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Because there weren’t enough challenges to getting tested for COVID-19 already, the heat wave had to go and close sites.
The triple-digit heat indexes and hazardous conditions mean D.C.’s public testing sites, where anyone can get checked for COVID-19 free of charge and without an appointment, are operating on a modified schedule Tuesday and Wednesday. The heat wave also closed all the firehouse testing sites Monday through Wednesday—and these locations are responsible for more than doubling the city’s testing capacity. Since the first week of July, government-supported testing sites have seen nearly 10,000 tests per week.
It’s unclear if closing so many testing sites for a number of days now will impact D.C.’s positivity rate, a metric determined by dividing the number of total tests by the number of positive cases. It’s one of the metrics D.C. is actually meeting. Currently, we stand at 2.4 percent.
Here’s the schedule for Tuesday:
UDC-CC Bertie Backus Campus site at 5171 South Dakota Avenue NE is open between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Judiciary Square site at F Street, NW between 4th and 5th streets NW is open between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
And here’s the schedule for Wednesday:
Anacostia site at 2241 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE is open between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Judiciary Square site at F Street NW between 4th and 5th streets NW is open between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Unlike the firehouses, which were available to those working the conventional 9-to-5 schedule, the sites left standing are only open in the mornings. That all said, the heat has been known to damage COVID-19 testing samples, so maybe it’s for the best sites closed?
The heat closing testing sites is yet another example of the pandemic revealing the ills of an existing crisis. High temperatures are inevitable in the summertime, but climate change is responsible for the more frequent and intense heat. Some research suggests recent heat waves would not have happened without climate change.
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As of July 21, D.C. reported one additional death related to COVID-19 and 88 new positive cases, bringing the total numbers to 580 and 11,427, respectively. D.C. faces yet another setback in one of its reopening metrics, after seeing a peak in cases on July 6. We’ve now only experienced a six-day decrease in community spread. The transmission rate is at 1, after going multiple days over 1 and failing this critical metric. [EOM]
An overwhelming majority of D.C.’s COVID-19 cases are not connected to each other, meaning most individuals are contracting the coronavirus disease in the community. [DCist]
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How will Ward 2 Councilmember Brooke Pinto differ from her predecessor Jack Evans? [WBJ]
Chairman Phil Mendelson’s proposed ad sales tax hike is “inherently unfair” and taxes the same process multiple times. [Hill Rag]
The Council is expected to vote on the Vision Zero bill aimed at reducing traffic deaths. [GGW]
The D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development will anchor the MLK Gateway project in Anacostia. [WBJ]
D.C. Police Union Chair Greggory Pemberton is on Kojo this afternoon. [Kojo]
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Great Wall Szechuan House continues to demonstrate resilience. [Post]
Eritrean-owned coffee shop The Roasted Boon is now open in Shaw. [Eater DC]
Danny Meyer ditches the no-tipping restaurant model he evangelized. [NYT]
Will we ever blow out birthday candles again? [Post]
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The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center are reopening with crowd limits and new safety measures this Friday. [DCist]
Arena Stage plans to stage performances starting in January of next year. [DC Theatre Scene]
A new used bookstore is set to open in Alexandria next month. [Washingtonian]
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The Nats host the Yankees for MLB’s season opener on Thursday night at Nats Park, and superfan Dr. Anthony Fauci will be there to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. [AP]
It was expected, but the Marine Corps Marathon scheduled for October in D.C. has been officially canceled for the first time in its 45-year history. [RunWashington]
The Citi Open tennis tournament (which is managed by City Paper owner Mark Ein) has also been canceled. It was supposed to be the first official men’s tour event to return. [Forbes]
Caps’ defenseman John Carlson is a finalist for the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL’s top player on defense. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
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