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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Approval for SoccerPlex Tournament Rescinded After Positive COVID-19 Test

Montgomery County rescinded its approval for a soccer tournament scheduled for Nov. 20-22 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds after a player tested positive for COVID-19.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

Elrich Issues Order to Reinstate COVID-19 Restrictions: ‘This is Something We Just Have to Do’

Updated Post (Nov. 5): The Montgomery County Council said it will not vote on Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich’s executive order to reinstate some COVID-19 restrictions until next week. The changes will not go into effect Friday at 5 p.m. Original Post (Nov. 4): Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said it is time to reinstate […]

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November 5, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Elrich Emite una Orden Ejecutiva para Restablecer las Restricciones de COVID-19

Publicación actualizada (5 de noviembre, 10:15 a.m): El Concejo del condado de Montgomery dijo que no votará sobre la orden ejecutiva del ejecutivo del condado de Montgomery, Marc Elrich, para restablecer algunas restricciones de COVID-19 hasta la próxima semana. Los cambios no entrarán en vigor el viernes a las 5 p.m.   El ejecutivo del […]

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September 22, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

CDC Releases Halloween, Trick-Or-Treating Guidelines

With a socially distant Halloween looming, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its holiday celebration guidelines Monday, ranking Halloween activities that pose low, moderate, and high risks. The CDC says traditional activities, including door to door trick-or-treating and trunk-or-treating, top the list as high risk and recommends avoiding them. Doing so will […]

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August 13, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

COVID-19 Testing Temporarily Halted at Two Sites

UPDATE: County Health Officer Dr.Travis Gayles recommends that residents who tested postive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks at any county government-sponsored clinic that used AdvaGenix test kids should be retested at one of the other testing locations throughout the county. ________________________________________________ After receiving notice from the Maryland Department of Health on Wednesday that […]

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August 4, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Things to Know Today, Aug. 4, in Montgomery County

It’s Tuesday, Aug. 4, and today the U.S. Coast Guard celebrates its 230th birthday. You can celebrate its birthday by celebrating National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, which also is today. Here are five other things worth knowing in Montgomery County. 1. Council in Session:  Today is the last time Montgomery County Council meets before it […]

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July 15, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Watch: County Executive Elrich COVID-19 Media Briefing

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles and Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Earl Stoddard will provide a COVID-19 update during a virtual media briefing on Wednesday. The weekly briefing includes an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and provides reporters with an opportunity to reach these county officials. The […]

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