State, County, and City COVID-19 Updates:
State of Maryland Updates:
Thursday, January 21st, 2021:
Governor Hogan, State Superintendent Call On Maryland Schools to Reopen for Hybrid In-Person Learning By March 1st
State Health Officials Provide School Reopening Protocols
Union Leaders Asked to Aid Effort to Get Students Back Into Classrooms
President Biden Signs Executive Order Supporting Safe Reopening of Schools
Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon today called on all Maryland school systems to return to hybrid instruction—a combination of in-person and virtual learning—no later than Monday, March 1.
“Every single Maryland student must have at least the opportunity to return to attending school in some form or fashion,” said Governor Hogan. “Our children simply cannot afford any more endless roadblocks, or any more moving of the goalposts. The time has come to get all of our kids back in the classroom, and to open the schools.”
Earlier today, President Biden signed an executive order to support students and safely reopen schools. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser, has said, “the default position should be to try as best as possible within reason to keep the children in school, or to get them back to school.” The American Academy of Pediatrics recently stated, “Children absolutely need to return to in-school learning for their healthy development and well-being, and so safety in schools and in the community must be a priority.”
Montgomery County Updates:
Friday, February 5th, 2021:
Montgomery County Council to Vote On Reopening Indoor Dining
“The Montgomery County Council is set to vote Tuesday on whether to reopen indoor dining, which has been prohibited for more than a month because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The county is the last in Maryland to ban indoor banning.
If approved, County Executive Marc Elrich’s proposed executive order would permit indoor dining at 25% capacity beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Customers would be limited to one hour inside the eatery, which also must keep a daily record of contact information for at least one customer per dining party to help with contact tracing.”
Wednesday, January 27th, 2021:
County Begins Vaccinating Residents 75 and Older for COVID-19
“Montgomery County is now vaccinating residents 75 and older for COVID-19 and will continue providing appointment links to others in Priority Group 1B as vaccine supply allows. However, a national COVID-19 vaccine shortage, and the limited amount of doses the County and the State receive weekly, will result in fewer residents who are preregistered getting an appointment immediately.
To focus the limited vaccine supply on the most vulnerable individuals, County health officials are restricting access to vaccinations to all but those people who follow the official preregistration process. The County Government is aware that appointment links have been forwarded and the State appointment system does not have a filter to prevent sharing a link. The sharing of links has created confusion for residents and is negatively impacting the vaccine distribution process. The County is working with State officials to modify the system to prevent this. Residents should not forward the appointment link to others.
Earlier this week, County Executive Elrich met with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan regarding increasing vaccination doses to Montgomery County. After that meeting, the Governor announced the State hopes to receive more vaccines soon.
When eligible, and based on the vaccine supply, County residents who have preregistered will receive a direct link from email@example.com to make an appointment. People who have not received a link directly from the County and show up to a County-operated vaccine clinic will not be served unless they are in Priority Group 1A or 75 and older.
Those in tiers within Priority Group 1B, including teachers, childcare workers, essential workers and individuals with developmental disabilities, will be invited to preregister later this week. People in Priority Group 1C, Tier 1 (65-74 years old) also will be invited to preregister later this week.”
City of Rockville Updates:
The City has compiled a list of resources for up-to-date, trustworthy information on COVID-19 on its website. For the latest City-related information, follow the City of Rockville on social media: Nextdoor, Facebook , and Twitter; and sign up for the City’s COVID-19 updates newsletter.
Please stay healthy and mindful of the current circumstances and events. Check the CDC and WHO websites for more information:
CDC – Center for Disease Control and Prevention
WHO – World Health Organization https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Food Options in King Farm:
The following restaurants are open for pickup and delivery in King Farm.
Please call the restaurant for more information.
- FONTINA GRILLE– 801 pleasant Drive (301) 947-5400
Open for carry-out and deliveries; Delivery hours 11:30 to 8:30 pm; Open 7 days a week; Customer may pay by cash at time of delivery or provide credit card via phone when placing an order; no charge for delivery; About 30-minute wait time for delivery; Will call customer when the delivery person arrives if phone number is provided.
- FARMSOOK HAPPINESS THAI KITCHEN – 800 King Farm Blvd (#125) (301) 258-8829
Open for carry out, curbside carry out, and free deliveries with minimum order of $20 within 4 miles radius from our restaurant. More info and menus are on the website
www.farmsookthaikitchen.com. Open 7 days a week from 11 am – 9 pm.
- IMPERIAL CHINESE GARDENS – 800 Pleasant Drive (301) 963-9288
Open for carry-out and deliveries; Delivery hours 11:00 to 9:30pm; Open 7 days a week; Minimum$10.00 for delivery order; No Charge for delivery and about 1 hour for delivery.
- BAJA FRESH – 302 King Farm Blvd (240) 683-3907
Open for carry-out and deliveries; May order online at bajafresh.com; Delivery hours 11:00 to 8:00pm; Open 7 days a week.
- FIREHOUSE SUBS –28 Upper Rock Circle (240) 499-8991
Open for carry-out and deliveries; May order online at Firehousesubs.com; Delivery hours 10:30 am to 10:00 pm; Open 7 days a week.
- CAVA – 28 Upper Rock Circle (301) 200-5530
Open for carry-out and order online only cava.com. No delivery; Open 7 days a week for now from 10:45 to 8 pm.
- BOTANERO – 800 Pleasant Drive, #160 (240) 474-5461
https://www.botanerorockville.com/online-order; Open for carry-out deliveries 7 days a week; Delivery hours-12 pm to 8pm.
- KING’S CRAFT BEER WINE & DELI– 402 King Farm Blvd, #100 (240) 474-5618
Open for carry-out, no delivery; Deli hours – 10 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week; Wait times – 10 -15 minutes
- NAGOYA JAPANESE SUSHI RESTAURANT– 402 King Farm Blvd, #130 (301) 990-6778
Open for pick up; Monday thru Thursday: 11am to 10pm; Friday and Saturday: 11am to 10:30 pm
Senior Help During COVID-19:
Food & Essentials Drive:
The Rockville Senior Center will hold a drive to collect food and essentials for seniors,
9:00am – 12:00pm, Tuesdays & Wednesdays,
starting April 1st. For days and times other than those listed, food can be dropped off in the blue bin under the side parking lot awning.
The collection will be a drive-up and drop-off, where the Senior Center staff will unload items safely from donor’s cars.
Staff will still wear face coverings and gloves to ensure safety. Collected food will remain untouched for 6 days before
sorting and delivery.
This will be at the Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.
Items that are needed include:
- Shelf-stable food
- Travel size toiletries
- Hand lotion
(for example, the kind of items a hotel would provide to guests).
For more information, contact the Rockville Senior Center at 240-314-8800, from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday-Friday,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheraton Hotel – 920 King Farm Blvd
Sheraton Hotel would like to extend a discounted rate for any guest who would like to isolate themself due to COVID-19 for a
couple of days if needed.
Please reach out to Shalomi Sanders for more information: 240-912-8200; email@example.com