County Executive Calvin Ball will announce Howard County’s strategy to better understand the scope of COVID-19 spread among the population through serology testing on Thursday, December 3, at 1:30 p.m at Fire Station 8 in Ellicott City. Ball will be joined by Howard County Police Chief Lisa Myers, Fire and Rescue Services Chief Bill Anuszewski, Sheriff Marcus Harris, Fire and Rescue Medical Director Dr. Matthew Levy, and Sheri Lewis from Johns Hopkins APL.

“Serology or antibody testing can provide a glimpse into the extent of COVID-19 infections in the recent-past and are critical to understanding the true prevalence of the virus in communities like ours,” said Ball. “Our serology strategy is three-pronged, first by testing our first responders, then extending that opportunity to all County employees, and ultimately developing a plan to offer serology tests for all our residents. The population study will be especially useful to compare antibodies at the population level once vaccines are widely available. Our approach has always been data-driven and people-informed, and we will continue to search for innovative and efficient ways to mitigate the spread of this virus and ensure our community is safe and healthy.”

WHAT:         Serology Press Conference

WHEN:         Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:       Fire Station 8 – Bethany, 9601 MD-99, Ellicott City, MD

WHO:

  • Calvin Ball, County Executive
  • Chief Lisa Myers, Police Department
  • Chief Bill Anuszewski, Fire and Rescue Services
  • Dr. Matthew Levy, Medical Director, Fire and Rescue Services
  • Sheriff Marcus Harris, Howard County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sheri Lewis, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

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If I am there for this event (always dependent on my work day)…I will attempt to ask the following questions:

  • Will the results of this testing be available on the COVID-19 dashboard? If so, when?
  • Given the significantly rising cases, hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 in Howard County over the past month is the administration discussing or considering reopening rollbacks locally above and beyond what the Governor has already implemented in Maryland up to this point?

Scott E

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  1. Are we going to have more information on the tests? Such as how long antibodies remain if you have been infected? If you test positive for Covid-19 is there a specific timeframe to wait before having serology test? If serology comes back positive how long do antibodies remain? Will serology results be used to decide who gets vaccine first and/or at all? So many questions on this!

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