East Rock Creek Village
SPECIAL COVID-19 SUPPLEMENT UPDATE:
January 13, 2022
If you have questions about COVID vaccinations, testing or prevention, want to get two KN95 masks while supplies last, and/or need help arranging vaccination or booster shots, or need a testing kit,
please call the ERCV office at (202) 656-7322 or email email@example.com
What You Need to Know to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19
The highly transmissible Omicron variant has been detected in the District. The daily case rate in DC is soaring and is expected to continue to rise through the month. Breakthrough infections of those fully vaccinated and boosted have been reported. However, the Covid-19 vaccines that are authorized for use have proven to be safe and have remained highly effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death among vaccinated persons – even with the emergence and spread of the Delta and Omicron variants. For more information click here to read Mayor Bowser's Situational Update.
The best guidance is to use overlapping strategies to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
Key strategies include:
- Get Vaccinated and Boosted– Vaccinations, including booster shots, remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. Vaccines are widely available through the District and at local pharmacies.
- Safeway Pharmacy – Piney Branch, 6500 Piney Branch Rd NW, https://www.safeway.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html
- Walk-in Vaccinations: Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave NW, Tuesday, Saturday: 11am – 5pm, Wednesday-Thursday: 1pm - 7pm, Last walk-ups will be accepted 15 minutes prior to clinic closure. Residents 65 years or older will be moved to the front of the line at DC vaccination sites.
- Call 1-855-363-0333 to arrange to receive your vaccination or booster at home. This service is rated very highly by ERCV members!
- Wear a High Quality Face Mask Indoors in Public Settings– Wear a well-fitted face mask in public indoor settings regardless of vaccination status.
- ERCV has purchased a supply of KN95 masks. We will distribute two masks to any ERCV member or volunteer while supplies last. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (202) 656-7322 to arrange to get your masks.
- Effective December 20, 2021, all people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask indoors in public settings in the District of Columbia until at least January 31, 2022.
- Beginning Saturday, January 15, 2022, DC establishments including restaurants, bars, indoor cultural entertainment facilities, indoor exercise and recreational facilities, and indoor event and meeting places will be required to verify that patrons age 12 and older have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Proof includes:
- CDC issued vaccination card: original or photocopy or photo
- Immunization record print-out from the patient portal of their vaccine/healthcare provider.
- A Covid-19 Verification app such as VaxYes
- The New York Times Wirecutter website has a great, freely available article with information on finding and purchasing reputable masks: Where to Buy N95s, KN95s, and Surgical-Style Masks You Can Trust.
- Project N95 is a nonprofit marketplace for vetted personal protective equipment (PPE) & COVID-19 test kits from verified suppliers.
- Get Tested - Testing after Covid exposure or when you have symptoms helps detect infection earlier and slow the spread of the virus. gov offers many options for testing sites and at-home kits.
- Rapid Antigen tests detect if you have a current COVID-19 infection in as little as 15 minutes.
- PCR tests detect the presence of a virus and provide results by text or email within 2-3 days.
- District residents ages 65+ will now be able to pick up rapid antigen test kits at: Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center, 324 Kennedy St. NW, from 1:00-3:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
- Any DC resident may pick up 2 free rapid antigen test kits per day at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW, beginning at 10:00 am Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and beginning at 12:00 noon on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Lines are long just after they open but move quickly. You must show DC residency with a photo ID or utility bill. Each kit contains two tests.
- Test Yourself At Home PCR kits can be picked up at the Shepherd Park Library, Takoma DC Library, Petworth Library, and the Lamont Recreation Center at 22 Tuckerman St. NE, when those facilities are open. When you are ready to test, you register your kit online, follow instructions to swab your nose and return the test by 8:00 pm the same day to the dropbox at any of these locations. Test kits are picked up at 8:00 pm every day including Sunday. You will receive your results by text or email within 2-3 days.
If you have questions about COVID vaccinations, testing or prevention, want to receive two KN95 masks or a testing kit, and/or need volunteer help arranging vaccination or booster shots or taking a test, please call the ERCV office at (202) 656-7322 or email email@example.com
Beware of Scams During Covid-19
The Office of the Attorney General has released a consumer alert related to scams during the COVID crisis. Scammers may attempt to defraud consumers by selling products that are ineffective at preventing the diseaseand spread misinformation through social media and other channels. Scammers may pretend to solicit donations to help coronavirus victims, but instead steal consumers’ money and personal information. Office of the Attorney General Covid-19 Know Your Rights Fact Sheet
Tips from the Federal Trade Commission:
- Don’t click on email links from sources you don’t know. They could download malware on your computer.
- Ignore any online offers for vaccinations or treatments. If a vaccine or treatment is developed, you will hear about it in the news, not from an online ad or sales pitch.
- If you receive a communication claiming to be from a government agency like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close the email and visit the agency’s website directly at www.cdc.gov.
- Engage your inner skeptic when confronted with donation requests from unknown sources. Before giving, check out charity watchdogs like give.org or charitynavigator.org.