Author:  Mayor Muriel Bowser          Published:   4/4/2020            News From Bowser

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Dear Washingtonians,

Today, as we continue working together to slow the spread of COVID-19, the District launched a new drive-thru and walk-up testing site at United Medical Center. Testing at the site is for:

  • DC residents with symptoms who are 65-years and older;
  • DC residents with symptoms who have underlying health conditions;
  • individuals with symptoms who work in a health care provider or facility in DC; and
  • first responders with symptoms who work for District Government.

To get tested at the site you first need to make an appointment. To talk to a medical professional about whether you qualify for testing at this site, call the Testing Triage Call Center at 855-363-0333 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday). If you feel ill and the call center is closed, call a health care provider.

As this public health emergency continues, we continue calling on residents to stay home if they are not engaged in essential activities.

Today, I presented the District’s COVID-19 situational update, which outlined the coming weeks and months, and specifically, when we expect to experience peak COVID-19 hospitalizations in Washington, DC. Some of the numbers are tough, but they are a reminder of why we are making all these sacrifices and why we are staying home.

If you are a medical professional in our community, first, I want to say: thank you. We see the amazing work our health care workers are doing on the frontlines of this pandemic, and we want you to know that your city is here for you. If you are a retired medical professional or an inactive licensee, we can also use your help. If you are interested in supporting our COVID-19 response, you can learn more about the DC Medical Reserve Corps at

We are all in this together, and we will get through this together.

Remember: Staying home saves lives. 


Muriel Bowser