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.
- Maintain social distance (that’s 6-10 feet from others), wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your face.
- PLEASE let our many volunteers go out and get groceries or prescriptions for you. It is safer for YOU not to be out and about.
- Palisades Village is temporarily suspending services that involve a member driving with a volunteer. Most doctors are offering tele-medicine for their patients to limit their exposure.
- Questions or concerns and how the coronavirus impacts our daily life? For answers, please email the Department of Aging and Community Living: DACL.email@example.com with any questions, comments, recommendations, etc.
- Please call or reach out to your neighbor (again, at a safe distance please). You might also mention Palisades Village and our work to those that don’t know of us yet. We want to be here especially for those seniors in need, including those that may be in need of a welcoming voice.
- Our emergency team captains have been contacting you. Please reach out to them or the Palisades Village office is you have any needs or suggestions for virtual or phone-in events. It takes a Village to make our Village!
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 working remotely, a friendly voice will call you back quickly.
Current Policy on Programs and Services:
Palisades Village Gradual Reopening Based on Volunteer Availability
Recently we completed surveys of our members and volunteers. 47 full and associate members responded to 13 questions ranging from their well-being to handling the COVID-related challenges including transportation, technical assistance, home repairs, social isolation, and engagement.
Generally, our members are doing well. Some mentioned that they are experiencing a bit of anxiety about staying healthy and wearing a mask, miss the social connections, need some motivation to walk outside, have some transportation and/or technical challenges, need a haircut, are a bit bored, and/or are in need of home repair assistance. Many are enjoying the virtual social programs that the Village offers in addition to the outreach we have been providing through our volunteers.
After we assessed the members, Palisades Village created a volunteer survey to see how we could best address our members’ needs with our volunteer workforce. 31 volunteers responded to the survey. We asked how comfortable volunteers would be during the DC Reopening Phases. During Phase One and Phase Two, the majority of volunteers were very comfortable providing contactless services. Palisades Village is offering grocery shopping and delivery, free masks and running errands. The Village also has emergency contact captains for each neighborhood who check in with our members. We have also set up phone buddies. In addition, some members have been receiving regular meals from our volunteers. Palisades Village volunteers have also provided special deliveries to the Village community. We are so appreciative of all that our volunteers have been doing to help our members and help Palisades Village.
Many of our volunteers felt comfortable during this Phase to walk and or visit outside with a member. Other volunteers offered to do simple home repairs for our members. We also have technical support available. If you would like to walk or visit outside with a Village volunteer, need technical support to connect to a virtual program or computer help, or need a simple home repair completed like changing a light bulb, moving a plant, changing a screen, etc., please call the Village office at 202-244-3310. These services are based on volunteer availability.
Palisades Village is taking a very cautious approach because of our senior at-risk population. During all phases, until a vaccine is developed, Palisades Village will:
- Question members and volunteers about health symptoms (see questions below).
- Continue to wear masks to protect members and volunteers. Masks are available through the office.
- Sanitize hands and use disinfectant wipes on any surface members might touch before and after visits/programs.
- Increase air circulation as much as possible by opening windows.
- Maintain six feet of distance when possible. If you are walking with a member who may need an arm, please know there are additional risks and concerns. Please take the necessary precautions.
In order to ensure the safety of all, Palisades Village has a series of questions that it will ask the member and the volunteer to make sure they are feeling healthy to minimize risks. The office will be noting your responses. These questions include:
- Have you had a fever or chills in the past 48 hours?
- Do you have a cough?
- Do you have shortness of breath?
- Are you feeling unusually tired, or have you felt unusually tired in the past few days?
- Have you experienced body aches, in the past 48 hours?
- Have you experienced a headache in the past few days?
- Have you been in crowded situations in the past 48 hours?
- Have you been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for the virus?
Palisades Village is also continuing to promote a free (up to $20) DC transportation service Taxi2Rail. Book online at Taxi2Rail.com or call 202-727-3827 to access a ride to medical appointments, the grocery store, pharmacy, etc.
We understand that some of our volunteers are not comfortable volunteering until there is a vaccine. The Village will be conducting a follow-up volunteer survey at a later date as we cautiously reintroduce services. We will be holding a training session for volunteers on Thursday, July 16 at 10:30 a.m. In addition to reviewing the current procedures, we will introduce our new Helpful Village software system. Please join us.
Palisades Village is concerned about the health and well-being of our members, volunteers, and staff. We are following the evolution of the coronavirus in our area very closely and are coordinating our response with other villages, with DC health authorities, and with national centers including the CDC. Our mission — to help older adults live comfortably and safely in their own homes — will not change. We will, however, adapt the services we provide and the events we sponsor to changing circumstances, following recommended best practices and follow recommendations from the CDC.
Facts on COVID-19:
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
The CDC has updated its list of COVID-19 symptoms. The updated list includes cough, shortness of breath, or at least two of the following:
- Chills or repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. If you have any of the following emergency warning signs for COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
This list is not all inclusive. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.
For more information on the Mayor's Plan for Phase One Re-Opening, click here.
Local Village Resources:
Coronavirus Hub (Capital Hill Village) included resources from information sources to pet care.
Coronavirus Testing in DC:
Monday, April 13, the District 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.
Call 1-888-349-8323 Monday-Friday from 7am-7pm or visit coronavirus.dc.gov/gethelp to fill out an assessment online.
The DC government is providing meals to any senior free of charge. To request to be put on the list for Department of Aging and Community Living’s (DACL) food delivery program and throughout this crisis, please call IONA at 202-895-9448 and tell them that you’d like to be enrolled in the temporary home-delivered meals provided by the city. The social workers who staff the phone will see if they are any other needs and may offer additional resources. They will only ask you to provide your name and address. (There are no other requirements for this special program during this coronavirus event.)
Here is the latest newsletter from the Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL).
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. Flyer attached.
Give them a call, just to talk about how you are feeling or how you are spending your days: 202-724-5626.
DC Libraries: DC Public Library customers will soon be able to borrow and return physical items from the DC Public Library. On Friday, May 29, take-out service will be offered at the Anacostia and Cleveland Park libraries as part of Mayor Bowser's plan to reopen the District.
DPW: To support Phase One of Mayor Bowser’s plan to reopen the District, the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) announces that beginning Friday, May 29, 2020, all suspended resident services will resume at Ft. Totten Transfer Station located at 4900 John McCormack Road, N.E.
The following resident services will resume:
• Solid waste drop-offs – Monday through Friday, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM; and Saturdays 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM;
• Residential compost pick-up – District residents with up to five 32-gallon bags (residents provide bags) can pick-up free compost Monday through Friday, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM; and Saturdays 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM;
• Hazardous waste and e-cycling drop-offs – The last Thursday of each month, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM and Saturdays 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM; and
• Document shredding – The first Saturday of each month, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM; This service will resume Saturday, June 6. Residents will be directed to place their documents in a designated bin for shredding and recycling.
Information Security Alert - MOBILE DEVICE PHISHING SCAMS
Cyber criminals are ramping up malicious phishing scams by leveraging the current global pandemic and teleworking conditions. They are targeting mobile devices by sending text messages with a sense of urgency to click on a link or send a text response to a code that they provide.
Here are a few things to remember:
- Do not click on a link in any suspicious text message or text your response to a code.
- Do not provide any sensitive data via text or email.
- If sender’s name/number are known, contact them directly to verify.
- Ensure that you have a screen lock code on your mobile device.
- Keep your mobile device current with the latest updates.
- Please be wary of responding to any emails or phone calls about COVID-19.
Click the link for more information on other types of scams: FCC Consumer Warning on COVID-19 Scams
Suggestions for safety for groceries and take-out/delivery:
Tips for Meal Kit and Food Delivery Safety from the CDC:
A surgeon's suggestion:
A Palisades Village volunteer is happy to call you and discuss the current situation, sports, arts, family, etc. If you are interested in having a local neighbor call you, please call our office at 202-244-3310 or visit our website at www.palisadesvillage.org.
The second option is:
Palisades Village received a request from Dr. Louisa Whiteside, George Washington University Geriatrics Program, seeking to connect Geriatrics fellows with seniors who are presently living alone or feeling isolated. This is an opportunity to talk with students about how this crisis is impacting our lives. Your participation will result in a great inter-generational friendship! If you would like to participate and receive a phone call, please email the fellows with your name and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org, submit your information via the website at gwureachingout.com, or call 202-709-6344 and leave a voice message with your name, phone number, and preferred call time. A student will follow up with you in the coming weeks.
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. This service is available during regular business hours from 8 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
And a fourth option is:
It is a virtual call center launched by AARP for those in need of a kind voice and a friendly chat. Requests for a “friendly call” can be made through an online request form or by calling toll-free 888-281-0145 (English) or 888-497-4108 (Spanish). Additional resources and information for finding help – and giving it – during the coronavirus pandemic are available (in English and Spanish) at AARP Community Connections
How to make a mask:
Effective Thursday, April 10, 2020, Mayor Bowser issued a Mayoral Order that implements new social distancing protocols for grocery stores, convenience stores, farmer's markets, and shoppers. Residents will now be required to wear a mask or mouth covering and maintain at least a 6-foot distance from other shoppers while at the supermarket. Food retailers will limit the number of customers shopping at a time and will mark safe waiting distances at check-out lines and any line that may form outside of the store. Grocers may also mark some aisles one-way or close certain check-out counters to reduce shopper congestion. They will also be required to provide the public with disinfecting wipes and/or hand sanitizer at every entrance and exit.
Farmer's markets must now obtain a waiver wherein they detail how they will meet the new social distancing requirements for their vendors and customers. These new requirements include the elimination of any on-site food preparation, pre-bagging items so they may be purchased in a "grab and go" fashion, and prohibiting customers from touching items before purchase. Social distancing requirements between shoppers also applies.
The Palisades Farmers Market plans on using a single entrance and exit system and has obtained the necessary waiver.
Whole Foods - opening one hour before scheduled opening from 7-8 a.m. for those over 60.
Giant Westbard - opening 6-7:30 a.m. for seniors.
Safeway Sangamore - opening 5 a.m. for seniors.
Trader Joe's (Glover Park) - A maximum of 20 people are allowed in the store so expect lines to get in. The store now closes at 8 p.m. and encourages older (over 60) shoppers to come between 8-9 a.m. It is open at 9 a.m. for all others.
Costco -- Senior hours 9-10 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Open for Takeout and Curbside Delivery and/or Delivery:
DC Boathouse: Closed July and August 2020
Et Voila: Call after 3 p.m., 202-237-2300, 5120 MacArthur Blvd., NW, www.etvioladc.com
Millie’s Open Daily: 11am - 8pm 4866 Massachusetts Ave NW (202) 733-5789 www.milliesdc.com
Salt & Pepper - Outside seating is now available on the patio. Happy hour is temporarily suspended but Melvin is back!
Jetties Foxhall Monday - Friday: 11am - 8pm Saturday & Sunday: 9am - 8pm 1609 Foxhall Road NW (202) 891-7690 www.jettiesdc.com
Sweet Agave (Mexican) - https://www.sweetagavedc.com/menu (202)363-4041 Open 4-9 p.m. for takeout.
Bistro Aracosia (Afghan) https://www.bistroaracosia.com (202)363-0400 MINIMUM $50.00 FOR DELIVERY, WITHIN 1 MILE RADIUS PLUS 2-HOUR ADVANCE ORDER***IN ORDER TO INSURE QUALITY AND PROMPTNESS WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ORDER IN ADVANCE FOR DELIVERY OR PICKUP***
Chen's (Chinese) https://www.chensgourmet-dc.com (202) 364-8313
Kotobuki (Japanese/Sushi) has reopened for takeout. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m. Call in an order and then call when you arrive and they will bring the order downstairs. 4822 MacArthur, across from the old Safeway. (202) 281-6679
Black Coffee https://blackcoffeedc.com/202-333-1111
DeCarlo's (202) 363-4220 http://www.decarlosrestaurant.com Food must be picked up at the restaurant- they'll bring it to the car- which is open 5-7 pm each night.
Del Polopo (former 7th Hill pizza) https://www.delpopolodc.com (202) 506-2821 Now doing deliveries.
Black Salt http://www.blacksaltrestaurant.com/carry-out-menu/ 202-342-9101 Market is Open daily from 10:00am-6:00pm with expanded grocery items available for purchase. Restaurant is providing Take-Out Services from 12:00pm-7:00pm with a menu that changes daily.
Old Europe http://www.old-europe.com/pdf/2020-04-01-takeout-menu.pdf (202)333-7600 Open for takeout and delivery orders from 12-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and from 12-8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Wagshal's Spring Valley https://www.wagshals.com/ Doing delivery and curbside delivery of prepared meals and groceries including custom cut meats. Online ordering is available via their website. In addition, grocery items can be ordered by calling them at: 202-595-3505, for pick up or delivery. They are updating their website to allow grocery ordering online, but this option won't be available until about April 1st.
MacArthur Liquor Store- $50 delivery and curbside. Please allow place orders 48 hours in advance.
Occasions Caterers, local DC caterer, is now offering a meal service with contact-less delivery. https://www.occasionscaterers.com/assets/Meal-Kit-Menu-2020_March-20-27-1.pdf
Chef Geoff's has opened a community pantry, offering milk, bread, pasta, toilet paper, bleach, and gloves.as well as takeout. You can place orders online for pickup or delivery at https://www.chefgeoff.com/delivery-take-out-menu.
Siroc has a limited delivery menu. The executive chef allowed us to tour his home last year during our house tour and you can see the kitchen in his online videos. The following pastas are currently available: Fettucine Bolognese, Pappardelle with Pork Ribs, Gnocchi Genovese, Spaghetti with Lamb Meatballs and Spinach Fettucine. $18/portion. Please submit orders to email@example.com or call 301.529.3372. All orders must be placed before 3 p.m. on the day of delivery. Delivery is free for all zip codes in NW DC. Pick-up and orders outside the delivery area on request. *Closed Sunday At Siroc we diligently use all recommended sanitary practices in the production and packaging of all food items. Payment upon delivery. Drivers prefer Venmo, PayPal, and Apple Cash and will accept cash or check. Proceeds will provide the staff and their families with financial help during this shutdown. Instructional videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGxfPPwHBJSvsNVBsNHTfCw/featured?disable_polymer=1
Kristina's Cafe They now have free delivery for dinner if you call them directly at (202) 853-377 or order online. Check out https://www.kristinascafedc.com/. They are open from 10-2 and 6-9 daily. You can also get delivery through UberEats, Grubhub and Postmates, but they prefer to take the orders directly because the delivery companies charge 30%, which is the entire profit for Kristina's.
Tenleytown Restaurants Open for Delivery or Carryout can be found here: http://tenleytownmainstreet.org/news/tenleytown-restaurants-delivery/?fbclid=IwAR1yxdDVaCzqbpykOvaHM3ErlgS2PCHTNaBRnQNEzCDSDIvR7giuTVB0Cg8
Non-Emergency Medical Transportation
DC Village Transportation Update as of 6/12/20. This newsletter provides the latest information under Phase I.
Medical Transportation Management (MTM)
Contact Information: 1(866)796-0601
- Schedule at least 3 business days prior to appointment
- Riders are assigned the transportation option most appropriate for their needs.
- District of Columbia
- The suburbs of Montgomery & Prince Georges Counties
- Fairfax & Arlington
- The City of Alexandria
Contact Information: (202) 724-5626
- DC residents who are 60+ and have a condition requiring essential life sustaining appointments or appointments for health-related public benefits.
- Medicaid clients are NOT eligible for this program
- Riders can bring an aide to assist with vehicle onboarding
- Washington, DC & Maryland Beltway
DFHV (DC Department of For-Hire Vehicles)
Taxi-to-Rail (T2R) is now operating citywide …and is free for shorter trips. Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs):
Q. I thought this program from the Department of For-Hire Vehicles was just for going to and from Metro stations in Wards 7 and 8. What happened?
A. This Department of For-Hire Vehicles program has been expanded several times since its creation. Most recently, it was expanded to help address the coronavirus public health emergency. Although the name is the same, the program now offers rides to essential services: grocery stores, medical facilities, and pharmacies within DC. (DFHV is the former DC Taxicab Commission.)
Q. Who can use this service? What are the eligibility criteria?
A. All District residents may use this service, regardless of income, age, or health condition. This program expansion enables all District residents to use Taxi-to-Rail (T2R) to go to and from grocery stores, medical facilities, and pharmacies anywhere in the city during the health crisis.
Q. What do I do to use this transportation option?
A. DFHV Director David Do urges District residents to stay home. At the same time, he and his department want to make it easier for residents who must get to these essential services during the health crisis. To request a ride, call (202) 727- 3827 (the same phone number as before). Or book a ride online at Taxi2Rail.com.
Q. Can I use this service at any time of day or night?
A. No, this program has specific hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 5:30am8:00pm; Saturday 7:00am-8:00pm; and Sunday 8:00am-8:00pm.
Q. Would I ride in a shared van or other vehicles? How does it work?
A. Travel using the Taxi-To-Rail (T2R) program is by taxi.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. For the first $20 of the metered fare, the ride is free. Under the public health emergency expansion, the Taxi-To-Rail customer pays only the amount of the total fare that is over $20. When calling, a passenger may request a fare estimate. When booking on Taxi2Rail.com, the passenger receives a fare estimate during the booking process.
Q. How often can I use this transportation option?
A. There is no cap, no limit, on the number of rides. (Previously, there was a cap of four rides per month.)
Q. How long will this program be offered?
A. The Department of For-Hire Vehicles will make this determination, in consultation with other relevant DC government agencies as needed.
Q. Can I use this program if I need to take my walker or wheelchair?
For more information, contact the Department of For-Hire Vehicles at (202) 645-7300.
Home Delivered Groceries
Delivered groceries including frozen meals, produce, cleaning supplies, over the counter medication, tissues, toilet paper, etc. Plan ahead – these services are very popular and deliveries may not be scheduled as quickly as usual. A member reported that her order on Safeway would take a week before they can deliver.
20% off and free delivery for the first order. Georgetown Safeway has a “Drive-Up and Go” services which has its own designated parking spaces. Shoppers can buy groceries online and one of their friendly attendants will bring them to your car.
Peapod by Giant
Buy groceries online and get it delivered to your door. Requirements: $60 Minimum order applies. Email needed for login. Customer Care Center at 800-573-2763 or giantfood.com
Buy groceries online from multiple stores and have them delivered in as little as one hour. Delivery fee applies; email or Facebook account needed for login.
Whole Foods via Amazon
Order online from Whole Foods and have groceries delivered to your door in as little as two hours. Must be an Amazon Prime member to use this service. Contrary to rumor, a member got a small delivery two hours after it was placed on 3/23.
The Organic Butcher of MacLean
They deliver more than meat. like produce, pantry items, eggs, and dairy. They are a really good outfit in my experience.
Palisades Farmers Market
see Facebook and scroll down for vendors that are offering home deliveries or pre-arranged pick up at the market site. There are meat, veggie and salmon offers for starters.
Full Cellar Farm - Please see our availability below and to order fill out this GoogleSheet (Palisades Order Sheet) (preferred) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (next preferred) or call me at 301-639-9711 (least preferred) for a Monday afternoon delivery. $20 minimum order and $5 delivery charge for orders under $40. Please order by 10 a.m. on Monday for delivery later that day
If you order meals, ask the delivery person to call you when they arrive and to leave your order outside your door – this is for your protection as well as the person making the delivery. If you need help ordering anything, please call the office and we will order it for you or assist you in ordering. If you do not have internet call the office for assistance.
Grub hubwww.grubhub.comNo delivery fee for the first order. Order from 1960 restaurants in the area.Uber Eatswww.ubereats.com Order from local restaurants. The delivery fee is sometimes waived if you share a delivery.
Doordash www.doordash.com You can order food from a restaurant that is a chain such as Wendy’s, Chipotle, McDonalds, Panera, Silver Diner and Z Burger along with a few local restaurants. Postmateswww.postmates.comUse code SAVE100 for $100 in delivery fee credits for new Postmates customers. You can order food from local restaurants such as Boulangerie Christophe, Wagshal’s on New Mexico, etc.
Home Delivered Meals - Precooked meals delivered to your home.Sweetgreen recently acquired GalleyFoodsOnline ordering through Sweetgreen provides access to pre-made salads and healthy bowls. There is a $4.99 delivery fee, and you need an email to create an account.Mom’s Mealswww.momsmeals.comGet fully prepared, refrigerated meals that are ready to heat, eat. Purchase in any combination of breakfast, lunch or dinner. Place your order by calling the main phone number or through the website provided above. The phone number is 1-877-508-6667. Available in quantities of 3 (for first order only), 7, 10, 14, or 21 meals. Meals cost $6.99/meal ($7.99 for Pureed) * No long-term commitment. *$14.95 flat rate shipping fee applies. Your delivery date will be scheduled and the meals you have chosen will be delivered directly to your home by a Mom’s Meals driver or a third-party partner. Heat and enjoy – Heat directly from the refrigerator for 2 minutes or less.
Pharmacies that deliver:
1300 7th St NW UNIT 200,Washington, DC 20001202-930-4242https://caryrx.com/Free scheduled same-day delivery is available to all of Washington, DC, Northern VA, and parts of Maryland. Scheduled deliveries must be confirmed by no later than 2 p.m. CATHEDRAL PHARMACY3000 Cathedral Ave. NWWashington, DC202-265-1300https:// www.cathedralpharmacyrx.comDelivery fee $8.00 (waived for DC Medicaid patients)CVSFree Prescription Delivery from CVS: CVS has waived prescription delivery fees.https://www.cvs.com/content/delivery
Delivery fee $6.00
GRUBBS PHARMACY326 E Capitol St. NEWashington, DC 20003Tel: (202) 543-4400http://www.grubbspharmacy.com/In certain circumstances, delivery requests confirmed by 10 a.m. can sometimes be delivered the same day. Most delivery requests received after 10 a.m. will be delivered the next day except for special circumstances. Our general fee for delivery is $5.00 for most deliveries within the DC limits. Special circumstances and emergency deliveries may be charged a higher fee. KNOWLES APOTHECARY10400 Connecticut Avenue # 100Kensington, Maryland 20895301-942-7979https://www.knowleswellness.com/about.htm
Delivery to NW Washington $12
Faith Services (live streaming, call in and televised)
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:
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Iona Senior Services - Resource Page https://www.iona.org/covid-19-resource-library/
Mobile Mani Pedi - Mani2U-Mani4U https://mani2u-mani4u.com/