Montgomery Update: We all are ready to get vaccinations—we just need more of them

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Montgomery County Update: News & Information

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January 28, 2021 | Bookmark and Share
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The availability of COVID-19 vaccines is the No. 1 topic around Montgomery County. This week, County Executive Marc Elrich addresses many questions people have about vaccine availability and provides details on how to preregister for vaccines that eventually will be available. But he also explains that demand for vaccines far exceeds the number of doses currently being sent to the County.


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County Begins Vaccinating Residents 75 and Older for COVID-19

Vaccine and Priority Group Information

Montgomery County is now vaccinating residents 75 and older for COVID-19 and will continue providing appointment links to others in Priority Group 1B as vaccine supply allows. However, a national COVID-19 vaccine shortage, and the limited amount of doses the County and the State receive weekly, will result in fewer residents who are preregistered getting an appointment immediately.


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County Executive Elrich Announces Plan to Vaccinate Residents and MCPS Employees with the Help of Johns Hopkins Medicine

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Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has announced that Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) will begin distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible County residents and Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) employees this week. The initiative is part of an effort to help prepare for the reopening of public schools.


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FAQs About the County’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program

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Everyone has frequently asked questions about the status of the COVID-19 vaccination program in Montgomery County. The County’s Department of Health and Human Services has put together answers to many of them.


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COVID-19 Information Portal Has Statistics on How the Virus Has Impacted the County, Including Infections by Zip Codes

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COVID-19 Deaths by Zip Code, Montgomery County, MD

Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Information Portal provides a variety of breakdowns on how the virus has impacted the County. The statistics are regularly updated to reflect the most recent reports during the health crisis.


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Where to Get Tested for COVID-19

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There are numerous ways to get tested for COVID-19 in Montgomery County. The County operates dozens of clinics most weeks and rotates the locations to make testing easily accessible for residents in all parts of the County. In addition, there are many privately operated testing programs.


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Four Food Distribution Events Scheduled in County for Friday-Saturday, Jan. 29-30

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Four food distribution events are scheduled in Montgomery for Friday-Saturday, Jan. 29-30, to help individuals and families who continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis.

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High School Students Can Become ‘Vision Zero Youth Ambassadors’ While Helping to Make Roadways Safer; Deadline to Apply is Feb. 5

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The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), in partnership with the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS), is seeking 20 students in County schools to serve as “Vision Zero Youth Ambassadors.” The program is aiming to encourage youth to have an active role in road safety efforts and improvements.


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’Picnic in the Park Warm-up Days’ Will Allow Residents to Reserve Heated Spaces for Outdoor Dining or Socializing

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Picnic in the Park: Warm-Up Days,” a series of events hosted by Montgomery Parks, will allow residents to reserve a limited number of fire pits and patio heaters for outdoor dining or socializing on selected Saturday afternoon dates in January, February and March.  


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Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services Launches ‘Amplify Black Voices’ Program

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Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) has launched its “Amplify Black Voices” digital marketing campaign that highlights Black-owned wine and spirits brands and Black leaders in the alcohol industry. The campaign will be featured throughout February, which is recognized as Black History Month.


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Construction Completed on Long Branch Library as ‘Holds to Go’ and Phone Services Begin

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Construction has been completed on the Long Branch Library, allowing Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) to begin its “Holds to Go!” and the library phone service to start this week. The County’s Department of General Services oversaw construction at the library, which is located at 8800 Garland Ave. in Silver Spring.


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Transformative Drug Manufacturer On Demand Pharmaceuticals Chooses Rockville for Its New Headquarters

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On Demand Pharmaceuticals (ODP), an innovative pharmaceutical manufacturing company, has selected Rockville for its new GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) manufacturing, research, development and headquarters facility. The company expects to have up to 75 employees by the end of 2021 and potentially hundreds at the end of five years.


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Text-To-911 Now Available in Maryland

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Anyone who is experiencing an emergency in Maryland and is unable to place a voice call to 911 can now send a text message to 911.



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County Commission for Women’s 41st Annual Legislative Briefing Topics Include Advocating with Strength for Equality and Justice

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The Montgomery County Commission for Women (CFW) will host its 41st Annual Women’s Legislative Briefing (WLB) from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31. The virtual event brings together advocates, allies, policymakers and emerging leaders to empower, engage and mobilize Marylanders around issues affecting women and girls.


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2020 Was a Year like No Other, but New Video Shows How County Continued to Make Strides in Protecting the Environment and Helping Residents Reduce Energy Use

DEP 2020 Review

The year 2020 was a challenging one in many regards, but the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) continued to make progress in protecting the County’s resources and helping residents reduce their energy use. DEP has made a video documenting its work in 2020 and it can now be viewed at here.


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