The health officer for Baltimore County — which has one of the highest coronavirus positivity rates in Maryland — has tested positive for the virus.

Gregory Wm. Branch, who is overseeing the county’s pandemic response, said he was experiencing a mild cough and minor voice loss when he decided to get tested at a county clinic. Branch is in self-isolation and continuing to work from home, said county spokesman Sean Naron.

“While I do not know exactly how I contracted the virus, this is a stark reminder of how contagious covid-19 can be,” Branch said in a statement.

In recent weeks, Baltimore County has seen a surge in cases: The county’s seven-day average caseload has shot up from about 50 new daily cases a month ago to at least 180 each day this week.

Source: The Washington Post


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