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Health officers feel the pressure amid continuing COVID-19 pandemic

Plus: Gaithersburg celebrates Native American Heritage Month; Maryland’s jobless benefits app needs upgrade, lawmakers say

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Health officers feel the pressure amid continuing COVID-19 pandemic

Some 500 health officers in the U.S. have left their jobs since the pandemic started, with hundreds of resignations or departures taking place in the past few months alone, said Adriane Casalotti, chief of government and public affairs at the National Association of County and City Health Officials. 

Dr. Travis Gayles — who led Montgomery County’s health department for about four years and stepped down in September — said one thing that helped him on the job was connecting with his Baltimore counterpart, city Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa. [Baltimore Sun]

Gaithersburg celebrates Native American Heritage Month

The city of Gaithersburg has designated November as “Native American Heritage Month.”

On Oct. 18, the city presented a proclamation to Michelle Alexander, a media specialist at Richard Montgomery High School, who is part Piscataway Indian, the only state-recognized tribe in Maryland. [City of Gaithersburg]

Maryland’s jobless benefits app needs upgrade, lawmakers say

State lawmakers told Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson that there’s a crucial gap in the BEACON app — the inability of users to file for first-time benefits on smart phones.

Del. Jared Solomon, a Montgomery County Democrat, said lawmakers still routinely get calls from constituents who can’t reach a claims specialist on the phone. [Maryland Matters]

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