Thursday, April 23, 2020

Ward 5 CM McDuffie April 23 Coronavirus response > announcing the DC Contract Tracing Force and support local hardware stores

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From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie <>
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2020 7:07 PM
Subject: April 23 Coronavirus Response - Announcing the DC Contact Tracing Force and Support Local Hardware Stores

Below are today's updates on the District's response to the coronavirus pandemic. For the latest and most comprehensive information always visit

DC to Hire Hundreds of Additional Contact Tracers to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts

Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser established the DC Contact Tracing Force to hire hundreds of additional tracers at DC Health.

DC Health currently has about 65 contact tracers, and about 70% of confirmed cases have been traced. The Force is in the process of increasing that team to about 200 tracers, with up to an additional 700 tracers to be hired through Phase One of re-opening the District.

Support Small Spotlight: Hardware Stores

Hardware stores have been deemed essential businesses and are open and operating in Ward 5 and DC. Both Annie's Hardware in Edgewood/Brookland and Jenks Hardware on Bladensburg Road NE are open during the public health emergency. Browse online and pickup your items or stop by for a minimal-contact visit soon.

Domestic Violence Resources

Domestic violence and sexual abuse is never okay. During the COVID-19 pandemic, remember that you are not alone. Trained advocates are there to help you, offer support, connect you with resources, and respect your decisions. Find out how to connect to local programs here:


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