contact tracing

December 18, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Retailers Need County Approval By Dec. 23 to Operate with 150+ People

As part of Montgomery County’s latest coronavirus executive order that went into effect Dec. 15, large retail establishments are required to receive county approval by Dec. 23 in order to operate with more than 150 people in their establishments. To receive approval, businesses will need to submit a request for a Letter of Approval—via the […]

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October 8, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Health Advisory Urges Individuals Connected to Recent White House Events to Get Tested

Montgomery County has joined health officers from nine neighboring jurisdictions located in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia to issue a health advisory after 12 people—including President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump—tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a maskless Supreme Court nomination ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the White House Rose […]

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September 1, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne and Suzanne Pollak

Maryland Moves to Phase 3 Recovery Stage Friday Allowing All Businesses to Reopen

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that Maryland will move to phase three of its recovery plan starting at 5 p.m. Friday. This means indoor movie theaters can reopen at 50% capacity and retail and religious facilities can increase capacity from 50% to 75%. However, Montgomery County officials have the final say when the county will […]

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September 1, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Watch: Hogan to Discuss Maryland Adopting Apple, Google COVID-19 Notification Platform at 4:30 p.m.

Gov. Larry Hogan will hold a news conference Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. to update residents on Maryland’s COVID-19 response. Mike Ricci, the governor’s communications director, tweeted that one of the topics Hogan will be talking about is contact tracing. In his tweet, Ricci linked to an article about how Apple’s iOS 13.7 update, available now, […]

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August 10, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

What is the Role of Contact Tracing if a Student or Teacher Tests Positive for Coronavirus?

After a week-long back and forth between Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles over whether or not nonpublic schools could reopen, Gayles ultimately rescinded his directive to keep private schools closed through Oct. 1. So now, private schools in Montgomery County can determine how and when they reopen. If schools […]

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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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July 29, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Hogan Expands Mask Order Outdoors, Issues Travel Advisory, Announces Deputy Health Secretary’s Retirement

At a coronavirus news conference Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan made five big announcements about the state’s response to the public health crisis. Here’s what you should know: 1) Maryland will not move to phase 3 of reopening: Hogan says for the time being Maryland will remain in stage 2 of Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery plan […]

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July 2, 2020 | Shauneen Miranda

New Md Health Department Campaign Urges Residents to ‘Answer the Call’

The Maryland Department of Health launched a new state-wide campaign Tuesday geared toward contact tracing in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.  RELEASE: The @MDHealthDept today announced a new state-wide campaign urging Marylanders to “answer the call” when ‘MD COVID’ or ‘240-466-4488’ appears on their phones. — Maryland Department of Health (@MDHealthDept) June 30, […]

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April 23, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

21 School Nurses Trained to be Contact Tracers for Montgomery County

21 school health nurses were trained Wednesday to provide contact tracing for COVID-19 patients in Montgomery County, Chief of Public Health Services Dr. Travis Gayles said at a virtual county council meeting Thursday.  Contact tracing has been happening since COVID-19 first entered Montgomery County, Gayles said, but it became a bigger focus after Gov. Larry […]

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April 22, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Hogan to Announce Maryland’s ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ on Friday

Gov. Larry Hogan announced he’ll unveil a statewide coronavirus recovery plan on Friday called “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.” Hogan made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday outside of Laurel Medical Center in Prince George’s County, which has been reopened and renovated to address the coronavirus crisis. PG County currently has the most coronavirus […]

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