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January 27, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

County Officials Address Confusion Surrounding Vaccine Preregistration Process

Montgomery County has moved into Priority Group 1B ‘Tier 1’ of the vaccination process, consisting of residents aged 75-and-older. Although residents are asked to preregister for the COVID-19 vaccine, there is a lot of confusion surrounding the process. Some people say they’ve followed the process only to find there are no ‘available appointment slots’ at […]

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January 15, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

County Considers Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for Senior Communities

Montgomery County health leaders are considering making some COVID-19 vaccination clinics mobile in an effort to accommodate senior citizen communities. The county is currently in Phase 1A of vaccine distribution, and people who are 75-years-old and up will be included in Group 1B. Residents that are 65-years old and up are included in Phase 1C. […]

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January 12, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County Expects to Receive Only Half of COVID-19 Vaccines Requested This Week

Montgomery County officials expect to receive about half the amount of COVID-19 vaccine doses they requested for this week, Deputy Health Officer Dr. James Bridgers said during a council meeting Tuesday. County Health and Human Services (DHHS) requested about 12,000 doses this week, however the county was allotted 6,700 as of Tuesday morning, Bridgers said. […]

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January 4, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

County Considers Updating Outdoor Dining Tent Guidelines

Montgomery County is considering updating some outdoor dining guidelines in response to COVID-19 related community questions and concerns. Office of Emergency Management Director Dr. Earl Stoddard says teams have been working across the county to ensure businesses follow the current re-opening guidelines. During the county’s weekly COVID-19 virtual media briefing on Dec. 29, Dr. Stoddard […]

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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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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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November 19, 2020 | Sydney Bullock

Approval for SoccerPlex Tournament Rescinded After Positive COVID-19 Test

Montgomery County rescinded its approval for a soccer tournament scheduled for Nov. 20-22 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds after a player tested positive for COVID-19. Several thousand players were expected to play. Dr. Earl Stoddard, director of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Management Staff, said the Soccerplex’s initial plan for the […]

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November 5, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Council Postpones Vote to Reinstate COVID-19 Restrictions

The Montgomery County Council postponed voting on County Executive Marc Elrich’s order reinstating some COVID-19 restrictions. A vote is tentatively scheduled for the council’s next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The order was intended to be approved Thursday and go into effect Friday, however, the council and county officials agreed some wording needs to be […]

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October 28, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

‘This Is Not Good’; Elrich, Officials Concerned About Uptick in COVID-19 Cases

There’s been an uptick in COVID-19 cases not only locally but also nationwide, according to health officials. During his weekly virtual media briefing on Wednesday, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich mentioned that the increase in cases is ‘troubling.’ “This is not good if you look at the numbers,” said Elrich. Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. […]

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