Saturday, May 16, 2020

NCR Watch Desk: Situational Analysis Report (COVID-19 #140

NCR Watch Desk: Situational Analysis Report (COVID-19 #140)


Current Situation Overview

There are 43,747 COVID-19 cases (an increase of 354 since the last SITREP) and 1,824 related deaths (no change since the last SITREP) in the National Capital Region (NCR). 

President Donald Trump announced efforts to restructure the Strategic National Stockpile. Additionally, the President signed an executive order to build up the strategic stockpiles and reduce dependency on foreign supplies.

Vice President Mike Pence announced five new individuals have been added to the White House COVID-19 Task Force. The individuals are: Sonny Perdue, the Secretary of Agriculture; Gene Scalia, the Secretary of Labor, Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institute of Health, Dr. Peter Marks, the Federal Drug Administration the Director of the Center for Biological Evaluation and Research, and Thomas Engles, the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration. The White House

Update: Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich signed an Executive Order continuing the County’s Stay at Home order until COVID-19 data shows it is safe to move towards reopening. The order, which is now in effect, keeps in place the current restrictions and permitted activities that were in place during the State’s Stay at Home order.

NCR Stay at Home Orders and Reopening Information


Order in Place
Effective Dates
District of Columbia
Stay at Home
Through 6/8

State of Maryland
Phase 1 Reopening
Beginning 5/15 5PM
Charles County
Stay at Home
Through 5/29
Frederick County
Stay at Home, with exceptions*
Will reevaluate on 5/28
Montgomery County
Stay at Home
5/15 - TBD
Prince George’s County
Stay at Home
Through 6/1

Commonwealth of Virginia
Phase 1 Reopening
Beginning 5/15
Arlington County
Stay at Home
Through 5/28
City of Alexandria
Stay at Home
Through 5/28
Fairfax Health District
Stay at Home
Through 5/28
Loudoun County
Stay at Home
Through 5/28
Prince William Health District
Stay at Home
Through 5/28

*Frederick County will allow curbside pickup at retail establishments of any size; manufacturing; reopening of small retail businesses (10,000 square feet or less) under State and County guidelines; and reopening of car washes, animal adoption and pet grooming facilities.

Confirmed Cases and Fatalities Reported in the NCR
·   Arlington County
·   Montgomery County
·   Charles County
·   Prince William Health District


May 16, 5:00 AM (0500): District of Columbia data is sourced from DC Department of Health. Maryland data is sourced from Maryland Department of Health (MDH), Prince George’s County Health Department (cases only), and Frederick County Health Department (cases and fatalities). Virginia data is sourced from Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Note: VDH, and MDH total case numbers combines positive tests (Confirmed) and symptomatic (Probable) into a single case count.

National Capital Region (NCR) Community Lifelines

Healthcare and Public Health
·         District of Columbia
o   Office of the Attorney General (OAG) released the “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Consumer Complaint Report” about problems District consumers are experiencing during the ongoing state of emergency. The report provides a snapshot and analysis of the 634 consumer complaints received by OAG’s Office of Consumer Protection from March 11 to May 11, more than double the number received in January and February. The report also highlights that District consumers complained most about billing and cancellation issues and that health clubs and spas were the most complained about industry. OAG
o   The Department of Human Services has stood up an additional Pandemic Emergency Program for Highly Vulnerable (PEP-V) site. The site is functional and prepared for intake. DC COVID-19 Daily Report (May 14)
o   On May 13, testing at United Medical Center (UMC) was extended to support screening of staff at Saint Elizabeth’s. Five hundred thirty-five individuals were tested. DC COVID-19 Daily Report (May 14)
o   On May 14, three hundred forty-two individuals were tested at University of the District of Columbia (UDC), a new record for the site. DC COVID-19 Daily Report (May 14)
·         Maryland
o   Multi-disciplined bridge teams for Maryland nursing homes and assisted living facilities continue to deliver 1,500-1,700 test kits per day. The goal is to deliver 3,000 test kits a day across the nursing home community. FEMA Region III (May 15)
·         Virginia
o   On May 18 at 3:00 PM (1500), Formed Families Forward, a nonprofit organization, will present a webinar “Pandemic Parenting: Brain Science, Help, and Hope”. The session offers first-hand perspectives on why the COVID-19 reality is challenging for parents and caregivers, and what can be done to promote resilient responses. City of Alexandria
·         Virginia
o   On May 20, the Alexandria Public Schools (APS) 2020-21 Kindergarten Registration will begin. Due to the Stay at Home order, the registration will take place online. APS
o   Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will continue distance learning for students during the summer along with targeted intervention services. FCPS will provide an Extended School Year (ESY) to students, grades PreK-12, whose Individualized Education Program team determines that the student qualifies for ESY due to significant regression and lack of recoupment of skills that were gained during the regular school year prior to the shutdown. This summer, ESY services will be provided virtually to students from June 29 through July 24. FCPS
·         Maryland
o   Update: Wi-Fi services have been added at Linganore High and Urbana High parking lot in Frederick County, bringing the total to 29 schools offering outdoor Wi-Fi. Frederick County
  • District of Columbia
o   The DC Department of Housing and Community Development will make up to $800,000 available for small businesses in Wards 7 and 8. The program will provide each business up to $10,000. Applications will open May 20 and close May 29. DC Situational Update May 15
  • Virginia
o   The nonprofit Virginia 30 Day Fund provides forgivable loans for Virginia-based small businesses. The loan is intended to provide immediate financial assistance to meet payroll, preserve healthcare coverage for employees, and save jobs. Virginia 30 Day Fund
Food, Water, and Shelter
·         Maryland
o   Today at 11:00 AM (1100), Kingdom Fellowship Sponsors will host grab-and-go meals while supplies last at East County Community Recreation Center at 3310 Gateshead Manor Way in Silver Spring. Montgomery County
o   Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) are closed for Memorial Day and will not distribute meals on May 25. Meals will be distributed from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (1100-1300) on May 22 and 25. Frederick County

Safety & Security
·         Virginia
o   On May 18, the Loudoun County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and General District Court will resume hearing non-emergency matters in person. Before entering the courthouse, all members of the public, as well as employees, will be assessed for possible COVID-19 risk and screened for elevated temperature.

§  Cloth face coverings will also be required for admittance to the courthouse. Visitors who wish to bring their own face covering may do so; if a visitor does not have a face covering, one will be provided before admittance.
§  These protocols apply to both entrances of the courthouse: The Market Street public entrance and the King Street attorney and staff entrance. Loudoun County

o   Today from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (0830-1700), is the last day Loudoun County residents can vote absentee in person. Residents are to visit the Office of Elections and Voter Registration (750 Miller Dr. Suite C) in Leesburg. Loudoun County

·         Maryland
o   Prince George’s County Office of Information Technology issued a cybersecurity alert regarding email phishing attempts targeting county government employees. Prince George’s County COVID-19 SITREP (May 15)

·         Virginia
o   Effective May 18, face coverings or masks will be required on all Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) buses. The measure will help protect DASH employees and passengers from contracting the COVID-19 virus and is consistent with the actions of the agency’s regional transit partners, including WMATA, Frederick Transit, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County Transit. This precaution will remain in effect until further notice. DASH

o   Effective May 18, all passengers on Fairfax County Connector buses will be required to wear face coverings to protect bus operators and riders. Fairfax County
·         Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
o   TSA announced that pre-moistened wipes are now allowed in carry-on bags without size restrictions or packing requirements; moisten wipes do not need to be packed with travel sized liquids.
§  Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) only wear TSA-issued gloves during the screening process, inspect them regularly, replace them as necessary, and will use a new pair of gloves upon a passenger’s request. TSA

·         Department of Agriculture (USDA)
o   The USDA has extended waivers to August 31 for three nationwide child nutrition programs: Congregate Feeding, Parent Pickup, and Meal Times. ESF-6 (May 15)

·         National Business Emergency Operation Center (NBEOC)
o   Trucking tender volumes have risen 5.4 % since last week and more than 15% since April.

§  Trucking carriers continue to accept as many contracted loads as possible to keep utilization high and trucks in the market; capacity remains low and will likely continue until more states and freight intensive industry reopen and volumes increase. NBEOC (May 15)

o   The Bureau of Labor Statistics cited a 2.6% rise in food at home consumer prices for April. This was the largest one month increase since 1974. Food prices for staple items like meats, poultry, fish, eggs, cereal, and baked goods increased at least 1.5% in March. NBEOC (May 15)

o   National pork processing capacity is currently at 24% (510,000 hogs per day), which adds 120,000 hogs to the overstock amount each day that will need to be euthanized. NBEOC (May 15)

·         Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
o   Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is developing two products for schools K-12 regarding the use of distance learning and video conferencing tools. DHS NOC (May 14)
·         Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
o   On May 12, the VA launched the COVID Coach app, a new mobile app designed to help both Veterans and civilians cope with feelings of stress and anxiety they may be experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. VA
·         UnitedHealth Group
o   UnitedHealth Group and Microsoft Corporation have launched ProtectWell, a return-to-workplace protocol and application (app) that provides employers a tool to bring employees back to work in a safer environment. UnitedHealth Group
·         National Institutes of Health
o   The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of NIH, has begun a clinical trial to evaluate whether the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, given together with the antibiotic azithromycin, can prevent hospitalization and death from COVID-19. NIH\

Additional Information

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