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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

Current Policy on Programs and Services:

COVID Guidelines for Palisades Village

 updated as of November 15, 2022

Based on the latest COVID statistics and current DC policies, Palisades Village has updated its policies for in-person events, meetings, and Office work.

Palisades Village’s Policy Updates

Palisades Village has resumed in-person activities including for all who are up to date with their COVID vaccines [1]. We also continue to offer virtual social, educational, and cultural events using Zoom to accommodate our community’s comfort level and schedule. 

Palisades Village encourages partially or non-vaccinated people to seek vaccination opportunities at any of the District’s Covid Centers, area hospitals, vaccination providers or in-home services.

Rapid antigen tests are currently available to older adults in the community at the Palisades Village office and can be delivered to members.

We will continue to ask that if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID- or anything else transmissible - or if you know you’ve been exposed - that you stay home.

Volunteer Services:

If you need a friendly home visit, a ride, or help at home (gardening, technical support, small home repairs, errands run, etc.), we will continue to offer these services to the extent that volunteers and members receiving the services are up to date with their COVID vaccines and wear masks indoors (homes/cars).

Contactless services will still be available to all members. 

Palisades Village Office:

The Office is open to visitors, Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment. Masks are recommended but not required at the Palisades Hub where the Palisades Village Office is located.

Palisades Village-sponsored events:

Palisades Village offers a variety of events which occur outdoors, indoors and via Zoom. For outdoor events, masks are not required. For indoor events, if these take place in a private home, the homeowner and Executive Director will determine whether masks and/or same-day rapid antigen testing are required. For events taking place indoors at restaurants or similar public venues which involve eating and drinking, same-day rapid antigen tests will be required.  Palisades Village will make those supplies available to anyone who needs them. In the case of indoor exercise or yoga classes or club meetings, Palisades Village strongly encourages people to wear masks, but does not require them.


All participants will be clearly informed of these requirements when registering for events.

Additional information:

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 continue to keep you updated. As always, your safety is of utmost importance to us

[1] You are up to date with your COVID vaccines if you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and have received the most recent booster recommended by the CDC.

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



Coronavirus Testing in DC:
DC residents, 3 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. Testing and quarantine go together. While you wait for your results, protect our community by staying home.  For the CDC's guidelines on quarantine and isolation, click here.

For the latest in testing sites and information on where to get free at-home tests (rapid antigen and PCR) please go to District of Columbia COVID-19 Testing Sites | coronavirus (  Please note that proof of DC residency may be required.  

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. Orders are supposed to ship in 7-12 days. Click here to order. Note that only one order per address will be accepted. If you live in an apartment building, be sure to enter the apartment number in the field labeled "Apt / Suite / Other."

Foggy Bottom West End Village held a Zoom class on 'Everything You Want to Know About Test Kits' with Dr. Laura Blinkhorn. This class was recorded and can be found on their YouTube channel here

Vaccine Updates:

The District offers a number of 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. Use to find a location near you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment.

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


After your vaccination:

For the latest CDC guidelines for those who have been fully vaccinated, click here.

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 held three informational webinars for older adults in the fall of 2020. 

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.
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./