Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Graphic Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)What You Need to Know about this Virus Outbreak:

***COVID-19 Information Line Hours*** The Coronavirus Information Line will be available from 8:00am-5:00pm - 7 days a week. Call 410-313-6284 for answers to health and medical questions about Coronavirus.


For Howard County Information and Resources related to COVID-19 visit:


CDC now has COVID-19 information pages available in four languages—Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Korean—on its website


Symptoms of Infection with COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

(This virus can cause either mild illness like a cold or can make people very sick with pneumonia.)

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
CDC infographic in English or Spanish.


There are currently no vaccines available to protect against COVID-19 infection. To help prevent illness from this virus you should:

  • Stay home
  • If you have to go out, practice social distancing (stay 6 feet away from others).
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water or use alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or into a tissue.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

CDC Stop the Spread of Germs infographic in English, Spanish or Chinese.

Who Should Get Tested

The Howard County Health Department does NOT determine testing needs, nor order testing for COVID-19. We offer guidance using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria.  Testing is determined by a primary care physician who should follow (CDC) guidelines.

Recommendations for Coronavirus testing and clinician guidance may be found on our Coronavirus Testing page.


There is no specific treatment available for COVID-19. However, if you have traveled or been in close contact with someone who has traveled to affected areas and now have a fever and cough or shortness of breath, you should:

  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room and tell them about your recent travel or contact and your symptoms.
  • Stay home except for seeking medical care and avoid contact with others.


Plan ahead in the case you have to stay home.

  • Have an adequate supply of nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, which could include pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluid with electrolytes and vitamins
  • Check your regular prescription drugs to make sure you have an adequate supply; refill your prescriptions if needed
  • Have a thermometer, tissues and hand sanitizer
  • Have a two-week supply of food available at home

CDC Interim Guidance for Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Home


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Returning Traveler Information

COVID-19 Information for Travel (CDC)

Health Department Specific Questions

For questions specific to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) contact our Coronavirus Information Line at 410-313-6284 between the hours of 8:00a.m. and 5:00p.m. seven (7) days a week. After hours, if you are sick and having a medical emergency dial 911.

Additional Resources and Information:


For more information visit the CDC website or the Maryland Department of Health website.  You can also view the CDC Coronavirus website in Spanish or Chinese. Find additional TRANSLATED MATERIALS from the governor's office of community initiatives.

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Information for Seniors and People at Higher Risk

People at higher risk include: older adults and people with chronic health conditions (i.e. heart disease, diabetes, lung disease).


Howard County Guidance for Public Gatherings


COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Clinician Information

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Information and Guidance for Schools

COVID-19 Information for Parents


COVID-19 (Novel Coronavius) Information for Employers

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Information for Community and Faith-Based Organizations


COVID-19 Information for Pet Owners and Veterinarians


COVID-19 Information for Retirement Communities & Independent Living

County Executive Calvin Ball and Health Officer Dr. Maura J. Rossman host March 15, 2020
news conference to confirm first COVID-19 case in Howard County

 What You Need to Know About Handwashing


Wash Your Hands (for Kids & Adults)


Media Releases/Advisories

3/17/2020 Howard County Health Department Goes Virtual for Many Services
3/16/2020 Three More Cases of COVID-19 in Howard County
1/31/2020 Rabid Cat Found in Ellicott City
1/24/2020 Health Department Monitoring Novel Coronavirus Outbreak from China
1/16/2020 Howard County WIC Program Introduces Telelactation Initiative
10/31/2019 Teen Peer Leadership Program the Next Phase in Youth Suicide Prevention Efforts
8/27/2019 Howard County Health Department Receives National Accreditation
8/13/2019 HCHD Pediatrician Co-Authors National Policy Statement
7/19/2019 Heat Advisory
7/17/2019 Heat Advisory
6/7/2019 A Case of Botulism Identified in Howard County
5/2/2019 Homerun For Recovery Softball Tournament
10-27-2018 Howard County Recovery Walk - Rescheduled
10-24-2018 Howard County Recovery Walk - Cancelled
9-4-2018 Heat Advisory
9-27-2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Tree Pinning Ceremony
8-27-2018  Back to School Vaccination Clinic 
8-27-2018 Public Notification - Darkwood Ct., Jessup MD
7-31-2018  Public Health Crisis Broadens as Fentanyl is Added to Other Drugs
7-20-2018  Teen Health Matters-Teen Health Expo
7-2-2018 Heat Advisory Issued for Howard County
6-15-2018 Public Notification - Update - 4547 Bonnie Branch
5-10-2018  HCHD Receives Four Governor's Citations for Customer Service 
5-10-2018 National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
4-10-2018 STD Awareness Month
2-20-2018  Infant Mortality Rate amongst African-American Infants Fell 60% 
1-11-2018  Public Notification - Sewage Overflow - Hingston
1-2-2018 Public Notification - Sewage Overflow
Food Safety Recalls and Alerts