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April 13, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery County Residents 16+ Can Now Sign Up for Vaccine

Since Monday, Montgomery County residents older than 16 have been able to preregister to receive the coronavirus vaccine at all state and county operated vaccine clinics. This news comes as coronavirus cases for children have been on the rise across the country—particularly in the state of Michigan, which currently is experiencing the worst outbreak in […]

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April 8, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Initial Unemployment Claims Continue to Decline

Initial claims for unemployment filed by Montgomery County residents continued to decrease during the week that ended April 3. That week, only 141 residents filed initial unemployment claims. The prior week, which ended March 27, 1,307 residents filed unemployment claims. One week earlier, county residents filed 2,401 initial claims, according to the Maryland Department of Labor […]

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March 9, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Hogan Lifts State Capacity Limits for Dining; Montgomery County Leaders Express Opposition

Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press conference Tuesday that the state will start easing capacity limits at bars, restaurants, and other establishments. Hogan’s updated executive order means that starting Friday at 5 p.m., capacity limits for indoor and outdoor restaurants and foodservice establishments will be lifted. The order notes that restaurants and bars can […]

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February 18, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Marylanders Without Internet Can Call COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center

Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has teamed up with Maryland Department of Aging (MDOA) to launch a telephone line to assist Marylanders without internet in making vaccine appointments. The COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. @MDHealthDept launched a COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center to share info […]

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January 14, 2021 | Staff Writer

Hogan Nominates Dennis Schrader as Maryland Health Secretary

Gov. Larry Hogan has nominated Dennis Schrader as secretary of Maryland Department of Health (MDH). Schrader has been serving as the acting secretary of health since former Secretary Robert Neall retired Dec. 1. According to a news release from the Maryland Department of Health, Schrader previously served as acting health secretary in 2017. From January […]

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January 12, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

UPDATE: Maryland Confirms Two Cases of New COVID-19 U.K. Variant in Anne Arundel

Update (5:15 p.m.): The Office of Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statement about the two cases of COVID-19 in Anne Arundel caused by the new coronavirus variant originally found in the United Kingdom, known as B-117. According to the statement, the strain has not been shown to be more contagious or increase the risk of […]

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January 5, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Holy Cross: 2,000+ Nonprioritized People Erroneously Signed Up for Vaccine

More than 2,000 ineligible people erroneously signed up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from Holy Cross Health. Holy Cross Health announced that on Dec. 30, the hospital system, which has locations in Germantown and Silver Spring, sent an email to employees with a link where they could sign up to schedule a time to receive […]

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December 23, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery County Health, Human Services Receives Moderna Vaccine

Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, manufactured by Moderna, on Wednesday morning. According to a county news release, this first shipment of vaccines is reserved for county health staffers who are engaged in managing the coronavirus response—including Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles. 📢 […]

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August 10, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

What is the Role of Contact Tracing if a Student or Teacher Tests Positive for Coronavirus?

After a week-long back and forth between Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles over whether or not nonpublic schools could reopen, Gayles ultimately rescinded his directive to keep private schools closed through Oct. 1. So now, private schools in Montgomery County can determine how and when they reopen. If schools […]

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March 16, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Hogan Orders Maryland Bars, Restaurants, Movie Theaters, Gyms to Close 5 P.M. Monday

Gov. Larry Hogan announced an executive order Monday to close all bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms in the state of Maryland starting  5 p.m. on Monday. The closures are out of concern for the coronavirus pandemic. The executive order will be strictly enforced by law enforcement, Hogan said. Drive-thru, carryout, and delivery will continue, Hogan […]

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