Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles

September 9, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

MCPS Quarantine Health Guidance Concerns Clarified

Back to school has generated many questions and concerns when it comes to Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) quarantine policies. In response, MCPS released a new community message this week to help the school district minimize the number of students who need to quarantine. Montgomery County Health Officer Dr.Travis Gayles clarified many of the issues […]

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September 8, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

Dr. Gayles: ‘It Has Been An Honor and Privilege To Serve The Residents of Montgomery County’

Dr. Travis Gayles participated in his last virtual media briefing as Montgomery County’s Health Officer on Wednesday. He accepted a new job with Hazel Health, a San Francisco, California-based tele-health company. During the briefing, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich praised Dr. Gayles for all his hard work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.    

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August 31, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

Dr. Gayles: ‘It’s Been A Privilege And An Honor’

Since 2017, Dr. Travis Gayles has served as Montgomery County’s Health Officer. He will be leaving his position on Sept. 12 after accepting a new job with Hazel Health, a San Francisco, California-based telehealth company. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, local leaders have praised Dr. Gayles for his guidance in keeping residents safe. MyMCM spoke with Dr. Gayles about […]

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August 26, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Gayles Named Chief Health Officer of San Francisco-Based Company 

Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles has been named to a new position for the San Francisco, California-based telehealth company Hazel Health. Last week, Gayles resigned from county health officer effective Sept. 12. Hazel Health is a telehealth organization that partners with schools to provide healthcare to students. “At no time in any of […]

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August 25, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

Dr. Gayles On Resignation: ‘Medical Decisions Are Not Based Upon What Are Politically Popular’

Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles commented on his resignation during a virtual media briefing on Wednesday. Dr. Gayles alluded to political backlash as one of the factors that led to his decision to resign from his position. Meanwhile, County Executive Marc Elrich publicly praised Dr. Gayles for his courage and leadership during the COVID-19 […]

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August 18, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

Elrich: ‘If I Could Clone Dr. Gayles, I Would’

Local leaders have been informed that Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles will be resigning effective Sept. 12. “I believe Dr. Gayles is going to go down as one of the most important people in our county’s history. It was his recommendations and consistent guidance on the best health practice that actually enabled us to […]

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July 28, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

Elrich on Uptick In COVID-19 Cases: ‘Folks Who Are Not Vaccinated Are Jeopardizing This’

Montgomery County leaders say unvaccinated adults drive the recent increase in COVID-19 cases. Data shows that it’s not just happening locally but nationwide – especially as the delta variant runs rampant. “We know that children under 12 can’t, but it’s that older population that if they get sick, they are very likely to be in […]

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July 21, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

With Recent Spike in COVID-19 Cases County Leaders Stress Importance of Vaccine

Montgomery County, along with other jurisdictions across the nation, has seen an uptick in the daily toll of COVID-19 cases. Health officials say the majority of the cases are among unvaccinated residents. County leaders continue to ramp up vaccination efforts to protect those who are vulnerable. “The good news is that so many of our […]

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April 16, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

County Working to Ensure Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

County leaders are working to make sure all communities have equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Local and national data shows that communities of color are among those who are at a higher risk during the pandemic. Data also shows that there’s been continuous progress in Montgomery County towards increasing access to lifesaving resources in […]

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March 16, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Gayles, Elrich Reemphasize Importance of COVID-19 Testing 

Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles reemphasized the importance of getting tested for COVID-19 during a council meeting Tuesday. In response to a question from Councilmember Craig Rice, Gayles said the county wants to prevent another wave of cases and then another wave of lockdowns that some European countries, like Italy, are currently dealing […]

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