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Anne Arundel County identifies its first presumptive positive COVID-19 case

Officials say the resident is a woman in her 70s who was visiting Anne Arundel County from Montana.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A Montana resident visiting Anne Arundel County has tested positive for COVID-19, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday.

According to officials, the resident is a woman in her 70s who contracted the virus out of state during travel to an area where coronavirus is present. Officials are said she was tested at an Anne Arundel County hospital.

While Hogan said this classifies as a Montana case, Maryland Health and Anne Arundel County Health officials are leading the investigation.

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"Once we became aware of this case, we acted swiftly to coordinate with officials both here in Anne Arundel County and in Montana," Hogan said. "I continue to urge Marylanders to stay informed, and follow the guidance we have issued. We want to emphasize that if you are concerned about symptoms, please call your healthcare provider. We will continue to share information as it becomes available."

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"The health of county residents, visitors, and county employees is our top priority," Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman said. "We want to keep our residents well informed and prepared. The County and the City of Annapolis have been preparing for this possibility since January. At this time, there is no reason to panic, but we do want to reinforce preventive measures we can all take against COVID-19."

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