December 15, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Gayles: Three of Six County Hospitals Have No ICU Vacancy

Three out of six hospitals in Montgomery County have no ICU vacancy as of noon Tuesday, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said at a county council meeting. Also as of noon, one hospital has no acute care bed vacancy, he said. Gayles said there was a period of time over the weekend when five […]

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December 15, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

State Anticipates Every Hospital Will Get COVID-19 Vaccine Over Next Two Weeks

State officials anticipate that every Maryland hospital will receive COVID-19 vaccine doses over the next two weeks. The FDA approved Pfizer’s vaccine last Friday, and distribution is underway. This week, Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and Adventist Health Care White Oak Medical Center are expected to receive 975 doses each. MedStar Health, which includes […]

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December 10, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Occupancy of Hospital Beds Surpasses 80% Mark

As the number of Montgomery County residents with COVID-19 continues to spike, area hospital beds are filling up. As of Thursday morning, 1,720 Maryland residents are hospitalized due to the coronavirus with 416 of those patients in the intensive care unit. According to the Montgomery County COVID-19 portal, as of Dec. 9, 78% of the […]

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December 8, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hospitals Worried About Staffing Needs; Some Offered High Rates For Additional Help

Montgomery County hospitals are worried about meeting staffing needs, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Dr. Earl Stoddard said at a council meeting Tuesday. On Dec. 1, Gov. Larry Hogan announced efforts and requirements regarding hospital surge planning. He encouraged colleges to let healthcare students in their final semester be eligible for early exit if […]

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December 3, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich: County Hospitals May Have to Take Patients from Other Jurisdictions if Need Arises

Montgomery County hospitals may have to accept patients from other jurisdictions if their capacity runs out, County Executive Marc Elrich said at a media briefing Wednesday. According to the county’s COVID-19 data dashboard, about 77% of hospital beds are occupied as of Wednesday, indicating a low risk of transmission. However, Elrich warned residents not to […]

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December 2, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Man Rescued After ATV Capsizes in Potomac River

A man was rescued Tuesday morning after his ATV capsized on the Potomac River, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer. He was suffering from hypothermia and was taken to a hospital, Piringer told MyMCMedia. The man was apparently operating an amphibious ATV, which is more suitable for still-water, like a […]

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November 12, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Says COVID-19 Hospitalizations Jumped 53% in Last Two Weeks

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased 53% over the past two weeks. At a press conference Thursday, Hogan said 863 Marylanders are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, the highest number since June 11. 199 COVID-19 patients are currently in the ICU, the highest number since June 25, Hogan said. Twelve state residents have […]

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October 1, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Officers Kill Coyote After Three People Attacked in Rockville

Three people went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after being bitten by a coyote in Rockville, said the Rockville City Police Department (RCPD).  All three attacks happened Thursday. At 5:11 p.m., RCPD announced that officers found and killed the coyote and that it will be tested for rabies at a local laboratory.  At […]

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August 10, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Two Adults Injured in Silver Spring Shooting

Two adults were shot Saturday night in Silver Spring, the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) said.  Police said on Twitter that officers responded around 8:50 p.m. to a local hospital for an adult male and female, each with a gunshot wound. The wounds are not life-threatening, MCPD said.  After a preliminary investigation, MCPD believes the […]

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June 11, 2020 | Tori Bergel

Potomac Bridal Shop One of 25 Awarded in Second Round of PPE Grants

Love Couture Bridal, a Potomac bridal boutique, was announced Tuesday as one of 25 Maryland businesses set to receive grants totaling $1.6 million to aid in the production of personal protective equipment (PPE). The recipients, announced by Governor Larry Hogan, are part of a second round of grants being awarded by the Department of Commerce […]

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