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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Where can I find the latest data on Coronavirus COVID-19 cases reported in Washington DC?

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You can find the official data published by DC Public Health Laboratory and Outside Laboratory Coronavirus Testing Metrics here

Where can I find information on the opening/availability of different services in Washington DC?

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While the District of Columbia Government will begin to modify its operations starting Monday, March 16, in order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the District government wants residents to know that it will continue to deliver essential services and keep the majority of its systems and services operating.

You can find more information about the different agencies and services here

What are the due dates for paying Real Property taxes in Washington D.C?

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Washington, District of Columbia Real Property tax bill payments are due twice a year, as follows:

Billing                 Period                    Due Date**

1st Half       October 1 - March 31          March 31

2nd Half     April 1 - September 30    September 15

** Most real property tax bills are mailed at the same time, a range of issues can delay the mailing of some of these bills. The due date for these delayed real property tax bills is adjusted accordingly.

What information is required to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim in Washington D.C?

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To begin the process of filing for your unemployment benefits in Washington D.C, you will need to have the following information:

  • Your social security number
  • Your most recent 30-day employer’s name, address, phone number and dates of employment
  • Your Alien Registration Number, if you are not a US Citizen
  • Your DD214, if you are ex-military
  • Your Standard Form 8 or Standard Form 50, if you are a former federal employee
  • Severance pay information (only applicable if you did or will receive severance pay)

What are weekly certifications? When should I submit them?

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After you file your initial Unemployment Insurance claim in the District of Colombia, you must submit weekly certifications and meet all eligibility requirements to receive benefits.

Please note that establishing your claim does not begin the issuance of payments to you. You must complete your weekly certification for each week in order to receive benefit payments.

Weekly certification is the process used to verify that you were unemployed during the week and are eligible to receive a benefit payment. During the certification process, you will be asked a series of eligibility questions, including questions regarding earnings for the week. 

You must submit your weekly certification between 12:00 a.m. on Sunday and 11:59 p.m. on Saturday for the prior week. The earlier in the week you file, the earlier your certification will be processed. In order to have your certification processed on the same business day, you must submit the form before 6:00 p.m. If you file after that time, your certification will be processed on the next business day.

Weekly certifications submitted over the weekend are processed the first business day of the following week. If you do not complete your certification within the timeframe listed above, you will not receive benefits for the week and you will be required to reopen your claim prior to receiving any further benefits.

Who can register to vote?

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To register to vote, you must:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be a resident of the District of Columbia
  • Not claim voting residence or the right to vote in another U.S. state or territory
  • Be at least 16 years old (You may pre-register to vote if you are at least 16 years old. You may vote in a primary election if you are at least 17 years old and you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election. You may vote in a general or special election if you are at least 18 years old.)
  • Not be in jail on a felony conviction
  • Not have been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote

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