Kent County Health Officer William Webb told the Kent Pilot today that a resident of Heron Point’s independent living community has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, making it Kent County’s fifth confirmed case.

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Heron Point is an over 55 community on nearly 70 acres on the Chester River in Chestertown.

Webb said the test results were reported on April 1 and that contact tracing indicated the individual “had very limited contact within the Heron Point community and the Chestertown community at large.”

He said Heron Point had all its residents “quarantining in place for the vast majority of the time before the individual starting showing symptoms.”

“Heron Point had made programmatic changes to keep everyone in their residences and instituted a number of policies,” he said in a brief phone call. “Our investigation showed the individual had virtually no contact” with anyone before showing symptoms.

Webb stressed the importance of adhering to CDC guidelines to stop the spread of the virus.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Cover your mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • If you are sick, stay home and call your health care provider
  • Practice social distancing — keep distance between yourself and others and avoid crowds