From Children’s National Hospital:

“Blood donation is safe. The blood collectors check the health of all donors before they are allowed to donate. Individuals are not at risk of contracting COVID-19 through the blood donation process or via a blood transfusion, since respiratory viruses are generally not known to be transmitted by donation or transfusion.

Please consider donating blood to your local blood donor center. Children’s National Hospital has its own Blood Donor Center and appointments can be made here.”

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Thanks to a reader for passing on from Medstar Hospital Center:

“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity and support from the community during the #COVID19 pandemic. We recently recognized D.C.-area chef Erik Bruner-Yang and his crew Troy Hickman, Cuong Vo, and Chef Peter Prime of Cane, who donated their 10,000th meal to our hospital staff. Our Chief Nursing Officer Tonya Washington presented them with commemorative plaques in recognition of their devotion to our team. The food crew took a victory lap through a delighted throng of 200-plus associates. Thank you, Chef Erik and your team, and thank you to everyone who helped make his Power of 10 Initiative happen! We are so grateful!”

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“Dear PoPville,

GW Hospital has been continuing to harass people with debt collection calls during the pandemic. Additionally, the business center is either unwilling or unable to help. A call can take hours to get through. If you call at a busy time the line will only stay active a little over an hour and then disconnect. This forces you to restart the queue. If you can get through and ask questions that they are unable to answer they will hang up forcing you to start all over. I have been in contact with the attorney generals office Read More

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From a press release:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser was joined by local and federal officials, as well as members of the Bowser Administration, to showcase the conversion of the Walter E. Convention Center into an alternate care site to support the District’s coronavirus (COVID-19) medical surge response.

“Our hope is that as Washingtonians continue working together to blunt the spread of COVID-19, we never get to the point of needing to use this site. But if we end up needing additional hospital capacity, these beds are here and ready for patients,” said Mayor Bowser. “We are very grateful for all of our local and federal partners who worked quickly to get this site ready to go in just a few weeks. And we are very grateful for all the people in our community who are making sacrifices and doing their part to save lives and keep our city safe and healthy.”

The Convention Center’s Hall A, through the coordination of more than a dozen local and federal agencies, can now accommodate 437 beds and is ready to accept 100 patients this week. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

I was hoping you could call attention to the problem of MedStar Georgetown employees discarding used personal protective equipment–like gloves, masks, and medical caps (see above)–on the streets and sidewalks of Burleith. While this has medical waste issue has been consistent June 2019, the problem has taken on special significance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The community has to track the problem.

As of writing, approximately 129 medical masks, gloves, caps, and the like have been found in Burleith, including 42 since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic on March 11th. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

I started The Meal Bridge in DC to help local DC restaurants and healthcare providers. The idea is to have individuals or families sign up on the website to order a meal for the ICU staff of 12 and have it delivered.

email [email protected] for any restaurants that would like to participate. Additionally, we are in the process of adding some units at GW Hospital.”

Other options to help healthcare workers Operation Coronavirus Dry Skin Relief and Feeding Those Treating Us:

“DC local chef Erik Bruner-Yang will be teaming up with me to create meals for our DC hospitals. Thanks, Erik!

I would like to have this an ongoing thing through the pandemic, and even include other departments like the ICU of hospitals into the mix, if possible.

I will also provide receipts (for accountability), and photographs and hopefully videos of the staff’s receipt of meals so that you can see the smiles of appreciation.”

Donate here.

and Lost Sock Roasters Covid19 Response: Read More

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Well this is one of the more awesome emails I’ve received lately. And to be clear the thanks go to you awesome people who made this happen:

“I’m Muhtadi one of the physicians in DC, i asked popville on Twitter 10 days ago asking to introduce men to 3d printers in DC. I was trying to get our hospital face shields, many people responded and it worked, we got some and we’re getting more. I attached some photos of the face shields. Thank you popville.”

In addition to thanking the awesome readers who answered this call, allow me to turn this around and thank Muhtadi and all the other Doctors, nurses, technicians and all the support staff working the front line. THANK YOU!!

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Bekah Richards

“Dear PoPville,

I would love to hear if anyone has experience with being a living liver donor. A friend of a friends kid needs a new one and mine is in great shape so I am putting my organ into the pool of options to help if ultimately selected and would like to hear from those who have been through it especially locally. Read More

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