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After a year of shutdowns and quarantines, Montgomery County is beginning to bounce back from the devastation to work towards a safe and promising future.


Written By: Rachel Bejo
Published April 25, 2021





Vaccines

Of Montgomery County residents eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, 49% have received a first dose, and 31.5% are fully vaccinated. Director of the county Office Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Earl Stoddard, highlighted that there is a “significantly high scientific literacy rate in Montgomery County," and residents are willing to follow advice from public health leaders.


**If you are interested in getting the vaccine, you can make an appointment here.

Montgomery County Public Schools
While MCPS schools currently run a hybrid model of students both online and at home, the Board of Education hopes to return back to an in person, 5 day a week schedule in the fall of 2021. Additionally, MCPS will be offering Montgomery Virtual , a flexible online learning program for all students in Pre-K to grade 12, for the 2021-2022 school year.
In tackling the pandemic’s effect on students, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, announced a new initiative intended to support mental health and public safety needs of students as they return to schools. He noted,“This is our moment to address some of these underlying issues...[and] to do something, so we’re going to work to improve the educational environment as quickly as possible". The initiative will be led by a committee of representatives from local agencies.

Reopening Plans
As an increasing number of residents continue to get vaccinated, Montgomery County officials have been working on a three phase plan to reopen businesses and lift restrictions. Each phase is based on what percentage of residents have been vaccinated. The first phase includes increasing gathering limits and some business capacity limits, and will be implemented once 50% of the county’s population has received a first dose. Then when the percentage of first dose receivers increases to 60%, the second phase is implemented to eliminate outdoor gathering restrictions, increase indoor gathering limits, and more. The final phase is put in place once 50% of the population is fully vaccinated, and regulations would be based on the Maryland Department of Health’s requirements. The plan is not yet finalized, but is scheduled for a hearing and vote on April 27th.

For a more in depth look at implications of each phase see here.