With Pre-Holiday Omicron Surge, County Urges Vaccinations and Boosters

Active COVID-19 outbreaks in Maryland increased 29% this week, according to Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich.

Because the state COVID-19 data has been unavailable for about two weeks due to a server outage, not all data is available and current.

According to Elrich earlier this week, outbreaks increased 42% in childcare settings, 41% in school settings, 24% in group homes, 19% in nursing homes and 16% in assisted living facilities. Metrics like COVID-19 hospitalizations, test positivity and school-related outbreaks are on an upward trend.

County officials urge everyone eligible to get vaccinated and get the booster shot. Besides area pharmacies, stores and groceries, the county offers numerous clinics where people can sign up to become vaccinated or just walk-in without an appointment.

Click here to see where the county is offering COVID-19 vaccine clinics between now and Dec. 19.

A special Super Saturday Boosterama happens Saturday, Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westfield Wheaton Mall by the food court on the second floor. It is being sponsored by Montgomery County and Por Nuestra Salud y Bienestar. Appointments are not needed. This is for adults only. No pediatric doses will be available.

More than 230,000 booster doses have been given at County-operated vaccination clinics.

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