The Kent County Health Department this week began delivering PPE equipment and cleaning supplies to Angelica Nurseries in Kennedyville following a COVID-19 outbreak there that infected 53 employees and hospitalized 5.

“Angelica Nurseries has been working closely with KCHD and a multi agency team of healthcare providers to respond to the situation,” said Kent County Health Officer Bill Webb in a statement released Friday, March 19.” “Management has been fully cooperative and engaged in addressing the healthcare needs of their employees and the risk this poses to the community. Their leadership has been receptive to the guidance offered by the Kent County Health Department, the Maryland Department of Health, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, and Choptank Community Health.”

The statement said that back tracing indicated the outbreak was contained at the nursery and its affiliate locations.

The health department learned of the outbreak from the Choptank Community Health System.

Webb used the statement to warn residents that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over.

“I implore our community to continue to take this virus seriously and be vigilant to prevent its spread,” said Webb. “Continue to wear your mask, maintain at least six feet of distance, wash your hands frequently, and get the vaccine when it is your turn. We have been at this for a year and I know we are all tired of this message, but now is not the time to let down our guard.”

For more information, visit:
Maryland Department of Health covidlink.maryland.gov
Kent County Health Department: Testing offered Tuesdays by appointment- call 410-778-1350 kenthd.org