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DC News and Family Resources

HSCSN wants parents and caregivers to have the most updated information and resources during this COVID-19 public health emergency. If you think you have COVID-19, you can get tested at multiple locations in DC. 

Learn more about COVID-19 Testing Sites in the District 

Free COVID-19 Antibody (Serology) Testing Now Available for DC Residents:

DC residents are now able to obtain free COVID-19 antibody tests – antibody, or serology tests check your blood by looking for antibodies, which can show if you had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. To schedule an appointment for a test, please contact 1-855-363-0333.

DC Health Care and Public Assistance Information during COVID-19

DC News 

Mayor Bowser Launches Free Summer Camp-At-Home Option with DC Department of Parks and Recreation

House Democrats Pass House Statehood Bill on June 26, 2020 (6/29) 

Mayor Bowser Implements Phase Two Reopening Guidance beginning on June 22, 2020 (6/19)

On Friday, May 29, 2020, the District’s Stay-at-Home Order will be lifted (5/27)

Mayor Bowser Presents Summary of Recommendations from the ReOpen DC Advisory Group (5/21)

District of Columbia Basic Needs Assessment Hotline (5/20)

  • The D.C. Basic Needs Assessment Hotline was established to connect with individuals who have been asked to quarantine or isolate by a provider due to exposure to COVID-19.  The District uses a Basic Needs Assessment for residents who are medically required to quarantine, e.g. self-quarantine, a family member has tested positive for COVID-19 or their medical provider has asked them to quarantine for related reasons. This assessment is used to ensure eligible residents have food, basic hygiene supplies, prescription medication and mental health support needed to get through the quarantine. While this support is short-term, residents who appear to need longer-term assistance are also connected to other government agencies for follow-up needs.

  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 or need to be quarantined and cannot properly isolate at home, please call the DC Basic Needs Assessment hotline for assistance, if a safe place to stay is unavailable.

  • Anyone can simply call 1-888-349-8323, Mon – Fri,  7am - 7pm or visit coronavirus.dc.gov/gethelp to complete an assessment online.

Mayor Bowser Extends Public Health Emergency, Stay at Home Order through June 8th (5/13)

Mayor Bowser Extends Public Health Emergency, Stay at Home Order, and Closure of Non-Essential Businesses Through May 15 (4/15)

Mayor Bowser launches 10 grocery distribution sites at DC schools (4/13)

DC Health Food Distribution Graphic

Mayor Bowser orders Stay At Home Directive for DC Residents (3/30)

The Mayor’s Order says that residents may only leave their residences to:

  • engage in essential activities, including obtaining medical care that cannot be provided through telehealth and obtaining food and essential household goods;
  • perform or access essential governmental functions;
  • work at essential businesses;
  • engage in essential travel; or
  • engage in allowable recreational activities, as defined by the Mayor’s Order.

Jackie Reyes, Director of Mayors Office of Latino Affairs notification to Spanish speaking residents (3/30):

  • If you have any symptoms, please call your doctor regardless of your immigration status. If you do not have a doctor, please call (844) 726- 2797

Mayor Bowser orders the closure of all nonessential businesses. (3/24)

    DC Council Approves Laws to Protect Residents and Businesses (3/17)

    Protections for Residents

    • Increases access to public benefit programs, like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Supplemental Nutritional Program (SNAP)
    • Bans the stockpiling of goods 
    • Prohibits the disconnection of electric, gas, and water utilities during the public health emergency and for 15 days afterward
    • Protects residents from evictions during the public health emergency
    • Allows deadline extensions for tenants and tenant organizations to exercise their tenant rights until 30 days after the public health emergency ends
    • Allows pharmacists to refill prescription drugs before the end of the waiting period between refills
    • Allows the Department of Human Services (DHS) to place families seeking shelter in a short-term shelter placement for 60 days

    Protections for Employees

    • Residents will be eligible to apply for unemployment insurance benefits if they become unemployed or partially unemployed as a result of the public health emergency
    • Employment protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are extended to employees who are quarantined, recommended to self-quarantine, or are unable to work as a result of the public health emergency, so they can feel secure that their job will be available when they return to work

    Relief for Small Businesses

    • Creates a public health emergency small business grant program that allows the Mayor to give grants or loans to eligible small businesses, non-profit organizations, and independent contractors. 
    • Prohibits eviction for non-residential tenants during the public health emergency
    • Allows all businesses except hotels to defer payment of sales tax for February 2020 and March 2020 until July 20th, 2020
    • Extends the March 31st real property tax due date for hotels until June 30, 2020

    DC Schools

    For information on school openings:

    • To support smart and safe decision-making around how to reopen our schools in the fall, the Administration is launching the DC Schools Family Engagement Survey to collect feedback from our community.
    • This survey is meant to better understand family preferences for how students will engage in learning during the 2020-2021 school year.

    DC Schools Family Survey 

    Family Resources

    Stay at Home Activities: 

    Food Services: