COVID-19 Update: Feeling the Financial Fallout

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Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

County Executive Marc Elrich

Dear Friends,

This morning, I joined members of our Congressional delegation, along with the mayor of Baltimore City and county executives from across Maryland, to discuss the financial situation that we are in due to this unprecedented health crisis. Once we have weathered COVID-19, we will still have to face a difficult financial situation.

We all know that our economy is taking a big hit – unemployment is surging, revenues will drop and food insecurity is at an all-time high. Many more people are accessing our social services as a result of this crisis. We are working hard to maintain and increase services as much as possible.

Our Congressional delegation fought for us and we know that some desperately needed federal funds will be coming. We greatly appreciate their hard work and support. But the reality is, and our federal team understands this, funding simply wasn’t enough to meet the intense level of need that we are experiencing in Montgomery County. It has fallen to State and County governments to not only meet this public health crisis, but also to fund it. We simply cannot do this without more federal support. Our Congressional delegation understands that the next federal package is flexible so that we can rapidly respond to the needs of our County. We are the front line of this pandemic. We deal directly, every day, with the fallout.

While the financial situation is difficult, I am also optimistic.

As I speak with our senators and representatives, and with local leaders from throughout the State, the same two words came up again and again: Team Maryland. We are not in this alone. We have an entire team working on this—fighting for us—across the State.

We are Team Maryland, and together we are strong. Hang in there – continue to follow guidelines for being safe, get outside and stay in touch with friends and family. It is good for our spirits!


Marc Elrich

Marc Elrich, County Executive 

County Delivers on Donations to Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities

County Delivers on Donations to Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities

The County is committed to steadfastly supporting its more than 300 long-term care facilities with personal protective equipment. Since March 25, more than 240 deliveries have been made. Those deliveries to nursing homes, large assisted living facilities, and large group homes for older adults included masks, gloves, gowns and face shields. 

One of the donations was to Althea Woodland nursing home in Silver Spring. This facility received a shipment which included 200 surgical masks, 120 N95 masks, 96 face shields, and other protective equipment. 

The American Chinese School of Rockville has also contributed to the effort to keep front line responders safe. The school gave 6,000 gloves and 5,000 surgical masks to the County. 

Any individual, business or organization with a supply of PPE is encouraged to donate. 


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County Flags Fly at Half-Staff

County Flags Fly at Half-Staff

Montgomery County flags were lowered to half-staff on Friday for Fallen Heroes Day. The lowering of the flag marks a somber milestone, as 1,000 Maryland residents have now died of COVID-19. The flags remained lowered through the weekend to also honor first responders who are on the front lines during this deadly pandemic.

Annually, Fallen Heroes Day honors the brave men and women who serve as police, firefighters and first responders. Rich Leotta, father of fallen Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta, honored his son this year at the Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters. Leotta was killed in the line of duty on December 10, 2015 by a drunk driver.  He was 24 years old. We caught up with Rich Leotta as he was remembering his son. 


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High School Student Raises Money; Donates Masks to the County

High School Student Raises Money; Donates Masks to the County

It was a sense of boredom and guilt that motivated Richard Montgomery High School Junior Michelle Zhao to step up and help out.  During the last two months she has raised $3,000 to help buy 10,000 masks for County first responders and area hospitals. She earned the money tutoring students, both locally and internationally, in debate and public speaking over Zoom. 

“I am simply teaching what I love in order to make a difference,” said Zhao. “The more significant instances of heroism are demonstrated by our medical professionals who sacrifice their own time and safety to aid our communities.”

Zhao delivered the masks to the County last week. The money she raised also allowed her to donate masks to Suburban Hospital and MedStar Montgomery Hospital. She continues her philanthropic efforts by raising money for Chinatown restaurants that have been hard hit by the pandemic. 

Thank you, Michelle, for your hard work and generosity. 


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Celebrating Maryland’s Healthcare Heroes

Celebrating Maryland’s Healthcare Heroes

Montgomery County joined residents across the State of Maryland and the region in honoring the hard work and sacrifice of our Healthcare Heroes on Saturday, May 2.

Just before noon on Saturday, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds flew in tight formation over Montgomery County in a spectacular salute to front line COVID-19 responders. County flags were also lit up blue and a special graphic was displayed on the digital sign board near the Silver Spring Civic Building. 

As we all continue to do our part by staying home, our front line responders are going above and beyond the call of duty every day to save lives. We are grateful to them all and honor their work.


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Housing For All

housing for all

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Services to End and Prevent Homelessness and other community partners are looking for vacant housing units to match with people looking for permanent housing. Amidst this public health emergency, it’s even more critical to ensure that everyone has access to safe housing. The County has set the goal of housing at least 75 households by the end of May.

The County will provide inspections, coordinate completion of the application, and assist with the security deposit, first month’s rent and monthly housing subsidy, where applicable. The County also will provide small grants to properties, as eligible, when a unit is vacated, to cover costs of damages and overdue rent.

Housing is needed throughout the County, from efficiencies to three or more bedrooms. Locations with access to major bus routes and/or Metro are preferred. A survey has been created for property owners interested in participating in the Housing 4 All program. Once completed, a housing specialist will follow-up with survey respondents within 48 hours.


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