ANC 6D Resolution Requests SW COVID-19 Testing Site

ANC6D commissioners pictured in a file image taken at their July 2020 meeting, held via Webex. Screenshot: WebEx

The below resolution was voted on and passed at the Oct. 13th meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D:

To The Honorable Mayor Muriel Bowser John A. Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 406 Washington, DC 20004

Whereas, the need for public COVID-19 testing remains the major public health concern in the District of Columbia, and

Whereas, Southwest has the highest concentration of public housing of any neighborhood in the District of Columbia, and

Whereas, Southwest has an extraordinary concentration of senior residents, and

Whereas, the Southwest is the only quadrant in the District of Columbia without permanent public testing site, and

Whereas, both public housing residents – many of whom have significant health disparities – as well as our growing senior population are the two groups most significantly impacted by COVID- 19, and

Whereas, most permanent testing sites throughout the District of Columbia are located within firehouses and Southwest does not have such a facility that is appropriately configured for socially distanced testing, and

Whereas, intermittent pop-up COVID testing has successfully occurred at King-Greenleaf Recreation during the past five months, and

Whereas mobility and transportation challenges make accessing community testing sites in other neighborhoods a significant barrier to testing for our residents,

Therefore, be it resolved: Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D hereby recommends to HSEMA and DC Health that a permanent COVID-19 testing site be located at the King-Greenleaf Recreation Center making testing easily and regularly available to our neighborhood residents.

Passed, by a vote of 7-0-0 at a properly noticed, regularly scheduled monthly meeting of ANC 6D held on October 13, 2020, at which a quorum was present (4 of 7 Commissioners comprising a quorum).

With copies to:

  • Councilmembers Allen, Bonds, White, Silverman, Grosso and Gray Via email:
  • Kevin Donohue, Acting City Administrator Via email:
  • Christopher Rodriquez Director – HSEMA Via email:
  • Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director, DC Department of Health Via email:
  • Steve Moore, Executive Director SWBID