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October 21, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Maryland Releases Draft COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

Maryland released the initial draft of its COVID-19 vaccination plan. There are currently no coronavirus vaccines approved by the FDA. Referencing CDC information, the draft plan sent to CDC Director Robert Redfield on Oct. 16 said limited vaccine doses could be available by early November, but that is expected to increase considerably in 2021. Patients […]

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October 2, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery County Advises Against Door-To-Door Trick-Or-Treating

Montgomery County officials issued guidance Friday on keeping families and children safe during Halloween in light of COVID-19. County officials are advising against traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating because of the “challenge of maintaining proper physical distancing on porches and at front doors.” They are also advising against participating in activities where food is shared, such as […]

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September 24, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Tours Vaccine Development Company Novavax in Gaithersburg

On Thursday, Gov. Larry Hogan toured Novavax, a Gaithersburg company that is developing a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine candidate is currently in Phase 2 of clinical trials in the U.S., and is expected to begin Phase 3 in a few weeks. Novavax CEO Stanley Erck hopes to see results by early 2021, but said it’s […]

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September 10, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

County Launches Second Phase of Rent Relief Program

Montgomery County launched the second phase of its $20 million COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, which is designed to financially assist eligible residents. The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services administers the program. The money comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security. Eligible residents who can’t pay their rent due to […]

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September 8, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Despite Elrich Request, Gayles Says Case Count Still Too High for Further Reopening

On Friday, Montgomery County announced that restaurants, breweries and wineries can offer live performances along with dining/drinking.  No dancing or congregating around performers is allowed, and people must wear masks (unless eating or drinking) and stay seated while eating. The announcement came shortly after most Maryland counties began Phase 3 of the state’s recovery. Phase 3 […]

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September 4, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Live Performances Now Allowed at Restaurants in Montgomery County

Shortly after most Maryland counties began Phase 3 of reopening, Montgomery County announced further reopenings as well.  As of Friday evening venues like indoor and outdoor restaurants can offer live performances along with dining. No dancing or congregating around performers is allowed, and people must wear masks (unless eating) and stay seated while eating. Prince George’s […]

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September 2, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Not Ready to Move Into Phase 3, Elrich Says ‘It’s Not Party Time Yet’

During his weekly virtual media briefing on Wednesday, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich responded to Gov. Larry Hogan’s guidance on moving into the next re-opening phase. Although Hogan announced on Tuesday that the state was easing restrictions and moving to Phase 3, Elrich says data shows that Montgomery County is not ready to move into the […]

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August 31, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Novavax Reaches Agreement With Canada to Supply COVID-19 Vaccine

Gaithersburg biotechnology company Novavax announced Monday that it has reached an agreement in principle to give Canada up to 76 million doses of Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine.  In a statement the company said the vaccine is in multiple Phase 2 clinical trials right now. Novavax expects to finalize an agreement that would begin supplying the doses […]

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August 12, 2020 | Isabel Cleary

Gaithersburg-Based Novavax Included in New York Times’ Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker

The New York Times has published a coronavirus vaccine tracker that shows the progress of the more than 165 vaccines in development, and the 30 that are in human trials. The coronavirus pandemic has forced researchers to condense years of research and testing into a shorter time frame, with the goal to produce a safe […]

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July 29, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Hogan Expands Mask Order Outdoors, Issues Travel Advisory, Announces Deputy Health Secretary’s Retirement

At a coronavirus news conference Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan made five big announcements about the state’s response to the public health crisis. Here’s what you should know: 1) Maryland will not move to phase 3 of reopening: Hogan says for the time being Maryland will remain in stage 2 of Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery plan […]

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