COVID-19 Update: Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

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Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

County Executive Marc Elrich

I am saddened to announce the first County employee death due to COVID-19. Michael Miller was a motor pool attendant at the Silver Spring Ride On depot. His family is allowing us to share this news. Michael had worked for our County since 2011. He was 60 years old. He leaves behind a wife and two adult children. In his honor, I have asked that all County flags be lowered to half staff. My thoughts go out to his wife and children and the entire Ride On family.

Marc Elrich

Marc Elrich, County Executive 


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Apply Now: Public Health Emergency Grant Program

PHEG program

The Montgomery County Public Health Emergency Grant (PHEG) program is designed to provide financial assistance to small businesses and nonprofits in Montgomery County (including sole proprietorships and independent contractors) that have experienced significant financial loss caused directly or indirectly by a public health emergency. Local businesses may be eligible for grants of up to $75,000.

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Montgomery County Department of Transportation Requires Ride On Bus Passengers to Wear Face Coverings

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All passengers boarding Montgomery County Ride On buses are required to wear face coverings. Customers who do not comply will be advised of the requirement to wear a face covering and may not be allowed to board the vehicle.

These steps are being taken to help riders performing essential travel protect each other and bus operators during the COVID-19 health crisis. All Ride On bus operators were provided with County-issued face coverings earlier this week.

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Thanks for the Many PPE Donations!

PPE Donations

Montgomery County appreciates the many people and businesses that have donated personal protective equipment (PPE). People from across the County have dropped off unused PPE and handmade face coverings at two drive through donations tents.

A special shout out to the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center Inc (CCACC) in Gaithersburg, for donating 5000 surgical masks to our front line healthcare providers.

Thank you to everyone who has donated. Our first responders, nursing homes, and other medical providers appreciate your support!

If you can help, donations are accepted at the Dennis Avenue Health Center, located at 2000 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and at Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters, located at 100 Edison Park Drive in Gaithersburg from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

Donations are also accepted online:


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Department of Permitting Services – Open for eBusiness!

The Department of Permitting Services (DPS) is fully committed to providing a broad range of uninterrupted services to keep businesses operating. From street vendors, to commercial enterprises and construction companies, local businesses are keeping their doors open and their workers employed while the public receives the benefit of their goods and services.

DPS plays a pivotal role in keeping the local economy running in these uncertain times.


Doug Holmes, Project Manager with Harkin Builders in charge of a new 107-unit Domiciliary Care Home facility in Olney called Cadence

“DPS has been invaluable in their assistance, coordination, and communication as we proceed to begin this project during these difficult circumstances. We can’t express enough how important it has been for our company and all those impacted by the success of this project that we can depend on DPS now more than ever.” 

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Hampden Lane Liquor & Wine Store Reopens in Bethesda

ABS Store reopen

Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) has reopened the Hampden Lane Liquor & Wine store in Bethesda. It was closed for more than two weeks after a store employee tested positive for COVID-19. 

“We’ve thoroughly cleaned the Hampden store and have asked all our staff who have come into contact with the employee to voluntarily self-quarantine for two weeks,” said ABS Retail Chief Kent Massie. “Thankfully, no other employees have shown symptoms after the two-week period and have returned to reopen the store.”

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State of MD

New System for Filing for Maryland Unemployment

The State of Maryland has a new system for filing for unemployment that is designed to make the process easier for claimants:

To file an initial regular unemployment claim online or through  call centers, please file your claim according to your last name as detailed below:

  • If your last name starts with A-F, file your claim on a Monday.
  • If your last name starts with G-N, file your claim on a Tuesday.
  • If your last name starts with O-Z, file your claim on a Wednesday.
  • Filing is open to all by phone on Thursdays and Fridays; online on all Thursdays through Sundays.
  • Filing later in a week will not delay your payments or affect the date of your claim.

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COVID-19 Guidelines from Department of Housing and Community Affairs

Montgomery County requires that all multifamily building managers follow CDC guidelines as they clean common areas every day. The CDC also recommends more frequent cleanings in high-traffic areas.

Landlords of multifamily buildings must post information in common areas about cleaning, guidance for residents, and eviction suspensions.

Questions? Call 311 (240-777-0311)

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