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April 8, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

‘Complete Nonsense’: Hogan Responds to Audit Faulting Purchase of Test Kits From South Korean Company

After an audit found that 500,000 COVID-19 test kits that the state bought from the South Korean company LabGenomics were not purchased in accordance with state regulations, Gov. Larry Hogan scoffed at the report. “It was complete nonsense. I’m still very happy with the tremendous success of acquiring these test kits. It was probably one […]

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March 29, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

At Home, Digital Testing Will be Default Option for AP Exams When Possible

At home, digital Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be, when possible, the default option for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students this semester, school officials discussed during a meeting last week. This strategy accommodates distancing, supports operational needs during reopening and builds on “lessons learned last year,” said Scott Murphy, director of MCPS College and […]

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March 16, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Gayles, Elrich Reemphasize Importance of COVID-19 Testing 

Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles reemphasized the importance of getting tested for COVID-19 during a council meeting Tuesday. In response to a question from Councilmember Craig Rice, Gayles said the county wants to prevent another wave of cases and then another wave of lockdowns that some European countries, like Italy, are currently dealing […]

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February 11, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

‘We Need More Damn Vaccines’: Hogan Says Shortage Will Last for Foreseeable Future 

“The basic problem is pretty simple: we need more damn vaccines,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said at a press conference Tuesday. He said every state, county and city in the U.S. is facing the issue of COVID-19 vaccine demand outweighing supply. “And we’ve been told by the federal government that this problem will continue to […]

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September 28, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Notifies Employees That Formal Reopening Planning is Underway

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) employees were notified on Friday that formal planning for some in-person instruction is beginning.  Last week Gov. Larry Hogan announced that all 24 Maryland jurisdictions have state-approved plans to bring at least some students back into school buildings this fall. In late August Hogan said eight school systems did not include […]

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August 20, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

AdvaGenix: State Health Department Incorrectly Said Permit Was Suspended

AdvaGenix, the Rockville lab that was supplying and processing COVID-19 tests for the county’s free sites, says the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) incorrectly said their laboratory permit was suspended.  On Friday the MDH ordered AdvaGenix to stop processing COVID-19 tests. The MDH said that federal and state investigators found “certain improper laboratory and COVID-19 […]

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August 18, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

After Procedure Concerns, County Ends Testing Contract With AdvaGenix

Montgomery County will no longer be using COVID-19 tests from AdvaGenix, the Rockville lab that was supplying and processing tests for the county’s free sites.  The county announced Tuesday that its contract with AdvaGenix was terminated after the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) ordered the lab to stop processing tests on Friday. The MDH said […]

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July 9, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Fourth Employee at Darnestown Liquor and Wine Tests Positive for COVID-19

A fourth employee at Darnestown Liquor and Wine has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from the county. On Monday, Montgomery County announced that the store would be temporarily closed after three employees tested positive: one on June 30 and two others a few days later. The store is planned to reopen on […]

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April 30, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Mary’s Center Ofrece Servicios de Salud a Familias Latinas Durante COVID-19

La Clínica comunitaria Mary’s Center, fundada desde 1988 y con centros de salud en el Distrito de Columbia y Maryland, ha tenido que cerrar temporalmente dos de sus clínicas por la pandemia de COVID-19, pero sigue ofreciendo servicios de salud gratuitos o a bajo costo para las familias necesitadas del área. Lyda Vanegas, Directora de […]

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April 12, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery County Will Test ‘On Demand’ Transit Program

Montgomery County Department of Transportation has plans for a new “on demand” transit program. The Microtransit Pilot Program will be tested in the Rockville, Glenmont, and Wheaton service areas. Similar to UberPool, this program will allow residents to use a mobile app to request trips to and from a designated pickup and drop off area. […]

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