ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan announced that a CDC field team is working to slow the spread of coronavirus among poultry workers along Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

There are 279 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among poultry workers in Maryland. Wicomico County now has the fourth highest coronavirus case rate in the state, higher than both Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

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“These outbreaks are not only a serious public health concern, they are also a potential threat to Maryland’s leading agricultural industry and to our nation’s essential food supply chain,” Hogan said in a statement.

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“At my request, a CDC field team has arrived on the ground and is working closely with state and local health officials on a comprehensive public health plan for the Eastern Shore poultry industry,” Hogan continued.

Maryland has opened two new Eastern Shore testing sites: one at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury and one in Caroline County.

“We have convened a Delmarva Poultry Production Task Force meeting between Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia as part of our multi-state, multi-agency response,” Hogan said. “This remains a rapidly evolving situation, and we will continue to keep Eastern Shore residents informed about these outbreaks in their area.”

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