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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 Travis Gayles rescinded his order to keep private schools virtual until at least Oct. 1.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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July 24, 2020 | Samantha Subin

‘No Justice, No Peace’: Visuals From Black Lives Matter Protest in Gaithersburg

Black Lives Matter protestors gathered in Gaithersburg July 23 demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and other victims of police brutality. MyMCMedia covered the protest on social media. Here are some visuals: Passing Brown Station Elementary School. @mymcmedia pic.twitter.com/t9CU5O5ST9 — Maryam Shahzad (@maryam_mcm) July 23, 2020 Protestors are escorted by a police car. “No […]

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June 16, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

County Has Not Seen Uptick in COVID-19 Cases Since Protests Began, Gayles Says

Montgomery County has not seen an increase in COVID-19 cases due to large-scale Black Lives Matter protests, said County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles. “What we have observed here is since that started within the county, we have not seen an uptick in cases,” he said at a county council meeting Tuesday. He emphasized that […]

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June 12, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Gayles and Hogan Encourage Protesters to Get Tested for COVID-19

Montgomery County Health Officer and Chief of Public Health Services Dr. Travis Gayles encourages residents who have attended Black Lives Matter protests to get tested for COVID-19 if they are concerned about exposure. “I think we do see folks going to the protests who may be disproportionately impacted if they do contract it,” he said […]

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June 10, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

MedStar Healthcare Professionals Talk Protesting in the Age of Coronavirus

People around the country are taking to the streets to protest racial injustice and police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, but with taking a stand comes the ever-looming threat of spreading the coronavirus. On Friday, MyMCMedia spoke to Dr. Fred Finelli, the Vice President of Medical Affairs at Medstar Montgomery Medical […]

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June 10, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

‘Just Show That You Care a Little Bit’: Protesters Upset After Officers Don’t Listen In

Black Lives Matter protesters gathered by the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) 1st District station in Gaithersburg on Wednesday. A few protesters said they asked officers who were congregated by the main building to join and listen in on what was being said. Eventually, a few came and stood nearby. “I’d rather have them in […]

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June 8, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Retirees Support Black Lives Matter Protesters While Social Distancing

Retirees at the Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg came out to show support for Black Lives Matter protesters on Sunday. The retirement community is across the street from Lakeforest Mall, where Sunday’s protest began. As people marched down the street, these older residents came as far as the perimeter fence with signs like “reform policing” […]

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June 8, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Photos: Good Counsel Students Organize Protest in Olney Sunday

Several Black Lives Matter protests – demanding racial justice after the death of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis – took place in Montgomery County over the weekend, On Sunday, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School students organized one of the protests. The students and community met at the Olney campus in […]

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June 8, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

4th Grader: ‘It’s Not Fair That Black People Keep Dying’

A Black Lives Matter protest began at Lakeforest Mall Sunday, and protesters marched to Olde Towne Gaithersburg.  “It’s not fair that black people keep dying,” said Marley, a fourth grader at Westover Elementary School in Silver Spring. 

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