Coronavirus Update: December 31, 2021

December 31, 2021

Dear Friend,

As the Omicron variant spreads, Maryland is experiencing record levels of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. This is a very concerning trend, and I would like to provide the latest guidance on how to protect yourself, your family and our community through this surge:

  • Practice the 3 W's. Wear your mask, watch your distance and wash your hands.
  • Get the vaccine and booster shot. Getting the vaccine and booster can protect against severe illness, hospitalization and death due to COVID-19. All Marylanders 5 and older are eligible for vaccination. Learn more about vaccine clinics in your area and whether you're eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot.
  • Get tested. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, get tested. Learn more about testing sites and the availability of rapid at-home tests in your area. Right now, it can be hard to find tests and that's frustrating but I encourage you to persevere so that you have the benefit of that information.
  • If you test positive, stay home. If you test positive for COVID-19 - even if you are not experiencing symptoms - isolate. If you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and may or may not have contracted the virus, quarantine to avoid spreading to your neighbors. Learn more about what to do.

Each and every one of us has a part to play in stopping the spread. I am confident that we can get to the other side of this pandemic if we continue to work together.

As always, you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter for additional updates and information about the outbreak.


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John P. Sarbanes
Maryland's Third Congressional District