County’s First Town Hall on Monkeypox Set for Monday

Montgomery County officials will host a virtual town hall about monkeypox — the first in a series of town halls about the topic — next week.

The first event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22 and will focus on monkeypox and the LGBTQ+ community, according to a release from the county.

County health officials will host the town hall in partnership with County Council Vice President Evan Glass. Panelists include Glass, Acting Health Officer Dr. James Bridgers, County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Dr. Raymond Crowel, the County’s LGBTQ+ Community Liaison, an infectious disease specialist and a DHHS physician. They will provide updates on the monkeypox, or MPX, situation in the area and share information about the county’s monkeypox vaccine program.

The town hall is on Zoom and will be livestreamed on the county’s  Facebook page. It will be simulcast on County Cable Montgomery.

Registration is required, per the county. Register for the meeting here. Questions can be submitted anonymously in advance.

More than 330 cases of monkeypox have been reported in Maryland as of Tuesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of last Tuesday there were 215 cases in the state, according to Montgomery County health officials.

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