May 14, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Cicada Invasion Could Lead to Increase in Rat Population

With cicadas may come rats, Montgomery County health officials caution residents. Officials urge residents to take measures to stop an increase in the rat population as Brood X cicadas emerge, after health inspectors noticed a large increase in rat complaints during the last invasion 17 years ago. In June 2004, during the last Brood X […]

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May 6, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Launches ‘Project Bounce Back’ to Help Youth Recover from Pandemic Effects

Gov. Larry Hogan announced a new initiative to help young Marylanders recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. “This global pandemic has been an extremely difficult time for nearly everyone. But it has been perhaps most difficult for our children,” Hogan said during a press conference Thursday. Uncertainty and isolation combined with prolonged school closures has been […]

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May 1, 2021 | Halle Grossett

County Hosting Virtual Series for Mental Health Awareness Month

Montgomery County will be hosting a virtual series called Healing and Holding On – One Conversation at a Time for the Community, in honor of mental health awareness month which starts May 1. The series will feature mental health experts and community partners that will speak openly on mental health and wellness issues. Since the start […]

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April 6, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Proposes Doubling Tax on E-Cigarettes

Montgomery County Council President Tom Hucker Tuesday proposed doubling the county’s excise tax rate on the wholesale price of electronic cigarette products from the current 30% to 60%. A public hearing on the increase will be held April 27 at 1:30 p.m. If approved, the higher rate would go into effect on July 1. Hucker […]

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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 | Maryam Shahzad

Suspected Mental Illness is Key Risk Factor for Use of Force by MCPD, Report Finds 

The Montgomery County Council’s Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) released a comprehensive report Tuesday analyzing the county’s public safety response to mental health situations. The report found that suspected mental illness is a key risk factor that leads to uses of force by Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) officers. It cites MCPD’s latest Use of […]

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March 10, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

In Video Message, Fauci Urges Residents to Continue Following Health Measures

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Adviser to President Joe Biden, urged Montgomery County residents to continue following health safety measures. In a video message played during Tuesday’s county council meeting, Fauci said, “Now is the time to keep our foot on the accelerator with […]

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March 8, 2021 | Michelle Queen

CDC Releases Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People

The CDC issued the first guidance for people fully vaccinated for COVID-19 on its website Monday. Based on the science, the CDC says fully vaccinated people can start to safely begin some types of social interaction. People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two or more weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or […]

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February 28, 2021 | Halle Grossett

Flags Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Lives Lost to Covid-19

Flags around the county are flying at half-staff  to mourn the loss of Montgomery County residents due to COVID-19. County executive Marc Elrich announced the move on Feb. 26. Since the arrival of the pandemic, Montgomery County has lost 1,363 residents.  The first COVID-related death in Montgomery County took place on March 21. Flags are […]

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February 25, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

Virtual Conversation Addresses COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns in the Black Community

A panel of elected officials and local health experts held a virtual community conversation on Monday about COVID-19 and its specific impact on the local Black community. The forum focused on raising awareness and addressing concerns some residents have regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and the access they have to it. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich […]

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