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May 27, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Choudhury Replacing Retiring Salmon as State Superintendent of Schools 

The Maryland Board of Education unanimously approved Mohammed Choudhury as the state’s next Superintendent of Schools on Thursday. Currently, Choudhury is Associate Superintendent and Chief Strategy, Talent and Innovation Officer for the San Antonio Independent School District in Texas. His new role is effective July 1. Current State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon will retire June […]

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May 20, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Announces $2 Million Lottery Incentive for Vaccinations

Marylanders 18 years and older who get COVID-19 vaccinated in the state will be automatically entered into a new lottery, Gov. Larry Hogan announced during a press conference Thursday. Beginning Tuesday, May 25, the Maryland Lottery will randomly award $40,000 to a vaccinated resident for 40 straight days — through July 3. On July 4, […]

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April 29, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County Will Not Follow State in Lifting Outdoor Dining, Masking Restrictions

On Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan lifted Maryland’s outdoor COVID-19 mask mandate effective immediately and lifted all outdoor dining restrictions beginning Saturday, May 1. Counties are allowed to enforce stricter COVID-19 regulations than the state, and Montgomery County leaders said Wednesday evening that current restrictions in the county will remain in place. On Tuesday, the council, […]

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April 1, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich Concerned About Rising COVID-19 Metrics Following Statewide Reopenings  

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich wants Gov. Larry Hogan to reconsider some recent reopenings following worsening COVID-19 metrics, Elrich said during a media briefing Wednesday. Beginning March 12, the state lifted COVID-19 capacity limits on retail businesses, religious facilities, fitness centers, personal services and indoor recreational establishments. Large indoor and outdoor venues could start operating […]

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March 30, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Maryland Vaccine Eligibility Expands to Include Residents 16+ with Underlying Conditions

On Tuesday, Maryland entered COVID-19 vaccine Phase 2B, expanding eligibility to residents ages 16+ with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk for severe COVID-19, as well as other groups. The state directs residents to a CDC webpage that lists which conditions can lead adults of any age to be more likely severely ill from […]

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March 16, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County Will Have Mass Vaccination Site at Montgomery College Germantown

The state has approved a COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Montgomery College Germantown, County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Dr. Earl Stoddard announced during a council session Tuesday. “The positive news is really that the state has given us the go-ahead and they will be actively supporting us with real logistical support to get […]

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March 9, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Stoddard: State Interested in Montgomery College Germantown as Potential Mass Vaccination Site

State officials are “definitely interested” in the COVID-19 mass vaccination site proposed for Montgomery College’s Germantown campus, Montgomery County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Dr. Earl Stoddard said during a council meeting Tuesday. “So much so that they are going to walk-through with the National Guard [sic] as sort of a pre-visit to look […]

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March 8, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Vaccine Hunters Say Some Maryland Residents Faced Discrimination at Vaccine Sites  

During a council briefing Monday, Montgomery County’s “Vaccine Hunters” reported several incidents of racial discrimination at retail pharmacy and hospital COVID-19 vaccination sites in the state. “What’s happened this week is we’ve had at least three incidents— I just found out one yesterday— of immigrants, undocumented or documented, who have gone to retail pharmacies and […]

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January 14, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan: Maryland Will Enter Vaccination Phase 1B Next Week 

Maryland will begin Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccination plan on Monday, Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press conference Thursday. Phase 1B includes: – Residents ages 75+ – Residents in assisted/independent living, including behavioral health group homes/group homes for those with developmental disabilities – K-12 teachers and support staff, childcare providers Hogan also announced […]

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January 12, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County Expects to Receive Only Half of COVID-19 Vaccines Requested This Week

Montgomery County officials expect to receive about half the amount of COVID-19 vaccine doses they requested for this week, Deputy Health Officer Dr. James Bridgers said during a council meeting Tuesday. County Health and Human Services (DHHS) requested about 12,000 doses this week, however the county was allotted 6,700 as of Tuesday morning, Bridgers said. […]

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