaging effort to recognize the hard work and altruism of Caroline County residents and businesses.
  • The Planning Section began working on an economic recovery plan, as well as short-term and long-term EOC planning.
  • Choptank Community Health reported its cumulative system-wide testing stats: 183 total tests, 4 positive, 134 negative, 45 still pending
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Monday, April 6, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation.
  • Maryland Department of Health notified local jurisdictions that address/location information about positive COVID-19 cases may not be shared with Emergency Services due to HIPAA and Maryland confidentiality provisions.
  • Caroline County has 12 positive cases, 2 of which have recovered. The Health Department reports 149 negative tests with 6 pending. The Regional Testing Center has tested 252 people total, 33 of whom were from Caroline County.
  • Choptank Health reported their cumulative testing stats for the region: 198 tests, 7 positive, 174 negative, 17 pending. 9 of these pending tests are from Caroline County.
  • Caroline Schools began distance-learning for students in grades 3 - 12. Meal distribution continues as well, serving 1,213 children.
  • The Liaison Team continues to work on a variety of projects, including senior meal distribution and messaging regarding access to food banks.
  • The Operations Section began reviewing the Health Department's Mass Fatality Plan.
  • The HR Department reported on legislative changes that impact employee benefits related to Flexible Spending Accounts and medical leave.
  • Social Services reported increased applications for services, primarily SNAP benefits. CPS cases have not increased, likely due to children not physically attending schools where teachers are able to pay close attention to children's well-being and report concerns.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation.
  • The Governor instructed the Maryland Department of Health to provide all available demographic data allowable by HIPAA. He also signed a delegation of authority to local health officers, providing them with stronger enforcement powers to shut down businesses that may be operating in a manner that risks public health.
  • Caroline Health Department cumulative stats: 156 negative tests, 12 positives, 2 recovered, 13 pending. The Regional Testing Center did not operate today. Choptank Health tested an additional 9 Caroline County patients.
  • The health department has received 56 test kits to use in the event of an outbreak at long-term care facilities.
  • Caroline Schools served meals to 925 children and 47 seniors today.
  • Caroline County will begin issuing a "density map" that shows number of positive cases within the county by zip code. The map will be published on the homepage of this website.
  • The Logistics section received a limited number of non-contact thermometers, which were prepared for distribution to requesting agencies.
  • Choptank Health is implementing plans for non-clinical staff to wear cloth face masks while at work.
  • The Department of Social Services at the State level is developing a plan for situations in which a parent falls ill and cannot care for their child. Local DSS also holds guardianship for multiple seniors and is working to identify solutions for these individuals.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2020


Highlights from today's SITREP:

  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation.
  • Caroline County Health Department Cumulative stats: 189 negative tests, 13 positives, 2 recovered, 3 pending.
  • Caroline County Schools served 955 kids, and 48 seniors, total of 2,865 meals.
  • Caroline County Schools Superintendent spoke to Senators Van Hollen and Carden to discussion locating funding for schools.
  • Caroline County published first county zip code density map for COVID-19 cases. This PIO team will continue to define formal procedures for updating map data and messaging around this product
  • Choptank Community Health is awaiting additional news regarding the CARES Act which may positively benefit their operations.
  • Choptank Community Health stats: 220 total tests. 181 Negative, 1 positive and 31 pending cases.
  • The Liaison team developed messaging for Churches regarding Easter Sunday services while operating under the Stay-at- Home Order.
  • Planning section assisted Department of Emergency Services Director with scheduling interviews for high school seniors, who are offered an annual scholarship from the State Emergency Management Association. Deadline to apply is June 6, 2020.
  • Logistics section worked on plans memorandum of understanding for warehousing and non-congregate sheltering spaces.
  • All Zoom users are advised to update their Zoom application for latest software updates
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Thursday, April 9, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • The Caroline County Health Department Cumulative stats: 194 negative tests, 17 positives, 2 recovered, 5 pending.
  • Caroline County Health Department Health Officer participated in a statewide Health Officer Call and promoted the strong risk communication our EOC is accomplishing through the COVID-19 Zip Code map.
  • Caroline County Schools provided meals to 1,148 students, equaling 5,740 meal packs. 1,065 weekend backpacks were also distributed.
  • Caroline County Schools reports positive experiences with online learning. Improvements were identified, but parents and students maintain their patience and support for CCPS.
  • The Emergency Manager and Operations Section were successful in their research on data sources for the MDH COVID-19 Map. Caroline County was informed that MDH has assigned an epidemiologist to our region who can help address concerns more effectively and timely.
  • Logistics Section received a donation of 3D Printed face shields from the Caroline County Library System. Thanks to the Library’s machinery and Maker’s Space. The first round of masks were delivered to agencies in need today.
  • The Department of Housing and Development contacted the Finance Office regarding federal funding to assist homeless shelters. Among the 5 counties, Caroline county will receive $150,000 in funding to support our efforts with the Homeless Population.
  • Choptank Community Health received a grant from CARES Act through HRSA for $1,000,000 This funding will assist in operations, since the pandemic has resulted in a significant drop in patient visits in medical, dental, and school based programs; as well as provide resources to help them continue to respond to COVID-19.
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Monday. April 13, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • The Caroline County Health Department reviewed new guidance and details regarding the State’s Go Teams for Long-Term Care Facility. The teams are not intended to supplant Long-Term Care Facility management. Instead, the teams, if requested, will assess operations and propose alterations to assist these facilities. Requests for Go-Teams must be made through the Local Jurisdiction’s EOC for a given facility.
  • Liaison Team Discussed a social media issue involving a major retailer in the County. Numerous elements of false information were being spread about the business. Corrective messaging and a community effort have helped correct this misinformation.
  • Public Information Officer met with Health Department Communicable Disease personnel to review daily case reporting process. CCHD is reviewing the processes and will follow up with the PIO Team.
  • Operations Section met virtually with Volunteer Fire Company Leaders and EMS Captains to reiterate screening and exposure protection, as well as ensuring they are receiving PPE Supplies.
  • Logistics Section continued to work with the County Attorney to Finalize MOU’s for Non-Congregate Sheltering for Essential Employees.
  • The Caroline County Health Department Cumulative stats: 247 negative tests, 22 positives, 6 recovered, 3 pending.
  • Choptank Community Health Stats: 272 total tests, 234 negative and 16 pending (Note: Choptank stats are across their service area and include reporting for their locations in Talbot and Dorchester Counties.)
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page .
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Tuesday. April 14, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Emergency Services Director provided briefing to Commissioners during their meeting on revised EOC objectives and Unified Command Priorities.
  • The PIO Team is researching and learning new video production software in order to produce more content within the County.
  • Operations Section met with the Subject Matter Expert on multiple topics today. Worked with the EMS Division and Choptank Community Health to develop a
  • triage protocol which diverts non-critical patients to Choptank instead of overwhelming emergency departments or creating surge.
  • An anonymous chalk artist visited the Federalsburg Choptank Community Health System location last night and left uplifting, positive messages for the many CCHS Staff working to help the community.
  • Choptank Community Health 293 tests across the board. Caroline County specific numbers: 193 total tests, 157 negative, 20 positive, and 16 pending. (Note: Choptank stats are across their service area and include reporting for their locations in Talbot and Dorchester Counties.)
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • The Caroline County Health Department received the Regional Test Site numbers. The Chesapeake College site has tested a total of 344 people with 43 being Caroline County residents.
  • Governor Hogan held a press conference to announce progress and new actions being taken at the State-level. Maryland is beginning to see positive signs as a result of social distancing and the Stay-at-Home order. A new executive order was signed which will require the wearing of masks for face coverings when inside any retail establishments or when riding on any form of public transportation in Maryland. This order applies to both businesses, employees, and consumers. This order will go into effect on Saturday April 18, 2020.
  • Caroline County Public Schools delivers meals to 997 students for a total of 2,991 meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner. 38 senior citizens were severed boxed meals totally in 1,430 meals for the week.
  • Liaison team and PIO conducted calls for census outreach to the Haitian-Creole population for information that will help the County address the vulnerable and hard to reach populations.
  • Operations participated in several meetings regarding the Caroline County Health Departments Crisis Management Plan
  • Operations updated screening portals for Caroline County Public Schools based on new CDC guild lines.
  • Planning section delivered a guest lecture to CTC Homeland Security Students regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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Thursday, April 16, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Public Schools Food Service operated at 26 sites today and report 1,194 students were served meals, equaling 3,582 meals total. 42 senior citizens were served a total of 126 meals.
  • The Salvation Army delivered 115 boxes of food to seniors today.
  • The PIO Team participated in the multiple discussions regarding the Haitian-Creole population. The PIO Team is working to craft culturally competent messaging for these communities.
  • The Liaison Team messaged new funding opportunities and resources to the whole community. Nation-wide, many foundations are offering financial assistance, grants, or funding to small businesses. This is important as the Small Business Administration has exhausted its funding and is not accepting new applications for some programs.
  • The Liaison Team is Working to identify ways the faith-based community can celebrate the National Day of Prayer.
  • Operations Section updated a draft of the mandatory isolation protocols.
  • Operations worked with Caroline County Public Schools to review PPE use and protection for Food Service workers.
  • Caroline County agencies hosted a regional coordination call to share information and learn more about the increase in cases among Haitian community, the populations impacted, and how other jurisdictions are responding.
  • Choptank Community Health reports 321 tests across their entire enterprise (includes Talbot and Dorchester). For Caroline County, 209 total tests conducted. 168 are negative, 25 positive, and 16 and still pending.
  • Choptank Community Health was recognized and applauded for their fast recognition and reporting of increase in cases among the Haitian community. CCHS’s fast action has enabled a prompt response and alerted for the need for coordination among the entire Delmarva Peninsula.
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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Monday, April 20, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • The County’s response to COVID-19 case clusters and outbreak continues. Multiple EOC partners and affiliated agencies are discussing mitigation strategies for the growing case count in the southern portion of Caroline County and among the Haitian-Creole/Hispanic demographic.
  • Caroline County Public Schools provided meals to 1,265 students, equaling 3,795 meals. This number includes 55 bundled meals for students with disabilities or who live greater distances from daily delivery sites. 199 seniors received meals, equaling 1,990 meals. 42 Seniors were served bundled meal kits, equaling 126 meals.
  • PIO Team worked on additional messaging for non-English speaking communities, including working to identify influencers who could support our messaging in the Spanish-speaking communities.
  • Liaison Team successfully connected with a Hispanic Church that serves the Marydel community.
  • Liaisons provided food service safety guidance to local businesses. This guidance has already generated positive exchanges with food service businesses on how they can operate safely and comply with regulations
  • Operations Section participated in mitigation discussion regarding the rising case count in Federalsburg.
  • Choptank Community Health reports 351 tests across the region. Caroline County, 230 total test conducted. 185 negatives, 33 positives, and 12 pending
  • Choptank continues their proactive involvement in developing culturally competent communications
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Health Department, Test figures were updated and now reflect 353 total tested. 307 negative, 46 positive, 11 recovered, and 0 pending.
  • Public Information Team publicly reported the first case in the northern region of Caroline County. More details are included in the Operations Section of this report.
  • Liaison Team worked on senior feeding and food panty-related tasks/discussion
  • Liaison Team worked with EOC Staff on rumor control regarding a Federalsburg-area restaurant that experienced a positive case. Follow-up with this establishment revealed that the business has taken all appropriate steps and measures.
  • Liaisons worked with Finance Section on the County small business loan program.
  • Operations Section participated in multiple calls and discussions revolving around Mass Testing. Planning efforts are underway given yesterday’s news of 500,000 test kits arriving in the State of Maryland.
  • Planning Section All Burn Rate Calculations are current as of this report and have been submitted to MEMA. Some calculations were corrected due to data not being reported properly.
  • Finance Section is working on coordinating comprehensive plan related to CARES Act funding.
  • Logistic section secured 250 test kits for Caroline County.
  • Choptank Community Health reports depleted their available test kit inventory today but will be resupplied by tomorrow with the new inventory (250 kits).
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Health Department, Test figures were updated and now reflect 373 total tested. 318 negative, 55 positive, 11 recovered, and 4 pending.
  • Caroline County Health Officer provided an update on the Regional Test Site. The Test Site has logged 491 tests. Of the 491, 70 tests were Caroline County residents which constitutes 14%.
  • Caroline County Health Department participated in the MDH Call to discuss the outbreak on the Delmarva Peninsula. Additional weekly conference calls are scheduled to assess the situation.
  • Caroline County Public Schools provided meals for 969 students for a total of 2,907 meals.
  • Public Information Team provided an update to the State PIO on County efforts to reach the non-English speaking and hard to reach populations.
  • Public Information Officer and the County Administrator participated in a conference call with MACo. The call provided good clarification on coverable vs non-coverable expenses through the CARES Act. Some local health departments may become overwhelmed if required to administer CARES Fund. Caroline County will develop a formal request to manage CARES Funding.
  • Liaisons Team worked on developing facemask required signage for businesses in multiple languages. The signage will help with compliance concerns.
  • Operations Section continues discussions and planning efforts for Mass Testing.
  • Logistics successfully obtained PPE after picking up supplies from Baltimore City.
  • Logistics is Working to escalate the food service in the county; Specifically improving Senior Food Service and new opportunities for residents who fall in-between the age ranges for meals.
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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Monday, April 27, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Health Department have tested 440 with 371 negative and 69 positive. 31 recovered and 6 pending
  • Caroline County Health Department continues to monitor the issue surrounding the poultry industry
  • Caroline County Public School served 1,211 students, equaling 3,633 meals total, 50 of which were bundles. 59 senior citizens were also served meals, equaling 177 meals total.
  • Caroline County Public Schools is organizing yard signs to be made for each senior to recognize them despite not being in school.
  • PIO Team worked on community testing plan and messaging needed to support the plan.
  • Liaison Team identified 700 seniors to get messaging out about food services through Caroline County Public Schools
  • Operations Section focused on details of a community testing plan for a targeted population
  • Choptank Community Health reports 351 tests across the region. Caroline County, 230 total test conducted. 185 negatives, 33 positives, and 12 pending
  • Choptank continues their proactive involvement in developing culturally competent communications.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Health Department has tested a total of 446 with 375 negative, 70 positive 31 recovered and 6 pending.
  • Caroline County Public Schools provided 2,973 meals to students and 117 meals to senior citizens.
  • Public Information Team worked on communications and messaging to support CPOT operations.
  • Liaison team briefed Commissioners on Small Business Assistance Program.
  • Liaison team has developed a program that will benefit the business community
  • Logistics team continued to work on a plan to distribute food to the community and develop plan for temporary shelter/housing to individuals with communal living arrangements.
  • Choptank Community Health is scheduled to participate in additional Delmarva Poultry Task Force meetings
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  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.




Wednesday, April 29. 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Health Department has tested a total of 471. 397 negatives, 74 positives and 40 recovered.
  • Caroline County Public Schools is working with the State to collect paper packets from students who do not have access to internet or technology for evaluation. Roughly 20% of students are currently completing schoolwork via paper packet.
  • PIO Team will have the Caroline County Courthouse illuminated in blue lights Friday through Sunday for Healthcare Workers Appreciation Day
  • Liaison Team conducted messaging to the faith-based community on the National Day of Prayer
  • Liaison Team has worked on a reverse-call to be placed to 600 seniors surveying their needs for no-cost meal service.
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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Thursday, April 30, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Health Department has tested a total of 487 labs received. 411 negative, 75 positive, 43 recovered, and 4 pending.
  • Caroline County Public Schools CCPS Food Service personnel operated at 24 sites.1,002 students were served a total 3,006 meals. 45 seniors received a total of 135 meals.
  • PIO Team would like to relay the following resource. Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health has launched a website for synthesized communications guidance. https://covid19communicationnetwork.org/
  • Liaison Team compiled new list of building and trade businesses
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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Monday, May 4, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Health Department and Choptank Community Health Systems facilitated a Community Point of Testing (CPOT) Operation to address testing needs among the Poultry Industry Workers residing in southern Caroline County
  • Caroline County Health Department has tested a total of 563. 473 negatives and 90 positives. Currently there are 52 recovered and 142 pending (CPOT Test Kits account for the sudden increase in pending cases)
  • Caroline County Public Schools provided meals to 1,267 students at 22 sites, equaling a total of 3,801 meals
  • Caroline County Public Schools are planning for graduation ceremony alternatives
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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Tuesday, May 5, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Health Department has tested a total of 573 with 481 negatives, 92 positives and 55 recovered
  • Caroline County Public Schools served a total of 1,170 students equaling 3,510 meals.
  • Public Information Team finalized documents from CPOT operations and continued to compile feedback from the testing site
  • Public Information is developing a “feel good” campaign to provide the public with positives details of the response and major accomplishments of all agencies involved in the COVID-19 response
  • Liaison Team continued to call seniors to grow enrollment for meal delivery programs
  • Liaison Team is researching Spanish and Haitian-Creole translation services to identify which ones are active on the Eastern Shore and would provide services to Caroline County
  • Choptank Community Health is working with the Operations Section to identify potential locations for another CPOT operation
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Health Department test figures reflect a total of 589 tested, 495 negatives, 94 positives, 57 recovered and 142 pending (CPOT Operations)
  • Caroline County Public Schools provided meals to 1,052 students at 23 sites totaling 3,00 meals. In the upcoming weeks the school will soon reach over 100,00 meals served throughout the entire COVID-19 response.
  • Public Information Team finalized their review of the CPOT operations. The information will be integrated into the After-Action Report (AAR).
  • Public Information Team is continuing to work on “Feel Good” posts which highlights the positive moments of Caroline County’s response.
  • Liaison Team is working with faith-based community has led additional seniors being enrolled
  • Caroline County Department of Social Services is working with logistics team to address food concerns for the general public.
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  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.




Thrusday, May 7, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Health Department has tested a total of 623 with 524 negatives, 99 positives and 59 recovered
  • Public Information Team met with Choptank Community Health to discuss a new line of sotries which will be published on a rolling basis called "Caroline Cares". These stories, as discussed will highlight partnerships that have formed due to COVID-19 and the hard work of all involved.
  • Public Information is developing a “feel good friday" shout out post will recognize Childcare providers in the County.
  • Liaison Team continued to call seniors to grow enrollment for meal delivery programs
  • Liaison Team is researching Spanish and Haitian-Creole translation services to identify which ones are active on the Eastern Shore and would provide services to Caroline County
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org
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Monday, May 11, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Health Department has tested a total of 896 with 749 negatives, 147 positives and 59 recovered
  • Caroline County Public Schools served a total of 1,166 students equaling 3,498 meals.
  • Operations worked with school nurses on contact tracing
  • Operations Section continues to review forms/documentation in preparation for next CPOT Operations. Date and location to be determined)
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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Tuesday May 12, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Health Department test figures reflect 147 positive and 75 recovered.
  • Caroline County Health Department and Unified Command have acknowledged the lack of consistency in testing data available from NEDSS and MDH. Moving forward, the EOC will report figures based upon the Maryland Department of Health datasets.
  • Caroline County Public Schools provided meals to 1,310 students at 23 sites totaling 3,930 meals.
  • Caroline County Public Schools conducted modified graduation ceremony for Colonial Richardson High School seniors.
  • Public Information published an updated news release from the CDC regarding updated symptoms
  • Public Information will be publishing multiple posts and resources because May is Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Operations is updating uniform documentation and forms which will be used in the next CPOT (Community Point of Testing)
  • Liaison Team and Logistics team are working on faster ways to deliver resources to families in need of supplies.
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Public Information Team updated social media and continues to publish official news releases regarding changes in reporting methodology. Changes are due to lag time in data from County to State
  • Public Information Team is working with Operations to finalize all printed material for next CPOT (Community Point of Testing)
  • Public Information Team is working on news release urging residents to continue taking precautions despite quarantine fatigue.
  • Planning assisted Operations by conducting N95 fit testing for Public Works employees
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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Monday, May 18, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Government has initiated Phase 1 of the County’s reopening. This phase of reopening includes the lifting of previous restrictions outlined in Governor Hogan’s recent announcement. Caroline County public parks are open with the exception of playgrounds, outdoor exercise equipment, basketball courts, as well as temporary and permanent restroom facilities
  • The Maryland Department of Health Map now reports 200 cases in Caroline County
  • Caroline County Public Schools provided meals to 1,383 students at 26 sites totaling 4,149 meals.
  • Caroline County Public Schools also provided a five day meal supply to 316 seniors equaling 3,160 meals (lunch and Dinner).
  • Public Information published a news article regarding PMIS(Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome) in children
  • Operations Developed a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet for Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children
  • Liaison Team and Logistics team are working on faster ways to deliver resources to families in need of supplies.
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  • All residents are encouraged to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.




Tuesday, May 19, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Health Department provided testing figures for 208 positives cases, 973 negative, 117 recovered.
  • Caroline County Public School Food Services Staff provided 1,100 students with 3,330 meals at 23 sites.
  • PIO Team and Liaison Team finalized the first phase of Caroline County’s recovery outreach plan
  • PIO Team announced new branding to replace Caroline Cares; with Team Caroline, which will be a serious of upbeat articles regarding Caroline County’s response to COVID-19
  • All residents are encouraged to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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Wednesday, May 20. 2020


  • Caroline County Health Department CCHD provided updated COVID-19 figures - 210 positive cases, 977 negative, 123 recovered.
  • Carpline County Public Schools Updated CCPS Food Service figures were not available at the time of this report.
  • The PIO Team continued development of “Team Caroline” stories.
  • Outreach materials for African-American communities are currently being printed and prepared for distribution.
  • The County COVID-19 website was updated with new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) information regarding pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome.
  • In honor of EMS Week, the PIO team recognized DES EMS providers from A and B shift. Providers from C and D will be recognized in a post tomorrow.
  • Lead Liaison Officer Bowden participated in an Economic Development Advisory Board meeting to obtain insight from various businesses with impacts ranging from minor to significant.
  • The Liaison Team continues to identify potential locations which can accommodate the Economic Recovery Team and their operations.
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Thursday, May 21, 2020


  • Caroline County Health Department reported 210 postive cases, 977 negative and 123 recovered.
  • Caroline County Public Schools participated in a Statewide superintend conference call
  • and are activily discussing virtual operations should they continue into the 2020-2021 schoo year with virtual learning.
  • PIO Team updated FAQ on website and honored EMS and DES teams for Emergency Medical Services Appreciation week
  • Operations section has gone virtual and will continue to work with Health Department and CPS nurses
  • Planning Section is working on PPE burn rate for long term care facilities
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Health Department provided testing figures for 243 positives cases, 1,200 negative, 150 recovered.
  • PIO Team worked with Liaisons on economic development. A meeting is scheduled tomorrow to discuss the next steps of business recovery. Working on a distribution plan for new outreach materials for African American communities.
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  • Liaison Team worked with Health Department to address businesses and events on normal operations
  • Logistics Reported 1,000 produce boxes were distributed to families this weekend at local pantries.
  • All residents are encouraged to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.




Wednesday, May 27, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Food Services provided a total of 3,720 meals to a total of 1,240 students at 24 sites. 100 children were served a total of 300 meals at Aaron's Place pantry. 306 seniors were provided meals for next week, totaling 3,060 meals.
  • Logistics conducted PPE deliveries and coordinated future deliveries from MDH.
  • Logistics worked on methodology for senior meal reimbursement and budgeting.
  • All residents are encouraged to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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Monday, June 1, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Public Schools participated in a superintendent’s conference call with MSDE which advocated for consistency among districts how schools resume operations next year. E.g. maximum occupancy of school buses, etc.
  • Caroline County Health Department reported the first confirmed death due to COVID-19 in Caroline County this past weekend.
  • Caroline County Health Department reported new statistics from MDH. 260 positive cases. The MDH website now reports testing and positivity rates by local jurisdiction:
  • Caroline County has conducted 1,891 tests, equaling 5.1% of the county population.
  • The positive test rate in Caroline County is 6.5%, a comparable figure to other jurisdictions such as Harford County.
  • PIO Team published press release regarding a COVID-19 death over the weekend.
  • Signage is being developed in preparation for County facilities that initiate reopening
  • Caroline County Economic Development launched the Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program today (1 JUNE). At the time of this report, Economic Development has received 16 requests for information/paper applications and 13 completed applications. Interactions between applicants and the application process have been positive.
  • Choptank Community Heath Systems is working with migrant partners to support COVID-19 prevention efforts. Testing is being conducted as needed and or/requested.
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  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.




Thursday, June 4, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Public Schools reported successful graduation videos for both North Caroline High School and Colonel Richardson High School.
  • Operations sections helped with additional safety inspections for Caroline County Offices
  • PIO Team communicated the cancellation of Summerfest 2020
  • Logistics planned a pop-up food pantry at Federalsburg Elementary School on June 5th and 6th.
  • Recovery Team announced 28 Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant applications have been submit in Caroline County
  • Choptank Community Health is working to reopen additional medial services
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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Monday, June 8, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Health Department is scheduled to receive a shipment of PPE (gowns) tomorrow. This shipment is part of a multi-jurisdiction cooperative purchase of much needed supplies.
  • Caroline County Public Schools provided 1,793 students meals today at 24 sites, equaling 5,379 meals total. This number includes 47 bundled meals. In addition, 295 seniors received a total of 2,950 meals.
  • Operations Section assisted with additional safety inspections of County Department offices.
  • The PIO Team Conducted daily updates on all social media accounts. Caroline County now owns the COVID-19 Site
  • The PIO Team Communicated with the Star Democrat on a series of positive stories which will be printed over the next few weeks.
  • Logistics Section thanked all the staff and volunteers that helped with the pop-up food pantry operations on June 6th. 606 county residents were provided meals and 1,000 produce boxes were distributed.
  • Recovery Section reports 36 total applications have been received for the small business grant and 9 applications have been approved.
  • Choptank Community Health is planning to reopen by appointment only basis for patients.
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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Thursday, June 11, 2020


  • The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at partial activation
  • Caroline County Health Department reported that a total of 1,340 people were tested at the Chesapeake College Regional Testing Site, which is now closed.
  • Caroline County Public Schools reported a total number of 3,504 meals and 993 backpacks were delivered.
  • PIO Team published several messages regarding the Governor's new orders
  • Logistics is planning another pop-up food pantry Saturday at Giving Grace from 9-11 am.
  • Recovery, Economic Development has reported 44 small business grant applications have been submitted to the County.
  • All residents are encourage to register for emergency alerts, which can be done by visiting www.carolinecovid19.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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