UPDATED: Novel Coronavirus Epidemic Fact Sheets

COVID-19 Toolkit and Business Continuity FAQ Sheet

As of March 3, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the District, especially during cold and flu season; therefore, prevention is the priority of the Bowser Administration.

top Spread of GermsCommon coronaviruses can cause symptoms similar to a common cold, such as fever, cough, sore throat, and feeling unwell. The symptoms that are currently being seen with COVID-19 are fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath. To help prevent the spread of germs, you should:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness.
  • Stay home from work or school until you are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours and without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicants.
  • Seek medical attention if you have reason to believe you have been exposed to coronavirus or influenza. Call your healthcare provider before visiting a healthcare facility.

Additionally, the District is sharing public messaging to stop stigma associated with coronavirus:

  • Coronavirus doesn’t recognize race, nationality, or ethnicity. Coronavirus (COVID-19) started in Wuhan, China. Having Chinese ancestry –– or any other ancestry –– does not make a person more vulnerable to this illness.
  • Wearing a mask does not mean a person is ill. People wear masks for a variety of reasons, including to avoid pollen and air pollution and for cultural and social reasons. We should not judge someone for wearing a mask or assume they are sick.
  • Speak up if you hear, see, or read discriminatory comments. Correct false information and remind the person that prejudiced language and actions make us all less safe. If discrimination occurs, report it to DC’s Office of Human Rights at 202-727-4559.
  • Show compassion and support for those most closely impacted. Listen to, acknowledge and, with permission, share the stories of people experiencing stigma, along with a message that bigotry is not acceptable in our community.
 The COVID-19 FAQ Sheet has tons of useful resources as well as some guidance and considerations that businesses and your congregations should take as they continue to prepare for and respond to the outbreak. Please also note the new headline DC.gov website http://coronavirus.dc.gov which complements the DC Health website. Please check out  the resources tab that includes a number of different materials, in different languages, for different audiences: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/coronavirus-resources. Please help us get the links and documents out to the community.

DC Health Coronavirus Webpage: https://dchealth.dc.gov/coronavirus

Fact Sheet for the Public: https://dchealth.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/doh/page_content/attachments/2019%20Novel%20Coronavirus-%20Public_Updated_02.03.2020.pdf

Fact Sheet for Businesses: https://dchealth.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/doh/page_content/attachments/2019%20Novel%20Coronavirus-%20Business_Updated_02.03.2020.pdf