Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles Announce Phase I Reopening
According to today's update from the MDHealthDept, there are 11,035 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County and 50,988 cases statewide. To date there are 2,348 deaths and 1,296 currently hospitalized state wide. For more information, visit the State's website: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/
As of April 13th, Montgomery Co. residents are required to wear face coverings in grocery stores, pharmacies, and large chain retail establishments. The health order also requires that these retailers establish capacity limits by allowing a small number of customers in the store at a time. Some additional protections for workers include a requirement to provide employees with access to clean restrooms stocked with soap and sanitizer. Companies must also allow employees to wash their hands at least every 30 minutes. Employees must be allowed to wear masks or face coverings. (Metro riders have also been advised to wear masks and board buses through the rear doors unless you are disabled, have a mobility aid or stroller)
Resources for Our Neighbors:
COVID-19 General Information:
The Montgomery County Government maintains a page on prevention information, testing resources, and other local responses to the outbreak: https://montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/RightNav/Coronavirus.html
How can you tell if you have COVID-19? The CDC identifies fever, cough, and shortness of breath as the main symptoms. The CDC recently added the following symptoms to the checklist: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.
The CDC webpage also offers a symptom checker tool, the “Coronavirus Self-Checker” here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
MedStar Health also provides a free coronavirus symptom checker and education tools for our community. Get started. https://clinic.prod-cv.prod.conversa.healthcare/l/gq-UmWX9IBEs9KZhAojqX4wXRXxswNdZYrvLt8nbuhk
Some confirmed patients who spoke to the Washington Post also reported fatigue and headaches and plenty of worry. One of those patients is also an infectious disease expert, and his advice is worth remembering: “Stay calm. Monitor yourself. The number one thing to keep an eye on is breathing. If it becomes difficult to breathe, you should really get to a facility.” (Note: Call the facility before you come!) Others felt fine throughout and would not have known they were sick if they had not been tested.
Clients of Montgomery Cares Clinics please note:
- There are No walk ins; call ahead
- Clinic hours may be subject to change as the situation evolves and clinics are increasingly utilizing telemedicine.
Meals for Children EMERGENCY CLOSURE MEALS SERVICE FOR MCPS STUDENTS. Meals will be provided in a Grab-and-Go format and will be available Mon - Fri 11 a.m.–1 p.m. For up to date information and list of locations please visit https://t.co/9QQQhvxlyR
Montgomery County Food Council
Manna Food Center (Manna) is temporarily waiving income requirements to provide food to any Montgomery County resident impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Residents are encouraged to contact Manna as soon as possible to begin receiving food through regular distribution channels. Visit their food distribution page to see updated site locations & schedules: https://www.mannafood.org/about/contact-manna/manna-food-distribution-sites/
Public Transportation for Essential Travel:
RideOnMCT service will continue to operate on the weekday special service schedule put in place last week. Essential travel only, please. Special service schedule details can be viewed here: https://t.co/3qDo7Ae4JN
El servicio RideOnMCT continúa operando en el horario especial establecido la semana pasada (Lunes a Viernes). Por favor, viajes esenciales únicamente. Los horarios especiales están disponibles en: https://t.co/Cn7PbhvFcX
Montgomery County announced a new Family Violence Awareness and Prevention Campaign, designed to support and inform County residents who are experiencing family violence during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order.
The Montgomery County Family Justice Center (FJC) remains open throughout the pandemic and continues to provide services. The FJC can be reached by telephone at 240-773-0444 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Montgomery County Crisis Center is open 24/7 and can be reached at 240-777-4000.
List of Special Retail Store Shopping Hours just for Seniors and At-Risk:
Senior Call Check Program for Residents 65+ Register to receive informational phone updates and check Ins:
Montgomery County Government Service Closures:
Virtual Options for Important Business:
Register to Vote Presidential Primary Election moved to Tuesday, June 2 Deadline to Register May 12. Promote social/physical distancing by registering from home. Text VOTE to 77788 or
Vote by Mail Promote social distancing by voting by mail (Absentee)! Text VBM to 77788 or https://elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html
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View and Download the Safety-Net Health Care COVID-19 Response Fact Sheet
Advance Care Planning and COVID-19: Who Will Speak for You?
Voice Your Choice is a community-based program of the Nexus Montgomery Regional Partnership led by the Jewish Social Services Agency(JSSA). The program offers free trainings and webinars that provide a step-by-step process to support patients in identifying a health care agent and completing a plan to make their wishes known, in advance of a health care crisis.
During a health care crisis, it is critical to have an advance care plan. An advance care plan allows patients to control the health care they receive if they are unable to speak for themselves and names the person who will ensure their wishes are carried out.
Patients who have a proactive conversation with family and their health care providers about their health care values and wishes before an emergency happens can help alleviate the significant stress that comes from making uninformed choices.
Voice Your Choice provides access to an easy-to-use, free online tool for community members to complete an advance care plan, which is available to providers during an emergency.
Free webinars and trainings are available for community members to learn about the importance of completing an advance care plan and provides them with the tools to facilitate their own trainings.
For more information about advance care planning and completing an advance care plan, please visit VoiceYourChoice.org.