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Montgomery County State

Pandemic likely contributed to overdose fatalities in Montgomery County, Maryland

Opioid-related deaths in Montgomery County increased 34% through the first quarter of 2020. Experts attribute the increase to pandemic related stressors and lack of access to treatment due to pandemic shutdowns.

According to preliminary data provided by the Vital Statistics Administration (VSA) of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), there were significant increases in unintentional intoxication fatalities related to nearly all major drug categories in Maryland through the second calendar quarter of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has very likely contributed to and compounded these trends. Taken together, the associated social isolation, disruptions of support, impeded access to care, and economic distress have helped to create an extremely dangerous environment for those suffering from substance use disorder (SUD).

Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center – 2020 Second Quarter Report

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Government State

COVID-19 Exposure Notifications are now available in Maryland on iOS and Android devices

COVID-19 Exposure Notifications are now available for Maryland. The notification system is an API developed by Apple and Google in conjunction with health departments to help alert individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. For privacy reasons, these alerts are turned off by default but you can turn them on if you’d like to be notified.

On iOS, go to Settings -> Exposure Notifications

On Android, go to Settings -> Google -> COVID-19 Exposure Notifications

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Montgomery County

Montgomery County Sponsors Free Flu Vaccine Clinics

Starting on October 21st, Montgomery County will sponsor four free vaccine clinics throughout the county.

County-sponsored seasonal flu vaccination clinics will include free clinics for residents over the age of 14 and two free clinics specifically for children ages six months to 18 years of age. This year there will be one drive-thru flu clinic. The County will offer flu shots only.  High-dose flu vaccine and FluMist will not be available.

County Health Officials Urge Residents to Get a Flu Shot; Online Appointment System Available for Clinics
DateTimeLocationAddressAgeWalkups?
Wednesday, Oct. 2110am – 2pmWhite Oak Community Recreation Center1700 April Lane, Silver Spring14+Yes
Wednesday, Oct. 282pm – 6pmUniversities at Shady Grove Parking Garage9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville14+Yes
Saturday, Nov. 78:30am – 3:30pmDennis Avenue Health Center2000 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring6mo – 18 yearsNo
Saturday, Nov. 218:30am – 3:30pmDennis Avenue Health Center2000 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring6mo – 18 yearsNo

You can make an appointment for these clinics on the County’s Flu site or by calling 311.

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County Council

Montgomery County Council Backs Resolution Declaring Racism Public Health Emergency

On May 30th, Councilmember Will Jawando tweeted that he would be introducing a resolution declaring Racism a public health emergency in Montgomery County following the murder of George Floyd and the unprecedented number of protests around the region.

Today, backed by the full council, the resolution was introduced. In the resolution, Jawando called out some striking disparities between Black and White residents of Montgomery County.

Compared to White residents, Black residents experience dramatically higher rates of unemployment (7.5% v. 3.3%), poverty (11.2% v. 4.0%), dropout (6.3% v. 2.1%); and lower rates of homeownership (42.5% v. 73.2%), college attainment (44% v. 65%), and annual household incomes ($73,000 v. $119,000). Further, Black residents are twice as likely as their share of County residents to be arrested (43.9% v. 19.8%).

As part of the Resolution, the Council would commit to understand how racism has influenced previous legislative work and work towards creating new policies that would work to remedy the harm.

Read the entire Resolution.

Updates

See statements below from Councilmembers Will Jawando, Nancy Navarro, and Gabe Albornoz.