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November 6, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Md. Health Department Reports Two Covid-19 Cases at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

Maryland Department of Health has started reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at public and nonpublic K-12 schools in the state. On Thursday, the state health department reported 13 outbreaks in schools, which included one school in Montgomery County: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac. The state health department reports two positive COVID-19 cases at St. Andrew’s, as […]

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October 6, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Five Things to Know Today, Oct. 6, in Montgomery County

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 6, and here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. COVID-19 Testing: Montgomery County is holding two free testing clinics today. From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., testing is available at the White Oak Community Recreation Center and in Germantown at the parking garage behind the Regal Cinemas. More […]

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October 1, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Silver Spring Restaurant Declared ‘Unsafe Facility’ After COVID-19 Violations

The Society Restaurant & Lounge in Silver Spring has been declared an “Unsafe Facility” by Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles after repeated COVID-19 violations. The Georgia Avenue establishment was ordered to close on Tuesday following an inspection on Saturday. It must remain closed for 30 days or until Gayles approves reopening. Society previously […]

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July 29, 2020 | Staff Writer

Dr. Gayles Stresses Importance of Wearing Masks and Doing it Properly

In Montgomery County, health officials say everyone must wear a face covering unless they are children under the age of two, or unless someone has a health condition or disability that makes it difficult to wear a face mask. Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles says the evidence is clear that masks can help […]

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July 20, 2020 | Alex Argiris

Maryland Lawmakers Urge HHS to Extend Public Health Emergency Declaration

Maryland’s congressional delegation wrote a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services requesting an extension of a national public health emergency. The current COVID-19 emergency declaration is set to expire on July 25. Health and Human Services Spokesperson Michael Caputo previously tweeted that the department planned on renewing the emergency, but the department […]

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July 11, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Pruebas Gratis de COVID-19 en Silver Spring y Takoma Park

El Condado de Montgomery está ofreciendo pruebas de COVID-19 gratuitas la semana que viene, el martes 14 de julio en Silver Spring y el jueves 16 de julio en Takoma Park. No requieren orden del médico, no necesita seguro médico. Para hacerse la prueba debe registrarse en: https://advagenix.com/covid19testing Imprima la hoja de confirmación o escriba […]

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July 8, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Owner Upset at County Falsely Reporting Hookah Bar Shut Down for COVID-19 Violations

A Montgomery County press release incorrectly stated on Monday that Vibes Hookah Lounge in Rockville was shut down over the July 4 weekend for violating COVID-19 regulations.  The press release said that Vibes was closed because hookah bars are not included in Phase 2 of reopening in Montgomery County. Montgomery County Department of Health and […]

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June 11, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

‘There Was a System That Did Not Work’: Gayles Addresses Delays in COVID-19 Test Results

Montgomery County has had issues with people not receiving their COVID-19 test results.  County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said the state created GO Teams for Montgomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore Counties as well as Baltimore City, the four jurisdictions with the highest case numbers. The jurisdictions could use the teams however they saw fit. […]

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May 8, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

At Least 14 Long-Term Care Facilities Visited by State Teams in Montgomery County

State officials have visited at least 14 long-term care facilities in Montgomery County, County Health Officer and Chief of Public Health Services Dr. Travis Gayles explained at a council meeting Thursday.   Gayles said nine facilities have been visited by state infection control consultants, and at least two have been visited by state action teams just […]

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May 1, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, County DHHS Director Offers Advice for Pandemic

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Dr. Raymond Crowel, director of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), offers his advice on coping with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Crowel teaches residents about a specific method of relaxation and meditation called box breathing. He reminds us of two resources you can call […]

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