County Executive Marc Elrich

January 20, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Elrich Sends Well Wishes to Biden Administration: ‘America Starts a New Chapter’

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich issued a statement after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as the President and Vice President of the United States. Elrich wished the new administration well, saying: Today, America starts a new chapter as we welcome our 46th President Joe Biden and 49th Vice President Kamala Harris. They take […]

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January 18, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Residents Reflect, Volunteer in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Residents throughout Montgomery County took time on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to help others, cleaning up litter, sending cards, making blankets and helping those less fortunate than themselves. Although this year, most of the events were virtual or ones that could be done alone or with just a few other people, the spirit of […]

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January 13, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Council Supports Impeachment of President Trump

The Montgomery County Council supports impeaching President Donald Trump, councilmembers said in a statement Tuesday. “Instead of preserving, protecting, and defending the U.S. Constitution, President Trump and his surrogates fomented political unrest in an attempt to overturn a fair and free election. Every day he remains in office, he poses a threat to the health […]

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December 22, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Elrich on COVID-19 Vaccines: ‘Be Prepared to Wear the Mask for a While’

As COVID-19 vaccines are starting to roll out across Montgomery County hospitals, County Executive Marc Elrich is warning the public to expect mask wearing to continue into the future. Elrich said at a media briefing Dec. 16 that once COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, people should prepare to keep wearing a mask even after they […]

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December 18, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Elrich on Rising Number of COVID-19 Deaths: ‘It’s Our Neighbors, Our Family, And Our Friends’

County Executive Marc Elrich spoke about the rising number of people in Montgomery County dying of the coronavirus. At a media briefing Wednesday, when, at the time, the county had 995 reported COVID-19 deaths, Elrich acknowledged that this week health officials expected that number to exceed 1,000. As of Thursday morning, Maryland Health Department reported […]

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December 18, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

County Executive Warns: Don’t Celebrate Christmas, New Year’s in Large Groups

County Executive Marc Elrich is warning Montgomery County residents not to celebrate the upcoming Christmas and New Years holidays in large groups. Elrich said at a coronavirus media briefing on Dec. 16, “We’ve got two big holidays that many of us are used to celebrating this year. Don’t do it this year—don’t celebrate Christmas with […]

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December 16, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Dr. Gayles: County Hospitals, Pharmacies Expected to Receive Pfizer Vaccine by Thursday

At a press briefing on Dec. 16, Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said the Pfizer vaccine should be arriving at all hospitals in the county Wednesday or Thursday. He added that the vaccine doses will also be distributed to pharmacies, which will work to get the doses out to nursing homes and long-term […]

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December 15, 2020 | Sydney Bullock

County Passes Bill Banning Single-Use Plastic Straws

The Montgomery County Council passed a bill focusing on the reduction of waste usage throughout the county – including plastic straws. The bill will ban single-use plastic straws and expand on previous county laws. It will require food service businesses to use compostable or recyclable ware by the county and prohibit all food service products […]

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December 9, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Overrides Elrich’s Veto on Lowering Impact Taxes

Montgomery County Council unanimously voted to override County Executive Marc Elrich’s veto of legislation concerning changes to the county impact taxes for transportation and public school improvements. The legislation decreases impact tax revenue with the goal of bringing more housing and business to the county, explained Councilmember Hans Riemer. During the council’s meeting on Tuesday, […]

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December 3, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich: County Hospitals May Have to Take Patients from Other Jurisdictions if Need Arises

Montgomery County hospitals may have to accept patients from other jurisdictions if their capacity runs out, County Executive Marc Elrich said at a media briefing Wednesday. According to the county’s COVID-19 data dashboard, about 77% of hospital beds are occupied as of Wednesday, indicating a low risk of transmission. However, Elrich warned residents not to […]

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