Howard County Health Department put out the following information on Facebook today:

The following is an update to the situation surrounding the Trader Joe’s in Elkridge:

We have received a lot of questions about the closure of the Trader Joe’s on Marie Curie Drive. Unfortunately, Trader Joe’s reacted hastily and without sufficient detail. They released information regarding the closure of the Elkridge store which was premature and caused many in the community to be unnecessarily concerned. Individuals who have recently visited this location DO NOT need to contact the Health Department unless they have a specific health or medical question about Coronavirus. More information is available at

Reminder: the Health Department is encouraging EVERYONE to stay at home as much as possible, use social distancing if you must go out, frequently wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and clean frequently touched surfaces. These strategies are the best way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.


Obviously the statement above is in reference to Trader Joe’s In Elkridge crew member recently present in the store has either tested positive for COVID-19 or is receiving treatment for a suspected case

My guess is that the problem is maybe this part of the statement from Trader Joe’s: “The Crew Member was last present in the store on March 23, 2020. We encourage customers who visited the store over the 14-day period ending on March 23rd, and have health-related concerns, to contact the Howard County Health Department Coronavirus Information Line: (410) 313-6284.”. Maybe the Howard County Health Department got swamped with incoming calls about this issue after is was widely reported yesterday.

I look at what Trader Joe’s did as a good thing. They appear to be looking out for their employees, customers and community with the actions taken to close the store. I also appreciate the transparency of letting their customers in this area and other areas know what is happening and why.

Have thoughts? Let me know in the comments.

Scott E


  1. TJs did exactly the right thing. Can you imagine the vilification they would endure if they ignored it and later was shown to have not done anything?

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