Montgomery Update: COVID-19 Is Surging Again

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December 23, 2021 | Bookmark and Share
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A Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

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The surge of COVID-19 due largely to the fast-spreading Omicron variant is again putting great demand on County health services and County Executive Marc Elrich this week talks about how the County is responding. He stresses the need for all eligible residents to get vaccines and booster shots. He addresses how the County Government is working with Montgomery County Public Schools to do everything possible to safely preserve in-person learning. As the holidays approach, County Executive Elrich offers much appreciation for the outstanding efforts residents are making to help those in need.

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County Provides Free COVID-19 Testing, But Clinics Are Seeing High Demand

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Montgomery County continues to offer free COVID-19 testing to anyone who lives, works or regularly visits Montgomery County. However, County-operated clinics are experiencing high demand as the omicron variant spreads throughout the nation.

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County Holiday Schedule for the Christmas Holidays, Friday, Dec. 24, and Saturday, Dec. 25

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The Montgomery County Government will observe special schedule changes, with many programs not being held and most facilities, including senior centers, closed for the Christmas holiday weekend on Friday, Dec. 24, and Saturday, Dec. 25.

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COVID-19 Information Portal Has Statistics on the Virus Including Infections and Vaccinations Given by Zip Codes  

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Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Information Portal provides a variety of breakdowns on how the virus has impacted the County. The statistics are updated to reflect the most recent reports from the State of Maryland during the health crisis. Among the information available is how many positive cases have been reported in each zip code in the County.              

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Surging COVID Virus Impacting Community Use of Public Facilities as Policy Changes Put into Place

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The surging COVID-19 virus is leading Montgomery County’s Community Use of Public Facilities, the interagency coordinating board, to change some policies regarding reservations and use of facilities. No new reservations are currently being accepted.

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Byron A. Johns, Blanca Kling, Diego Uriburu and Harvey Zeigler Presented with County’s Top Humanitarian Awards for 2021


Byron A. Johns, Blanca Kling, Diego Uriburu and Harvey Zeigler have been honored with Montgomery County’s top humanitarian awards for 2021. County Executive Marc Elrich presented the awards at a recent event that recognized the essential role volunteers play in the success of the County.

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County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program Application Portal to Close Dec. 31

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Montgomery County’s Emergency Rental Assistance program’s (ERA) COVID Rent Relief application portal will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31. Applications submitted before the deadline will be reviewed and processed, but no additional applications will be received after that time.

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Styrofoam Use to Be Banned in County Food Service Operations Starting Jan. 1

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All food service businesses in Montgomery County may not sell or provide food or beverages in any foam or rigid polystyrene (Styrofoam™) food service products starting Saturday, Jan. 1. Items to be prohibited include food containers, plates, hot and cold beverage cups and other products made of polystyrene. 

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E-Scooter Service Expanded to Germantown 


The Montgomery County Department of Transportation has expanded the service area for e-scooters to include Germantown. The service was expanded into the Gaithersburg area earlier this year. 

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Free ‘MoComCon’ Comic Convention Coming to Public Libraries as Virtual and In-Person Event on Saturday, Jan. 15

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Montgomery County Public Libraries will host its sixth free comic convention, “MoComCon,” on Saturday, Jan. 15. MoComCon 2022 events will be both virtual and in-person at a new location, the Germantown Library. Comic lovers of all ages will be able to find things they like as the event celebrates comics, graphic novels and fandoms.


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County-based Companies Novavax and Truebill Finish 2021 with Major News


Montgomery County-based companies Novavax and Truebill each ended the 2021 corporate year with major news. Each company has received support from the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, a public-private partnership that helps local companies with resources, site selection, funding, incentives, permitting and more.

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16th Annual ‘Montgomery History Conference’ To Have Hybrid Format Jan. 19-29

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Montgomery History will hold its 16th Annual “Montgomery History Conference” in a hybrid format Jan. 19-29. Over 11 days, the conference will offer a myriad of opportunities to take part online and in-person. There will be three keynote sessions, 12 breakout sessions, a movie screening and a trivia night. 


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Virtual ‘Greenscapes Symposium’ to be Hosted by Montgomery Parks and Brookside Gardens on Feb. 18, with Early Tickets Available Through Jan. 7

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The 18th annualGreenscapes Symposium” will be hosted virtually this year by Montgomery Parks and Brookside Gardens on Friday, Feb. 18. The day-long event will be held from 9:15 a.m.- 4 p.m. The symposium brings together experts in the field of landscape sustainability and the environment to provide timely information and solutions to environmental challenges.

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MCDOT Seeking Entries for ‘FlashLIGHTS Photo Contest’ Through Jan. 1 

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Photos of the holiday-decorated Montgomery County Flash bus that operates in the Columbia Pike (US 29) area could win photographers $25 gift cards or other prizes when the photos are posted on social media. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation is looking for photos of the innovative service for its “FlashLIGHTS Photo Contest.” 

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County Leveraged Existing and New Finance and Policy Tools to Reduce Housing Cost Burdens and Serve Communities

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The Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs in Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 leveraged existing and new finance and policy tools to preserve current affordable housing and increase the number of rent-regulated units for people with low incomes. These and other results are summarized in a new report.

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