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DC Health Statement on Updated Mask Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(Washington, DC) – Today, in response to the updated guidance for fully vaccinated people regarding mask wearing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director of DC Health, released the following statement:. “DC Health is reviewing the updated CDC guidance related to mask wearing....
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Mayor Bowser to Cut Ribbon on Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library

(Washington, DC) – On Monday, June 27, at 11 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser will join community members to open the new Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library. The Lillian J. Huff Library is the District’s 22nd library renovated or rebuilt since 2007. The new 23,500-square-foot library is nearly 5,000 square feet larger than the 17,930-square-foot library it replaced.
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DC Health Confirms First Orthopoxvirus and Potential Monkey Pox Case in the District

(Washington, DC) — On June 4, the DC Public Health Lab confirmed the first positive Orthopoxvirus case in a District resident who reported recent travel to Europe. The collected samples have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further testing and confirmation of the Monkeypox virus. Monkeypox is in the Orthopox family of viruses.
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Mayor Bowser Activates Heat Emergency Plan for Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22

(Washington, DC) Due to the current temperatures and forecast of extreme heat, Mayor Muriel Bowser has activated the District’s Heat Emergency Plan for Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22. The Heat Emergency Plan will be activated on Friday at 2 pm until 6 pm, when temperatures are expected to begin dropping. On Saturday and Sunday, the Heat Emergency will be in effect from 10 am until 6 pm.
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Mayor Bowser Kicks Off Infrastructure Week and Announces New Initiative to Bring High-Speed, Low- or No-Cost Internet to DC Residents

(Washington, DC) Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser was joined by Chief Technology Officer Lindsey Parker and broadband provider WeLink to announce the Community Internet Program (CIP), a new initiative that will give Internet Service Providers (ISPs) free access to District-owned building rooftops if they commit to providing high-speed connections (200 Mbps up/200 Mbps down or higher) at reduced or no cost to households eligible for President Biden’s Affordable Connectivity Program. Their antennas will also serve as neighborhood hubs that will be able to feed internet to residential properties – all at no cost to DC.
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Mayor Bowser Launches Encore Program to Support DC’s Creative Community

(Washington, DC) Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the Encore Program, an initiative created to support DC’s creative community by funding and subsidizing the development of live in-person events. The program was created to invest in and employ local talent, including event producers, entrepreneurs, creatives, content makers, and District businesses that help sustain the creative economy in Washington, DC. The Encore Program is made possible through the DC Creative Affairs Office (CAO), the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) in partnership with the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).
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Mayor Bowser Announces New Intelligence-Led Policing Unit Focusing on Violent Crime

(Washington, DC) Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Robert J. Contee III announced the Violent Crime Impact Team (VCIT), a collaborative effort between local and federal partners to remove illegal firearms from the community and apprehend armed criminals. The focus of VCIT is to reduce violent crime by using more intelligence-driven operations and enhance our investigative abilities through federal agency partnerships.
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Mayor Bowser to Deploy District Snow Team in Preparation for Possible Saturday Snowfall

(Washington, DC) The District Snow Team will initiate a partial deployment beginning Saturday morning, ahead of a possible wintery mix anticipated to begin Saturday afternoon. Crews will be prepared to treat the roads with salt. Operations will begin at 10 am Saturday morning and run through 10 pm as the weather shifts from rain to snow. Snowplows will be on standby and deployed if snow accumulates two or more inches.
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Mayor Bowser Announces New Year-Round Partnership Focused on Violent Crime

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Robert J. Contee III announced the Homicide Reduction Partnership, a collaborative effort to reduce violent crime through strategic prevention and focused enforcement. With this new partnership, MPD will focus resources and intelligence-led policing strategies in collaboration with local and federal law enforcement and criminal justice partners, DC government agencies, and community partners.
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Mayor Bowser and Universal Health Services Break Ground on New Cedar Hill Regional Medical Center, GW Health at St. Elizabeths East in Ward 8, First Hospital Built in the District in Over 20 Years

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Universal Health Services (UHS) along with George Washington University and Children’s National Hospital broke ground on the new Cedar Hill Regional Medical Center, GW Health in Ward 8 at the St. Elizabeths East Campus. The $375 million project includes a state-of-the-art 136-bed, full-service hospital, ambulatory pavilion for physician offices, clinics and community space, a 500-car garage, and a helipad for emergency transports. When it opens its doors to patients in December 2024, the new Cedar Hill Regional Medical Center, GW Health will be the first inpatient facility to open in the District in over 20 years. 
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As Fair Shot February Kicks Off, Mayor Bowser Announces First Ever Housing Production Trust Fund Investment in Ward 3

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced the selection of 10 projects from the Priority Evaluation round of the 2021 Consolidated Request for Proposals (RFP), including the first project applied and awarded in Ward 3. The selections are made possible by Mayor Bowser’s historic $400 million investment in the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF) in Fiscal Year 2021 and 2022, which brought the Mayor’s total HPTF investment since 2015 to $1 billion. The financial plan also features Local Rent Supplement Program (LRSP) funding to better target funds to deeply affordable units at or below 30% of the Median Family Income (MFI), or about $38,700 for a family of four.
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Mayor Bowser and Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks Announce Enhanced Efforts to Combat Regional Carjackings

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, DC Police Chief Robert J. Contee III, and Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz announced enhanced efforts to combat recent regional carjacking offenses. The cross border initiative between DC and Prince George’s County will focus on greater communication and public awareness around carjackings. There will be an increase in investigative support with additional detectives on the carjacking task force and an expansion of intelligence sharing to address the uptick in carjackings.
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Kicking Off Fair Shot February, Mayor Bowser Launches $12 Million DC Futures Program to Provide Residents with Tuition and Financial Supports to Earn Degrees in High-Demand Fields

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off Fair Shot February by launching the DC Futures Program, a new college tuition and support program for DC residents seeking a degree in a high-demand career field at three local universities. When added to other financial aid, DC Futures will completely cover financial need for many participants, making the cost of college free. The program, created through a $12 million investment by Mayor Bowser and offered through the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), provides tuition, coaching, and financial supports to DC residents pursuing their first associate or bachelor’s degree in high-demand career fields, including Information Technology, Health Science, and Education. Throughout Fair Shot February, Mayor Bowser will host her annual Budget Engagement Forums and highlight programs and opportunities that put Washingtonians on pathways to the middle class.
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