Montgomery Update: Cautiously Reopening—And Vaccinations Are Continuing

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March 18, 2021 | Bookmark and Share
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A Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

County Executive Marc Elrich

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich provides an update on the number of residents who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 and explains that the County is working toward establishing a mass vaccination site. He also explains how his Fiscal Year 2022 Recommended Operating Budget will help the County recover from the grip the virus had over the past year—and that it includes full funding for Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery College. 


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County Executive Elrich Releases $5.97 Billion Recommended FY22 Operating Budget That Focuses on ‘Response, Recovery and Resilience’ and Does Not Include Property Tax Rate Increase

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Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich on Monday released his $5.97 billion Recommended Fiscal Year 2022 Operating Budget that focuses on “response, recovery and resilience” following the COVID-19 health crisis. The budget does not have an increase in the property tax rate.  


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County Moves Toward Gradual Reopening Steps


Montgomery County on March 12 moved toward implementation of a phased approach to reopening that will allow students and teachers back in the classroom safely, expand business opportunities and restore recreational and social activities in a way that does not unduly jeopardize public health. The steps were part of a Board of Health regulation proposed by County Executive Marc Elrich and approved by the County Council. 


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Update on COVID-19 Vaccines: Doses Delivered to County Health Department Are Increased

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The number of Montgomery County residents who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines has continued to increase. And this week, the County health department was informed its weekly allotment of doses from the State has increased. 


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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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Montgomery County to Host COVID-19 Economic Revitalization and Recovery Virtual Town Hall on Friday, March 19, with Focus on WorkSource Montgomery and Jobs Opportunities

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Partnerships and Professionals” will be the theme from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, March 19, when Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Economic Revitalization and Recovery program continues its series of virtual town hall meetings to keep businesses informed on strategies for doing business as the health crisis continues. The upcoming town hall will feature Anthony Featherstone, new executive director of WorkSource Montgomery.  


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JCA and County to Hold Free Virtual Employment Expo for Job Seekers 50 and Over on Tuesday, March 23

JCA and County to Hold Free Virtual Employment Expo for Job Seekers 50 and Over on Tuesday, March 23

The Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA), which traditionally holds a single, huge employment expo in Montgomery County each year, instead will hold several free virtual events this year. The next County Virtual Employment Expo for Job-seekers Age 50 and Over will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23. It will be held via Zoom. 


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New Episode of ‘What’s Happening MoCo’ Podcast Highlights ‘MoCoHacks’ Hackathon

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The latest episode of the “What’s Happening MoCo “podcast, which highlights people and programs important to the residents of Montgomery County, will feature a conversation with Elizabeth Qiu, an organizer of “MoCoHacks,” a 36-hour hackathon for all public high school students in the County. It also will address some of the challenges that women face in the IT field. 


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Intersection of Executive Boulevard and Old Georgetown Road in White Flint Will Be Closed to Traffic for Five Months Starting Mon., March 22

Intersection of Executive Boulevard and Old Georgetown Road in White Flint Will Be Closed

The intersection of Executive Boulevard and Old Georgetown Road in the White Flint area will be completely closed to vehicle traffic starting on Monday, March 22, for issues related to a construction project. It is expected that the intersection will be closed through late August. 


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County Recreation Continues to Successfully Reopen, Including Creative Sports Program for Young People with Disabilities

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Montgomery County Recreation is moving toward reopening programs in step with the County’s recovery from the COVID-19 health crisis. Its spring programs will include those that feature a medley of glow-in-the dark and other sports activities for youth and young adults with disabilities. 


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Former Montgomery ‘Innovation Center’ Company VLP Therapeutics Raises $16 Million For Cancer Treatment Vaccine Research and Development

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Montgomery County-supported “innovation centers” provide local start-up high-tech and life science companies with shared resources and space that enable them to stabilize financially as they work on potential business success and add jobs. Each time an innovation center business (or graduate company) reaches a milestone, it is a victory in the County’s determination to increase entrepreneurial success. Recently, one of those companies did just that. 


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Women’s History Month Being Celebrated with Free Online Events in ‘Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced’ Series  

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Women's History Month will be celebrated by Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) with free online events throughout the month of March with the series “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced."  The programs—suitable for all ages—will feature lectures, discussions and story times.    


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When Doing Spring Cleaning, Make Sure to Properly Recycle Rechargeable Batteries 

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Spring is almost here and with that comes spring cleaning.  The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) wants to remind residents who are cleaning out closets, garages, basements and attics that when they find rechargeable batteries that have reached the end of their usefulness in cordless appliances and tools, those batteries must be recycled and not thrown out in the trash.  


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