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Note: We’ll be pushing the publishing of our daily news roundup by an hour or two for as long as the mayor has 11 a.m. COVID-19 press conferences.


Stay home. 

It’s deceivingly simple. This mandate that’s necessary to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus has changed everyone’s way of living. The degree to which it’s changed depends on countless factors like health status, income, and profession. 

To better understand how individuals are coping in these unprecedented times, City Paper asked them. Fourteen Washingtonians answered in words and pictures. These individuals are grandparents, single parents, and lovers. Some are their jobs, and are so desperately needed right now, like a grocery store worker and bus driver. Some are trying to remember they aren’t just their jobs because job security is only for a select few. Just see the latest data on unemployment claims. The food industry is being annihilated, and that’s evident in the stories of a restaurant owner and a street vendor’s daughter. 

“The ordinariness of everyday life, even in extraordinary times, brings comforts,” I write for this week’s City Paper cover story, available in print and online. “A teacher will still see her students, even if it’s through FaceTime, and a family will still worship without going to church. The virus is omnipresent, but even a nervous woman can still enjoy a good panda video.” 

The change in lifestyle can be isolating. But know readers, you aren’t alone in this. Everyone is figuring out how best to work at home, if they are fortunate enough to be able to do their job remotely. They are learning how to pivot to video. These are trying times but everyone is doing their best—that much is clear in the photos people sent to City Paper. Read the full cover story hereAmanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:

  • The DC Department of Health announces the third death associated with the coronavirus disease, COVID-19. The patient is a 75-year-old female who had underlying health conditions. [Twitter]

  • At Thursday’s press conference, Mayor Muriel Bowser critiques federal stimulus package for treating Washington, D.C. as a territory and shortchanging it by $725 million. This emphasizes the need for residents to complete the 2020 census online. The bill goes to the House floor on Friday, but it’s unlikely to undergo a lot of changes, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton tells Bowser. The delegate will make sure to correct the shortfall in the next round, she says. [Twitter

  • D.C. saw 43 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 231 patients with COVID-19. One new case is an 8-week-old baby boy. The significant increase in positive cases has to do with increased testing. [EOM]  

  • The once flush D.C. government is facing a fiscal meltdown. [WCP]

  • Men living in a 300-bed halfway house in Southeast say COVID-19 concerns mean they are locked inside without essential toiletries and other supplies. [WAMU]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • DC Jail inmates, corrections officers, and attorneys decry D.C. Department of Corrections’ response to the coronavirus. [WCP]

  • The first DC Jail inmate to test positive for COVID-19 is a 20-year-old male. [WCP]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes(tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • The immigrants who feed D.C. don’t have the same safety net as other out-of-work restaurant employees. [WCP]

  • Restaurants convert into makeshift grocers to keep staff and purveyors paid. [WCP]

  • Chef José Andrés calls for empathy as he attempts to feed the nation. [Time]

  • Egg suppliers are jacking up prices. [Eater]

  • A grocery store has to throw out $35,000 worth of food a customer coughed on purposefully. [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall(tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Local arts organizations are digitally meeting the demands of a public staying at home. [WCP]

  • Liz At Large: “Normal” [WCP]

  • The Outrage hires people out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic to handwrite customized postcards. [DCist]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Rock climbers are turning to Instagram fitness challenges to stay fit during the COVID-19 pandemic. [WCP]

  • Fifteen North American cities were supposed to welcome back baseball with MLB’s Opening Day today. Instead, those stadiums will be eerily quiet as the novel coronavirus pandemic rages on. [Post]

  • Ron Rivera is adding depth to his running backs roster with the signing of Peyton Barber. [ProFootballTalk

  • In a recently surfaced video, the Nats radio broadcast can be heard talking about the Astros potentially stealing signs during Game 7 of the World Series. [For The Win]

CITY LIGHTS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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