COVID-19 Update: New Testing Sites and Family Violence Awareness

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April 23, 2020 |  Bookmark and Share

Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

Marc Elrich, County Executive

Hello friends,

I know we are all spending so much time in our homes these days as we work to limit the spread of COVID-19. For some of us that’s nice, but it’s a frightening situation for those experiencing family violence. That’s why this week Montgomery County is launching the Family Violence Awareness and Prevention Campaign. We want people to know where to go if they need help. Despite this health crisis, services are still available for those in need. Please reach out to get the support you deserve. We are here for you.

Marc Elrich

Marc Elrich, County Executive 


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Bringing Awareness to Family Violence Prevention and Safety

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The COVID-19 health crisis is intensifying the dangers that those experiencing family violence face every day. That’s why the County is launching the Family Violence Awareness and Prevention Campaign. This program is an effort to let residents know that resources remain open and free.

These stickers are being posted at County liquor stores and other essential retail businesses such as Founding Farmers and Giuseppe’s Pizza. The stickers include the warning signs of family violence and County agencies that can help. The County wants to make sure that all residents are safe at home.

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Thank you, World Central Kitchen for Helping Low-Income Seniors in Silver Spring

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On Wednesday, World Central Kitchen (WCK) delivered 189 meals to the residents of The Bonifant at Silver Spring, a Montgomery Housing Partnership affordable senior living community. This delivery was part of WCK’s mission to employ local restaurant workers and bring food to people in need. Every day, WCK is serving more than 5,000 meals to people throughout the Washington DC area, including Montgomery County.

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Feeding Those in Need During COVID-19

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Where Can You Go for Help? 

The Montgomery County Food Council has a full list of local resources to help people in need. See the website link below for information on food assistance, benefits, help for seniors, and resources for low income residents.

Food Council Website

New Testing Sites Announced

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Montgomery County health officials are expanding appointment-only COVID-19 testing in the County. A new drive-thru testing site is now open at the Wheaton Community Recreation Center, and another site will open in Germantown on Monday, April 27.

“We continue to expand testing capability for Montgomery County residents,” said County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles. “These drive-thru sites will further our goal of providing access to needed testing.”

To qualify for testing at any of the State or County sites, individuals must meet testing criteria as determined by a licensed healthcare provider and have an appointment.

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