County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles

April 2, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

‘Goes Against All The Science’: Elrich Criticizes Hogan’s Response to Rising COVID-19 Metrics 

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich criticized Gov. Larry Hogan Thursday after Hogan said the state’s recent rise in COVID-19 metrics is not related to statewide reopenings. “We don’t think it had anything to do with reopenings,” Hogan told reporters during a press conference Thursday. Rather, it’s due to rapidly-spreading variant strains, he said. “Our indications […]

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April 1, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich Concerned About Rising COVID-19 Metrics Following Statewide Reopenings  

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich wants Gov. Larry Hogan to reconsider some recent reopenings following worsening COVID-19 metrics, Elrich said during a media briefing Wednesday. Beginning March 12, the state lifted COVID-19 capacity limits on retail businesses, religious facilities, fitness centers, personal services and indoor recreational establishments. Large indoor and outdoor venues could start operating […]

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March 30, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Maryland Vaccine Eligibility Expands to Include Residents 16+ with Underlying Conditions

On Tuesday, Maryland entered COVID-19 vaccine Phase 2B, expanding eligibility to residents ages 16+ with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk for severe COVID-19, as well as other groups. The state directs residents to a CDC webpage that lists which conditions can lead adults of any age to be more likely severely ill from […]

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March 18, 2021 | Andrea Sarralde

Un Año Después de que COVID-19 Impactara el Condado de Montgomery

Esta semana, el país cumplió un año desde que la vida tal como la conocíamos cambió con el COVID-19, que se extendió por todo el mundo y comenzó a afectar al condado de Montgomery. Hasta la fecha, ha habido más de 64,000 casos confirmados solo en el condado. Los primeros tres casos de COVID-19 en […]

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March 16, 2021 | Rebecca Baldwin and Jordan Lindsay

From ‘If’ to ‘Worst Case Scenario’: One Year After COVID-19 Impacted Montgomery County

This week, the country marked one year since life as we knew it changed with COVID-19 sweeping across the world and started to affect Montgomery County. To date, there have been more than 64,000 confirmed cases in the county alone. The first three cases of COVID-19 in Maryland were confirmed in Montgomery County on March […]

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March 12, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Council to Vote on Capacity Increases for Gatherings, Religious Facilities, Among Other Changes

The Montgomery County Council, sitting as the Board of Health (BOH), is scheduled to meet virtually Friday at 1:30 p.m. to introduce a regulation and hold a public hearing for new reopening measures. A vote is tentatively scheduled during the meeting following the hearing. If the council votes to approve the changes, they go into […]

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March 10, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

In Video Message, Fauci Urges Residents to Continue Following Health Measures

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Adviser to President Joe Biden, urged Montgomery County residents to continue following health safety measures. In a video message played during Tuesday’s county council meeting, Fauci said, “Now is the time to keep our foot on the accelerator with […]

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March 10, 2021 | Andrea Sarralde

Líderes del Condado se Oponen a la Orden de Hogan de Levantar Algunas Restricciones

El gobernador Larry Hogan anunció en una conferencia de prensa el martes que el estado comenzará a levantar algunas restricciones como los límites de capacidad en bares, restaurantes y otros establecimientos. La orden ejecutiva de Hogan significa que a partir del viernes a las 5 p.m., se levantarán los límites de capacidad para los restaurantes […]

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March 9, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Hogan Lifts State Capacity Limits for Dining; Montgomery County Leaders Express Opposition

Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press conference Tuesday that the state will start easing capacity limits at bars, restaurants, and other establishments. Hogan’s updated executive order means that starting Friday at 5 p.m., capacity limits for indoor and outdoor restaurants and foodservice establishments will be lifted. The order notes that restaurants and bars can […]

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March 9, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Stoddard: State Interested in Montgomery College Germantown as Potential Mass Vaccination Site

State officials are “definitely interested” in the COVID-19 mass vaccination site proposed for Montgomery College’s Germantown campus, Montgomery County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Dr. Earl Stoddard said during a council meeting Tuesday. “So much so that they are going to walk-through with the National Guard [sic] as sort of a pre-visit to look […]

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