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November 16, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County’s Life Sciences Industry Expanding During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has not hurt all industries. In Montgomery County, the life sciences sector, in particular, is expanding. “The pandemic has clearly taken a huge toll on not just our economy, locally, but also as you know, nationally as well. However we still continue to see pockets of growth, especially in the life sciences,” […]

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November 13, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Local Health Officials See Increase in Youth Hospitalizations Due to COVID-19

Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles says local hospital leaders are starting to see an increase in hospitalizations, particularly people under 30-years-old, due to COVID-19. “What they reported is they are starting to see- unlike the first wave of cases back in the spring- a higher percentage of young people,” said Dr. Gayles during […]

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November 13, 2020 | Clara Longo de Freitas

County Creates Program Providing Grants for Medical and Dentistry Practices

Independent primary care medical and general dentistry practices who have lost revenue due to the COVID-19 health crisis can now apply for a grant. The “Montgomery County Primary Care and Dental Grant Program,” created by the Montgomery County Council, will provide up to $60,000 to an eligible practice, according to a press release. The program […]

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November 11, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Alertas Telefónicas sobre Exposición al Coronavirus en Maryland

El Departamento de Salud de Maryland (MDH) anunció el lanzamiento de MD Covid Alert, un sistema oficial de notificaciones de exposición a COVID-19 para residentes de Maryland. RELEASE: Starting today, Marylanders can use MD COVID Alert to receive #COVID19 exposure notifications on their smartphones. MD COVID Alert uses Bluetooth to notify users who may have […]

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November 10, 2020 | Sydney Bullock

Maryland Department of Health Launches Phone Notification Alerts for Coronavirus Exposure

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) announced this Tuesday the launch of MD Covid Alert, an official COVID-19 Exposure Notifications system for Marylanders. RELEASE: Starting today, Marylanders can use MD COVID Alert to receive #COVID19 exposure notifications on their smartphones. MD COVID Alert uses Bluetooth to notify users who may have been exposed to someone […]

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October 27, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Lead Levels in Children Continue to Drop in County, State

Lead levels in children living in Maryland continue to decrease and currently are at the lowest levels since data has been collected in connection with the state’s 1994 lead law. According to the Maryland Department of the Environment’s 2019 Childhood Blood Level Surveillance newly-release report, almost 150,000 children between the ages of birth and 18 […]

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October 6, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

CDC Updates Information on How COVID-19 Spreads

The CDC updated guidance to its “How COVID-19 Spreads” website on Tuesday. Based on current science, the CDC believes that people are more likely to become infected the longer and closer they are to a person with COVID-19. According to a press release, the latest update acknowledges the existence of some published reports that show […]

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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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August 7, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Gayles, County Back Down Over Virtual-Only Order for Private Schools

After a week-long back and forth over private schools, Montgomery County has backed down.  On Friday, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles rescinded his order to keep private schools virtual until at least Oct. 1. The announcement comes after the state health department said on Thursday that it is policy that private schools can’t be […]

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August 6, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

‘Who Elected You?’: Parents Protest Gayles’ Order for Private Schools to Stay Virtual

Montgomery County residents rallied against the ordered closure of private schools by County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles at a protest Wednesday. It was organized by the “Open Montgomery County, MD Private Schools” Facebook group. Parents say their private schools are taking reopening seriously and are following CDC and state guidelines. During the protest, Gayles […]

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