WASHINGTON, DC — House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said he was bringing the D.C. statehood bill to the floor of the House of Representatives next week for a vote. The legislation already has enough cosponsors for it to pass on June 26, which would make it the first D.C. statehood bill approved by a house of Congress.
“It took me some time to conclude that the only way we were going to get the citizens of the District of Columbia their right as American citizens was to support statehood,” Hoyer said. “The Speaker and I have agreed on that for a long period of time that the District of Columbia citizens were not being treated fairly.”
Hoyer made the announcement during a Tuesday morning press conference on Capitol Hill. He was joined by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).
“For the first time, statehood will put an end to our oldest slogan: “taxation without representation,'” said Norton, who has sponsored a statehood bill in every session of Congress she’s been a part of since 1991. “To crown that denial, D.C. residents pay the highest federal taxes per capita without equal representation. Coming in this, the third century of our nation, however, statehood means much more to us than dollars and cents. Statehood is priceless. Statehood assures that living in our nation’s capital is about pride, not prejudice.”
If passed, HR 51 would provide admission for the state of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, as the 51st state, giving the territory of the District of Columbia full representation in Congress. As the District’s delegate, Holmes is not a full member of Congress. She is only allowed to introduce legislation and vote in committee. The bill already has 224 cosponsors, a number that would assure its passage when the vote is taken on June 26.
“For more than two centuries, the residents of Washington, D.C., the District of Columbia, have been denied their right to fully participate and their democracy,” Pelosi said. “Instead, they have been dealt the injustice of paying taxes, proudly serving in uniform in great numbers and contributing to the economic power of our nation, while being denied the full enfranchisement, which is their right.”
Pelosi pointed to the recent demonstrations in the District for racial justice and against police violence, in which federal troops were dispatched without the say of the D.C. leaders, as an example why statehood is necessary.
“We have seen a disturbing physical manifestation of that injustice when federal agents and out-of-state National Guard troops were deployed against peaceful protesters in District without residents’ approval,” she said.
The Trump administration’s response to the demonstrators helped to raise awareness of the statehood issue across the country.
“There shouldn’t be federal forces advancing against Americans,” Bowser said, at Tuesday’s press conference. “And they’re very definitely, shouldn’t be soldiers stationed around our city waiting for the go to attack Americans in a local policing matter. So, they know now that our cause for statehood is certainly about making sure we have two voting senators to speak up for us and making sure that our congresswoman has a vote and making sure that we have seats at the table when the governors and state legislatures are talking.”
Bowser and her administration have also been struggling for fair treatment from Congress for funding to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Republicans designated the District as a territory and not a state, when it passed the $2 trillion CARES Act in March. This meant that D.C., which has a population greater than Vermont and Wyoming, would receive $725 million less than those two states.
“I understand there have been politics throughout the years on states coming into the union,” Hoyer said. “But the fact of the matter, this is about who we are as a country. Do we believe in one man, one vote; one woman, one vote? Do we believe in equal representation?”
Once the HR 51 passes the House, it will go on to the Republican-controlled Senate, where three senators signed on Tuesday to cosponsor the legislation. Hoyer hoped Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would allow the bill onto the floor for a vote.
“This is the right thing to do for our country, for what we believe in for our Constitution,” he said. “For our Declaration, all of us are created equal. Fifty-one, we’ll take a step towards a more perfect union.”
DC Mayor Blasts Congress Over Coronavirus Relief Package
WASHINGTON, DC — D.C. Department of Health reported five new deaths Tuesday due to COVID-19, the illness associated with the coronavirus. These deaths follow two days where D.C. Health reported no new deaths in the District due to the disease. The total number of deaths in the District to COVID-19stands at 515.
D.C. Health also confirmed 19 new positive cases of COVID-19, Tuesday, bringing the District’s total number of positive cases to 9,818.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed Monday the District could enter Phase 2 of its phased reopening as soon as Friday, provided the numbers health officials are using to track the progress of the new coronavirus continue to improve.
The District has experienced 12 days out of a 14 day decline in a sustained decrease in cases of COVID-19, one of the metrics D.C. Health measures to determine when it will move into the next phase of its phased reopening. In addition, the District’s utilization of hospital beds has remained under 80 percent for 13 out of 14 days.
According to D.C. Health, 67,126 COVID-19 tests have been administered in the District, 53,458 D.C. residents have been tested, and 1,155 have been cleared from isolation.
The District currently has 78 intensive care unit beds available out of 345 total intensive care unit beds. There are currently 192 in-use ventilators and 70 COVID-19 positive ICU patients.
Globally, more than 8 million people have been infected by COVID-19, and over 437,000 people have died, Johns Hopkins University reported Tuesday morning. In the United States, more than 2.1 million people have been infected and over 116,000 people have died from COVID-19.
District residents should take the following actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Avoid close contact with people who are sickWash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not availableAvoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed handsCover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trashClean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
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WASHINGTON, DC — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed the District could enter Phase 2 of its phased reopening as soon as Friday, provided the numbers health officials are using to track the progress of the new coronavirus continue to improve.
“June 19 would likely be the earliest that we could enter into Phase 2, if our numbers continue to trend down,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser, during a Monday morning press briefing.
The District entered Phase 1 on May 29. As of Monday morning, the city has experienced 11 days of sustained decrease in community spread of COVID-19, the illness associated with the new coronavirus,
WASHINGTON, DC — Homicide detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are investigating two separate shooting incidents over the weekend that left three people dead, according to a police release.
Around 11:37 p.m., on Saturday, officers from the Seventh District responded to the report of a shooting in the 3100 block of Waclark Place, S.E., in Congress Heights. Arriving officers found several victims suffering from gunshot wounds. D.C. Fire and EMS transported an adult male and an adult female, both suffering from life-threatening gunshot wounds, to a nearby hospital for treatment. All efforts to save their lives failed and they both died. Five other victims, who were suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds, received medical treatment.
The two deceased victims were identified as Zymia Joyner, 19, of Northeast, and Rashard Waldo, 19, of District Heights, Maryland.
Around 7:19 a.m., on Sunday, officers from the Seventh District responded to the report of a shooting in the 1300 block of Congress St., S.E. They found two adult men suffering from gunshot wounds. D.C. Fire and EMS transported the two victims to a nearby by hospital. All life-saving efforts failed and one of the victims was pronounced dead. The second victim received treatment for non-life threatening injuries.
Police identified the deceased victim as Albert Smith, 22, of Grand Junction, Tennessee.
MPD is asking anyone with information about these incidents to call 202-727-9099 or send an anonymous text message to 50411.
WASHINGTON DC, DC — Looking for a new house, and want to get a better understanding of what’s available near you? Perhaps you could use some help finding the perfect place for you and your loved ones? Not to worry! To keep you up to date, we’ve got the latest batch of new listings nearby.
Below is a list of the five most recent properties to hit the market in the Washington DC area — including one in the Washington area with 2 beds and 1 bath for $365,000, and another in the Washington area with 2 beds and 2 baths for $799,500.
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1. 2555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Apt 412, Washington, District of Columbia 20037
Size: 1,092 sq. ft., 2 beds, and 2 baths
2. 2400 41st St NW Apt 511, Washington, District of Columbia 20007
Size: 875 sq. ft, 2 beds, and 1 bath
3. 2425 L St NW Apt 619, Washington, District of Columbia 20037
Size: 928 sq. ft., 2 beds, and 1 bath
4. 2039 New Hampshire Ave NW Unit 306, Washington, District of Columbia 20009
Size: 1,850 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 2 baths
5. 3815 14th St NW Apt 5, Washington, District of Columbia 20011
Size: 1,090 sq. ft., 2 beds, and 2 baths
Your search doesn’t have to end here! Keep scrolling for more listings. And there are even more homes for you to check out in Patch’s real-estate section for the Washington DC area.
2555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Apt 412Washington, District of Columbia 20037
For Sale: $799,500
2 bd/2 full ba, 1,092 sqft More Info
2400 41st St NW Apt 511Washington, District of Columbia 20007
For Sale: $365,000
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2425 L St NW Apt 619Washington, District of Columbia 20037
For Sale: $710,000
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2039 New Hampshire Ave NW Unit 306Washington, District of Columbia 20009
For Sale: $735,000
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3815 14th St NW Apt 5Washington, District of Columbia 20011
For Sale: $749,999
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2118 O St NW Apt AWashington, District of Columbia 20037
For Sale: $649,900
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1923 9th St NW Unit PhWashington, District of Columbia 20001
For Sale: $1,099,000
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1825 H St NEWashington, District of Columbia 20002
For Sale: $495,000
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1825 H St NEWashington, District of Columbia 20002
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1605 E St NE Apt 1Washington, District of Columbia 20002
For Sale: $383,000
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases creep toward 10,000, free testing is being offered at firehouses across D.C. Free walk-up testing for the coronavirus will continue from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday and Monday at D.C. firehouses.
What Do I Need to Do? What Should I Bring?
Do I need to make an appointment?
For walk-up testing: No, there is no appointment or doctor’s note needed for walk-up testing at the Judiciary Square, Anacostia, UDC-CC sites, or Fire Station sites. Walk-up testing schedule is available above.
For drive-thru testing: Yes, an appointment is required for drive-thru testing at the Anacostia and UDC-CC Bertie Backus sites and must be scheduled through the Testing Triage Call Center by calling 1-855-363-0333. The Testing Triage Call Center hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. A call center evaluation will include individuals answering pre-screening questions regarding their symptoms and history of exposure. There is no on-site registration for drive-thru tests at Anacostia or UDC-CC Bertie Backus Campus.
What will an individual need to bring to the test site?
An individual with an appointment must bring the following:The testing confirmation email from DC Health, via electronic (i.e., on their phone or a device) or printed copy AND,A valid, government-issued photo ID showing proof of residency in the District of Columbia.If an individual does not have a valid District of Columbia government-issued ID, they must bring any government issued ID with a bill (e.g., utility, cell phone, lease, bank statement, etc.) marked to their current address.First responders and healthcare workers who work in the District of Columbia will be asked to provide proof of employment (e.g., badge).
What is the process for COVID-19 testing?
You will receive a nasal swab. During this test you may feel some discomfort, including nose irritation or minor bleeding. All are normal.
When will my results be ready?
After testing, an individual will learn results within 3-5 days. After the test, the individual will receive a letter with the information on how to receive your results.
The District’s reported data for Saturday includes 58 new positive coronavirus cases from Friday, bringing the District’s overall positive case total to 9,767. The District also reported four additional COVID-19 related deaths:
55-year-old female78-year-old female78-year-old male91-year-old male
In total, 515 District residents have died due to the coronavirus.
The District has experienced 10 days of sustained decrease in community spread of COVID-19 during Phase One:
Below is the District’s aggregated total of positive COVID-19 cases, sorted by neighborhood of residence:
The D.C. Government urges the public to stay home except if you need:
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Mayor Calls For Redskins To Change Name; Sued Over Street ArtProtests This Weekend Force Closure Of Some DC StreetsDC Health Confirms 4 Additional Deaths Due To Coronavirus
ACROSS AMERICA — Americans have long been captivated by the lure of hidden treasures and the clues that lead to them. One man found his in the Rocky Mountains, picking up the hints left by a famous art and antiquities collector who hid the treasure a decade ago to get people to take in the majestic range.
The gold, jewels and other valuable items the lucky treasure hunter found inside a bronze chest were worth about $1 million. Understandably, the guy who found it wants to remain anonymous.
For 89-year-old Forrest Fenn, who hid the treasure, there’s great satisfaction in having instilled what he titled “The Thrill of the Chase” in a 2010 autobiography.
Thousands of people participated in the search, and Fenn said in a statement that it’s his “hope they will continue to be drawn by the promise of other discoveries.” By Amber Fisher on Across Colorado Patch
(AP file photo of Forrest Fenn by Jeri Clausing)
Treasures are found all around. Many treasures are found in nature for those who look for them, surely to Forrest Fenn’s delight. But some of the most valuable treasures are in plain sight.
Who Was That Masked Hero?
Surely, the anonymous masked person who rescued a 3-year-old boy’s teddy bear counts as a community treasure. Thomas Levi was inconsolable after his beloved teddy bear slipped out of his hand and into Hudson River during a family stroll along an inlet. A man who saw the boy’s heartbreak unfold sprang into action as a strong undertow threatened to take “Doobie” — a Hebrew name for teddy bear — away from the toddler forever. But who was he? The family wants to know. He was wearing a mask. By Caren Lissner on Hoboken Patch
Sometimes, The Meal Is The Treasure
Isabelle Lambotte knows that. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the Princeton, New Jersey, woman created the Share My Meals public charity to make sure her neighbors have enough to eat. With unemployment still high from coronavirus-related layoffs, the need is more urgent than ever. “I really want people like myself or many others who are not aware that less than a mile from where they live are people who are really struggling,” she said. “It’s really something we have to understand.” By Alexis Tarrazi on Princeton Patch
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In light of growing concerns over the treatment of ethnic groups following the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is renewing the decades-old battle to change the name of D.C.’s NFL team.
Bowser is calling on team owner Dan Snyder to change the Washington Redskins’ name to something less offensive to Native Americans.
“I think it’s past time for the team to deal with what offends so many people and this is a great franchise with a great history that’s beloved in Washington,” Bowser told sports radio station The Team 980 and 95.9 FM this week. “And it deserves a name that reflects the affection that we’ve built for the team.”
In addition to being offensive to Native Americans, Bowser said the team’s name hinders the city’s efforts to get a new stadium built closer to the Capitol. The Redskins now play at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
“It’s an obstacle for us locally but is also an obstacle for the federal government who leases the land to us,” she said.
Snyder again drew criticism when the team posted a tweet June 2 supporting #Blackout Tuesday, a national campaign to protest racism.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez promptly responded, “Want to really stand for racial justice?Change your name.”
Snyder has long balked at any request to change the team’s name and logo, which have been called racist by Native American groups.
There’s been no response from Snyder on the team’s social media sites to Bowser’s request.
However, since purchasing the team in 1999 for $800 million, Snyder has steadfastly refused to change the team’s name.
In 2013, he wrote an open letter to The Washington Post in which he reminisced about attending his first Redskins game with his father.
“I respect the opinions of those who disagree. I want them to know that I do hear them, and I will continue to listen and learn,” Snyder said. “But we cannot ignore our 81-year history, or the strong feelings of most of our fans as well as Native Americans throughout the country. After 81 years, the team name, Redskins, continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come.”
A 2016 poll by The Washington Post supports Snyder’s claim. It showed that nine out of 10 Native Americans aren’t offended by the name.
Snyder’s right to retain the team’s name has also been upheld by the Supreme Court.
In 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that a trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes on free speech rights.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday Bowser was sued in U.S. District Court for allowing “Black Lives Matter” to be painted in large yellow letters along 16th Street Northwest near the White House on June 7. In doing so, she renamed that portion of 16th Street Northwest to Black Lives Matter Plaza.
The lawsuit was filed by Rich Penkoski, head of the D.C. Chapter of the Warriors for Christ, who claims that Bowser violated the Constitution’s establishment clause, which forbids the government from establishing an official religion or from passing laws that favor one religion over another.
The suit contends “Defendant Bowser’s paramount objective was to convey to the Plaintiffs and all other taxpayers the Black Lives Matter cult, which is a denominational sect of the religion of Secular Humanism, is the favored religion of the city and the Nation and that another who disagrees with their gospel narrative is a second class citizen.”
Penkoski maintains that the BLM movement is a religion because it hosts “public ritualistic atonement ceremonies and incantations” and has its own religious symbols.
Bowser is also facing criticism from the conservative group, Judicial Watch.
“Mayor Bowser made a decision to turn D.C. streets into a forum for public expression. Judicial Watch seeks equal access to use this new forum to educate Americans by painting our organization’s motto and motivation, ‘Because No One Is Above the Law!,’ on a Capitol Hill street,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.
Cop Charged For Taser Incident, Monument Removal DelayProtests This Weekend Force Closure Of Some DC Streets
ACROSS AMERICA — At the crossroads of the coronavirus pandemic and civil dissent, some epidemiologists warn that virus infection rates could further spike in the coming days. Their concern has risen about two weeks after Americans began packing city avenues and town streets to protest the Memorial Day death of George Floyd beneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.
The protests over threats to black Americans seemed to make many people forget the country is still in the throes of a pandemic. Now, one of the results of the protests may be a stark and deadly reminder that the coronavirus isn’t yet finished with America.
Nearly half of U.S. states saw increases in new coronavirus cases. In a dozen of them, the spikes were alarming. In four states — Arizona, Arkansas, Oregon and Utah — cases more than doubled in a two-week period.
Demonstrations are, by definition, a show of shoulder-to-shoulder solidarity. But that’s the antithesis of the social distancing guidelines still in place in many parts of the country, even as states begin rolling back lockdowns.
The bigger the crowd, the more amplified the message and the louder the voices — and the farther the spread of potentially coronavirus-containing respiratory droplets into the surrounding air.
Even when protesters are masked and march 6 feet apart, as many do, the demonstrations raise a conundrum:
What is the price of protesting in a pandemic?
Another conundrum: What is the price of protesting?
Given the urgent moral stakes in the call to root out systemic racism in police and every other institution in America, the risk of remaining silent for many protesters far outweighs the risk of contracting the virus.
But in terms of public health, says a Seattle epidemiologist, the price will be steep with a demonstration-driven second wave of the coronavirus.
Demonstrations against the police-custody death of George Floyd continue despite the dangers of the widening coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
In the first-ever attempt to quantify the viral threat of dissent, Dr. Trevor Bedford, who studies the spread of the coronavirus at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, acknowledges the science isn’t exact.
It’s difficult to get an accurate count of the number of people demonstrating on a given day and the overall health of those protesting, he said. His models also assume that each infected person spreads the virus to one other person on each day of the protest.
Under one of the models, somewhere between 135,000 and 486,000 people could be infected over nine days of protests, and between 450 and 4,500 people could die.
None of the scenarios Bedford presented is particularly encouraging. The most optimistic estimates are for 1,500 new infections a day in protests with 600,000 participating.
Completely accurate measures of the effect of protests on the spread of coronavirus may be impossible to obtain because they began as states started rolling back lockdowns and easing some social distancing guidelines, Bedford said.
This week, the United States passed into uncharted territory for any other country in the world by recording more than 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 113,800 deaths, according to the running global count kept by Johns Hopkins University.
There’s no single reason for the surge in coronavirus cases, but health experts attribute at least part of it to the easing of lockdowns and social distancing measures meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
For example, Arizona residents had been cooped up in their homes for six weeks as of May 15 when Republican Gov. Doug Ducey lifted a stay-at-home order and eased restrictions on businesses. Ten days later, Arizona began seeing a surge of new cases and hospitalizations.
New coronavirus cases more than doubled in Arizona over the past two weeks, and health experts are warning that George Floyd protests, including this one in Tempe, could fuel new spikes. (AP Photo/Matt York)
“It seems pretty clear to me that what we’re seeing is directly related to the end of the stay-at-home order,” Will Humble, the executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association, told The Associated Press.
There’s single reason for the surges. The lifting of lockdowns and easing of other restrictions has contributed, experts say, but the virus also is moving around into new areas. A spike new cases related to protests won’t show up until this weekend and the days after because of the 14-day incubation period for the virus.
But the virus is also fanning into areas that haven’t been hard hit.
“It is a disaster that spreads,” Dr. Jay Butler, who oversees coronavirus response work at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The AP. “It’s not like there’s an entire continental seismic shift and everyone feels the shaking all at once.”
The new cases reported over the past few weeks don’t reflect the swell of demonstration-related infections. The incubation period for the virus is up to 14 days, and illnesses related to George Floyd demonstrations could show up in next week’s numbers. But some new coronavirus cases have already been directly traced to contact at protests.
Some of the 3,400 members of the Washington, D.C., National Guard mobilized June 1 to the protests have tested positive for the coronavirus, though the branch said in a statement it won’t disclose how many “until the risk of infection or illness has passed.”
The D.C. National Guard said some of its soldiers deployed to demonstrations have tested positive for the coronavirus, and infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci thinks more protest-related positive cases will be reported in the coming days. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, isn’t surprised that the soldiers tested positive for coronavirus.
“The issue of physical separation is important. Masks can help, but it’s masks plus physical separation. And when you get congregations like we saw with the demonstrations, like we have said — myself and other health officials — that’s taking a risk,” Fauci told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “Unfortunately, what we’re seeing now is just an example of the kinds of things we were concerned about.”
And as the CDC says infections are fanning out across the country, Fauci expects the protests to exacerbate that. Demonstrators are likely to test positive, too, and those who came to the nation’s capital to protest — and the National Guard soldiers from other states — will take the virus home with them.
“It’s the kind of things we were concerned about and, unfortunately, we’re seeing it come true right now,” Fauci said.
The crowds at demonstrations have been diverse in many cities, yet black Americans are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as white Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That could be used as “fodder to those opposing civil rights,” Yale School of Medicine epidemiologist Nathan Grubaugh tweeted, pushing back against Bedford’s modeling.
Governors and mayors are seeking balance in their response to the protest, advising demonstrators to practice social distancing without discouraging civil dissent.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms opened testing sites for protesters in her city. Hoboken, New Jersey, Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla said a recent protest in the city “was a powerful statement in the struggle for racial equality,” but asked participants to schedule a COVID-19 test “given the practical difficulties of social distancing at the demonstration.”
Other governors and mayors are acting similarly as they prepare for an onslaught of coronavirus cases, as physical distancing guidelines fall and crowds gather in the thousands.
Those concerns are valid, a group of more than 1,275 health professionals and community leaders wrote in an open letter published online by The New York Times. The letter called COVID-19 “yet another lethal manifestation of white supremacy.”
That makes protests vital to public health and one of the only vehicles available to black Americans to bring those entrenched issues to the public square, they wrote.
Public health officials condemned statehouse rallies to lift coronavirus restrictions as counterproductive to the effort to control the spread of the coronavirus. But those officials also said the George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests warrant a different, but clear, consistent and anti-racist public health response.
“White supremacy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19,” they wrote, outlining the dramatic health disparities between black and white people that “result from long-standing systems of oppression and bias.”
The group offered several strategies to reduce the potential of spreading the virus, including a call for police not to arrest demonstrators, to not hold them in confined spaces and to restrict the use of tear gas and other respiratory irritants that can increase the risk for COVID-19.
But, they wrote, the best thing public health officials can do is prepare for an increase in coronavirus infections in the days following the protests, and provide open access to testing to people in minority communities, “especially when they or their family members put themselves at risk by attending protests.”
In Seattle, Bedford continues to look at different scenarios in his research on the effects of protests on the coronavirus spread and advocate for those raising their voices in dissent at a time when “It feels as though we’ve largely given up on controlling the epidemic and have resigned ourselves to living alongside it,” he tweeted.
“The harms of systemic racism are real and utterly pernicious,” he tweeted. “The hope is that the protests may lead to lasting reform. It is a cruel twist the US’s inability to control the epidemic has made it dangerous to protest entrenched police brutality.”
WASHINGTON, VA — Homicide detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the fatal shooting of a Northwest woman early Thursday morning in Stanton Park, according to a police release. Police identified the decedent as 18 year-old Saige Ballard.
Around 3:10 am., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of E Street, N.E., for the report of a shooting. They found Ballard suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. D.C. Fire and EMS transported her to a nearby hospital. All life-saving efforts failed and Ballard was pronounced dead.
Additionally, an adult male was also found at the scene of the shooting. He was suffering from a gunshot wound and was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call 202-727-9099 or submit an anonymous tip by texting 50411.