Maryland Governor Larry Hogan this morning announced yet another rise in the number of people in our state who have tested positive for the coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 illness.
The majority of cases in Maryland involve patients between the ages of 18 and 64, but medical experts have stressed that senior citizens are among the most vulnerable populations when it comes to this pandemic. In Maryland, 20% of the population is 65 or older. In 10 years, it will be 25%. In Baltimore County, seniors already make up 25% of the population.
Rona Kramer joins us now. She is the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Aging, and she is a member of the state Coronavirus Response Team. For more information about what the Department of Aging is doing to help seniors, click here. Or call the department directly at 410-767-1100. Secretary Kramer's direct line is 410-767-1102.
Maryland seniors looking for information about long-term services and supports in their communities can go online to the Department's Maryland Access Point or call 1-844-627-5465.
Seniors can also register with the Department's Senior Call Check Program online, or by calling 1-866-502-0560. The service arranges for agents to call participants at scheduled times every day to see how they're doing, and help them with anything they might need.