‘Public Health and Health Care Week’ Recognizes Public and Private Efforts During First Two Years of COVID-19

Per Montgomery County:

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 7, 2022

Montgomery County’s month of recognizing and commemorating two years of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic continues this week with “Public Health and Health Care Week” (March 6 – 12). The County is highlighting the sacrifices, dedication and efforts of individuals and partners in the community as we continue to move forward.

The monthlong commemoration began with “Memorial Week,” a remembrance of the lives lost to COVID-19 in Montgomery County and the sharing of stories, with #MoCoRemembers, including those of County government employees who lost their lives, culminating with a candlelight vigil on March 3. As the fight against the virus continues, the County continues 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. For more information about the monthlong event, visit the County’s website.

“The pandemic is like nothing any of us has experienced in our lifetime,” said Dr. Raymond Crowel, director of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  “While we as a community mourn the loss of nearly 2,000 of our neighbors, we also want to recognize and appreciate the work of so many who have helped save and protect lives throughout the past two years.”

Public Health Services, a division of DHHS, has been at the forefront of the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as countless other health care professionals, the six hospitals in the community, and organizations and human service providers who have worked to keep the community safe, protect lives and meet the needs of everyone impacted. DHHS, the County’s largest department, has been at the center of fighting the pandemic and responding to the unprecedented needs of the community, including food and financial assistance, as well as mental health support and other vital services.

Look for social media postings on DHHS’ Twitter and Facebook throughout the week honoring those who have worked tirelessly in the past two years.

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