The Latest on the COVID-19 Coronavirus (As of January 25th)

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January 25th Update:

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

Alexandria Reaches Grim Milestone of COVID-19 Deaths

As of January 22, Alexandria recorded more than 100 deaths due to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. This grim milestone is an important reminder that COVID-19 is still active in Alexandria and that every resident has a role in stopping the spread, particularly to safeguard those at highest risk of severe illness and death. While the arrival of vaccines offers hope that a return to normalcy is within reach, it may still be many months until the majority of Alexandrians are fully protected. AHD and the City hold the loved ones of the deceased in our thoughts. 

Weekly Vaccine Update

Between January 15 and 21, AHD administered 2,692 doses of vaccine, for a total of 6,608 doses administered since December 24. These numbers do not include vaccines administered by private providers and pharmacies. Since December 22, 2020, AHD has received 12,200 doses of Moderna vaccine. 

Alexandria’s dose breakdown to date:

  • 6,608 administered by AHD at vaccination clinics
  • 1,350 redistributed to community providers, such as healthcare providers and pharmacies who vaccinate those ages 75 and up who are on AHD's pre-registration list
  • 2,742 allocated for upcoming appointments, including some second doses
  • 1,500 received on behalf of, and transferred to, other health jurisdictions

The large pool of those eligible for Phase 1b may include some essential workers who are currently working almost entirely remotely with no exposure to the public. If that applies to you, consider waiting to receive your vaccine until supplies are more plentiful to ensure that those on the frontline without telework capabilities can be protected while they interact with the public.

Winter Guidance for Masks

As cases of COVID-19 continue to surge in Alexandria, and as new variants of the virus are beginning to emerge in the United States, it is critical for everyone to continue to wear masks properly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance on how to select, wear, and care for masks in order to receive maximum benefit. CDC advises that winter clothes, such as scarves, ski masks, and balaclavas, are not suitable face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Instead, they should be worn over a protective mask. Statewide mitigation measures require that everyone ages 5 and older wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Download, print or share the City’s multilingual Tips for Using Masks flyer as a quick reference of the highlights of these guidelines. To request printed copies, please submit a COVID-19 Catalog Resource Request.  

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

 

January 15th Update:

Released: January 14, 2021

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

Virginia Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Group 1b Eligibility

On January 14, Governor Ralph Northam announced changes to Virginia's COVID-19 vaccine prioritizations that significantly expand the pool of people currently eligible for vaccination. Those now eligible include people 65 and older, as well as Virginians 16 to 64 who have preexisting conditions that make them more vulnerable to severe illness from COVID-19. Those who have already submitted Alexandria's pre-registration form for Phase 1c but are now eligible for Phase 1b do not need to fill out the form again and will be notified in the coming days about how to schedule an appointment. Learn more about vaccination efforts in Alexandria.

Curative Testing Kiosks Closed on January 20

To ensure the safety of the community and Curative employees, the COVID-19 testing kiosks located in Alexandria will be closed on Inauguration Day, Wednesday, January 20. If you anticipate needing a COVID-19 test around this date, pre-register for an available slot on Tuesday, January 19 or Thursday, January 21 by visiting curative.com. The testing kiosks will return to normal operating hours on Thursday, January 21. The City’s “Get Tested” web page provides information and resources for anyone who thinks they may be infected with COVID-19.

Aggressive Calls to COVID-19 Hotline Not Tolerated

COVID-19 has created tremendous stress for many people. Unfortunately, there has been a rise in the number of abusive, aggressive, and disrespectful calls received by AHD's COVID-19 Hotline. The call center is primarily staffed by Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, who are dedicated residents who donate their time to help their fellow Alexandrians in the pandemic. AHD and the City will not tolerate the mistreatment of staff or volunteers, and abusive calls will be ended. People who are eligible for Phase 1b or Phase 1c in Alexandria should register or pre-register via a brief online form rather than calling, whenever possible.

Workforce Rapid Reskilling Cohort for Ages 50+

The Alexandria Workforce Development Center (WDC) is hosting a six-week virtual workshop for residents aged 50 and older, weekly on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m, January 19-February 23. The workshops will cover updating resumes, mock interviews and the process of applying for federal government employment. Participants are expected to attend all six workshops and can view the flyer to learn how to register.

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

 

January 14th Update:

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

Highest 7-Day Moving Average of New Cases

The 7-day moving average of new cases in Alexandria reached its highest point to date yesterday, at 94.6 new cases per day. The City and AHD urge residents to follow mitigation measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 while Alexandria remains in a surge. Always maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others of different households. A City ordinance and state order require that everyone ages 5 and up wear a mask in public in all indoor shared settings and outdoor settings. Executive Order 72 also requires all residents to remain in their place of residence between midnight and 5 a.m. with limited exceptions. Social gatherings are limited to 10 participants and restaurants must stop serving alcohol at 10 p.m. and close by midnight. Please adhere to these guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Alexandria.

Proof of Negative Test or Recovery Required for Travel into the US

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 from entering the United States from other countries, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order that requires all international air passengers to have documented proof of a negative COVID-19 test result prior to travel. Beginning January 26, all passengers must be tested no more than three days before their flights depart and provide proof of a negative result, or provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This order applies to all passengers 2 years of age or older, including U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.

 

This new order does not change existing travel restrictions that were put in place in 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. from other countries. Travelers who have met the criteria to end isolation following a positive test result may travel with documentation of recovery. Airlines must deny boarding to any passengers who do not have documentation, or who have tested positive for COVID-19. CDC recommends that travelers get tested 3-5 days after travel and quarantine for at least 7 days, even with a negative test result. The City has testing kiosks available to make it quick and easy to get tested 7 days a week. Testing is free, assistance can be provided in Spanish, and results are available within 48-72 hours.    

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “ What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

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January 13th Update:

Released: January 12, 2021

 

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

Paycheck Protection Program Reopens

Effective January 11, the Small Business Administration has reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for businesses. Initially, applications will only be open for “first draw” loans to businesses that have not previously received a PPP loan. First draw loans can be used to help fund payroll costs, mortgages, utilities, and worker protection costs related to COVID-19. The Alexandria Small Business Development Center offers additional information and resources, including individual counseling sessions for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit

Dealing with trauma during childhood can have a lifelong impact on a child. Breaks in routine, learning, and healthcare; missing out on milestone celebrations; and losing a sense of security because of the COVID-19 pandemic may have long-lasting effects on a child. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides guidance for parents and caregivers about how to support the emotional, social and mental well-being of children and young people through the COVID-19 pandemic. Recommendations and resources are broken down by the stages of a child’s development, and address the different levels of understanding and awareness based on a child’s age and maturity level. Resources include materials that contain safety and self-care messaging that can be placed throughout the home; activities to reinforce staying safe and healthy; and conversation starters to help adults talk to children about their feelings of fear, stress, and anxiety. The City also has a “Coping Resources for Parents and Children” flyer, which is available in SpanishAmharic, and Arabic, and includes local crisis contact information.   

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

  

January 12th Update:

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

Alexandria COVID-19 Case Count Update

Knowing how to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 can be tough. Checking if cases are going up or down can be one important fact to consider. In the coming weeks, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will be updating how COVID-19 cases are counted. Currently, cases are counted after they have been reviewed by a case investigator. The upcoming VDH change will add cases to the count of the jurisdiction where the patient apparently lives. Upon later review, VDH may determine that the patient actually resides in a different locality and adjust the case counts accordingly. Although this will generally result in cases being reported closer in time to their diagnoses, it will result in more frequent adjustments later. Visit Alexandria’s dashboard to review the 7-day moving average number of cases and see how cases are trending.

Vaccine Pre-Registration Notice

AHD has received a significant response to the request to pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment under Phase 1b, and appreciates everyone’s patience if the form loads slowly or confirmation emails are delayed. Employers of essential workers in Phase 1b will receive an automated email with instructions for next steps. Individuals who are 75 or older will receive instructions about how to make an appointment to receive the vaccine. If you have not received an email, please check your spam or junk filter. Those who have pre-registered for Phase 1c will be contacted once Alexandria reaches that phase. Anyone with additional questions about the COVID-19 vaccine is encouraged to call the Alexandria COVID-19 hotline at 703.746.4988, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Staff are working to respond to requests quickly and appointments will be continually added to accommodate the need.

Weekly Featured Jobs and Workshops

Residents who have lost employment due to COVID-19 are encouraged to review the list of employers who are hiring, which is updated weekly. The Alexandria Workforce Development Center (WDC) has several workshops coming up to help residents enhance job readiness and improve their job search, including interviewing skills and networking skills. All events and workshops take place online, are free, and registration is requested. Follow WDC on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn for the latest flyer, or visit the WDC’s job board for a complete list of job opportunities.  

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

 

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January 11th Update:

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

Phase 1b of Vaccination Begins Today

As a result of advocacy from AHD and the City, state officials have authorized Alexandria to move into Phase 1b of vaccination starting on Monday, January 11. th organizations and individuals can pre-register for vaccination appointment notifications using this brief form. The form may load slowly due to high demand. If you receive an error message, please try the form at a later time.

Accuracy of PCR Tests

AHD is aware of a statement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about the risk of false negative results with Curative COVID-19 Polymer Chain Reaction (PCR) tests and is reviewing and assessing results from clinical studies. Curative operates three testing kiosks in Alexandria. There is always a risk of false negative results with any PCR test, since the sensitivity is dependent on the concentration of virus in the sample and how well the sample was collected. To ensure greater accuracy, the City specified in its contract with Curative that only nasal tests would be used, rather than Curative’s oral test. AHD has been involved with the training of Curative staff working in Alexandria and is confident in their ability to provide precise instruction to the patient in advance of the self-administered test. Through the combination of nasal only tests and guided instruction, AHD believes Curative is providing the most accurate test available at this time.

All PCR tests reflect the point in time in which the sample is collected. As a result, anyone with a known exposure to COVID-19 must protect themselves and others by completing the full 14-day quarantine period (or 10 days after symptoms end without medication), even if a negative COVID-19 test result is obtained..

Vaccination Update

Between January 5 and January 7, AHD administered 486 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, for a total of 1,518 doses administered since December 24. AHD expects these numbers to increase sharply with the start of Phase 1b of vaccinations. 

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

 

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January 8th Update:

 Released: January 7, 2021

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Webinar

The Virginia Small Business Development Center will host a webinar on Friday, January 8, 10-11 a.m., about the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, federal coronavirus assistance legislation adopted at the end of December 2020. Topics will include eligibility, covered expenses, the application process, and the forgiveness process for any business that has received a loan. This event is free, but registration is required to receive access to the webinar. The Alexandria Small Business Development Center has compiled information about the new program. 

Online Learning Opportunities

The City offers many fun and engaging online learning resources to support families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alexandria Library offers book clubs, crafting, story time, and games. The Office of Historic Alexandria offers K-12 learning, online lessons, activity sheets, story times and educational kits, as well as virtual tours of museum collections. Registration is now open for online programs available through the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities

COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool

Residents can complete an online questionnaire to determine their risk for becoming infected or spreading COVID-19. The CV19 CheckUp is a free, confidential, and easy-to-use assessment of health and behaviors to determine an individual’s level of risk. Once a questionnaire is completed, users receive a custom report that provides recommendations to reduce risk based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. The reports generated by the website are informational only, and are not health advice. Residents are encouraged to consult with their health care providers for guidance and to discuss concerns. COVID-19 testing is a key component to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Visit the City’s Get Tested web page to determine the best testing facility for your needs.    

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

 

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January 7th Update:

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

Phase 1b and 1c Vaccine Priority Groups Announced

On January 6, Governor Northam announced eligible groups for the next phases of COVID-19 vaccination. Although Virginia is currently still in Phase 1a (health care workers and people in long-term care settings), AHD is prepared to begin Phase 1b vaccinations and has petitioned the state to allow Alexandria to move into the next tier. AHD expects to learn more in the next few days about when Alexandria can move into Phase 1b.  

 

Phase 1b includes people ages 75 and older living in Alexandria, those in correctional facilities and homeless shelters, and frontline essential workers who work in Alexandria, regardless of their residency. Frontline essential worker categories include police, fire and hazmat; corrections and shelters; childcare and K-12; agriculture; manufacturing; grocery stores; public transit; and public and private mail carriers.

 

Phase 1c includes people ages 65-74 who live in Alexandria; those aged 16-64 who live in Alexandria and have a medical condition that puts them at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19; and other essential workers who work in Alexandria, regardless of their residency. Other essential worker categories include energy; water and wastewater; housing construction; food service; transportation, higher education; finance; communications; media; legal, public safety engineers; other public health workers; and officials needed to maintain continuity of government. 

 

AHD has begun outreach to organizations employing Phase 1b and 1c workers to collect the needed information to register for a vaccine appointment. Organizations that have not been contacted and individuals who qualify for Phase 1b or 1c based on age or medical condition should fill out this brief form. AHD is working closely with senior serving organizations to reach residents ages 75 and older who do not have access to the internet or an email address. 

Updates and Deadlines for Rent and Mortgage Relief Program for Landlords

The current deadline for landlords to apply for the Rent and Mortgage Relief Program, to cover overdue rent or mortgage payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been extended to January 25. Applications that have not yet been submitted can now include requests to cover January rent payments. Previously submitted applications are also eligible to include January rent through a contract amendment process. Virginia Housing is working quickly to review submitted applications so that renters or landlords may request January rent coverage. Beginning on or before February 1, a new application will be available for new landlord submissions only. The same eligibility requirements must be met to qualify. Households that have already been approved do not need to submit a new application. Those seeking coverage for January rent who have already submitted an application should use the contract amendment process. Homeowners and renters can also apply directly for assistance by taking a survey to determine if they are eligible, or submit a new application online or by phone at 703.962.1884. Alexandria landlords who have residents in need of rental assistance should contact Virginia Housing at RMRP@VirginiaHousing.com for assistance, or visit virginiahousing.com/rmrp.

 

Alexandria residents who have received eviction notices should call the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990 for assistance. Residents impacted by COVID-19 should call 703.746.5700 or text 703.346.5599 to determine eligibility for rental assistance and eviction prevention programs, and review additional services and resources offered by the City.

Emergency Food Distribution this Saturday

ALIVE! Truck-to-Trunk will distribute emergency groceries at two drive-through sites on Saturday, January 9, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the parking lot of Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and parking lot B-1 of the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus (3320 Bisdorf Drive via Dawes Ave.). To minimize risk of possible exposure to COVID-19, attendees are asked to drive through and remain in their cars and stay home if they feel sick. Walk-up customers are permitted but should maintain 6 feet of physical distance, wear face masks, and bring carts or reusable bags to carry food home. Additional food assistance resources are available for Alexandria residents.  

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

 

January 6th Update:

Released: January 5, 2021

 

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

“V-safe” After-Vaccination Health Checker

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed the "v-safe" health monitoring tool to be used after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Persons scheduled for vaccinations (currently limited to health care workers and those in long-term care settings) will be given instructions for how to register and use v-safe after they have received their first dose of vaccine. V-safe uses text messaging and web surveys to perform daily health check-ins so the vaccine recipient can share any changes to their health since receiving the vaccine. The web-based tool notifies the CDC of any side effects shared by the recipient. When a check-in occurs, participants enter information about the dose received, including which vaccine was administered and when it was administered. The CDC web page offers step-by-step guidance about setting up and using the tool. Providing feedback through v-safe helps the CDC track and learn about the vaccines as more people receive them.    

Virtual and In-Person Learning Resources

As COVID-19 infection rates continue to surge in Alexandria, school will continue to be very different for parents and children. While decisions about school status are made by the Governor and individual school systems and schools, the CDC offers guidance and resources for parents to help navigate virtual learning and the process of eventually returning to in-person education. An at-home checklist is available to view online or download and print to help caregivers set up and plan for virtual or at-home learning, and how to support a child’s mental health and well-being. Another set of checklists provide guidance to prepare for in-person classes, guiding the conversation about masks and the mental health challenges that will accompany a return to a group environment. There are also resources to help with parenting children at each stage of maturity; coping with the stress and anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic; children’s mental health; bullying prevention; and children and youth with special health care needs in emergencies.

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

  


January 5th Update:

Released: January 4, 2021

 

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

Alexandria Health Department Vaccination Update 

AHD is currently vaccinating health care workers employed within the city limits of Alexandria who are unaffiliated with a hospital, regardless of residency. The Virginia Department of Health's Vaccination Dashboardcurrently only measures vaccinations by residency and does not reflect Phase 1a health care worker efforts, which are focused on employment location.

 

Between December 24 and January 4, AHD administered 1,032 doses of vaccine, over the course of three vaccination events. AHD continues to contact health care organizations to enroll them in the Vaccine Administration Management System for vaccination appointments. More appointment slots are available for health care workers for the week of January 4, and second dose appointments will begin at the end of January. Those who have already received a first dose will be contacted this week to schedule a second dose. If you are a health care worker employed within the city limits and have not been able to register to receive the vaccine, contact the AHD hotline on weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 703.746.4988.

City Workforce Resources Event

The Alexandria Workforce Development Center (WDC) and Alexandria Library will host a virtual event on Thursday, January 7, 7-8 p.m. to help job seekers, employers and community members learn about programs offered by the City. Attendees will learn about employment rates; job opportunities; employee recruitment and “Meet the Employer” virtual events; career training and development programs; and rapid re-skilling initiatives. This event is part of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s nationwide collaboration between libraries and workforce development offices. This event is free, but registration is required to attend.    

Weekly Featured Jobs and Workshops

Residents who have lost employment due to COVID-19 are encouraged to review the list of employers who are hiring, which is updated weekly. This week, WDC offers several workshops to help residents enhance job readiness and improve their job search, including resume building skillsvirtual job fair skillsjob search skills, and transferable skills. All events and workshops take place online, are free, and registration is requested. Follow WDC on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn for the latest flyer, or visit the WDC’s job board for a complete list of job opportunities.  

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.     

Data-At-A-Glance graph 01-04-2021

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “ What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

January 4th Update:

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

What to Expect from COVID-19 Vaccines

The City and AHD strongly encourage those eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine to receive it as soon as possible. Currently, that includes health care workers, and staff and residents of long-term care facilities. For those scheduled to receive the vaccine, learn more about what to expect after vaccination. For a small percentage of patients, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines will cause a reaction from the body’s immune system for a day or two. This may include pain or swelling on the arm where the shot was administered, fever, chills, tiredness, or headache. All of these side effects are normal. The reaction to the immunization is a sign that the vaccine is working, not an indication of illness. COVID-19 vaccines cannot cause COVID-19 infections. Even if you experience these symptoms you should get the second shot unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.

 

An immediate allergic reaction is distinctly different from side effects. Immediate allergic reaction can include anaphylaxis, which is potentially life-threatening and can involve numerous signs and symptoms within four hours of vaccination. Symptoms of allergic reaction include shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing or sensation of throat closing, low blood pressure, generalized hives (rash), itching or swelling of lips, face or throat. Persons who have had a severe allergic reaction in the past to any ingredient in a COVID-19 vaccine should not get that vaccine. Review the ingredients in the Pfizer vaccine and Moderna vaccine with your health care provider, and do not get that vaccine if you have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in the past. If you have a history of mild or severe allergic reactions not related to vaccines or injectable medications, such as food, animals, venom, latex or environmental allergens, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that you may still get vaccinated. People with a history of allergies to oral medications or a family history of severe allergic reactions may also still get vaccinated.

New COVID-19 Variant

The first cases of a new variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, which was originally reported in the United Kingdom, have emerged in the United States. It is one of several variants around the world, which scientists are monitoring closely. While these COVID-19 variants do not appear to result in more severe illness, hospitalization, or greater risk of death, they are more contagious and spread more easily. It is believed that current vaccines will still be effective against these new variants and will eventually provide protection. Staying home whenever possible, wearing a mask, and maintaining 6 feet of physical distance from others outside the household remain critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 regardless of the variant. Contact tracing is also important to mitigating spread of the virus, and is currently underway to determine how the cases of the new COVID-19 variant arrived in the U.S., and alert everyone who may have been exposed to the people infected with it.  

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “ What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

 

December 30th Update:

Released: December 29, 2020

 

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

COVID-19 Testing Options 

Positive cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Alexandria and residents who are experiencing symptoms or think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 are urged to get tested. AHD and the City have been conducting targeted COVID-19 community testing events for people who live and work in the immediate neighborhood of each location. In partnership with Neighborhood Health, Alexandria's federally qualified health center, and assistance from AHD’s Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, 141 people were tested today at a drive-through testing event at Ben Brenman Park. The City’s “Get Tested” webpage contains a variety of resources, including testing options whether or not you are insured, have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms. Call or book an appointment online before going to any facility. There should be no copays or self-pay charges for COVID-19 testing. If you have received a bill from Neighborhood Health for COVID-19 testing, please disregard it. You are not responsible for any charges. If you have any questions or concerns about having received bills from Neighborhood Health, please email billing@neighborhoodhealthva.org.  

Virtual Discussion with Dr. Fauci

The City encourages all residents to attend a virtual discussion about the COVID-19 vaccine with National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci on Friday, January 8, 2021, 2:45-4:30 p.m. This event is being hosted by Governor Ralph Northam’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Equity, and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center, in collaboration with faith leaders from the “Facts & Faith Fridays” group. This event is free, but registration is requested.

Help Loved Ones in Long-Term Care Facilities Get Vaccinated

Long-term care facilities (LTCF) are working with the federal government Pharmacy Partnership Program to vaccinate staff and residents against COVID-19. Loved ones of LTCF residents should contact the facility to ensure that all required paperwork is on record, so that residents can begin receiving vaccinations. It is critical for this priority group to receive the vaccine because more than half of COVID-19 deaths occur in LTCFs. Discuss the importance of getting vaccinated with loved ones and learn more about the process from the CDC’s frequently asked questions flyer. 

Weekly Featured Jobs and Workshops

Residents who have lost employment due to COVID-19 are encouraged to review the list of employers who are hiring, which is updated weekly. This week, the Alexandria Workforce Development Center (WDC) offers several workshops to help residents enhance job readiness and improve their job search, including resume building skillsinterviewing skillsnetworking skills, and job search skills. All events and workshops take place online, are free, and registration is requested. Follow WDC on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn for the latest flyer, or visit the WDC’s job board for a complete list of job opportunities.  

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality countsAHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

  

December 29th Update:

­­Released: December 28, 2020

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Event on Tuesday 

Positive cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Alexandria and residents who are experiencing symptoms or think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 are urged to get tested. AHD and the City will conduct a targeted COVID-19 community testing event tomorrow, Tuesday, December 29, 12-2 p.m, at Ben Brenman Park (4800 Brenman Park Dr.). This testing event is drive-through only and is offered in partnership with Neighborhood Health, Alexandria's federally qualified health center. The City’s “Get Tested” webpage also contains a variety of resources, including testing options whether or not you are insured, have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms. Call or book an appointment online before going to any facility. 

Vaccine Data Added to COVID-19 Dashboard

The Virginia Department of Health has added vaccine summary and demographics data to its COVID-19 dashboard. This additional information will help to keep residents informed of vaccine distribution in Virginia. The vaccines currently being administered in Virginia require two doses, given three to four weeks apart, depending on the vaccine received. Because the same type of vaccine is required for both doses, providers will enter the vaccine type and dose administered into the Virginia Immunization Information System (VIIS), to help them ensure that each person receives the correct second dose. VIIS contains vaccination information which is easily accessible by patients and health care workers; no other medical history is recorded in the system. VIIS provides the recorded doses administered on the vaccine dashboard, which focuses on vaccines by home ZIP code, while current vaccination efforts are based on employer ZIP code. Vaccine recipients can also use VIIS to obtain proof of vaccination. 

Alexandria Health Department Begins Vaccinating Health Care Workers

On December 24, with operational support from the City and Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, AHD vaccinated 251 health care workers who work in Alexandria and are not affiliated with a hospital as part of Phase 1a of vaccinations. Health care workers affiliated with a hospital receive their vaccine through their facility. AHD expects to receive ongoing shipments of the Moderna vaccine to meet the need in Alexandria. Two weeks ago, AHD emailed all health care organizations in the City who are not affiliated with a hospital to register their employees for the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS), which allows them to schedule appointments. If you are eligible and did not receive this message, call the Alexandria COVID-19 Hotline at 703.746.4988, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. 

AHD will report its weekly and total vaccination numbers in this daily COVID-19 news release on Fridays. In the event of a City holiday on a Friday, such as January 1, the numbers will be included the following Monday. During Phase 1a of vaccination, AHD's numbers reflect health care workers who are employed within the city limits of Alexandria. In contrast, the Virginia Department of Health vaccination dashboard reflects residency.

Groups Eligible for Vaccination in Alexandria

In the current Phase 1a, health care personnel are defined as paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings, who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. People who do not meet the criteria for health care personnel should not register for the vaccine at this time and their appointments will be cancelled. If you know of non-health care personnel that have inappropriately received access to VAMS, please contact the Alexandria COVID-19 Hotline at 703.746.4988. Vaccine prioritization is determined at the federal and state level based on ethical allocation of limited supplies and deliberate consideration to maximize the benefit of the vaccine while reducing the harms of COVID-19. AHD takes these considerations seriously and will enforce these allocations appropriately; everyone who wants to receive a vaccine will eventually be able to do so as supplies increase in the coming weeks and months. 

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality countsAHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

 

December 21st Update:

Released: December 18, 2020

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

COVID-19 Testing Options 

Positive cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Alexandria and residents who are experiencing symptoms or think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 are urged to get tested. AHD and the City conduct targeted COVID-19 community testing events for people who live and work in the immediate neighborhood of each location, since parking may be limited. In partnership with Neighborhood Health, Alexandria's federally qualified health center, and assistance from AHD’s Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, more than 200 people were tested yesterday at Burke Branch Library. The City’s “Get Tested” webpage contains a variety of resources, including testing options whether or not you are insured, have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms. Call or book an appointment online before going to any facility. AHD will continue to identify future sites and coordinate targeted testing events. There should be no copays or self-pay charges for COVID-19 testing. If you have received a bill from Neighborhood Health for COVID-19 testing, please disregard it. You are not responsible for any charges. If you have any questions or concerns about having received bills from Neighborhood Health, please email billing@neighborhoodhealthva.org.

Celebrate the Holidays Safely Multilingual Flyer

AHD strongly urges residents to avoid travel and indoor gatherings at the holidays, and choose safer virtual activities this year. The City’s multilingual “Celebrate the Holidays Safely” flyer is now available in Spanish, Amharic and Arabic and can be downloaded and printed. Guidance from AHD addresses how to discuss the decision to not participate in holiday gatherings with loved ones; managing the additional stress, sadness and anxiety because holiday plans look different; and other safer ways to connect with loved ones to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This year, the best gift for friends and family is continued good health. 

Correction to “Assistance from a Distance” Text Line

A December 15 news release included an incorrect phone number for the City’s Department of Community and Human Services “Assistance from a Distance” text line. For help with basic needs such as food, shelter, rent and utilities, the  correct text line number is 703.346.5599. Staff will respond during the hours noted on the flyer.

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality countsAHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

 

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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/119463.

December 18th Update:

Released: December 17, 2020

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

City Hall Walk-in Payment Service Adjustments

For the safety of the public and City staff during the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Alexandria, service hours for walk-in payments at City Hall have been reduced. In-person services are now available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8 a.m.-noon. Contactless options include payment via an outside dropbox on the Royal Street side of City Hall; by credit card or eCheck at alexandriava.gov/Payments; by phone at 703.746.4800 weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m; and by mail for most payments. For more information about how to make payments and contact staff with questions, visit alexandriava.gov/Payments.

Importance of Vaccinating Long-Term Care Facility Residents

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that Long-Term Care Facility (LTCF) residents be among the first recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Virginia Department of Health has prioritized residents and healthcare workers in LTCFs to receive the COVID-19 in the first phase of vaccinations. LTCF residents include adults who reside in facilities that provide a range of services, including medical and personal care, to persons who are unable to live independently. The combination of communal living and the prevalence of secondary health conditions make LTCF residents particularly susceptible to infection, severe illness, and death. LTCF residents are one of the most at-risk populations, accounting for approximately 39% of the COVID-related deaths in the U.S. In Virginia, there are both federal and state arrangements with national pharmacy chains to provide vaccinations to LTCF residents and healthcare workers in the first phase of vaccination. Alexandrians with loved ones living in a LTCF setting should check with the facility to learn about their vaccination plans. 

State Health Commissioner Message about Health Care Personnel

COVID-19 has presented numerous challenges to Alexandria, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the world. Throughout this pandemic, health care personnel and hospitals have worked nonstop to provide support to patients and families, and hospitals continue to be challenged to source supplies to protect staff from exposure to COVID-19. The Virginia Department of Health has published a video message from State Health Commissioner Dr. Norm Oliver, acknowledging the hard work of health care personnel. Dr. Oliver recognized the extraordinary circumstances of living through a pandemic and expressed gratitude to the more than 72,000 health care workers in Virginia for fighting the coronavirus, despite the great risk of getting sick and exposing their families to the virus. He honored frontline workers and health care personnel as the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality countsAHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

 

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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/119441.


December 17th Update:

Released: December 16, 2020

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

COVID-19 Testing Options 

Positive cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Alexandria and residents who are experiencing symptoms or think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 are urged to get tested. AHD and the City conduct targeted COVID-19 community testing events for people who live and work in the immediate neighborhood of each location, since parking may be limited. In partnership with Neighborhood Health, Alexandria's federally qualified health center, and assistance from AHD’s Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, nearly 220 people were tested on December 15 at Burke Branch Library. The City’s “Get Tested” webpage contains a variety of resources, including testing options whether or not you are insured, have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms. Call or book an appointment online before going to any facility. AHD will continue to identify future sites and coordinate targeted testing events. There should be no copays or self-pay charges for COVID-19 testing. If you have received a bill from Neighborhood Health for COVID-19 testing, please disregard it. You are not responsible for any charges. If you have any questions or concerns about having received bills from Neighborhood Health, please email billing@neighborhoodhealthva.org.  

Emergency Food Distribution this Saturday

ALIVE! Truck-to-Trunk will distribute emergency groceries at two drive-through sites on Saturday, December 19, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the parking lot of Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and parking lot B-1 of the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus (3320 Bisdorf Drive). To minimize risk of possible exposure to COVID-19, attendees are asked to drive through and remain in their cars and stay home if they feel sick. Walk-up customers are permitted but should maintain 6 feet of physical distance, wear face masks, and bring carts or reusable bags to carry food home. Additional food assistance resources are available for Alexandria residents.   

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

 

 

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December 16th Update:

Released: December 15, 2020

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

Incorrect Billing for September Testing Events

Neighborhood Health recognizes that some billing errors have occurred for COVID-19 testing performed by Neighborhood Health at City-AHD sponsored community testing events. There should be no copays or self-pay charges for COVID-19 testing. If you have received a bill from Neighborhood Health for COVID-19 testing, please disregard it. You are not responsible for any charges. If you have any questions or concerns about having received bills from Neighborhood Health, please email billing@neighborhoodhealthva.org.

New Assistance from a Distance Text Line

In addition to its phone, virtual and online services, the City’s Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) now offers a new text line to access DCHS-related services or needs. Programs such as emergency shelter and assistance with food, rent, utilities, prescriptions and other costs are especially critical during the COVID-19 pandemic. Text a request for “Assistance from a Distance” services to 703.746.5599 and receive an immediate response in English of Spanish during the hours listed on the flyer, with other language options available. The listing of resources is also available in SpanishArabic and Amharic, and can be downloaded and printed. Share this resource with others, particularly those in communities where English proficiency is limited, and with vulnerable individuals who may not have access to traditional media. 

COVIDWISE Joins Exposure Notification System Network

Virginia’s COVIDWISE contact tracing app has joined the Association of Public Health Laboratories’ (APHL) National Key Server, to improve the effectiveness of COVID-19 exposure notifications by connecting with the District of Columbia and 15 other states. Especially with recent holiday travel, this network will help provide more accurate and timely notifications. COVIDWISE, developed in Virginia, was the first app of its kind in the country and more than one in 10 Virginians have downloaded it. COVIDWISE is more effective and accurate with more participants. The app alerts users if they have been in close contact with an individual who uses an app and anonymously reported their positive COVID-19 test result. Close contact is defined as 15 cumulative minutes of 6-foot proximity within any 24-hour period. COVIDWISE does not use any personal information or location data. Participants opt-in by downloading and using the free app. Recent updates to the app include an onboarding flow on how the app works; the ability to easily share the app with others; virtual updates from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH); current COVID-19 data and statistics; and the ability to include symptom onset date when submitting an anonymous report of a positive test result.  

Celebrate the Holidays Safely

The safest way to celebrate the holidays while COVID-19 continues to surge is at home with members of the household. The City offers downloadable and shareable guidance for how to Celebrate the Holidays Safely and how to deal with disappointment, stress and anxiety. The CDC also offers winter holiday guidance on how to travel, shop, attend events, and host gatherings as safely as possible, all of which are strongly discouraged. Do not travel or participate in any activities if you feel sick, have COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. If travel is unavoidable, check the local case count, hospital bed status, and travel restrictions of the intended destination prior to departure. Carry extra supplies of masks and hand sanitizer, maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others outside your household, and limit stops if driving. Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated indoor spaces. Download the “What To Do If You Get Sick” checklist if someone tests positive. Upon return, quarantine and watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days, including fever, shortness of breath, and chills, and get tested after 5-7 days, continuing to quarantine for the full 14 days even if test results are negative.    

Guidance for Workplaces and Businesses

Current VDH guidance urges employers to extend teleworking when possible as positive COVID-19 case numbers continue to surge. Everyone within a workplace has a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) comprehensive guide to Workplaces and Businesses provides the responsibilities of employers and employees, with guidance for essential services and specific industries, such as food service, transportation, and manufacturing. The City Support & Guidance for Businesses webpage contains materials from the Department of Labor and Industry and their online COVID-19 reporting form, and additional resources. The Catalog of Multilingual Resources has video and print materials to help with workplace COVID-19 guidance communication, that are available for download.       

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

 

 

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December 15th Update:

Released: December 14, 2020

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

New Mitigation Mandates Begin Today

Effective today, new statewide mitigation mandates include a stay-home order between midnight and 5 a.m., with some exceptions. Under Executive Order 72, everyone ages 5 and older must now wear masks at all times in indoor settings that are shared with others, and all outdoor settings where 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained, similar to the existing Alexandria mask ordinance. The limit on social gatherings is reduced from 25 to 10 people, whether indoors or outside. Restaurants are still limited to serving alcohol until 10 p.m. and food only until midnight, with no bar seating. Customer groups are now limited to no more than 10, and must remain seated so that members of different groups are at least 6 feet apart. Masks must be worn by customers when not actively eating or drinking, and all restaurant employees, including cooks and kitchen staff. To better understand the importance of following these mitigation measures issued to slow the surge in COVID-19 cases, watch a video of an ICU nurse who works in a Virginia COVID-19 unit.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives in Virginia

Governor Northam announced today that the first allotment of a vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals 16 years of age and older is now arriving in Virginia. This vaccine is administered as a series of two doses, three weeks apart. As previously reported, the initial limited supply of vaccine will be prioritized for health care workers that may encounter people sick with COVID-19. More details about the availability of vaccines for health care providers in Alexandria will be known within the next week or two. Prioritization of groups, and additional vaccine information, is available at the City's Prepare for Vaccines web page. Vaccines from other manufacturers are expected to be reviewed by regulators in the coming weeks and months.

 

Tens of thousands of people were enrolled in an ongoing randomized, placebo-controlled international study to gather data about safety and effectiveness. The most commonly reported side effects of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which typically last a day or two, were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. The vaccine cannot cause COVID-19 infection, and these side effects are not an indication of illness. On December 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization for the vaccine, and on December 13, after an evidence-based review of all available data, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices issued an interim recommendation for use. Learn more about the vaccine development and authorization process.

Vaccine Virtual Town Hall 

Residents are strongly urged to learn about COVID-19 vaccines at a statewide virtual town hall organized by the Virginia Department of Health, on Wednesday, December 16, 7-8:30 p.m.. A panel of community and medical leaders, including Virginia State Health Commissioner Dr. Norm Oliver, will answer questions about the vaccine that will begin distribution in Virginia over the coming days. The town hall will be streamed live across several news broadcasting channels. Questions to be answered during the town hall can be emailed to news@wric.com or posted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #VaccinateVirginia.

Virtual Event for Coping Resources 

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (SAPCA) is hosting a virtual event, Wednesday, December 16, 6-7 p.m., to share tools for coping with stress and change during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially during the holidays. SAPCA representatives and the City’s Director of the Center for Children and Families will share resources and provide updates on work over the past year and future goals, including efforts made to continue the work of substance abuse prevention in a virtual environment. The event is free and registration is required.  

Quarantine Guidance

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 while cases are surging in the region, AHD continues to recommend a 14-day quarantine period after a possible exposure to the virus. This guidance is  consistent with neighboring jurisdictions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidance for quarantine, and the shorter quarantine period options present risks of spreading infection unknowingly. Particularly while cases and hospitalizations are high, AHD continues to strongly recommend that people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 stay home and away from others for 14 days, while watching for fever, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of someone for 15 minutes or more cumulatively over a 24 hour period.  

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

 

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December 14th Update:

Released: December 11, 2020

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

COVID-19 Testing Options 

Positive cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Alexandria and residents who are experiencing symptoms or think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 are urged to get tested. AHD and the City conduct targeted COVID-19 community testing events for people who live and work in the immediate neighborhood of each location, since parking may be limited. In partnership with Neighborhood Health, Alexandria's federally qualified health center, and assistance from AHD’s Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, 170 people were tested today at Casa Chirilagua. The City’s “Get Tested” webpage contains a variety of resources, including testing options whether or not you are insured, have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms. Call or book an appointment online before going to any facility. AHD will continue to identify future sites and coordinate targeted testing events. 

Celebrate the Winter Holidays Safely with Virtual Activities

While COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Alexandria and the region, AHD urges residents to choose virtual holiday activities, which pose the lowest risk for the spread of the virus. Options being hosted in Alexandria and across the region include: 

  • Neighborhood Holiday Lights - Take a drive with household members through Northern Virginia neighborhoods known for their spectacular holiday light displays.  
  • Songs of the Season - Attend a virtual concert of holiday favorites by the Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus and Youth Choir, with special guest appearances.  
  • Chanukah Activities - Virtually attend Chanukah Carnival in a Box; Menorah lightings around the region; Havdalah; a Tzedakah Night; or an author talk about the ninth night. 
  • Holidays Around the World - Take a virtual tour of holiday activities and celebrations from the Vatican, the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem; participate in virtual games; watch “The Nutcracker”; learn about Santas around the world; and much more.

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in indoor and outdoor shared spaces, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by calling your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn who to call and what to say from AHD's What to Do If You Get Sick guidance or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

 

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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/119375.

December 11th Update:

Released: December 10, 2020

 

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

New Mitigation Mandates Begin Monday, December 14

Governor Ralph Northam announced today that new statewide mitigation mandates will go into effect on Monday, December 14, due to the surge in positive COVID-19 cases. These new restrictions, under Executive Order 72, are expected to remain in effect until at least January 31, 2021. 

  • All individuals will be required to stay home between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m., with some exceptions, including school, work, urgent needs and emergencies. 
  • Masks will be required for ages 5 and over at all times in indoor settings that are shared with others, including places of worship and work settings, whether or not employees are customer facing. Masks will also be required for everyone ages 5 and over in all outdoor settings where 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. These requirements are similar to those already in place under Alexandria's mask ordinance.
  • The limit on social gatherings will be reduced from 25 to 10 people, which includes, but is not limited to, parties, celebrations, or other social events, regardless of whether they occur indoors or outside. Religious services, restaurants, retail businesses, employment settings and schools are not considered social gatherings, and other rules apply.

Restaurants will still be limited to serving alcohol only until 10 p.m. and food only until midnight, with no bar seating and all customers seated so that members of different groups are at least 6 feet apart. Masks must be worn by customers when not actively eating or drinking, and all restaurant employees, including cooks and kitchen staff. All employers are still urged to permit teleworking whenever possible. 

Housing Relief Program Extended, New Requirements after January 1

The Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP) has received state funding to continue after CARES Act funding ends on December 30. Beginning January 1, in addition to the existing eligibility requirements, landlords will be required to submit applications for the RMRP on behalf of delinquent tenants who have not already applied. Landlords who own more than four units must offer a repayment plan before filing for eviction, and are required to give tenants 14 days’ notice before filing. Landlords are encouraged to work with tenants to find rental assistance programs. They may not evict tenants without going through a legal process, and they cannot evict before December 31 as long the tenant has agreed to apply for assistance through the RMRP. Landlords may also not deny applicants for tenancy based solely on their payment or eviction history due to nonpayment between March 12 and the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Applicants who believe they are experiencing discrimination for payment history during the pandemic should call 703.746.4990 or visit alexandriava.gov/Housing for information. Tenants covered under the eviction moratorium are still required to pay rent. Tenants unable to pay rent because of lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be able to receive a 60-day continuance on their cases. The application under current eligibility requirements will be available until December 30. The new application and requirements will be available on January 1.  

Debunking COVID-19 Myths

Residents are encouraged to use trusted resources for information about COVID-19, including City, AHD, Virginia Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpages, to avoid myths and misinformation about how to prevent and cure COVID-19. For example, garlic, onions, hot peppers, alcohol and mouthwash will not prevent infection from COVID-19. Ultraviolet light and household cleaners should not be used to disinfect skin or ingested in an attempt to kill the virus. There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread on shoes or food. Staying home or wearing masks will not weaken or hurt your immune system. Biological viruses do not travel through radio waves or mobile networks, so 5G did not cause the COVID-19 pandemic. The City webpage, “Preparing for Vaccines” answers questions about how they work, how they were developed, and more. Many vaccines are in the final stages of approval for distribution to the public. 

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by answering a call from AHD if identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, and download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus.

 

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December 10th Update:

Released: December 9, 2020

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria. Take immediate and ongoing action to control the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

Testing Options 

Positive cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Alexandria and residents who are experiencing symptoms or think they have been exposed to COVID-19 are urged to get tested. AHD and the City conduct targeted COVID-19 community testing events for people who live and work in the immediate neighborhood of each location, since parking may be limited. In partnership with Neighborhood Health, Alexandria's federally qualified health center, and assistance from AHD’s Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, 150 people were tested yesterday, December 8, at Armistead Boothe Park. The City’s “Get Tested” web page contains a variety of resources, including testing options whether or not you are insured, have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms. Call or book an appointment online before going to any facility. AHD will continue to identify future sites and coordinate targeted testing events. 

Contact Tracing Methods Reminder

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, AHD asks residents to start contact tracing as soon as they receive a positive result. The City checklist, “What To Do If You’re Sick,” helps residents identify who to contact and what to say, is also available in SpanishAmharicArabic and Farsi, and can be downloaded and printed. The free COVIDWISE phone app can also help residents conduct contact tracing anonymously. Once downloaded and activated on a phone, COVIDWISE anonymously notifies participating contacts when a positive case has been identified. The app requires resident participation for maximum effectiveness. AHD may also help with contact tracing by calling to ask questions about when symptoms started, existing health conditions that might lead to severe illness, and the activities you participated in and places visited prior to the positive test. AHD will not ask questions about immigration status, bank account, or any sensitive personal security information. If AHD contacts you to help with contact tracing, be sure to answer the call. 

Transmission to Pets

A small number of pet dogs and cats have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with most infections occurring after contact with a human who tested positive. There is no evidence that animals have played a significant role in the spread of COVID-19 to humans, but there is evidence emerging that it can be transmitted from humans to animals. Pets that tested positive for COVID-19 experienced mild or no symptoms, and recovered completely. Until more is known about the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises treating pets the same as human beings when considering the spread of COVID-19. They should be cared for by someone who is not sick and kept away from the sick person, avoiding petting, snuggling, being licked, sharing food or sleeping with pets. Pets should be kept at least 6 feet away from people outside the household; not allowed to roam freely outside; or be taken to places where people gather, like dog parks. Do not put a mask on a pet, and do not use hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes on their fur.  

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. (Note: Virginia Department of Health, upon record review, revised the number of COVID-19 related fatalities from 82 to 81 yesterday, December 8.) An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by answering a call from AHD if identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, and download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus.

 

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December 9th Update:

Released: December 8, 2020

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) remind everyone that you are safest at home. Older adults and persons with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk for severe disease and are advised to minimize potential exposures as much as possible. To stop the spread of COVID-19, the state order and City ordinance require everyone to wear a mask over their noses and mouths in indoor public places and when at least 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained between those of different households in outdoor public places, with limited exceptions. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you. 

Prepare for Vaccines with New Vaccine Webpage

COVID-19 vaccines are on their way and the City has developed a vaccine webpage to help residents learn more about their safety, how they work, and when vaccines may be available. COVID-19 vaccines are a key ingredient to reduce illness, save lives, and return to normalcy in Alexandria. Learn about the types of vaccines that are in the final stages of approval with the FDA, how they were developed and the steps involved in being proven safe for the public. Find out whether costs will be involved in receiving the vaccine, the order in which residents will be prioritized for receiving the vaccine, and more. Updates will be added to the webpage as more information is available, including who can be vaccinated first and where vaccines will be offered. Ask questions and learn more by attending virtual “COVID-19 Vaccine Community Conversations” hosted by the Virginia Department of Health.  

Understanding mRNA Vaccines

One type of COVID-19 vaccine in development is an mRNA, or messenger RNA vaccine, which is new in the fight against infectious diseases, but has been studied by researchers for decades. Vaccines typically use a weakened or inactivated form of a virus to teach the body to create an antibody response and ultimately develop immunity to it. Administered to the upper arm, the mRNA vaccine delivers instructions to the muscle cells to learn how to produce the protein of the virus. Once the body does that, it breaks down the instructions and gets rid of them. The body then recognizes that the protein doesn’t belong there and begins to attack it with antibodies. The body’s white cells called T-lymphocytes, or T-cells, develop a memory of the virus, so that it knows how to fight it in the future. This vaccine does not impact or modify DNA. The COVID-19 mRNA vaccine will be subject to the same standards as all other vaccinations and once approved, will be studied as it is distributed to the public.

How to Select, Wear, and Care for Masks

Statewide mitigation measures require that everyone age 5 and older wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers guidance on the importance of how to select, wear, and care for masks in order to receive maximum benefit. 

  • Selecting a mask: Cloth masks and gaiters should be made with two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric. Gaiters can be folded over to create two layers. Masks with a nose wire can help reduce fogging of glasses. It is best to avoid masks made from materials that restrict breathing, that have valves or vents, or are needed by first responders and healthcare workers, such as N95 respirators. The effectiveness of face shields is unknown but being studied. 
  • Properly wearing and removing a mask: Masks should cover the nose and mouth completely and fit securely under the chin and snugly against the sides of the face, with no gaps. While wearing a mask, do not touch the front of it, as it may be contaminated with COVID-19 droplets. Apply hand sanitizer or wash hands for at least 20 seconds if there is contact with the front of a mask and after removal. When adjusting or removing a mask, only handle the straps, avoid contact of the front of the mask with eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Caring for a mask: Cloth, reusable masks that are dirty or wet should be stored in a plastic bag until ready to be washed, and should be washed soon after removal to prevent mold. Masks can be washed with regular laundry using laundry detergent, but should be washed in the warmest water temperature appropriate for the fabric and dried in the dryer on the highest heat setting until completely dry. Masks can also be washed by hand and air-dried, as long as they are completely dry before use. Store clean masks in a breathable paper or fabric bag until ready for use.     

Download, print or share the City’s multilingual Tips for Using Masks flyer as a quick reference of the highlights of these guidelines. To request printed copies, please submit a COVID-19 Catalog Resource Request.

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by answering a call from AHD if identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, and download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus.

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December 8th Update:

Released: December 7, 2020

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) remind everyone that you are safest at home. Older adults and persons with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk for severe disease and are advised to minimize potential exposures as much as possible. To stop the spread of COVID-19, the state order and City ordinance require everyone to wear a mask over their noses and mouths in indoor public places and when at least 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained between those of different households in outdoor public places, with limited exceptions. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you. 

Testing Options and Contact Tracing Reminder 

Positive cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Alexandria. Residents who are experiencing symptoms or think they have been exposed to COVID-19 are urged to get tested. AHD and the City conduct targeted COVID-19 community testing events for people who live and work in the immediate neighborhood of each location. Parking may be limited. With support from the Virginia National Guard and assistance from AHD’s Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, 290 people were tested at Witter Field on Saturday, December 5. The City’s “Get Tested” web page contains a variety of resources, including testing options whether or not you are insured, have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms. Call or book an appointment online before going to any facility. AHD will continue to identify future sites and coordinate targeted testing events. 

AHD will contact residents who test positive for COVID-19, and will assist with contacting everyone who might have been exposed. However, residents can begin the contact tracing process on their own, using the “What To Do If You’re Sick” checklist to assist the conversation, which is also available in SpanishAmharicArabic and Farsi, and can be downloaded and printed.

Virginia’s COVID-19 Vaccination Priorities Announced

VDH announced that, based on information received by the federal government, Virginia will receive 480,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of December. Health care personnel (HCP) and residents of long-term care facilities (LTCF) are most at risk of exposure and severe illness from COVID-19, and will receive the first of two doses of vaccine. This decision follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which the Virginia Disaster Medical Advisory Committee and the Virginia Unified Command agreed to adopt. The first 72,150 doses will arrive by mid-December, require ultracold storage, and will be distributed to HCP, with top priority given to those working with COVID-19 patients. The actual amount of vaccine received in Virginia is dependent on when and how quickly vaccination doses are manufactured. VDH is coordinating future prioritization based on federal guidance. As more vaccine supply is made available, health care systems and public health will ensure more Virginians will have access in a way that is fair, ethical and transparent.  

Weekly Featured Jobs and Workshops

Residents who have lost employment due to COVID-19 are encouraged to review the list of employers who are hiring, which is updated weekly. This week, the Alexandria Workforce Development Center (WDC) offers several workshops to help residents enhance job readiness and improve their job search, including resume building skillsinterviewing skillsjob searching skills, and networking skills. All events and workshops take place online, are free, and registration is requested. Follow WDC on FacebookTwitter or  LinkedIn for the latest flyer, or visit the WDC’s job board for a complete list of job opportunities.

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by answering a call from AHD if identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, and download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus.

 

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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/119245.

 

December 7th Update:

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) remind everyone that you are safest at home. Older adults and persons with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk for severe disease and are advised to minimize potential exposures as much as possible. To stop the spread of COVID-19, the state order and City ordinance require everyone to wear a mask over their noses and mouths in indoor public places and when at least 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained between those of different households in outdoor public places, with limited exceptions. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you. 

Six COVID-19 Related Fatalities in the Past Week

AHD reports that there have been six fatalities in Alexandria due to COVID-19 in the past week. The Virginia Department of Health’s website has a reporting lag and is currently displaying four of these deaths. This is the most deaths related to COVID-19 in a one-week period since June, and the total is now 83 deaths. The increase in fatalities coincides with Alexandria's highest seven-day running average of positive cases since the pandemic began. AHD reminds everyone that you are safest at home and to always take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones

Community Testing for the Uninsured

AHD and the City conduct targeted COVID-19 community testing events for people who live and work in the immediate neighborhood of each location, especially for those who are uninsured. On Thursday, December 3, more than 220 people were tested at Charles Houston Recreation Center with support from MRC volunteers. Residents who travelled over Thanksgiving, or engaged in high risk activities such as attending indoor gatherings; shopping in crowded stores; or spending time in crowded bars or restaurants, should get tested. 

Another community testing event will be held this Saturday, December 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Witter Field (2660 Witter Drive). The City’s “Get Tested” web page contains other testing locations and organizations for anyone who is insured, has been exposed to COVID-19, or is not experiencing symptoms. Call or book an appointment online before going to any facility. AHD will continue to identify future sites and coordinate targeted testing events

Changes to Library Services 

Effective Monday, December 7, Alexandria Libraries will resume Phase 2 operations, with curbside pick-up and virtual services only until further notice. The change in services is due to the increase in positive cases and risk of COVID-19 transmission in Alexandria and surrounding jurisdictions. All branches except the Law Library are closed to the public. Curbside pick-up hours vary by branch. Telephone and virtual services will continue during curbside hours. Hold items can be reserved online and will be held for four days after notification. Returned items will be held in quarantine for seven days before being removed from accounts, with no fines accrued during the holding period. Staff-Assisted Materials Selections service is still available for materials not available through the hold system and can be coordinated with library locations. No donations will be accepted at this time. All fees and late payments must be made online, or by check or mail order through the mail. The Library Board is working closely with the City and AHD, and will keep residents informed of changes as they are made.

Mental Health Resources 

Mental health-related emergency room visits are increasing. The holidays are normally a time of increased stress, but with more positive cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria and the region, this year’s holiday stress may be compounded by feelings of isolation and depression. Self-care techniques, such as reaching out to loved ones, exercising and getting enough sleep, can help manage normal holiday stress. The City has compiled coping resources  for youths, parents and caregivers of children and older adults, and individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Multicultural mental health resources offer support for race-based trauma, LGBTQ community and immigrants, and include Spanish-language materials. The City also provides resources for clinical and emergency mental health and substance useCrisis resources are available 24/7 for sexual assault and domestic violence hotlines, adult and child protective services and substance use treatment. Call or text 911, or go to the nearest emergency room for all life-threatening emergencies. The City recommends several mental health support hotlines: 

  • VA COPES: Call or text 877.349.6428. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and weekends, 5-9 p.m. Non-emergency warmline. Spanish speakers available.
  • Parent Support Line: Call 703.324.7720, or text “support” or “parenting” to 30644. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Spanish speakers available. 
  • PRS CrisisLink Hotline: Call 703.527.4077 or text “connect” to 855-11. Available 24/7.
  • Emergency Mental Health Services: Call 703.746.3401. Available 24/7. 

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by answering a call from AHD if identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, and download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus.

 

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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/119224.

December 4th Update:

Released: December 3, 2020

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) remind everyone that you are safest at home. Older adults and persons with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk for severe disease and are advised to minimize potential exposures as much as possible. To stop the spread of COVID-19, the state order and City ordinance require everyone to wear a mask over their noses and mouths in indoor public places and when at least 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained between those of different households in outdoor public places, with limited exceptions. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you. 

Understanding the Different COVID-19 Vaccines 

There are three types of COVID-19 vaccines in the final stages of clinical trial, and they could soon be approved by the FDA for distribution to the public, starting with healthcare workers, residents in long-term care facilities, critical infrastructure workers, and persons at high risk for severe disease. Each vaccine uses a slightly different approach to develop immunity to the COVID-19 virus, but they all involve harmless proteins that teach the body to fight the virus in the future. Protein subunit vaccines contain harmless subunits of the virus; mRNA vaccines contain material from the virus to enable cells to make harmless proteins that will stimulate the immune system; vector vaccines contain a weakened version of a virus (different than the one that causes COVID-19) which has material from the virus that causes COVID-19 inserted into it and produces a harmless protein.

 

Most of the vaccines in Phase 3 clinical trials require two shots a few weeks apart; the first shot  starts building protection and the second maximizes the protection. Building immunity can take several weeks, and individuals can still become infected with COVID-19 if they are exposed to it while in the process of receiving vaccines. Some individuals may experience side effects from the vaccines, including fever and body aches, which is the body’s normal response to developing immunity to a virus. It is not the COVID-19 infection. Because vaccine quantities will be limited during the initial weeks or months of distribution, it is not yet known which type will be received in Alexandria for the initial distributions. AHD is using guidance from the CDC and Virginia Department of Health to develop a plan for vaccine distribution to the public, and will provide more information as it becomes available. Vaccinations are an important tool to help stop this pandemic. Alexandrians are reminded to continue to follow all steps to protect themselves and their loved ones.  

Updated Guidance on Hand Sanitizers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance on how to select and properly use hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hand washing with soap and water is the best way to properly clean and disinfect hands; hand sanitizer should only be used when it is not possible to wash hands. Always select a hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol, also known as ethanol, ethyl alcohol, isopropanol, or 2-propanol. The FDA continues to update a “do not use” list of hand sanitizer brands that contain ingredients that can be harmful. Do not use products that are labeled “alcohol free.” For most effectiveness, rub hand sanitizer all over hands and fingers until dry and keep out of eyes and mouth. Keep hand sanitizer out of reach of children and supervise while they apply it. Do not rinse off hand sanitizer as it will reduce effectiveness. Do not use hand sanitizer to clean surfaces and do not apply it to pet fur or allow pets to ingest it. Seek medical attention immediately if hand sanitizer is ingested, but do not be concerned if children eat with or lick their hands after using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  

Rental Relief for Landlords

The Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP) is a state program that allows landlords to apply for financial assistance on behalf of their tenants who are experiencing difficulties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible landlords can apply to receive funds covering current and past-due rental payments dating back to April 1, 2020. RMRP is funded by the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and is administered by Virginia Housing. For a complete list of eligibility requirements, view the City’s RMRP flyer, which is also available in SpanishAmharic and Arabic. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until 11:59 p.m., December 30. For more information and to apply, visit virginiahousing.com/RMRP

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality countsAHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by answering a call from AHD if identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, and download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus.

 

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City of Alexandria Responds to Statewide Rise in Drug Overdoses; Encourages Use of Treatment and Recovery Programs

Released: December 3, 2020

With a statewide rise in drug overdoses, City of Alexandria officials are concerned that individual and collective stress from the COVID-19 pandemic may be linked to increased substance use, and remind residents that treatment and recovery programs, and other resources, are available. The City and the Alexandria Community Services Board offer an opioid treatment program, the Alexandria Residential Treatment Center, mental health and substance abuse residential services, outpatient treatment for substance use disorders and a Narcan-by-mail delivery program.

The Virginia Department of Health’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports that 2020 may be the worst year on record for fatal overdoses in Virginia. Preliminary figures from the second quarter of 2020 indicate a 66.8% increase in fatal drug overdoses in Virginia from the same period in 2019, suggesting a possible correlation with the COVID-19 pandemic. The total number of fatal overdoses in 2019 was 1,626, the largest annual number reported in Virginia. There have been 2,053 fatal overdoses in Virginia in the first half of 2020. Of those, 1,701 were related to opioid related overdoses, with 474 related to prescription opioids and 1,498 related to fentanyl, heroin, or both. 

There were 69 opioid overdoses in Alexandria in 2018, of which eight were fatal. In 2019, there were 73 opioid overdoses, of which 14 were fatal. As of November 30, 2020, there have been 85 opioid overdoses, of which 13 were fatal.

The drug Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can save the life of someone who is experiencing an opioid overdose, if given in time. Any Alexandria resident can obtain Narcan by mail for free by emailing their name and address to opioids@alexandriava.gov or pick up a dose of the easy-to-use nasal spray by calling the Alexandria Health Department at 703.746.4888 or the City’s Opioid Response Coordinator at 703.746.3326. Narcan is also available at pharmacies without a prescription.

If you or someone you care about needs help with substance use addiction, call 703.746.3636 (Virginia Relay 711), 24 hours a day for treatment options in Alexandria. Individuals who do not live in Alexandria can find treatment options at samhsa.gov or by calling 800.662.HELP (4357).

Anyone with information regarding past overdoses should call the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.4444.

For life-threatening situations, call or text 911 immediately.

Visit alexandriava.gov/Opioids for more information on the opioid crisis, how to get help and how the City is responding, including a printable flyer on overdose symptoms and how to get help.

For inquiries from the news media only, contact Andrea Blackford, Senior Communications Officer, at andrea.blackford@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.3959.

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City of Alexandria Winter Recreation Program Registration Begins December 9th

 

Released: December 3, 2020 

Registration for winter classes and activities offered by the City of Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 9, for City residents and on Friday, December 11, for nonresidents. Winter registration applies to programs taking place January through March 2021. 

Get ready for a flurry of fun this winter with a variety of in-person options for all ages, plus new virtual programs. View a complete list of winter programs online. Due to potential schedule and capacity adjustments from COVID-19, a printed or online program guide will not be produced for the winter program season.

All health guidelines for staff and participants will be met, including symptom screening; use of face masks; enhanced cleaning between activity periods; and physical distancing protocols specified for each type of program. To ensure the safety of participants and prevent the spread of COVID-19, indoor locations will have limited capacity.

Visit alexandriava.gov/Recreation to register online or learn more about winter recreation programs offered by the City. For in-person registration, call the Registration and Reservation Office at 703.746.5414 to schedule an appointment.

For media inquiries, contact Andrea Blackford, Senior Communications Officer, at andrea.blackford@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.3959. 

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact kelly.gilfillen@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.4644, Virginia Relay 711.  

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December 3rd Update:

Released: December 2, 2020

 

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) remind everyone that you are safest at home. Older adults and persons with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk for severe disease and are advised to minimize potential exposures as much as possible. To stop the spread of COVID-19, the state order and City ordinance require everyone to wear a mask over their noses and mouths in indoor public places and when at least 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained between those of different households in outdoor public places, with limited exceptions. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you. 

Emergency Food Distribution this Saturday

ALIVE! Truck-to-Trunk will distribute emergency groceries at two drive-through sites on Saturday, December 5, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the parking lot of Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and parking lot B-1 of the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus (3320 Bisdorf Drive). To minimize risk of possible exposure to COVID-19, attendees are asked to drive through and remain in their cars and stay home if they feel sick. Walk-up customers are permitted but should maintain 6 feet of physical distance, wear face masks, and bring carts or reusable bags to carry food home. Additional food assistance resources are available for Alexandria residents.  

The Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are in the final stages of approval for distribution to the public and will only be authorized for use if they prove to substantially reduce the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19. There are many benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine once they become available. Under Emergency Authorization Use, a vaccine must be able to prove that the known and potential benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks in order to be authorized. Vaccines help the body develop natural protection against the virus by triggering an antibody response to the virus, without infecting the recipient. Based on current information, experts believe that vaccines may help reduce the risk of severe illness if a recipient becomes infected with COVID-19. Vaccinations protect the recipient and others, particularly individuals with health issues that could result in severe illness from COVID-19. The City will provide updates as experts continue to learn about COVID-19 and the vaccines.  

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Makes Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) conducted an emergency meeting on December 1 to make recommendations to the CDC. ACIP decided that, when a COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by the FDA and recommended by ACIP, the initial phase vaccines should be provided to healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. The ACIP recommendations will be considered by the director of the CDC and then by the Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC and ACIP have promulgated four ethical principles to guide their decision-making process: maximize benefits and minimize harms; promote justice; mitigate health inequities; and promote transparency. AHD is committed to following these principles while the entire Alexandria community is vaccinated. 

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 15 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by answering a call from AHD if identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, and download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus.

 

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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/119175.

December 2nd Update:

Released: December 1, 2020

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) remind everyone that you are safest at home. Older adults and persons with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk for severe disease and are advised to minimize potential exposures as much as possible. To stop the spread of COVID-19, the state order and City ordinance require everyone to wear a mask over their noses and mouths in indoor public places and when at least 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained between those of different households in outdoor public places, with limited exceptions. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you.  

Caring for Loved Ones with COVID-19

The Alexandria Health Department has new guidance on Caring for Loved Ones with COVID-19, including how to support and care for someone who is sick, whether or not they are in your household. Learn how to provide contactless help, monitor for emergency symptoms, clean and disinfect the environment, and keep yourself safe. With the recent increase in local cases, your friends and loved ones may be impacted. Save this guidance in case someone you know becomes ill. The information provided is available in a flyer that can be downloaded, printed and shared. 

Local Enforcement of State Vehicle Safety Inspections Resumes Today

As of today, the City has resumed enforcement of state vehicle safety inspections, which had been temporarily suspended since August. Inspection stations are open, and state guidelines permit service station staff to modify the inspection process to avoid entering the vehicle. The City encourages vehicle owners to stay current on inspections while following COVID-19 guidelines like staying 6 feet apart from others, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and washing hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

 

The City will continue to suspend enforcement of the local requirement to display current state vehicle registration decals, because the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is experiencing a backlog of up to three months to schedule the appointments necessary for registration-related services. While existing vehicle registrations may typically be renewed online, new registrations and certain other services require in-person appointments. 

As previously announced, the payment deadline for the City’s personal property tax (car tax and business property tax) for tax year 2020 has been extended by City Council to December 15. Enforcement of 2021 tax registration and new (red) residential parking permits will begin on December 16. Vehicles that are not currently registered for the car tax, or are parked in residential permit zones without a current (blue) parking permit, may still be ticketed.

All other normal parking restrictions remain in effect. Motorists should also be aware that they may be cited by other state or local police and sheriff’s departments in other jurisdictions for missing or expired registrations, even while Alexandria suspends enforcement. Owners of private parking facilities, such as condominiums and apartments, may also enforce their own parking regulations.

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

Total Alexandria fatalities attributed to COVID-19 remain at 77. While there was a recent death associated with COVID-19, a Virginia Department of Health record review removed a prior case, resulting in a total number of 77 deaths.

 

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 13 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by answering a call from AHD if identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, and download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus.

 

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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/119151.

December 1st Update:

Released: November 30, 2020

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) remind everyone that you are safest at home. Older adults and persons with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk for severe disease and are advised to minimize potential exposures as much as possible. To stop the spread of COVID-19, the state order and City ordinance require everyone to wear a mask over their noses and mouths in indoor public places and when at least 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained between those of different households in outdoor public places, with limited exceptions. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you. 

December COVID-19 Testing Events for the Uninsured

The City and AHD have partnered with Neighborhood Health, with assistance from Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, to conduct targeted COVID-19 testing events in Alexandria’s communities to increase access to testing. These free testing events are intended to reach those who don’t have access to care, are uninsured or might not have identification. The City has compiled COVID-19 testing resources, including a multilingual guide to testing facilities every day of the week, a symptom checker, and an interactive map to find testing locations.

Guidance for Travelers Returning Home

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers guidance for those returning from travel. Travelers may have been exposed to COVID-19 and be contagious despite not having symptoms. All travelers should get tested, stay at home, wear a mask when leaving home is unavoidable, and practice physical distancing. The CDC urges travelers who engaged in high-risk activities to get tested 3-5 days after their return and stay home for at least 7 days, even with a negative test result, or stay home for at least 14 days if not tested. They should also stay away from others who may be at risk of severe illness for at least 14 days after travel. This interim guidance on the timing for post-travel testing is a change from previous guidance recommending testing after 7-10 days. The CDC will be issuing additional changes to quarantine guidance later this week. High-risk activities include attending social gatherings, being in crowded bars or restaurants, and using public transportation. Travelers who receive a positive test result should review the “What To Do If You Get Sick” worksheet (available in SpanishAmharicArabic and Farsi), and cooperate with health department contact tracing efforts to identify and inform others who may have been exposed.

Support Local Businesses During Shop Small Week

When planning holiday shopping this year, staying home and shopping online is the safest way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. AHD strongly urges all residents, including those who choose to shop in-person, to follow the statewide mitigation measures. Everyone 5 years and older is required to wear a mask in all public settings and to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. Residents can support local businesses in the first Alexandria Shop Small Week, November 27-December 6. Retail businesses that are partners in the ALX Promise program, to provide a safer, healthier environment for customers and staff, are offering special shopping options like curbside pick-up, private appointments and online stores. Shop Small Week also includes offers, theme days, giveaways, and more.

Weekly Featured Jobs and Workshops

Residents who have lost employment due to COVID-19 are encouraged to review the list of employers who are hiring, which is updated weekly. This week, the Alexandria Workforce Development Center (WDC) is participating in the Northern Virginia Virtual Job Fair, where candidates can meet employers via chat and video from a computer, tablet or smartphone. Opportunities include building and grounds cleaning and maintenance, office and administrative support, food preparation, personal care and healthcare, sales, technology, and transportation. Registration and a PDF version of a resume are required to participate. WDC is also offering several workshops to help residents enhance job readiness and improve their job search, including resume building skillsjob searching skillstransferable skills, and networking skills. All events and workshops take place online, are free, and registration is requested. Follow WDC on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn for the latest flyer, or visit the WDC’s job board for a complete list of job opportunities.

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 13 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by answering a call from AHD if identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, and download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus.

 

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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/119140.

Previous updates:

Fall 2020 Updates

Summer 2020 Updates

May Updates

April Updates

March Updates

Coronavirus Old Town Alexandria: What To Do If You Have Symptoms

Message from the CEO of ARHA

Tips from the Alexandria Health Department

How to Keep Yourself and Your Family Safe

 

 

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