A Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

February 18, 2021

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich addresses how the County is progressing in its fight against COVID-19, both in slowing the spread of the virus and in increasing the number of residents who have received first and second vaccines. However, he reminds everyone that reopening the County must proceed with caution. Read more at https://montgomerycomd.blogspot.com/2021/02/message-from-county-executive-marc_18.html.

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§  COVID-19 Vaccine Update: New County COVID Vaccine Dashboard Established; More Than 115,000 Residents Have Received a First Dose

§  County Executive Elrich, Councilmembers to Hold Conversation on Monday, Feb. 22, With Black Community About Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

§  Virtual Town Hall for Asian American Community on COVID-19 Vaccine to be Held on Tue. Feb. 23

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

§  Where to Get Tested for COVID-19

§  COVID-19-Related Scam Targeting County Residents Is Being Exposed by Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection

§  Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services Launches Winter Lotteries Providing Opportunities to Purchase Highly Sought Spirits

§  County to Host COVID-19 Economic Revitalization and Recovery Town Hall on Friday, Feb. 19, on ‘Human Resources Issues During the Pandemic’

§  County ‘Speed-to-Market’ Initiative Will Ease Regulatory Burdens for Business Development

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

§  Montgomery Parks Offers Programs to Celebrate Black History Month and Other February Events

§  Montgomery County Preserved and Produced More than 6,300 Units of Affordable Housing in Fiscal Year 2020

§  Narcotics Anonymous Meetings Available to County Residents Seeking Help for Themselves—or Friends—With Addiction

§  What to do When Devices That Use Rechargeable Batteries No Longer Can Hold a Recharge

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update: New County COVID Vaccine Dashboard Established; More Than 115,000 Residents Have Received a First Dose

Montgomery County Vaccine Distribution Charts

A new Montgomery County Vaccine Distribution dashboard has been launched to provide a more in-depth look about vaccinations, including updated figures on how many residents have been vaccinated.  The dashboard includes the information that the County has passed the milestone of having more than 115,000 County residents receive at least one COVID-19 vaccination. Read more at https://montgomerycomd.blogspot.com/2021/02/covid-19-vaccine-update-new-county.html.

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County Executive Elrich, Councilmembers to Hold Conversation on Monday, Feb. 22, With Black Community About Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and County Councilmembers Will Jawando and Craig Rice will host a special virtual event from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, focused on “The Black Community and the COVID-19 Vaccine: Why Acceptance of the Vaccine is Important.” Read more at https://montgomerycomd.blogspot.com/2021/02/county-executive-elrich-councilmembers.html.

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Virtual Town Hall for Asian American Community on COVID-19 Vaccine to be Held on Tue. Feb. 23

The Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships and the Asian American Health Initiative of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services will host a virtual town hall meeting for the Asian American community on the importance of getting COVID-19 vaccines. The meeting, via Zoom, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23.  Read more at https://montgomerycomd.blogspot.com/2021/02/virtual-town-hall-for-asian-american.html.

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

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.  Read more  at https://montgomerycomd.blogspot.com/2021/02/covid-19-information-portal-has_17.html.

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Where to Get Tested for COVID-19

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. Read more at https://montgomerycomd.blogspot.com/2021/02/where-to-get-tested-for-covid-19_17.html.

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COVID-19-Related Scam Targeting County Residents Is Being Exposed by Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection

The COVID-19 health crisis in itself has been quite a hardship, but recently, residents have found themselves as the targets of scams related to the virus threat. Now the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection is providing information on how to identify those scams on the County’s COVID-19 comprehensive website. Read more at https://montgomerycomd.blogspot.com/2021/02/covid-19-related-scam-targeting-county.html.

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Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services Launches Winter Lotteries Providing Opportunities to Purchase Highly Sought Spirits

Montgomery County’s Alcohol Beverage Services will help warm up the winter season with the next in its series of whiskey lotteries that provide opportunities for residents to purchase highly sought spirits. The lotteries are free to enter, but have varying residency requirements. Read more at https://montgomerycomd.blogspot.com/2021/02/montgomery-county-alcohol-beverage.html.

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County to Host COVID-19 Economic Revitalization and Recovery Town Hall on Friday, Feb. 19, on ‘Human Resources Issues During the Pandemic’

“Human Resources Issues During the Pandemic” will be the theme from noon-12:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 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 Silvia Kinch, the County’s chief of the Division of Labor Relations and Public Safety in the Office of the County Attorney. Read more at https://montgomerycomd.blogspot.com/2021/02/county-to-host-covid-19-economic.html.

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County ‘Speed-to-Market’ Initiative Will Ease Regulatory Burdens for Business Development

A public-private working group that included the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services, its Department of Transportation, Montgomery Planning and private industry is recommending a series of initiatives to streamline business development and growth in the County. The Economic Advisory Group’s (EAG) “Speed-to-Market” Working Group’s initiative would potentially cut entitlement time in half, while ensuring substantive community participation. Read more at https://montgomerycomd.blogspot.com/2021/02/county-speed-to-market-initiative-will.html.

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

Montgomery County Public Libraries is celebrating Black History Month with special virtual programs during February. Read more at https://montgomerycomd.blogspot.com/2021/02/libraries-offer-virtual-programs-to.html.

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Montgomery Parks Offers Programs to Celebrate Black History Month and Other February Events

Programs to celebrate Black History Month and other special February events are being offered by Montgomery Parks, which is part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.  Read more at https://montgomerycomd.blogspot.com/2021/02/montgomery-parks-offering-programs-to.html.

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Montgomery County Preserved and Produced More than 6,300 Units of Affordable Housing in Fiscal Year 2020

Montgomery County’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs committed $58.9 million in Fiscal Year 2020 to reduce the housing cost burden of residents through a range of strategies that preserved and produced a significant amount of affordable housing.  Read more at https://montgomerycomd.blogspot.com/2021/02/montgomery-county-preserved-and.html.

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Narcotics Anonymous Meetings Available to County Residents Seeking Help for Themselves—or Friends—With Addiction

COVID-19 has increased stresses for many people through increased social isolation, work changes and life disruptions. Major unfortunate consequences in Montgomery County have been increases in suicides and drug overdoses. Narcotics Anonymous (NA), a nonprofit, 12-step program, is helping residents for whom drugs have become a major problem and is available for others confronting drug addiction.  Read more at https://montgomerycomd.blogspot.com/2021/02/narcotics-anonymous-meetings-available.html.

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What to do When Devices That Use Rechargeable Batteries No Longer Can Hold a Recharge

The great thing about appliances, tools and devices that use rechargeable batteries is that they produce a lot of performance just by plugging them in for a period and being ready to go again. However, everyone has eventually learned that rechargeable batteries (and their devices), at some point, no longer hold a charge. The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection wants those batteries and devices to be disposed of properly. Read more at https://montgomerycomd.blogspot.com/2021/02/what-to-do-when-devices-that-use.html.

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