Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The information provided in this dashboard represents the best data available to the Howard County Health Department at the time of reporting. All data is preliminary and is subject to change based upon additional reporting. To protect the privacy of impacted individuals, data for zip codes with 10 or fewer cases is suppressed.

While the Howard County Health Department strives for data accuracy, it is important to note that data about case counts is influenced by multiple factors, including the availability of testing. Case rates - the number of cases per 10,000 people - provide the most accurate indication of concentration but still do not accurately reflect the spread of the disease.

In Maryland and Howard County, there is evidence of community-spread of coronavirus and individuals who may have coronavirus may be asymptomatic and therefore not counted as a case. Every single Howard County resident needs to continue to practice social distancing, abide by all state and local executive orders, and follow all other recommendations in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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

Health Department COVID-19 Information Line 

The Coronavirus Information Line will be available from 8:00am-5:00pm - Monday - Friday. Call 410-313-6284 for answers to health and medical questions about Coronavirus.


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


Popular Documents & Pages

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


Howard County RISE Reopening Guidance
State of Maryland Phase One Opening Documents
Helping to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus

Coronavirus Prevention for Essential Workers at Home and at Work. Click for pdf.

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Contact TracingContact Tracing Investigation. Make Sure to respond if a Health Department Investigator contacts you. Giving thorough information will help prevent virus spread in you family and the community. If you have questions, call our coronavirus information line at 410-313-6284. The Health Department does NOT share patient information or health status of anyone.  Stopping the Coronavirus One Person at a Time.

What is Contact Tracing? Why does the Health Department need this information?  Who is going to have my information?  Will other people be told my health status?  The following information will answer these questions.

Health Care Organization Requests for PPE 

If you are a health care organization actively treating patients and are in need of PPE, click HERE for the State of Maryland PPE Request form.  When completed, send to  (Please understand that not all requests can be accommodated due to limited supply.) 

For other organizations in need of PPE, an approved PPE vendor list may be found HERE.

Also, we would like to provide this link to the Maryland Manufacturing Network website. This website has a list of vendors that may provide the PPE needed. We highly recommend using this website for your PPE needs as resources are limited and these manufacturers are local, therefore cutting down on shipping and receiving times.

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.)Symptoms of COVID-19: Fever, Cough, Chills, Difficulty Breathing, Muscle Pain, Headache, Loss of Smell/Taste, Sore Throat

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of sense of taste/smell

CDC infographic in English or Spanish.

If you have any of the below emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.


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, stay 6 feet away from others and wear a face covering in retail establishments, grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores and food services facilities, like restaurants.
  • 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 Who Can Get Tested. Click for PDF LinkPrevention (CDC) criteria.  

  • ***NEW*** Recommendations for coronavirus testing  information and clinician guidance may be found on our Coronavirus Testing page.
  • Information about the COVID-19 Columbia VEIP Station Drive-thru Testing site may also be found on the Coronavirus Testing page.

Interactive Map of Maryland COVID-19 Testing Sites

Did you tested positive for COVID-19 and have now recovered from the disease?  The Maryland Department of Health's COVIDConnect is a website for sharing information, promoting action and finding support.  Click HERE for more.


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.


If you are sick at 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

Additional Resources and Information:COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Reusable Bags. Click for PDF version.



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

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).


Guidance for Food Service and Essential Businesses


Howard County Guidance for Public Gatherings


COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Clinician Information

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

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

Health Department Videos

For more COVID-19 related videos, visit the HCHD YouTube page

Maryland Behavioral Health Administration Videos 

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

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