COVID-19

 Our campaign has compiled a list of Ward 2 and citywide COVID-19 resources and will continue to update this list as they become available.  Check in on your neighbors and continue to social distance.  We will get through this together. 

– Last updated on June 1, 2020 –

Washington, D.C. COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-349-8323

 
DC Coronavirus Updates:
  • Find updated data on the number of positive COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 deaths in Washington, DC here.
  • On March 17, the DC Council unanimously passed the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020. Read the bill here.
  • On April 8, Mayor Bowser issued new social distancing requirements for food sellers. Find details here.
  • Find DC testing sites here.
  • Phase 1 of ReOpen DC began on Friday, May 29th. Find information on the Mayor’s new guidelines here

 

The CDC now recommends that masks be worn in public settings.
  • Instructions created by a nurse on how to sew your own face mask 
  • Watch this video of the U.S. Surgeon General demonstrating how to create your own face covering 
 
Guidelines According to the DC Mayor’s Office

District residents are encouraged to continue practicing social distancing and take the following actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when you are sick;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available;
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a trash;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
  • For more information on the District’s response, visit coronavirus.dc.gov.
 
Resources from the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia 
 
DC Road Closures:

Mayor Muriel Bowser is extending road closures and taking additional measures to restrict access to the Tidal Basin. The Mayor has directed the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to work with the DC National Guard to enforce a restricted access zone around the Tidal Basin until further notice to ensure social distancing and prevent further community transmission of COVID-19. Learn more about road closures here

 

Tax Deferment:

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt announced that the deadline for taxpayers to file and pay their 2019 District of Columbia individual and fiduciary income tax returns (D-40, D-41, and D-40B), partnership tax returns (D-65), and franchise tax returns (D-20, D-30) is extended to July 15, 2020. Learn more here.

 

Real Estate Tax Deferment: 

On March 17th, the DC Council passed emergency legislation to provide relief to DC residents struggling to pay rent, purchase groceries, or receive healthcare. The Council’s swift action to address some of this crisis was appropriate, but there is more work to do to protect our small business community. 

 

Brooke proposes that the Council defer real property tax payments owed from retail and hospitality establishments that are due on March 31st to the last day of the fiscal year, September 30th, 2020. That way, we can keep these payments in this year’s budget and not have to cut our spending measures. This would provide immediate relief for our businesses who are making impossible choices today about which vendors to pay, which employees to lay off, and how to evolve to an online marketplace — in many cases, overnight. Brooke is working with the Council to advocate for this deferment. 

 

The federal government and DC just announced an extension of the deadline to file federal and local income taxes owed from April 15th, 2020 to July 15th, 2020. A deferment targeted to protect our small businesses while still maintaining a large source of the District’s tax base would alleviate some of the immense hardship our community is facing. DC small businesses, building owners, and government officials, are in agreement that this compromise would be a welcomed relief for businesses who have a pending payment owed at the end of the month without requiring the DC government to dip into our reserves fund. 

 

Unemployment Benefits:

The DC Mayor’s Office is expanding the definition of unemployment and expanding unemployment insurance compensation. Read more about unemployment compensation here. 

 
Domestic Violence Survivor Resources:
  • Futures Without Violence has compiled references that include information for community-based advocates and health providers.
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a key resource in times of crisis and has a 24/7 online chat and hotline number with safety planning resources.
  • VAWnet has resources on disaster and emergency preparedness.

 

Resources for Undocumented Communities:

Resources for undocumented communities can be found here

 

Resources for Reproductive Care: 
  • DAGA statement on preserving access to safe abortion can be found here.
  • Find an abortion provider here.

 

Student Loans Deferment:

If you need help with your student loans, you may be able to temporarily suspend your payments by applying for a deferment or forbearance from the US Department of Education.

  • Information on what the Federal Reserves interest rates cuts could mean for your student loans
Resources for Animal Care: 
 
Other Resources:
 
  • Medium Rare is sending free food to those quarantined over the age of 70. Send them a message
 
 
 
 
 

 

Ways you can help:

 

Donate:
    1. Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington for restaurant worker relief
    2. Martha’s Table
    3. DC Central Kitchen
    4. Send a virtual tip to a waiter or other restaurant worker
    5. Support DC’s theater professionals
    6. Support domestic violence survivors 
 
Volunteer: 
    1. Ward 2 Mutual Aid Fund
    2. Martha’s Table
 
Other: 
    1. Buy produce from local farmers instead of from big, chain grocery stores.
    2. Buy a gift card from your favorite local business or check out this website with over 200 local restaurants
    3. Send a care kit from Made in DC to your favorite restaurant worker. You will be supporting local artists and a small business at the same time!
    4. Donate blood at the Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center in Foggy Bottom.