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Muriel Bowser Ward 4



John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004


Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

Interim City Administrator:
Kevin Donahue

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Lamont Akins

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Julia Irving

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September 18, 2020 

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians, 

Just over six months ago, Washington, DC confirmed our first case of COVID-19. It was weeks before that first confirmed case that we began planning for the pandemic. Since then, our community has done a lot to prevent and respond to the spread of the virus. As a District, our response has been guided by six pillars:

  1. Flattening the curve
  2. Sharing accurate and timely information
  3. Enhancing our healthcare capacity
  4. Expanding community support
  5. Preserving government continuity
  6. Managing the unexpected

You can learn more about these six pillars in our Six-Month Look Back

As we continue into the fall, much of what we are asking of the community remains the same:

  • Limit travel and gatherings
  • Always wear a mask in public and around people who do not live in your house (even if you are at a gathering that is small and/or outside)
  • Choose your activities wisely – just because you were invited to go doesn't mean you have to go

Finally, if you feel sick or have already been diagnosed with COVID-19, it is critically important that you reach out to your doctor, get tested, and isolate and quarantine immediately and for the required amount of time. Furthermore, in order to reduce the spread of the virus, we need more people in our community to cooperate with case investigators and contact tracers by answering calls, completing the survey, and disclosing activities and contacts.

By continuing to take our shared responsibility seriously, we can make progress and protect our community. 


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

DM Turnage Vaccine Trial

In the video above, Deputy Mayor Wayne Turnage talks about his decision to participate in a COVID-19 vaccine trial.

Learn more about participating in a vaccine trial HERE

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2020 Census Deadline Approaching


With the 2020 Census deadline quickly approaching, we need the entire community's help to make sure everyone in DC gets counted. If you have already filled out the Census, call or text three friends or neighbors and make sure they have also completed the Census. 

The results of the 2020 Census will impact the District's funding for the next 10 years, so it is critical that everyone is counted. 

Complete the Census at

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Flooding and Water Damage

DC Water

Residents whose homes were affected by the severe weather on September 10 should go to to learn more about filing a claim or to apply for the Backwater Valve Rebate Program.

Read Frequently Asked Questions about the September 10 storm and its effects HERE.  

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Small Business Retail Grants

Great Streets Grants

Great Streets Small Business Retail Grants provide local businesses up to $50,000 to be used for storefront renovations, equipment purchases, and technology enhancements. The grants are geared towards brick-and-mortar businesses located in a Great Streets Corridor.

The deadline to apply for a Great Streets grant is Monday, September 28. Learn more HERE

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Get the Flu Vaccine

Flu Vaccine

The flu vaccine is currently available and residents are encouraged to get their vaccination by the end of October. The CDC recommends flu vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age and older.

Flu vaccines are offered in many doctors' offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies, and college health centers.

To find a flu vaccine near you, visit

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