East Rock Creek Village
SPECIAL COVID-19 SUPPLEMENT UPDATE:
January 30, 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
The new Ward 4 COVID Center at 4704 13th Street NW inside the Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ provides one-stop access to free vaccinations, boosters, take-home rapid antigen tests, PCR tests, and KN95 masks.
The Ward 4 COVID Center
4704 13th Street NW
inside the Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ.
will be open:
10am-8pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday;
11am-9pm on Thursdays;
9am-7pm on Fridays,
CLOSED on Sundays
If assistance is needed on a Sunday, COVID Centers in Wards 5,6, and 7 will be open 9am-7pm.
In January, ERCV purchased and delivered nearly 100 KN95 masks to members. A new supply of KN95 masks has been ordered. We will deliver two masks to any ERCV member or volunteer and their household members while supplies last. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 202-656-7322 to arrange to get your masks.
Here is the link to order free rapid COVID test kits from the federal government: https://special.usps.com/testkits The US Postal Service will deliver tests to your home within 7-14 days, ERCV also has a supply of rapid tests which were distributed to DC Villages by the District Office of Aging and Community Living (DACL) and can be delivered to your home. Please call or email the ERCV office if needed.
What You Need to Know to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19
The best guidance is to use overlapping strategies to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
Key strategies include:
Get Vaccinated and Boosted
Wear a High Quality Face Mask Indoors in Public Settings
- 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.
- Ward 4 COVID Center at 4704 13th Street NW inside the Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ.
- 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 email@example.com or call us at (202) 656-7322 to arrange to get your masks.
- Ward 4 COVID Center at 4704 13th Street NW inside the Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, residents may pick up free KN95 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 February 28, 2022.
- On February 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 two doses 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
- 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 or at the Ward 4 COVID Center at 4704 13th Street NW inside the Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
LASTEST NEWS: Although the surge of COVID-19 infections in DC from the omicron variant appears to be abating, the stress on hospitals and medical providers and facilities continues. Even infections that do not result in hospitalization result in sickness, medical personnel in quarantine, and labor shortages. In response, Mayor Muriel Bowser has extended the limited COVID-19 public health emergency until February 15, 2022 and the indoor mask mandate until February 28th. Read the Mayor’s January 27, 2022, Coronavirus Situational Update for extensive information on all things COVID.