COVID-19 Updates: Answers to Your COVID-19 Questions

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April 6, 2020 |  Bookmark and Share

A Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

Questions and Answers by County Executive Marc Elirch

The Montgomery County Government is working hard to make sure services continue and new policies are put into place to help our residents, small businesses and nonprofit organizations during this unprecedented health crisis. 

Last week, we hosted a virtual community briefing to help address the many questions you may have. I hope you will watch the video below where I answered the most common questions from members of our community.

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Montgomery County Health Officer Urges Residents to Follow CDC Mask Recommendations

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Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles is urging residents to follow the guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that recommend the routine use of homemade cloth masks in public settings.

The CDC recommends wearing masks where social distancing is difficult to maintain. Masks are not advised for children under two years of age or for individuals with difficulty breathing. 

“We don’t currently know how effective homemade masks will be,” said Dr. Gayles. “Wearing a cloth mask is not a substitute for limiting trips outside of your home, continuing to maintain physical distancing or frequently washing your hands. Given the nationwide shortages, surgical and N95 masks are needed for health care providers and these mask types should be reserved for our frontline clinical professionals.”

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Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

A staff member of the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DOCR) has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee is reported to be doing well and is without symptoms. The employee last worked on March 26 at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Boyds. 

Based upon guidance from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, and consistent with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all relevant staff who had close contact have been notified and quarantined. As an extra precaution, inmates who had any contact with the employee are receiving daily temperature checks until the completion of the recommended 14-day exposure period.

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Statement by Chief Marcus G. Jones of the Montgomery County Department of Police

The COVID-19 crisis has presented challenges to all our communities. Our officers remain particularly focused on the protection of life and property and the investigation of serious crime.  Additionally, our officers are addressing Governor Hogan’s Executive Order with an emphasis on voluntary compliance. During this time, we will be prioritizing our resources and responses toward the COVID-19 crisis and other priority law enforcement needs. Rest assured, reported crimes requiring follow-up by investigators will continue to occur and we remain committed to assisting victims of crime. 

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By now you should have received your invitation to complete the 2020 Census. If you have not completed the Census already, please take 10 minutes to respond online by visiting or via phone at 844-330-2020.


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