Three Prince George's County residents have fallen ill with coronavirus, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said in an update Tuesday morning.
The first patient, announced via tweet Monday night, is in her 50s and contracted the virus during a trip to Boston Feb. 25-27, Alsobrooks said.
Two additional residents were diagnosed after traveling internationally on a cruise. Alsobrooks said she learned of these cases Tuesday morning.
"The risk to Prince Georgians is very low," said Dr. Ernest Carter, the health officer of the county health department.
This brings Maryland's total number of coronavirus cases to eight.
The patient who traveled to Boston is self-quarantining, along with her family, Alsobrooks said. She does not have children in the public school system and had no contract with children or members of a church.
All three patients are in good condition, Alsobrooks said.
Officials are still determining the exposure risk.
County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said the department is ready to respond and, "Your police officers will protect you."
Officials encouraged good hygiene practices such as regular handwashing, and sanitizing frequently touched surfaces. They asked that you visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and the county health department website.
If your children are ill, keep them home from school, officials said.
If you have questions about the coronavirus, call 301-883-6627. Do not call 911 if you do not have an emergency, officials said.
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