Montgomery County Health Officer

August 18, 2021 | Michelle Queen

Watch Live: Elrich Weekly COVID-19 Media Briefing at 12:30 P.M. Wednesday

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich will provide a briefing on the county’s COVID-19 response efforts Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. The briefing will be broadcast on MCM channels 21 and 995 (HD), County Cable Montgomery and on the county’s  Facebook page and YouTube channel. Typically, Elrich is joined by Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles who is on […]

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August 18, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles Resigns

Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles has resigned effective Sept. 12. County Executive Marc Elrich announced Gayles informed him of the decision Wednesday morning. He held the position since Sept. 2017 leading public health decision-making for the county throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Elrich said Health and Human Services Director Dr. Raymond Crowel will work […]

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January 6, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

Gayles Details County’s COVID-19 Vaccine Allotment, Distribution

As of Jan. 5, the Montgomery County Health Department has received 12,900 COVID-19 vaccine doses in three allotments. According to local health officials, a total of 4,047 doses have been administered so far to eligible people in the Phase 1A criteria. “These do not include the doses that have been sent directly to the hospitals and […]

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December 21, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Dr. Travis Gayles Looks Back at Pandemic Response: ‘This Is What We Are Trained For’

Dr. Travis Gayles, the county’s most visible point person for all things coronavirus, begins his days in a meeting that can start as early as 7:30 a.m. For the next 10 hours, he works his way through meetings, phone calls and emails with the public and the county’s team of first responders. Gayles then spends […]

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October 8, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Dr. Gayles Discusses COVID-19 Contact Tracing Investigations at Non-Public Schools

During the county’s weekly virtual media briefing on Wednesday, Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles provided an update regarding COVID-19 contact tracing investigations at non-public schools. Since last week, Dr. Gayles says there have been 19 separate investigations launched – the majority of them involved COVID-like illnesses that have been ruled out with further […]

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September 24, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

County Providing Workshops to Non-Public Schools Due to Additional COVID-Like Illnesses

According to local health officials, the county continues to provide workshop services for non-public schools due to additional COVID-19 like illness experiences. Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles says that more local private schools had to take coronavirus-related quarantine actions within the past week. He added that another non-public school met the criteria for […]

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May 21, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Dr. Gayles’ Memorial Day Message: ‘This Will Not Be Your Typical Unofficial Start of Summer Weekend’

With Memorial Day weekend approaching, residents are being urged to continue practicing guidelines put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles says this goes for all county residents – including high school seniors anticipating the “beach week” tradition. “While all of us want to go to the […]

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May 21, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Five Things to Know for May 21 in Montgomery County

Today is Thursday, May 21, and here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Memorial Day Message: Memorial Day weekend is almost here and Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles is advising residents to continue following guidelines put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click here to watch his message. […]

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August 31, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery Appoints New Health Officer

@DOHDC's Dr. Travis Gayles demonstrating how to administer life-saving naloxone for opioid overdose pic.twitter.com/3yYvBCI2YS — DC Dept of Health (@DOHDC) July 14, 2017 Montgomery County’s new health officer is Dr. Travis Gayles, the chief medical officer for the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Administration, and Division Chief for STD-TB Control for the District of Columbia […]

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January 3, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

County Health Officer Ulder Tillman Dies Suddenly

Montgomery County officials are mourning the sudden passing of Montgomery County Health Officer Ulder Tillman early Tuesday.   Tillman served as the county’s health officer and chief of Public Health Services for the past 13 years. Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner and Health and Human Services Committee Chair George Leventhal issued the following joint statement […]

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