Montgomery County to Recognize Two Years of COVID-19 Response Efforts Throughout the Month of March

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 23, 2022

During the month of March, as Montgomery County marks two years of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the County will highlight the sacrifices, dedication, and efforts of individuals and partners in the community as we continue to move forward.

“Throughout March, we will take time to remember the hundreds of Montgomery County residents who have died from COVID-19 and reflect on the challenges we, as a community, have faced these last two years,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “I want to thank the many individuals and organizations who have worked extremely hard to provide resources and keep Montgomery County residents safe as we have fought this pandemic. Due to the incredible work of our government employees, volunteers, residents, and partners, Montgomery County has one of the highest vaccination rates and lowest case rates of large jurisdictions across the country. Most importantly, we are saving lives as our County’s death rate from COVID-19 is nearly 1/3 lower than the national average. We will continue to use what we have learned over the last two years in our ongoing response, monitoring the situation every day and continuing to do everything we can to reduce risk, including encouraging vaccinations and getting boosted.”

On March 5, 2020, the first three cases of COVID-19 in the State of Maryland were identified in Montgomery County. As the fight against the virus continues, the County will take time to remember those who have died from COVID-19 and recognize the many residents and organizations who helped save lives over the last two years. While the response to the pandemic is not over, this month-long event reflects on where things stand today as we look back on these last two years and thank those who have helped get to where we are now. Each week, during the remembrance, will focus on a different theme, including:

Memorial Week (Feb. 28 – March 5) – Montgomery County will remember the people lost over the last two years to COVID-19. County residents can share their stories using the hashtag #MoCoRemembers. A candlelight vigil will be held on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Marian Fryer Town Plaza, located at 2424 Reedie Drive in Wheaton, to honor those lost.

Public Health and Healthcare Week (March 6 – 12) – The County will honor the people and organizations that have helped save and protect lives throughout the pandemic.

Housing Week (March 13 – 19) – The County will highlight efforts by numerous people and organizations that helped ensure people had a place to live and were not displaced during the pandemic.

Essential Workers Week (March 20 – 26) – The County will honor the people who provided important services and support throughout the pandemic.

Food Security Week (March 27 – April 2) – The County will highlight individuals and organizations that have provided necessities and other resources to people and families in need throughout the pandemic.

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17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

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Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

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301-949-9416 (text preferred)

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