COVID-19 – Health updates

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center


Johns Hopkins experts in global public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness have been at the forefront of the international response to COVID-19.

Johns Hopkins COVID-19 resource center is a resource to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide a response, improve care, and save lives. To keep updated click here.



Questions about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continue to swirl through daily updates and new information. How do I stay healthy? How can I afford to be sick? What happens if i lose my income? How do I protect myself and my family?
How can I stay healthy? Most importantly, get answers and information from a reputable source. Helpful suggestions can be found from the CDC, The World Health Organization, and your state or local health department. All provide instructions for simple preventative precautions that you can take to reduce the likelihood of getting sick:
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • Keep a distance of three feet from others whenever possible.
  • Stay home from work or other activities if you are sick.
Coping with financial stress
Can I afford to get sick? The new virus strain might be scary, causing worry about paying for the virus testing and hospital bills. Staying home from work might mean a missed paycheck, or even a lost job.Important: Call your health care provider first before seeking the test. A referral is required, and testing is not appropriate in all cases.
What about loss of income? Employer response varies widely — some are offering paid or partial paid leave, some are not or simply can’t. Discuss concerns with your employer. Are you self-employed? Proposed federal legislation offers relief.
How can I meet my obligations and expenses? Policies are quickly being implemented to specifically meet coronavirus related needs.
Protecting Your Health
Coping with Financial Stress


From drive-thru sites to outdoor hospital tents: As coronavirus spreads in the DMV, more testing sites are being set up. Here’s where you can find them.
DC: George Washington University
George Washington University announced that the hospital has set up a tent at its Foggy Bottom campus for those in the District to be tested. The tent, according to officials, will be used for COVID-19-suspected patients that medical officials anticipate discharging. Critical cases of the virus will be admitted into the hospital, officials said.
 United Medical Center
United Medical Center, the District’s public hospital in Southeast D.C., has added a separate emergency department waiting room and isolated spaces for patients who report to the hospital with flu-like symptoms.
Drive-Thru Testing Sites
Gov. Larry Hogan announced on March 17 plans to re-purpose vehicle emissions sites as coronavirus testing sites. In our area, here’s a list of drive-thru testing sites across Montgomery and Prince George’s County:
Montgomery County
Gaithersburg: 15 Metropolitan Grove Road
Walnut Hill: 16520 S. Westland Drive
Derwood: 15910 Chieftain Avenue
Silver Spring: 2121 Industrial Parkway
Glenmont: 12335 Georgia Avenue
White Oak: 2131 Industrial Parkway

COVID-19 Information

There is so much information about COVID-19 and how it will affect our lives in the following weeks. It’s important to stay informed by accurate sources so there won’t be any confusion.
*The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ) is the leading national public health institute of the United States.
*The World Health Organization ( is a specialized agency of the United Nations for international public health.
*The U.S. Small Business Administration ) a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small business.
*The Internal Revenue Service ( is the revenue service of the United States Federal Government.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) — Protect Your Health and Find Help for Financial Stress

Questions about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continue to swirl through daily updates and new information. How do I stay healthy? How can I afford to be sick? What happens if I lose my income? How do I protect myself and my family?