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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July 23, 2020 | Samantha Subin

Two Maryland Companies Join Forces to Manufacture Potential COVID-19 Vaccine

Two Maryland companies are partnering to manufacture  a potential vaccine candidate for COVID-19. Gaithersburg-based Altimmune, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company and Vigene Biosciences, a Rockville-based biotechnology company, announced the partnership in a press release July 22. The vaccine, known as AdCOVID (TM), works to block infection by stimulating antibodies in the nasal cavity and can […]

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July 23, 2020 | Samantha Subin

Featured - Phase 2

Small Business Grant Program to Launch July 29

Small businesses that have updated their establishments to adhere to safety protocols could be eligible for a grant program slated to launch July 29. The $14 million initiative, formally known as the ‘Reopen Montgomery’ Small Business Grant Program, will offer subsidies of $5,000 or less to cover reopening costs incurred to comply with health and […]

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July 23, 2020 | Samantha Subin

Registration Opens for County Outdoor Summer Programs

Registration is now open for outdoor summer programs through Montgomery County Recreation. The programs, scheduled to begin August 1, include sports, dance, exercise and wellness classes targeted to a range of ages and skill levels. We’re offering outdoor programs and classes to promote active and healthy lifestyles this summer. Register now for our outdoor programs, […]

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July 23, 2020 | Tori Bergel

Glenstone Reopens Indoor Pavilions to the Public

The Glenstone Museum reopened its indoor Pavilions Thursday after weeks of limiting available exhibits to those that are outdoors due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. From 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday, the museum’s normal operating hours, visitors will be allowed to enter, in staggered 15-minute intervals, to view additional material. In […]

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July 22, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

State Will Assist, But Not Dictate, When Students Can Return To Classroom

State Superintendent of schools Karen Salmon announced July 22 that local school districts have the power to decide whether to begin school virtually, in classrooms or a combination of the two. Montgomery County School District Superintendent Jack Smith announced July 21 that for at least the first semester, schools will operate virtually here. When students […]

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July 22, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Oportunidad de Empleo en la Semana de la Conservación Latina

Montgomery Parks dio inicio, desde el 18 al 26 de julio, a la Semana de la Conservación Latina, una iniciativa de la Fundación de Acceso Hispano que busca brindar a la comunidad latina oportunidades para disfrutar del aire libre, aprender sobre los esfuerzos de conservación y demostrar su apoyo a la protección de nuestros recursos naturales, […]

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July 22, 2020 | Alex Argiris

Fall and Winter High School Sports Become Latest COVID-19 Cancellation

Montgomery County Public Schools announced Tuesday that all fall and winter sports are cancelled for the upcoming season.  The decision coincided with the announcement of a virtual-only semester for public schools across the county. Fall and winter sports were notably cancelled, as opposed to being postponed until the spring. The decision includes all high school […]

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July 21, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Dr. Gayles: ‘Our Test Positivity Rate Has Decreased Significantly’

Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles announced on Tuesday that the county has made significant progress in terms of COVID-19 case numbers. About six weeks ago, Dr. Gayles says the county saw about 300 cases per day. Currently, those numbers have dropped to an average of 70- 80 cases per day. The county’s testing […]

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July 21, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS to Provide Virtual-Only Instruction Through January 29; Fall, Winter Sports Canceled

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith announced in a letter Tuesday that MCPS will provide virtual-only instruction for its first semester, which concludes on Jan. 21, 2021. “This decision includes the cancellation of all fall and winter sports,” Smith said. Smith said the decision was made following the guidance of Montgomery County […]

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July 21, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Montgomery County COVID-19 Daily Update

Montgomery County established a number of public health criteria with associated goals to guide the reopening of businesses and services. The county updates the information daily on their COVID-19 Data Dashboard. The criteria are grouped into three categories including the number of cases and deaths, hospital capacity to handle current cases and a surge in […]

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