MedStar Seeking Plasma Donations from Recovered Coronavirus Patients for Study

Since March, MedStar Health has been taking part in a yearlong plasma therapy research project, sponsored by the Mayo Clinic. The therapy—which has been used in the past to treat MERS, SARS, H1N1–is intended to help patients...

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Silver Spring Man Gets Hero’s Send-Off After Long Battle with Coronavirus

On Monday, a 73 year-old Silver Spring man officially went home after a long battle with the coronavirus. The man had been staying at Medstar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney since March. MedStar has not released the...

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CDC Encourages Public to Use Cloth Face Coverings to Slow Spread of COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends people cover their mouth and nose with a cloth when leaving their home, especially in areas where it may be difficult to practice social distancing. These include grocery...

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Hogan Announces Second Coronavirus Death as Cases Continue to Rise Dramatically

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the second coronavirus-related death in Maryland Friday evening. The patient was a Baltimore County resident in his sixties who suffered from underlying medical conditions. Hogan said in a statement:...

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Hogan Announces First Coronavirus Death in Maryland

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the first coronavirus-related death in Maryland on social media Wednesday evening. The patient was a Prince George’s County resident in his sixties “who suffered from an underlying medical...

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Salmonella Infections Linked to Moby Dick House of Kabob Hummus

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) released a statement Thursday warning people not to eat hummus from Moby Dick House of Kabob because it has been linked to salmonella infections in the state. Since Sept. 10, MDH reports...

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August 7, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Here’s What You Need to Know About Maryland’s Contact Tracing Efforts

MyMCMedia spoke to Dr. Katherine Feldman, the Maryland Health Department’s chief public health scientist who heads the state’s contact tracing efforts. Topics include the following: What is contact tracing? What kind of data is collected through contact tracing? What patterns can we see from Maryland’s contact tracing efforts? How will contact tracing work in schools? Here’s […]

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August 7, 2020 | Bryan Gallion

County’s New Daily COVID-19 Cases Nearly Double Since Thursday

After seeing its number of new daily COVID-19 cases decline for six consecutive days, Montgomery County logged 107 new infections Friday. That’s almost double the number of new cases reported Thursday, according to Maryland Health Department data. Since the first case was recorded in March, 18,139 county residents have contracted the virus.  The county […]

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August 6, 2020 | Tori Bergel

Brew Belly Employee Spat on by Customer Refusing to Wear Mask

An employee of Brew Belly in Olney was spat on July 31 by a disgruntled customer refusing to wear a mask. “Never did we think we would be making a post like this,” Brew Belly wrote on its Facebook page Aug. 1. “We appreciate the patrons that were around at the time that stepped in […]

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August 6, 2020 | Bryan Gallion

County Passes 18,000 Cumulative COVID-19 Cases, State Reaches 93,000

The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County since the pandemic began reached 18,032 on Thursday, according to data from the Maryland Department of Health. The tally increased by 56 since Wednesday. It was the sixth day in a row that the number of new daily cases reported in the county declined from the […]

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August 5, 2020 | Alex Argiris

Damascus Cougars Youth Football Coach Tests Positive for COVID-19

A Damascus Cougars youth football coach tested positive for coronavirus on August 2 after practicing with the team in the days leading up to his diagnosis. The unidentified coach is now quarantining and the entire football team is self-monitoring for coronavirus symptoms. In a statement to MCM, the Damascus Sports Association Board of Directors confirmed […]

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August 5, 2020 | Bryan Gallion

County Records 66 New COVID-19 Cases, Zero Deaths

The Maryland Department of Health on Wednesday reported 66 new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County, bringing the total to 17,976 since the first case was reported in March. Since Friday, the number of new cases reported each day has been declining. Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the county have continued to hover just below 90 patients for […]

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August 4, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Governor Hogan Announces Agreement to Expand Use of Rapid Antigen Tests

Governor Larry Hogan announced an agreement with the Rockefeller Foundation and six states to significantly expand the use of rapid coronavirus antigen tests. The six states include Maryland, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia. The group plans to collectively buy 3 million rapid coronavirus antigen tests. I’m proud to be joined by @LouisianaGov Edwards, @MassGovernor […]

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August 4, 2020 | Bryan Gallion

New Daily County, State COVID-19 Cases Decline Since Friday

The Maryland Department of Health on Tuesday reported 17,910 cumulative COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County since the pandemic started, up 68 from Monday. The number of daily new cases has been declining since Friday. Based on updated demographic data released by Montgomery County on Tuesday, a majority of the 755 people who have died from […]

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August 4, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Concejo Aprueba más de $3 Millones para la Comunidad Afroamericana Afectada por Covid-19

Durante una sesión el martes, los miembros del Concejo del Condado de Montgomery aprobaron por unanimidad la asignación especial de la Respuesta Dirigida a COVID-19 del Comité Ejecutivo del Programa de Salud Afroamericano. Council approves $3.3 million special appropriation for the African American Health Program’s Targeted #COVID19 Response. The funding was spearheaded by Councilmembers @RicePolitics […]

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August 3, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Montgomery County’s Covid-19 Metrics: the Latest

Monday is the 45th day of the second phase of reopening for Montgomery County. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 17,842 confirmed cases of COVID-19 resulting in 754 deaths in Montgomery County, based on numbers released by the Maryland Department of Health Monday morning. Montgomery County maintains a website with public health […]

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