My son lived in Columbia, MD for several years. He has been with the NSA since getting out of school. He is now in Omaha, NB.I feel for you, Pappy. I'm in the hardest hit county in Maryland, which contains a lot of suburban DC, and we only have a little over 1000 cases so far. We have a long way to go before we hit our apex, though.
Maryland overall, as a state, today reporting:
But it seems we're not testing very many people....
Our governor, Larry Hogan, is a Republican, but bless his heart, he implemented social distancing early and locked down the state the third week of March.
By the way, we actually live in two states, because we inherited an ancient farmhouse on a tiny nature reserve (former dairy farm) in the ridge-and-valley section of south-central Pennsylvania. It's a 3-hour drive from our house in Maryland. Normally we go up there for about half the the time from early spring through late fall, just avoiding the deep snows of winter in the mountains. It's not a vacation home: my husband is a tree biologist who works hard to maintain the reserve, and I'm an artist with a studio up there.
We were all set to go up there, had even started packing, when the Maryland governor issued the lockdown, including "no non-essential out-of-state travel."
So we are following the rules—staying put in an urban hot spot, rather than "fleeing" to a rural area.