Montgomery Update: COVID-19 Vaccines Are Coming—Please Be Patient

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Montgomery County Update: News & Information

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February 4, 2021 | Bookmark and Share
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The status of how many COVID-19 vaccines are available is constantly changing across the nation—and in Montgomery County. The best way to get an appointment to get a vaccine also is changing as the distribution system becomes more refined. County Executive Marc Elrich provides some answers to the current availability in the County.


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COVID-19 Updates: New Executive Order Would Allow Indoor Dining in Restaurants; Vaccines Being Distributed as They Arrive

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Montgomery County restaurants would be allowed to operate with indoor dining at 25 percent capacity if County Executive Marc Elrich’s proposed Executive Order 19-21 is approved by the County Council. The number of COVID-19 vaccines being supplied by the State to the County health department, County hospitals and health care services and some private pharmacies is gradually increasing each week. However, County Executive Elrich said that the number of people in COVID priority groups eligible to receive vaccines right now still greatly outnumbers the supply.


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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. Among the information available is how many positive cases have been reported in each zip code in the County. That information can be found at website.


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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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COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Available for Veterans at VA Centers

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The Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs wants area veterans to know that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is currently making COVID-19 appointments available to specific groups of veterans at its Washington, D.C., and its Martinsburg, W. Va., medical centers.



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Montgomery County COVID-19 Economic Revitalization and Recovery Live Town Hall on Friday, Feb. 5, Will Focus on How Businesses Can Prepare for Spring and Summer

Economic Revitalization and Recovery Live Town Hall

“Helping Businesses Prepare for Spring and Summer” will be the theme from 3-4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, when Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Economic Revitalization and Recovery program continues its series of broadcast town hall meetings to keep businesses informed on programs and strategies for doing business as the health crisis continues.


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Additional $4.9 Million in Business Assistance Available for Montgomery Restaurants and Other Food Service Businesses; Application Deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 10

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A new round of restaurant relief funding is now available to Montgomery County restaurants, food trucks, caterers, breweries and wineries. First-time applicants may be eligible for grants of up to $10,000, while previous MoCo Restaurant Relief grant recipients will be automatically eligible for a $5,000 grant. The funding source is a second $4.9 million aid package Maryland Governor Larry Hogan made available for restaurants severely impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis.


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Students from County Schools and Montgomery College Can Join Virtual Climate Youth Town Hall on Thursday, Feb. 11

Virtual Climate Youth Town Hall on Thursday, Feb. 11

Students in Montgomery County public and private schools and at Montgomery College who are interested in how the County plans to combat the climate emergency can participate in a virtual Climate Youth Town Hall that will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11. The conversation, via Zoom, about climate action and the County’s Draft Climate Action Plan will be co-hosted by Montgomery County, Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery College.


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Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs, During Black History Month, Establishes Virtual Tribute to Honor 29 County Residents Who Served Country

Veterans Affairs, During Black History Month

The Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs is honoring 29 County military service members and veterans with detailed virtual tributes displayed on the County’s website to mark Black History Month in February.


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Montgomery County Public Libraries Offers Virtual Programs to Commemorate Black History Month

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Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will celebrate Black History Month with special virtual programs during February.


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Free Workshops and One-on-One Sessions Available in February to Assist Job Seekers

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Free online workshops and one-on-one sessions geared toward assisting job seekers and entrepreneurs will be available throughout February. Montgomery County Public Libraries is offering the workshops, which will be presented virtually.



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Nominations Sought for Montgomery Serves Awards—County’s Highest Honors for Service

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Nominations are now open for the Montgomery Serves Awards, the County's highest honors for volunteer service. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 12.



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Maryland Department of Transportation to Hold Virtual Meeting on Improvements for Connecticut Avenue at Jones Bridge Road on Wed., Feb. 17

Connecticut Avenue at Jones Bridge Road

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, will hold a virtual information meeting about its upcoming project that will lead to road improvements at the intersection of MD 185 (Connecticut Avenue) at Jones Bridge Road and Kensington Parkway in Chevy Chase.


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Next Episode of the ‘What’s Happening MoCo’ Podcast Available on Thursday, Feb. 4

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Montgomery County residents can learn more about the programs, events and people in their County through the podcast “What’s Happening MoCo.” In past episodes, the podcast, which is hosted by Derrick Kenny, has addressed important subjects while introducing residents to County government leaders, employees and resources. New podcasts are released twice a month. The featured guest on the latest episode is Montgomery County Council President Tom Hucker.


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Montgomery County Public Libraries Goes Fine Free

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Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is no longer charging overdue fines. In addition, MCPL will waive all existing overdue fines from customer accounts. The new policy ensures that all residents have equitable access to MCPL resources and services, while eliminating the financial barrier of overdue fines.


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Middle Eastern American Authors Will Be Featured in Free Virtual Series That Begins Tuesday, Feb. 16, and Continues Through July

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Montgomery County’s Office of Community Partnerships’ Middle Eastern American Advisory Group (MEAGG) and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) are joining to offer a free series of virtual programs on select Tuesday evenings focusing on Middle Eastern American authors and illustrators. The first program, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16, will feature Lebanese-born Helen Zughaib, an internationally acclaimed artist who will talk about “Stories My Father Told Me” that addresses her paintings accompanying her father’s stories of growing up in Syria.


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County to Host Online Conversation on Wednesday, Feb. 10, Focused on ‘Grieving What We Lost in 2020 and Finding Ways to Move Forward in 2021’

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A free online event for a conversation about grieving what we have lost during the COVID-19 pandemic and finding ways to move forward will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The session is part of a series, “Wellness Community Events: Healing and Holding On—One Conversation at a Time for the Community,” which is focused on mental health and wellness issues affecting the community as the COVID-19 health crisis continues.


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