Dr. Meenakshi Brewster
St. Mary’s County Health Officer
St. Mary’s County Health Department
She credits three groups in the county for the strong response. The public health team is smart and serves with creativity and compassion. The community partners are brilliant and dedicated to their missions. The residents of the county have done whatever necessary to protect their families and neighbors.
These partnerships allowed St. Mary’s to develop a strong community approach to the pandemic. Including the first appointment-free testing site in the state that used standing orders for testing; a scientific advisory group of local experts to help guide decision making; a local workforce reserve to support the pandemic response; and with community partners the county was able to care for the homeless.
“Nothing in public health is done in isolation,” she said. “This is most evident during times of crisis, including the current COVID-19 pandemic. I’m so grateful for our tenacious public health team, partners and community that have pulled together to fight this battle and forge bonds stronger than what lies ahead.”