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Coronavirus Information and Resources

Palisades Village is sorting through all of the information and trying to provide an up-to-date source of local information from reliable sources.  Please visit this page regularly as the information will continually be updated.  With things changing so quickly, we recommend checking with providers for the most accurate status.

Current Office Operation Status:

Our Palisades Village logo is an open fence. This is a friendly reminder that you are welcome to “virtually come inside” to call us at 202-244-3310. Even though we are sometimes working remotely, a friendly voice will call you back quickly.

Current Policy on Programs and Services:

Reopening Statement updated as of June 3, 2021

Palisades Village’s main priority is the health and safety of our staff, members, volunteers, and visitors. Last month, the CDC and DC Mayor Bowser lifted many of the mask and gathering restrictions. Palisades Village adjusted its policies accordingly.

Palisades Village’s Policy Updates

Palisades Village requires that all participants attending in-person events be fully vaccinated (which means two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and a period of at least two weeks has passed since the final shot). The Village will no longer require fully vaccinated participants to wear masks or social distance at outdoor meetings and gatherings. Palisades Village encourages partially or non-vaccinated people to seek vaccination opportunities at any of the District’s walk-up sites, area hospitals, or vaccination providers.

Palisades Village is limiting its events to outdoor venues. All clubs and groups are encouraged to meet outdoors or continue meeting virtually. If you must go indoors, please wear a mask correctly (i.e., covering both mouth and nose) for the protection of others. We will continue to offer virtual programs and be cautious and careful throughout the summer months. In the Fall, depending on the guidance of the CDC and the DC Department of Health, indoor Village meetings and gatherings may take place. This policy will be updated accordingly at that time.

Volunteer Services:

If you need a ride or help at home (gardening, technical support, small home repairs, errands, etc.), we will continue to offer these services to the extent that volunteers and members receiving the services are fully vaccinated. Please remember that the Palisades Village Office asks for 3 business days- notice to accommodate your requests.  

Contactless services will still be available to all members, regardless of their vaccination status. 

Office Reopening:

Palisades Village will continue to carefully monitor the progress being made in our area to combat the virus. We are taking a cautious approach to re-opening the Office to staff, volunteers and visitors. Beginning June 14, the Office will be staffed (by staff and volunteers) Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and open to fully vaccinated and masked members and visitors by appointment. The Palisades Hub, formerly the Palisades Community Church, where the Palisades Village Office is located, is the home of the Palisades Community Preschool and several other organizations. We want to protect all who visit the Palisades Hub.

Additional information:

For now, all in-person activities will only be open to fully vaccinated Palisades Village members, volunteers, and caregivers.   These standards are subject to change at any time, based on guidance from the CDC, the DC Department of Health, and/or the experience of Palisades Village.  We will keep you updated. As always, your safety is of utmost importance to us, and Palisades Village welcomes your input and feedback.

Facts on COVID-19:

Sibley Memorial Hospital: In partnership with Palisades Village, Northwest Neighbors Village, and Cleveland & Woodley Park Village, Sibley Memorial Hospital is committed to supporting seniors in Wards 3 and 4 during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

DC Department of Health: Everything DC residents need to know about the Coronavirus, updated around the clock

World Health Organization: Read the latest information

CDC: The latest information on prevention, symptoms, and resources

 

KNOW THE SYMPTOMS

Coronavirus Testing in DC:
DC residents, 6 years of age and older, experiencing any COVID-19 symptom (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, congestion, body aches, chills, runny nose) or with known exposure to COVID-19 should get a COVID-19 test. You DO NOT need a doctor's note for any of the walk-in sites.
 
For the latest in testing and information on requesting an at-home test, please go to District of Columbia COVID-19 Testing Sites | coronavirus (dc.gov).

Free testing is available on a walk-in basis at some DC Fire Stations.  The closest in Ward 3 is:

FEMS Station 31
4930 Connecticut Avenue, NW Across from Politics & Prose
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  2:30-7:30 p.m.
No appointment necessary but save time in line and pre-register at coronavirus.dc.gov/register.
 
Friday, May 28 will be the last day of operations for the COVID-19 testing site at Judiciary Square. The Anacostia, UDC Bertie Backus, and fire station testing sites will continue to operate and individuals can continue to pick up and drop off free Test Yourself DC at-home testing kits at libraries across DC.
 
Vaccine Updates:

As of Saturday, May 1, the District transitioned to the use of 11 high-capacity, walk-up, no appointment needed vaccination sites. (Walk-up sites are for first doses. When you receive your first dose, you will still make an appointment to get your second dose.)

Walk-up sites and schedule

The walk-up sites will be in addition to the pharmacies, clinics, and health care providers that are also administering the vaccines citywide. These sites will operate their own scheduling systems.

Can't leave your home? 1-855-363-0333 and they will come to you!

For the latest information on the District Government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please visit coronavirus.dc.gov

 
 
 

After your vaccination:

The CDC released new guidelines on May 13, 2021, for those who have been fully vaccinated.

While in the car:

"How to (Literally) Drive the Coronavirus Away" - New York Times, January 16, 2021

Food Assistance:

Need help getting groceries?  Palisades Village members can have volunteers do their shopping for them.  Contact the PV office at (202) 244-3310 to arrange all requests.

The Department of Aging and Community Living’s hotline is operational, and seniors who need information or assistance should call (202) 724-5626. The call center will conduct a quick assessment and connect you to the appropriate service.

COVID Informational Webinars:

Sibley Memorial Hospital, Cleveland and Woodley Park Village, Northwest Neighbors Village, and Palisades Village are offering three informational webinars for older adults.

Session 1 September 30, 2020: Get Your Answers from Sibley Medical Experts.  The recording is available here.

Session 2 October 21, 2020: Staying Healthy Doesn’t Just Mean Staying at Home with Dr. Laura Sander, MD, MPH.  The recording is available here.

Session 3 November 18, 2020: Building Resilience in the Wake of a Pandemic.  The recording is available here.

Need someone to talk to?
 
Palisades Village can set members up with a phone buddy in addition to the check-ins from their neighborhood team captain.  Please call the office to arrange one.  
 
There is also DC Hotline that you can call at any time.
 
 
The Department of Aging and Community Living is offering a new free service for seasoned citizens, the call and talk line! This new service is to help prevent/minimize the feeling of isolation during this unprecedented time. Give them a call, just to talk about how you are feeling or how you are spending your days: 202-724-5626.
 
Masks:
 
Reusable masks are available for members and volunteers (limited quantity).  Please contact the Palisades Village office.
 
 
 

Establish a Pet Plan During COVID-19:

Guidance from the Humane Rescue Alliance - The Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) is urging community members to have a plan in place for their pet during the COVID-19 outbreak. Residents may experience a hospital stay or severe sickness, potentially leaving untold numbers of companion animals in need of care. Below is the HRA's guidance for a pet preparedness plan:

  1. Find a temporary caregiver to take on your pets if you are hospitalized.The best place for your pet, even if you are sick, is with you in your home. However, you may become too ill to care for your pet. It’s important to identify two potential caregivers and confirm that they’re prepared to care for your pet should they be called to action.
  2. Prepare a pet supply kit. It may not seem necessary today, but having proper supplies and information in place in advance is critical. Your kit should include:
  • Name and contact information for a person who can care for your pets
  • Name and contact information for your back-up in case your go-to is no longer able to help
  • Food, treats, a leash, toys and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks
  • A crate or carrier to transport your pet
  • Vaccination records
  • Collar with ID tags (don’t forget to make sure their microchip information is up to date)
  • Medications and prescriptions, along with instructions
  • Daily care instructions
  • Your veterinarian's contact information
  1. Know the facts. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there is no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets. The best place for your animal is inside the home they know and love. If you aren’t feeling well but are still able to provide care for your pet, please keep them at home with you where they’re most comfortable.

For more, please see the Humane Rescue Alliance./