County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles

March 3, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County Preparing to Move Forward with Vaccine Phases 

The Montgomery County health department (DHHS) is preparing to begin COVID-19 vaccinations for Priority Groups 1B, tiers 2 and 3, and Group 1C Tier 1, to include residents ages 65-74, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said during a media briefing Wednesday. Within the last week, the county has doubled down on sending vaccine appointment […]

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February 10, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Leaders Urge State for Mass Vaccination Site in Montgomery County

As COVID-19 mass vaccination sites operate in Prince George’s County and Baltimore City, Montgomery County leaders want one in their jurisdiction. During a council meeting with state health department officials Tuesday, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said he wanted to “publicly go on the record” to say Montgomery County has multiple locations that could […]

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February 1, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

‘A Heaviness of Existing’: Gayles Discusses Navigating Life with Weight of Racism

“For my colleagues who don’t look like me, let me explain it to you.” During a virtual discussion about health, racial justice and COVID-19 with Montgomery College President Dr. DeRionne Pollard, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles discussed how racism impacts the way he moves through life. “I think of examples when I go into […]

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December 23, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery County Health, Human Services Receives Moderna Vaccine

Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, manufactured by Moderna, on Wednesday morning. According to a county news release, this first shipment of vaccines is reserved for county health staffers who are engaged in managing the coronavirus response—including Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles. 📢 […]

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December 18, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

County Health Officials Explain How Hospitals Are Freeing Up Space

Following the holidays, Montgomery County’s hospital could see a surge in patients, causing hospitalization rates to be elevated. Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles and Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Earl Stoddard explained Wednesday what hospitals in Montgomery County and across the region are doing to free up space: Related Post: […]

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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 | Maryam Shahzad

Gayles: Three of Six County Hospitals Have No ICU Vacancy

Three out of six hospitals in Montgomery County have no ICU vacancy as of noon Tuesday, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said at a county council meeting. Also as of noon, one hospital has no acute care bed vacancy, he said. Gayles said there was a period of time over the weekend when five […]

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November 30, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Council Will Hold Town Hall Monday Night to Answer Resident Questions

The Montgomery County Council will hold a virtual town hall meeting Monday night to respond to community concerns. The meeting is scheduled to run from 7-8:30 p.m. County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles and Board of Education President Shebra Evans will join councilmembers. Local leaders will answer questions from residents and hear concerns. You can […]

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November 25, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Marylanders Will Receive Emergency Alert on Cell Phones Wednesday at 5 p.m.

At around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Marylanders will receive a statewide emergency alert on their cell phones— only the second time the tool has been used by Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration. The governor’s administration first used the alert on March 31 to inform residents about the state’s new COVID-19 Stay at Home directive, according to a […]

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November 24, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

County Imposes Immediate New Restrictions on Gathering Sizes, Mask Mandates

Update (Nov. 25): After receiving many questions from residents about Tuesday’s announcement of a new face covering directive, Montgomery County clarified its position. Masks are required anytime residents are likely to come within six feet of someone else. For example, if a resident is walking outside and is likely to come into contact with someone […]

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