COVID-19 General Information:
Montgomery County Announces Suspension of COVID-19 Testing Amid Concerns with AdvaGenix’s Testing Process. Dr. Gayles recommends that residents who have been tested in the past two weeks at County Government-sponsored clinics using the AdvaGenix test kits should be retested at one of the 30-plus other locations across the County.
- The Montgomery County Government maintains a page on prevention information, testing resources, and other local responses to the outbreak: COVID-19 website
- Visit the State's website for updated information on COVID-19 cases: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/
COVID-19 Symptoms - 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 go!) 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.
COVID-19 RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMRecognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing an unprecedented financial hardship for many Montgomery County residents, the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program provides financial assistance in the form of a rent subsidy payment. This program seeks to fill the gaps for those who have lost income during COVID-19.
Application submissions OPEN August 18, 2020 at 10:00 am and CLOSE August 31, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Access Online Application Portal HERE beginning August 18, 2020. Digital applications must be completed using the portal. Applications will not be accepted via email.
Montgomery County residents can call 311 and ask for the Food Access call center.
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.
Mental Health Resources
SAMHSA Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19
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 email@example.com. 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:
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.