Update: Stay-at-Home order issued for DC on April 1

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WASHINGTON (WDVM) — Update: Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a Stay-at-Home order for the district, which will take effect on April 1, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. This comes after surrounding state leadership in Maryland and Virginia issued Stay-at-Home orders on March 30.

Bowser also announced a testing site Monday for personnel and first responders from The D.C. Department of Corrections, The Metropolitan Police Department, and The Metropolitan Fire, and EMS.

“The only reasons you should be leaving your home are to buy groceries, pick-up medicine, or exercise with your own family, or because you have been advised to seek medical attention, or because you are performing an essential job.”

According to Bowser, residents can expect drive-thru and walk-up testing sites operating at UMC for residents whose doctors have ordered a test by the end of the week.

D.C. residents are advised to follow these steps to limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wash hands, multiple times a day with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

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