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May 12, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

Stoddard: Gas Station Closures Driven by ‘Panic Buyers’, Not Actual Supply Shortage

Long lines at gas stations and in some cases, stations running out of gas, are not the result of an actual gasoline shortage according Dr. Earl Stoddard, Montgomery County’s Emergency Management Director. Stoddard says it’s due largely to consumer behavior – specifically panic buying – which he compared to the run on toilet paper during […]

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March 24, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

MORE DETAILS: County Shares Logistics For Mass Vaccination Site As April 5 Open Date Nears

A mass vaccination site will open at the Montgomery County College Germantown campus on April 5, and local leaders say it is expected to have the capacity to administer 3,000 COVID-19 doses per day. “This is critical for many of our residents… this is a seven day a week operation,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc […]

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March 19, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Football is Back After Unanimous Vote by County Council

Football in full gear is back. Friday afternoon, members of the Montgomery County Council unanimously approved guidelines that let the already-shortened three-season high school season go on, although it is considered a “high-risk” sport. Players must wear masks, participate in contact tracing and observe social distancing as much as possible. But according to two football […]

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March 17, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

County ‘Confident’ Mass Vaccination Site Will Begin Operating by April 1

Local leaders announced this week that a mass vaccination site is expected to open in Montgomery County soon. It will be located at the Montgomery College Germantown Campus, and health officials say they are preparing how it will operate once more much-needed COVID-19 vaccine doses become available. During the county’s weekly virtual COVID-19 media briefing […]

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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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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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