D.C. restaurants hit with "review bombs"

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The politicization of pandemic policies has reached the online review platform Yelp, and has resulted in an increase in negative restaurant reviews targeting COVID-19 safety policies,

Why it matters: The food and service industry doesn't need any other hurdles to overcome following almost two years of constant COVID-related setbacks.

Cuneyt Dil
Oct 4, 2021 - Politics

D.C. Council member mum on vaccination status

Ward 8 D.C. Councilmember Trayon White
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D.C. Council members are debating a vaccine mandate for themselves and their staffers, and one lawmaker is mum on whether he received a shot.

  • The new proposed mandate would require all council employees to receive a vaccine by the end of the month or face unpaid leave and potential termination.
  • The policy says council members who don't get vaccinated would be subject to "appropriate discipline."
  • The rule allows for medical or religious exemptions but would still mandate regular COVID-19 tests.

Yes, but: Ward 8 council member Trayon White has pushed back against any proposed reprimands for the unvaccinated, Axios' Cuneyt Dil reports.

Chelsea Cirruzzo
Oct 1, 2021 - COVID

Where you can get a COVID-19 test in D.C.

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When I first needed a COVID-19 test last June, she waited three hours outside a firehouse testing site. Now, testing options across the city are more numerous, so where should patients go if they need one?

Why it matters: Testing is paramount to identifying COVID-19 infections and stopping the spread, even in fully vaccinated people.

Chelsea Cirruzzo
Sep 29, 2021 - COVID

What we can learn from D.C.'s breakthrough data

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When Columbia Heights resident Sarah Nesbit, 25, lost her sense of smell, she joined more than 4,000 D.C. residents who have contracted COVID-19 despite being vaccinated.

Driving the news: D.C.'s publicly reported data on breakthrough cases offers a unique window into how the pandemic continues to impact vaccinated people, Axios' Chelsea Cirruzzo reports.

Chelsea Cirruzzo
Sep 23, 2021 - COVID

D.C. goes further than area counties with vaccine mandates

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D.C. is cracking down on vaccine mandates for some workers, going further than surrounding counties by getting rid of test-out options for public employees. 

Why it matters: With the region's rate of partially vaccinated individuals hovering around 70%, government mandates are a key tool in fighting COVID-19. 

Chelsea Cirruzzo
Sep 21, 2021 - COVID

D.C. school employees required to get vaccinated

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All D.C. school and daycare employees — public, private, and charter — must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1 with no option to test out, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced today.

  • Student athletes over the age of 12 will also be required to get vaccinated in order to participate in after-school programs, the mandate says. 
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