The Howard County Health Department (HCHD) shared the following post on November 18th:
We’ve established several ways to report violations of the Governor’s or County Executive’s Orders regarding gatherings, distancing, and masks. Start by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling our Coronavirus Information Line: 410-313-6284.
• To report a violation of the Governor’s Executive Orders on face coverings or distancing, or the County Executive’s Orders on gatherings, PRESS 1
• To report an issue with a food service facility, such as a restaurant, bar, or grocery store, PRESS 2
• If you have been contacted by us, or if you need guidance on isolation or quarantine procedures, PRESS 5
• To request food or other resource assistance, PRESS 6
Together, we can #StayCOVIDSafe and crush the curve again here in HoCo.
If you read the comments on that post…wow…just wow. Some people were not happy about this information being shared by a local government agency.
I guess I am of the opinion if you are following the rules set out by the Governor and County Executive you (personally or as a business) will be fine.
On the other hand I can see this being misused. Angry at a business that kicks you out for not following the rules, you now have a phone number and email address to retaliate. I hope the county is smart with what is reported because I bet this reporting system will be used in this way at times. I hope the county actually investigates these reports beyond just getting the call and running out to investigate…because I will bet they will find a number of false reports.
I am super interested in how these reports will be handled and will be reaching out to the HCHD in the near future to learn more about it. Maybe I can setup a Zoom interview to learn more from a representative of this county department.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments.