The Maryland Department of Health has announced that Worcester County has the highest COVID-19 positivity rate in the state.
As of Wednesday, the county’s positivity rate is 8.3 percent, more than double the statewide average positivity rate of 3.3 percent.
The news comes as Governor Larry Hogan announced on Tuesday that with declining COVID-19 cases statewide, Maryland will move into stage three of its economic reopening on Friday, including theaters and outdoor entertainment venues along with higher capacities at retail and religious establishments.
In the Governor’s announcement, he stated local jurisdictions can choose whether to implement stricter measures based on community spread of the virus.
On Tuesday, Worcester County’s most populous summertime jurisdiction, Ocean City announced masks must now be worn on the boardwalk at all times, including the overnight. Mayor Rick Meehan said masks will be available at a booth on Caroline Street and can be obtained from Ocean City Police Officers.