On Wednesday, February 23rd, Montgomery County released a calendar of events for March intended to highlight the sacrifices, dedication, and efforts of individuals and partners in the community with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich expressed thanks to the many individuals and organizations having worked to protect the public in a press release:
“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 County Executive 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.”
Throughout March, Montgomery has the following events planned:
- 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.