The county’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics have expanded their service and begun vaccinating people between the ages of 65 and 74, as well as essential workers and individuals with developmental disabilities, the Department of Health and Human Services announced. “Essential workers” include transit workers, teachers, and childcare workers.
Two groups of local elected officials have written to Gov. Larry Hogan (R) urging him to address availability and racial equity issues with the COVID-19 vaccines in Montgomery County. All nine County Council members signed on to a letter sent Wednesday asking the governor to specifically address racial inequity in both the vaccine distribution and the pre-registration system.
CBS Sports anchor James Brown has shot a public service announcement as part of a local nonprofit’s campaign to urge the county’s Black residents to take a COVID-19 test.“ As you know, coronavirus infection rates have risen in the Black community. As a Maryland resident, I am happy to share that the African American Health Program is hosting free COVID-19 testing sites in Montgomery County,” Brown says in the PSA.
The county’s Recreation department plans to reopen eight community recreation centers for limited, scheduled activities on Monday, March 1, officials announced. Individuals or households will be able to schedule a time to use the fitness room, gymnasiums, and other rooms without attending a class, as was necessary when the department opened RecFit programs two weeks ago.
CCI Health & Wellness Services, a Silver Spring-based community health center, is the first health center in Maryland chosen by the White House to participate in its Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program. According to the CCI announcement, the Biden administration’s program is designed to increase the vaccine’s delivery to the country’s hardest-hit populations.
The county judge in a lawsuit fighting the recent indoor dining ban has agreed to dismiss the suit, according to a report in Bethesda Beat. Judge James Bonifant dismissed the case after the plaintiffs, which included the Restaurant Association of Maryland and more than 30 county restaurateurs, and the county agreed the lawsuit now was moot.
The County Council yesterday approved by a 7–2 vote a revised executive order permitting indoor dining in area restaurants, with restrictions. Councilmembers Will Jawando (D-At Large) and Craig Rice (D-District 2) dissented, citing safety issues, the risk of continuing to spread the pandemic and public health experts’ advice against reopening restaurants.
The County Council will hold a public hearing and vote next week on a revised executive order proposed yesterday by County Executive Marc Elrich. The council is scheduled to introduce a resolution approving Executive Order No. 19-21, COVID-19 Local Order – Amending and Restating Order later today, as well as introduce a similar resolution in their role as the Board of Health.
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