Recovering From COVID-19 Together
Since the onset of the pandemic, the city has taken important steps to address and minimize the spread of Covid-19. We know that helping each other stay healthy and safe means taking important steps like wearing a mask and social distancing. Following the recommendations of city health officials continues to be our best protection against the virus.
Visit coronavirus.dc.gov to get information about testing locations, health guidance, unemployment, and other assistance, and phased reopenings from DC Health and the office of Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Everyone needed to adapt and follow health guidelines in this challenging time. Some can work from home, but essential workers such as bus drivers, grocery workers, medical staff, and sanitation employees put their health at risk every day to serve our communities. The health crisis also puts strains on our families and teachers who are working to make sure children can keep their education on track.
I believe that city leaders must take responsibility for minimizing harm and keeping DC residents safe through the Covid-19 pandemic. This is especially important as many people have lost their jobs and are struggling to pay rent, and businesses struggle to remain open.
As an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, I worked with the District Department of Transportation to expand public spaces so people could safely social distance while walking . During the Phase 1 reopening, I worked with local restaurants to create additional outdoor dining spaces, expanding their customer base, and keeping diners safe.
But there is more to do. We need to meet this moment with bold, fast action. We need more leaders at the Council who listen to what residents need during this health emergency in an increasingly expensive city.
As your Councilmember, I will:
- Focus on enhancing Covid-19 testing so that not only are tests accessible throughout Ward 2 and the District, but more is done to communicate with residents about the testing process and how to obtain timely results.
- Partner with families, DCPS, and teachers, to ensure students’ needs are met when it comes to laptops, tablets, and hotspots so the “digital divide” isn’t holding back the progress and potential of our students.
- Address unmet needs that still exist for people left behind by federal assistance and the relief the District has been able to provide so far, whether for renters, landlords, or populations like immigrants who have been cut out of the emergency unemployment benefits that have allowed others to survive this difficult time.
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