Saturday, March 28, 2020



SALISBURY, Md. - Peninsula Regional Medical Center reported Saturday morning its first COVID-19 patient to pass away under their care. 

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Worcester County Safe Station Implements Warmline

If you (or someone you know) are seeking support related to the use of a substance, you DO NOT need to leave home to get help. Our Safe Station Program within the Worcester County Health Department implemented a warmline which is intended to act as phone support for individuals struggling and need a person to listen. While options are reduced, sometimes it helps to just have someone on the other end who has been there. We will do our best to link you with services once they return to the new normal. Keep reading for hours of operation and the contact information.
1 (844) ONE-PEER or 1 (844) 663-7337 Hours: Mon-Sat  10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Worcester County Peer Support Warmline is hosted through the Worcester County Health Department.
This line is for individuals who have non-urgent substance misuse needs in Worcester County. The warm line
is maintained by Peer Recovery Specialists who are able to provide Peer Support services over the phone.

Time Machine Preview

This Sunday here at The Pocomoke Public Eye..

1918  ..  Schools, churches, theaters and other crowd-drawing places are closed as "Spanish Influenza" grips the nation and Worcester County.

1852  ..  A visitor to Snow Hill writes his observations of the town and Worcester County.

2006  ..  The National League Of Cities announces Pocomoke City is a finalist for its 2006 Award For Municipal Excellence.

1962  ..  President Kennedy has increased aid for the Eastern Shore coast for storm damage from the March coastal storm. 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Maryland Responders

Want to Volunteer as a Maryland Responder?

Who are Maryland Responders?

Maryland Responders are dedicated volunteers who stand ready to respond to the public health needs of our community. Whether it’s responding to a natural disaster or helping community members prepare for flu season, Maryland Responders are Ready for Anything. Maryland Responders include medical and public health professionals, such as physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians and epidemiologists. Many other non-medical community members also support the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps, such as interpreters, chaplains, office workers, and legal advisors. Everyone has a role in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies! 

What do Maryland Responders do?

Maryland Responders may deliver a variety of necessary public health services during a crisis, such as providing care directly to individuals seeking medical or mental health attention at disaster relief shelters. Volunteers may also serve a vital role by assisting their communities with ongoing public health needs (e.g., immunizations, screenings, health and nutrition education, volunteering in community health centers and local hospitals). For more information, click HERE to view our Quarterly Newsletters and Responder Spotlight Articles.
Membership is open to anyone over 18 years of age who is interested in promoting public health and assisting in the event of an emergency. Whether you are an actively licensed health care professional, student, retired health professional or someone with an interest in volunteering during emergencies, you are encouraged to register. Because many health personnel will already be committed to a role during an emergency, there is a need to recruit non-medical personnel who can assist health professionals during emergency responses. 
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Maryland childcare closing.


MARYLAND - Starting Friday March 27th, all child care programs are closing as part of a statewide emergency,
according to the Maryland State Department of Education. Only designated essential personnel will have access to child care services established by the state.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

"This is a hefty virus"

(WESR/Shore Daily News)

By Ted Shockley
One of the two Eastern Shore (Virginia) men who tested positive for Covid-19 encouraged others to heed warnings in an interview Tuesday night, saying, “This is a hefty virus.”
“People do need to listen to what is being said,” said Russell Vreeland, who lives in Craddockville and allowed himself to be identified in this report.
“I’m not sure what I can tell people that will ease fears,” said Vreeland, who feels he came into contact with the coronavirus in the Charlotte, N.C., airport several weeks ago.
“A person sat down behind us and started hacking and coughing like crazy,” he said, adding, “Despite everything we did maintaining our ‘social distancing,’ one person kind of messed it up.”
He started a cough March 13 and a week later developed a fever that has persisted since. A person with whom Vreeland was traveling also tested postive but could not be reached by phone Tuesday night.
The 69-year-old Vreeland, who holds a Ph.D. in microbial physiology and biochemistry, credited the Eastern Shore Health Department and area medical professionals for their response.
“It’s obivious from my experience that they not only prepared for this, they practiced it,” said Vreeland. 
“These people are first rate. You can’t beat them. They did their job and they love their job.”
He said his doctor’s office and the health department have been in contact with him daily. His wife has not contracted the virus. 
He said he isolated himself after starting the cough and the health department “within a few hours identified all 22 people I was in contact with.” 
All have been quarantined. “They even identified a person I had been in contact with that I didn’t even remember, because it was only for five mintues.”
Virginia has reported more than 300 COVID-19 cases. There have been seven deaths linked to the illness.
His advice to the Eastern Shore: “This would not be a time of complacency. Depend on your health department.”  

Monday, March 23, 2020


View WBOC article:


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday he was ordering closed all non-essential businesses in the state, including retail stores that had been allowed to remain open.
Hogan said the additional step was necessary to “slow the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland.” The order, which takes effect at 5 p.m. Monday, does not include essential or critical industries as defined by the federal government: health care, law enforcement, emergency workers, food, energy, water, transportation, public works, communications, government, critical manufacturing, financial services, chemicals and defense. Liquor stores are exempted from the order. Daycare centers are not required to close.
Big box stores will remain open, but Hogan said he has asked local law enforcement to help those retailers deal with crowd control.


(WESR/Shore Daily News)

Governor Ralph Northam has announced that Virginia’s public schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.
Northam says school division leaders will decide how they’ll educate their students through end of the school year.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

A Sprinkle Of Humor..

Time Machine: 1885, 2004, 1943, 1955.

February, 1885
 The Baltimore Sun

April, 2004
Daily Times (Salisbury)

January, 1943
The News Journal (Wilmington)
Footnote: A new elementary school for grades one through three was constructed at 4th and Walnut Streets in the late 1940's.

August, 1955
The Edwardsville Intelligencer, (Illinois)

1958  ..  

Most radios were 'AM' and these were some of the popular singers of the day-
1975  ..  Big news stories-

The Time Machine is a weekly feature I've enjoyed researching and compiling on The Pocomoke Public Eye since 2011.  I have fond memories of growing up in Pocomoke City and welcome reader contributions we can share about things you've read, remember, or were told relating to our Pocomoke/Eastern shore area...a sentence, a paragraph, or more all fine. Just email it.