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Georgetown University Implements New Campus Face Covering Requirement



In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the university is implementing new guidance requiring all employees, students and visitors to wear a face covering when on any of the university’s DC campuses beginning immediately and effective until further notice.

This guidance is in accordance with the May 13, 2020, District of Columbia Mayor’s Extensions of Public Emergency and Public Health Emergency and Preparation for Washington, DC Reopening Order 2020-066 which mandates face coverings for individuals where social distance cannot be maintained.

As detailed in the guidance, all employees, students, and visitors over the age of two are required to wear a face covering at all times, except when alone in a private room with a closed door or in a private vehicle. This guidance also applies to all riders of university GUTS buses.

Any employee, student or visitor who fails to abide by these guidelines may be asked or directed to leave campus.

As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

For more information about the university’s face covering guidance as well as additional health information, answers to frequently asked questions and other university resources on the Georgetown Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center.

OAM 2020


May 1, 2020


May is Older Americans Month

Make Your Mark

Today marks the start of Older Americans Month. While we cannot celebrate it as usual, we still encourage individuals and communities to reflect on the countless contributions that older adults make to our lives and nation. This year's theme, "Make Your Mark," highlights the difference everyone can make – in the lives of older adults, in support of caregivers, and to strengthen communities.
Following are some materials available to help you observe Older Americans Month in our new "virtual" reality.

#OAM2020Social Media

Platforms like Twitter and Facebook are key ways to stay connected while we are distanced. Get social media graphics to help bring visibility to your OAM posts and tweets.

Sharing Stories

Stories build community and connect us even when we can’t be physically together. Visit the Activity Ideas page for ideas on how to inspire your community members to share their stories while distancing.

Grandmother and daughter at computerEngage Virtually

We put together a short list of ideas on how to socialize, learn, explore, unwind, and connect during this time of increased isolation. Get ideas for yourself or share this resources sheet with your friends, family, and community.

Basic Needs Assessment for DC Residents

The District has launched a Basic Needs Assessment for residents who are medically required to quarantine (either they or someone in their family has tested positive for COVID-19 or their medical provider has asked them to quarantine for related reasons). This assessment ensures eligible residents have the food, basic hygiene supplies, prescription medication, and mental health support needed to get through their 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.

Simply call 1-888-349-8323 Monday-Friday from 7am-7pm or visit to fill out an assessment online

Testing Information

Mayor Bowser Presents a Comprehensive Plan Proposal 
That Will Guide DC Through Coronavirus Recovery

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser submitted the District’s Comprehensive Plan proposal to the Council of the District of Columbia. This update to the Comprehensive Plan will allow the District to meet long-term challenges and opportunities in critical areas such as housing, economic vibrancy, environment, and access to public resources – and to do so with a focus on equity and resilience. The Comprehensive Plan presents a suite of tools and approaches that can be immediately applied in the response to the economic, social, and public health impacts caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Council’s timely consideration and passage of this bill is critical.

“An updated Comprehensive Plan is even more critical now, given the current disruptions that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing for the District’s residents and businesses,” said Mayor Bowser. “As we move from response to reopening and recovery, this Comprehensive Plan will serve as an essential guide to ensure that the District not only recovers, but emerges stronger, healthier, more resilient, and more equitable than ever.”

The Comprehensive Plan proposal emphasizes the importance of equity and resilience as the District works to meet current and future housing and infrastructure needs as well as other challenges. The long-term vision of the District contained in this amendment will serve as an important guide in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

“The update that we submitted today reflects the best analysis, policies and actions that will prepare DC to manage the change ahead with an eye toward equity, resilience and shared prosperity,” said Andrew Trueblood, Director of the DC Office of Planning. “We are committed to do what we can to support the adoption of this Comprehensive Plan in 2020, so that District residents will have the support we need to seize the opportunities and tackle the challenges ahead.”

The Comprehensive Plan proposal, which is the result of unprecedented outreach and coordination led by the Office of Planning (OP) over the last few years, was initially adopted in 2006 and last amended in 2011. The four major themes that are woven throughout the Comprehensive Plan update – resilience, equity, housing affordability, and public resources – were derived from community feedback. Public engagement began in 2016 with outreach and educational events throughout the city and an open call for proposed amendments in 2017, which generated over 3,000 proposals. OP conducted additional public engagement in 2019 that allowed both the public and ANCs to weigh in on the draft amendment.

For more information on the Comprehensive Plan proposal and amendment process, please visit



DC Government Coronavirus Information:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

World Health Organization:

MedStar E-Visits
Med Star E Visits

John Hopkins Medicine:

Mayo Clinic – Coronavirus:

Science Friday:


Tips for Wellness During COVID-19

Listen to American University Professor Jody Gan’s Tips for Wellness

Metal Health resources Jody suggests can be found below:

Life at HomeResources from Mayor Bowser and DC Government to "make the best of working and living at home."

Article from the Huffington Post:

What therapists tell patients who are anxious about coronavirus Click here

The District of Columbia Network (DCN)
  provides an array of informative, exciting and award-winning programs focused on public affairs, current events and arts and entertainment. Click here for more information.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently expanded its list of possible symptoms of the virus to include: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.

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Click here to visit the COVID-19 dashboard.  

DC Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking Response to COVID Public Health Emergency.  
Click here for more information. You can view the updated DC Health Link summary chart for additional information. 

Self Assessment  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its list of possible symptoms of the virus to include: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.

Have you been in prolonged direct contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 OR 
have you traveled to a country the CDC identified as high-risk?

Click here
for more information