DC Department of Forensic Sciences

DC Department of Forensic Sciences The DC Department of Forensic Sciences provides forensic and public health scientific services to the District of Columbia.
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The DC Public Health Lab began COVID-19 testing six months ago. DFS scientists have performed more than 63,000 tests sin...
09/03/2020

The DC Public Health Lab began COVID-19 testing six months ago. DFS scientists have performed more than 63,000 tests since March 2nd. #coronavirus

Erin Price is a DFS Crime Scene Shift Supervisor. She oversees a team of 10 forensic scientists working to enhance publi...
08/26/2020

Erin Price is a DFS Crime Scene Shift Supervisor. She oversees a team of 10 forensic scientists working to enhance public safety in the District. #dcforensics #womensequalityday

The DC Public Health Lab has performed more than 50,000 COVID-19 tests and 7,000 antibody tests since early March when t...
08/24/2020

The DC Public Health Lab has performed more than 50,000 COVID-19 tests and 7,000 antibody tests since early March when testing began.

08/13/2020
dfs.dc.gov

DFS is always looking ahead. In Fiscal Year 2019, with the support of Mayor Bowser and The Council of the District of Columbia, the agency had the foresight to invest in state-of-the-art science to respond to the invisible threats that endanger our community. #dcforensics #TBT
📂 Read the DFS FY19 Annual Report here: dfs.dc.gov

Wear your face mask correctly to protect yourself and others. #coronavirus
08/10/2020

Wear your face mask correctly to protect yourself and others. #coronavirus

DC completes 200,000 COVID-19 tests.  The DFS Public Health Lab performed more than 40,000. #coronavirus
08/06/2020
Mayor Bowser Marks 200,000 Completed Coronavirus Tests in DC | coronavirus

DC completes 200,000 COVID-19 tests. The DFS Public Health Lab performed more than 40,000. #coronavirus

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the District’s coronavirus (COVID-19) data includes 202,825 completed COVID-19 tests. The District is operating free COVID-19 testing at public sites and at neighborhood firehouses across DC. In addition, the District has partnered wit...

The DFS Firearms Examination Unit has received more ghost guns in the first half of 2020 than during all of 2019. #dcfor...
07/24/2020
As demand for DIY, serial number-less 'ghost guns' rises, so does demand for tougher laws

The DFS Firearms Examination Unit has received more ghost guns in the first half of 2020 than during all of 2019. #dcforensics

To the untrained eye, two black, square-bodied 9mm pistols, side-by-side, look nearly indistinguishable. Ghost guns and guns built entirely by the manufacturer are nearly indistinguishable, except that one will not have a serial number. Photo: WJLA. But a closer look reveals a difference. One has no...

The DFS Public Health Lab received a truck from CDC to launch the COVID-19 Mobile Testing Unit. Learn more about the pro...
07/14/2020

The DFS Public Health Lab received a truck from CDC to launch the COVID-19 Mobile Testing Unit. Learn more about the program below.

“We realized that there were people out there who needed COVID-19 tests, but they may not be able to get to a doctor’s office or even to one of the drive-up testing sites,” says Cynthia Ogden, who leads a team of researchers at CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

“We also realized that we might be in a perfect position to help those people.”

Ogden and her team transformed their fleet of a laboratory trucks and trailers into mobile COVID-19 testing sites. Read more of their story: https://bit.ly/CDC-Nhanes.

District resident can schedule an appointment for free COVID-19 antibody testing at coronavirus.dc.gov/testing. The samp...
07/07/2020

District resident can schedule an appointment for free COVID-19 antibody testing at coronavirus.dc.gov/testing. The samples will be tested at the DFS Public Health Lab. #coronavirus

District residents have several options for free COVID-19 testing this week. #coronavirus
07/06/2020

District residents have several options for free COVID-19 testing this week. #coronavirus

Several testing locations are open this week for COVID-19 testing. #coronavirus
06/30/2020

Several testing locations are open this week for COVID-19 testing. #coronavirus

Congratulations to the DFS Public Health Lab - winner of the 2020 APHL Nation's Healthiest Lab Award!
06/26/2020
APHL Celebrates the 2020 Award Winners | APHL Lab Blog

Congratulations to the DFS Public Health Lab - winner of the 2020 APHL Nation's Healthiest Lab Award!

The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is pleased to announce the winners of its annual awards for outstanding achievements in laboratory science, creative approaches to solving today’s public health challenges and exemplary support of laboratories serving the public’s health. Awar...

D.C. residents can access free COVID-19 testing at six locations today.  #coronavirus
06/25/2020

D.C. residents can access free COVID-19 testing at six locations today. #coronavirus

06/13/2020

We’re all in this together. ❤️ #coronavirus
Video credit: NBC Washington

Our scientists are making DFS branded face masks using t-shirts from past community events. #dcforensics
06/12/2020

Our scientists are making DFS branded face masks using t-shirts from past community events. #dcforensics

Four COVID-19 testing sites are open today for D.C. residents. #coronavirus
06/12/2020

Four COVID-19 testing sites are open today for D.C. residents. #coronavirus

D.C. residents can now access COVID-19 testing at neighborhood firehouses. Visit coronavirus.dc.gov for information on a...
06/08/2020

D.C. residents can now access COVID-19 testing at neighborhood firehouses. Visit coronavirus.dc.gov for information on all testing sites. #coronavirus

The District opens two new COVID-19 testing sites today: Anacostia and Judiciary Square. #coronavirus
06/01/2020

The District opens two new COVID-19 testing sites today: Anacostia and Judiciary Square. #coronavirus

The DC Public Health Lab is ramping up to supply sample kits for new COVID-19 testing sites next week. #coronavirus
05/29/2020

The DC Public Health Lab is ramping up to supply sample kits for new COVID-19 testing sites next week. #coronavirus

A new, free walk-up COVID-19 testing site opens Monday.  The samples collected will be tested at DC's Public Health Lab....
05/29/2020

A new, free walk-up COVID-19 testing site opens Monday. The samples collected will be tested at DC's Public Health Lab. #coronavirus

05/26/2020
COVID-19 Webinar with Dean Lynn Goldman, May 22nd

The Public Health Lab's Operations team (and Milken Institute School of Public Health alums) talk about life in the lab during COVID-19. #coronavirus

On May 22nd, Dean Lynn Goldman was joined by alumni Matt McCarroll, M.S. '15 and Nia Deot, M.S. '18 to discuss their work on the frontlines of COVID-19. Matt...

The D.C. Public Health Lab’s Mobile Testing Unit was in Brightwood today to support free COVID-19 testing for residents....
05/16/2020

The D.C. Public Health Lab’s Mobile Testing Unit was in Brightwood today to support free COVID-19 testing for residents. #coronavirus

The Public Health Lab has performed more than 5,000 COVID-19 tests. D.C. residents with symptoms can schedule an appoint...
05/13/2020

The Public Health Lab has performed more than 5,000 COVID-19 tests. D.C. residents with symptoms can schedule an appointment to be tested for free. #coronavirus

District residents have several options for COVID-19 testing. #coronavirus
05/07/2020

District residents have several options for COVID-19 testing. #coronavirus

05/05/2020

DFS Public Health Lab Director Dr. Anthony Tran answering questions at today’s Mobile Lab Testing visit in Adams Morgan. D.C. residents interested in COVID-19 testing can call 1-855-363-0333. #coronavirus

05/01/2020

The DFS Public Health Lab’s Mobile Testing Unit is visiting long-term care facilities to support COVID-19 testing. The team of scientists can test up to 50 samples in four hours. #coronavirus

04/30/2020
Why isn't DC testing more people for the Corona-19 virus?

DFS Director Dr. Jenifer Smith talks with Bruce Johnson WUSA 9 about how broadening COVID-19 symptoms will affect #coronavirus testing.

Bruce Johnson talks with Dr. Jennifer Smith of DC's Forensics Lab about why DC isn't testing more people for the Corona-19 virus.

Tonight Mayor Bowser will hold a virtual town hall to discuss how the District will reopen. #coronavirus
04/29/2020

Tonight Mayor Bowser will hold a virtual town hall to discuss how the District will reopen. #coronavirus

A look inside the DFS COVID-19 Mobile Testing Unit.
04/29/2020
D.C. launching new mobile testing truck as it hopes to do up to 750 COVID-19 tests a day

A look inside the DFS COVID-19 Mobile Testing Unit.

The word in the D. C. government Tuesday is “testing. ”The city is launching a new mobile testing truck that will initially be used at long-term care facilities like nursing homes to test residents who might have difficulty making it to a testing site. The truck was loaned to the city by...

The DFS Public Health Lab’s Mobile Testing Unit will support COVID-19 testing at long-term care facilities. The unit wil...
04/28/2020

The DFS Public Health Lab’s Mobile Testing Unit will support COVID-19 testing at long-term care facilities. The unit will be deployed this week with equipment to test up to 100 samples a day. #coronavirus

04/24/2020

This week DFS celebrated the front line heroes in DC’s Public Health Lab for National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. Thank you Nando's PERi-PERi for the great food! #labweek2020

04/22/2020
Mayor Bowser recognizes Lab Week 2020

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser recognizes the women and men at the DFS Public Health Lab during National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. #LabWeek2020

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