Montgomery Update: County Again at Elevated ‘High' Level of COVID-19 Community Transmission

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July 28, 2022 | Bookmark and Share
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A Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

Message from the County Executive

The increase in the number of COVID-19 cases has led to Montgomery County to return to the level of “high” community transmission—and County Executive Marc Elrich recommends actions for residents to help control the spread. On better summer notes, he applauds the summertime “Montgomery Can Code” program with the IgnITehub at Montgomery College. He encourages eligible renters to apply for the fourth phase of the Rent Relief and also addresses efforts to establish temporary rent stabilization. In addition, County Executive Elrich invites residents to join him on National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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2022 Primary Election Update: Mail-in Ballots That Were Postmarked by July 19 and Arrive by Friday, July 29, Will Be Counted

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The Montgomery County Board of Elections is continuing to count mail-in and provisional ballots for the 2022 Gubernatorial Primary. Election Day was July 19. Mail-in ballots that were postmarked by July 19 will be counted if they arrive by the deadline of Friday, July 29.

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County Returns to ‘High’ Community Level for COVID-19 According to CDC

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Montgomery County has returned to the elevated to "high" community level of COVID-19, according to County data and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

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‘FareShare’ Program Can Help Commuters with Monthly Travel Expenses If They Use Public Transit or Vanpools

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Commuters working in Montgomery County can get reimbursed for up to $280 a month for using public transit or vanpooling, by asking their employers to set up a transportation benefits program. The “FareShare” program of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) offers reimbursements to local businesses for their employees’ costs for commuting to work by public transit—and the money is tax-free.

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Seven County Outdoor Pools Can Provide Refreshing Times During the Summer Heat

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Montgomery County has seven outdoor pools that are open to help residents of all ages stay cool during the summer heat. A variety of passes are available, including Montgomery County Recreation’s “Punch 12 Pass” that is good for 12 daily admissions for the price of 10.  

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County Commitment to Inspiring Use of Electric Vehicles Continues with Dedication of Six EV Charging Stations at Clarksburg Condominium II

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Montgomery County’s commitment to combatting climate change includes trying to inspire residents and businesses to purchase electric vehicles. To make that plan viable, accessibility to EV charging stations is a necessity. The commitment to that aspect of the County’s Climate Action Plan continued on July 23 as six new EV charging stations were dedicated at the Clarksburg Condominium II.

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‘Oh, the Places You'll Go!’ Virtual Community Art Exhibition Hosted by Artist Marcie Wolf-Hubbard Will Be On Display on Thursday, Aug. 4

Residents who have illustrated their travels through various forms of art can showcase their pieces through the Oh, the Places You'll Go: A Virtual Community Art Exhibition hosted by artist Marcie Wolf-Hubbard from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4.

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Minority Health Initiatives Seek to Raise Awareness of the Importance of Mental Health Through Storytelling and Community Activities


Montgomery County’s Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI), African American Health Program (AAHP) and Latino Health Initiative (LHI) are collaborating as part of the County’s recognition of July as “Minority Mental Health Month” to bring awareness to the unique mental health struggles faced by racial and ethnic minority communities. The project will include collecting stories from minority community members about their mental health journeys, along with activities throughout the month.

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County Offering COVID-19 Vaccines to Children 6 Months to 5 Years, But Supplies Are Limited

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Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months to 5 years, Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has started vaccinating this age group as vaccines are available. However, initial supplies are limited.

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Fourth Phase of COVID-19 Rent Relief Program: Previously Incomplete and New Applications Will Be Accepted

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The fourth phase of Montgomery County’s COVID-19 rent relief program has reopened and is now accepting applications from eligible renters who either did not fully complete their previously submitted application or want to submit a new application for review.

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Ride On Bus Service to Resume Collecting Fares on Monday, Aug. 1, with New Rate Set at $1 

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After 28 months of temporarily suspending fare collection due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation's (MCDOTs) Ride On bus system will resume fare collection on Monday, Aug. 1, on all services, including Ride On, Ride On extRa, Flex, and Flash. Fares will continue to be free throughout July. The new fare will be set at $1.  

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County Department of Health and Human Services Offering Monkeypox Vaccine to Limited Number of At-Risk Residents


The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is offering monkeypox vaccines, but it has a limited number of vaccine doses. Under the guidance of the Maryland Department of Health, Montgomery County is offering vaccinations to eligible residents who are at highest risk of contracting the virus.  

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Silver Spring Thursday Concerts in Silver Spring Continue with R&B Sound of Pianist Elliot Levine on Aug. 4

Thursday nights are alive with music this summer in Downtown Silver Spring as the free “Silver Spring Thursday Night Concerts” series continues on Veterans Plaza. Concert series are scheduled for 7-9 p.m. each Thursday evening through Aug. 11. The next performance, on Aug. 4, will feature the R&B and funk music of pianist Elliot Levine.

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‘Glen Echo’s Two Great Carousels: Coney Island versus Philadelphia Style’ Will Be Featured in Online Presentation Available Starting Monday, Aug. 1

Before Glen Echo’s W.H. Dentzel carousel was delivered from Philadelphia in 1921, the park featured a large carousel created in Coney Island by W. F. Mangels, with horses and chariots by M. C. Illions. “Glen Echo’s Two Great Carousels: Coney Island versus Philadelphia Style,” a free online presentation of Montgomery History that will be available Aug. 1-8, will look at each of these carousels.

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Popular Whodunit Game at ‘Clue the Musical’ Will Be at Gaithersburg Arts Barn Aug. 5-21

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Clue the Musical, based on a book by Peter DiPietro and with music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker and Vinnie Martucci, will be performed on weekends during Aug. 5-21 at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn. The presentation is a partnership of The Montgomery Playhouse and the City of Gaithersburg. 

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County Commission on Women Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary by Creating Time Capsule to Be Opened in 50 Years

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The Montgomery County Commission on Women (CFW) recently its 50th anniversary by creating a time capsule that is not to be opened in 50 years. The contents of the time capsule were revealed at an event celebrating the commission’s 50th anniversary at the Sandy Spring Museum.

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