June 1, 2020
Primary Election Day is TOMORROW! If you have not yet submitted your ballot, you can find the list of ballot drop-off box locations or you can drop it in the mail. It MUST be postmarked by tomorrow. And, be sure you affix your signature as indicated, or your vote may not be counted!
Before I begin my Maryland and local updates, I must share my shock, despair, outrage, and depression over the murder of George Floyd. That tragic crime has been exacerbated by the violence, looting, and destruction in too many American cities. Mercifully, activities in Maryland have been peaceful. I expect a constructive dialogue on legislative proposals when the General Assembly reconvenes.
County Executive Marc Elrich announced that we would begin Stage One of the “Roadmap to Recovery” in Montgomery County today at 6am. This means:
- Lifting the stay-at-home order and urging a “safer-at-home” public health advisory;
- Opening retail locations for curbside pick-up;
- Limiting attendance for outdoor religious gatherings;
- Allowing outdoor recreational sports following limitations set by the Governor;
- Permitting summer camps for small groups; and
- Beginning hair cut services (not specialty services) by appointment only.
Wearing a mask in public and keeping 6′ between you and others will continue to be required at all times.
Neglecting our Nursing Homes
Maryland nursing homes are ranked 33rd in the country, with an overall grade of “D.” Two thirds of COVID-19 deaths in Montgomery County have occurred in these residential communities. There are currently 725 staff cases; 7 staff deaths; 1,476 resident cases; and 346 resident deaths.
I have heard heartbreaking stories from constituents about the neglect their family members experienced. The State Nursing Home Action Team, including the National Guard, recently visited Rockville’s Collingswood facility. They tested all residents; planned follow-up visits to ensure that all staff are tested; and, at the time of this intervention, the facility was meeting inspection guidelines. The local strike team will follow up daily to ensure continued adherence to the guidelines, and the National Guard will be dispatched across the State to ensure safety.
Hiring During The Pandemic
Know someone who needs a job? Have them consider applying for a temporary position with the Census Bureau. If you have not already completed your Census… it only takes 5 minutes! Counting everyone determines funding for our community.
You can find more resources and stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 and community news on my website. If you’re struggling with Unemployment Insurance, we have created a form to gather all needed information to expedite your case with the Department of Labor. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for photos and posts.
Cheryl C. Kagan
State Senator, District 17
(Gaithersburg & Rockville)
P.S.: Save the date if you’d like– I’m going to host a Virtual Birthday Party Concert on Thursday, July 2nd. There will be more information in the coming weeks.