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NEWS :: The City of Alexandria has responded to nine substance-related, nonfatal drug overdoses since July 24, including...
08/14/2020
City of Alexandria Alerts Public to Local Rise in Drug Overdoses, Availability of Treatment and Recovery Programs

NEWS :: The City of Alexandria has responded to nine substance-related, nonfatal drug overdoses since July 24, including seven opioid overdoses. While each incident was unrelated, and no definite trend has emerged, City officials are concerned that individual and collective stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic may be linked to increased substance use. City officials urge residents to be aware of the medical risks associated with the use of opioids and illegal substances that could be extremely concentrated, or mixed with something unusual that could result in life-threatening situations.

The drug Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can save the life of someone experiencing an opioid overdose, if given in time. It is available without a prescription at all pharmacies, and can be obtained for free, from the City and the Alexandria Health Department, by appointment. Follow the link for more details.

The City has responded to nine substance-related, nonfatal drug overdoses since July 24. While each incident was unrelated, and no definite trend has emerged, City officials are concerned that individual and collective stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic may be linked to increased substance use.

COVID-19 :: New Research: Material Choice is Critical in Mask EffectivenessA recent demonstration study from researchers...
08/13/2020
City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Mask Effectiveness; Strategic Framework for Immunizations; Pediatric Serology Study

COVID-19 :: New Research: Material Choice is Critical in Mask Effectiveness
A recent demonstration study from researchers at Duke University found that fleece is less effective at preventing the spread of droplets compared to other materials. Masks are a critical tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and are most effective when they fit snugly over the nose and mouth; do not gap around the edges; and have a high thread count, fine weave, and multiple layers. Masks are still required to enter public spaces in Virginia.

While some have misinterpreted the Duke study to mean that gaiters are ineffective, there is no definitive evidence that mask style (e.g., gaiter, ear loops, pleated) significantly affects the value of wearing masks, but mask shapes that minimize air leakage are preferred. The gaiter-type neck fleece ranked the worst, not because the style was a gaiter, but because the fleece material broke up fewer larger droplets into more smaller droplets.

Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend using masks that have one-way valves or vents. Masks with valves and vents allow respiratory droplets to be emitted and defeat the purpose of wearing a mask -- reducing respiratory droplets from reaching others.

AHD Publishes Strategic Action Framework for Routine Immunizations
In the seventh of a series, AHD has published its Routine Immunizations During COVID-19 Strategic Action Framework. Immunization rates have decreased during this pandemic, but it is critical that all Alexandrians stay up to date. Immunization requirements have not been waived for students attending school virtually.

This framework highlights objectives and tactics that can save lives by increasing the rates of immunizations and eliminating vaccine-preventable illnesses.

Tactics include:

Supporting schools and school nurses as they communicate and enforce vaccination requirements for students starting school in the fall.
Strengthening relationships with local providers.
Supporting routine medical care for all children and adults, and continuing to serve as a safety net for families without a medical home.
Assessing the rate of missed immunizations among AHD patients and in the City, and performing targeted outreach.
Crafting and disseminating clear, evidence-based, compelling flu vaccination messaging.
Identifying opportunities for AHD to promote and strengthen support for immunizations through advocacy.

All of the AHD Strategic Action Frameworks to date are available online and are living documents that may change as public health learns more about COVID-19. They are primarily used as AHD internal project management documents, but are being shared with the public to increase pandemic response transparency. Sensitive information about specific facilities has been redacted.

State Launches Pediatric Coronavirus Serology Study
Today, Governor Ralph Northam announced that the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will conduct a pediatric coronavirus disease serology study in Northern Virginia to gauge COVID-19 antibodies in youth. Interim results from Virginia’s ongoing adult serology study show an estimated 2.4% of adults statewide have antibodies to COVID-19. The new pediatric study, conducted in collaboration with Inova Health System, will measure the proportion of children and teens with antibodies to COVID-19. Because COVID-19 appears to affect adults and children differently, these studies will provide key insight into how the virus spreads among different age and demographic groups, and provide critical information for determining ways to combat the virus.

Northern Virginia was selected for this project due to the number of confirmed COVID-19 pediatric cases reported in the region, and for its diversity in ethnicity, socioeconomic status and race, which provides an important comparison to the rest of the Commonwealth.

Inova Children’s Hospital will recruit up to 1,000 participants, aged 19 and younger, who live in Northern Virginia and seek care at participating clinical sites. Participants’ blood samples will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies, which indicate that a person had a COVID-19 infection in the past. VDH will use the information collected from this project to estimate the total number of children and teenagers that have been infected with the COVID-19 virus in Northern Virginia and statewide, including those who may have had mild or asymptomatic infections. VDH will also analyze children's risk factors for COVID-19 infection, including age, underlying health conditions, sociodemographic characteristics, history of COVID-19 infection within households and childcare exposures. Preliminary results are expected to be available by mid-September.

6 New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 3,020, including 60 fatalities. Full release: alexandriava.gov/117218.

Please keep at least 6 feet of distance from others. Everyone is required to wear a mask in most indoor public settings. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Alexandria Restaurant Week To-Go | August 21-30, 2020
08/13/2020
Alexandria Restaurant Week To-Go | August 21-30, 2020

Alexandria Restaurant Week To-Go | August 21-30, 2020

Enjoy Alexandria Restaurant Week at home this summer and show your support for the city’s large community of locally owned restaurants. For 10 days and two weekends, more than 60 restaurants offer a $49 takeout, delivery or curbside pick-up dinner for two during Alexandria Restaurant Week To-Go.

COVID-19 :: The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) remind everyone that you are safest at hom...
08/12/2020
City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Contact Tracing News Story; Certain Vehicle Enforcement Suspended; Food Distributions; Virtual Child Care Open House; Metro Service

COVID-19 :: The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) remind everyone that you are safest at home. Older adults, persons with underlying medical conditions, and pregnant women are at greater risk for severe disease and are advised to minimize potential exposures as much as possible.

AHD Featured in Local News Story About Contact Tracing
AHD was featured in an NBC4 news segment about contact tracing, how it works, and what to expect if you are contacted. The August 11 story spells out the process, illustrates the importance of contact tracing as a tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and describes resources offered to people who are required to quarantine as a result of close contact with an infected person.

City Suspends Enforcement of Vehicle Inspection and Registration Requirements
In order to prevent confusion regarding different state requirements for vehicle registrations, safety inspections and emissions inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has suspended local enforcement of these requirements through October 31, 2020. This follows the City's prior suspension of enforcement, from mid-March through July 19, of the requirement to display a valid state safety inspection sticker while parked. Any parking tickets that were issued by the City for safety inspection violations after July 19 will be automatically voided, and any payments will be automatically refunded by October 16. For more information about tickets or payments, visit the City's website.

Motorists should check the state links above to determine which requirements pertain to their vehicles and may still be subject to state enforcement. Safety and emissions inspections remain available, and 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. Vehicle registrations may be renewed online.

ALIVE! Food Distributions
The nonprofit organization ALIVE! is providing food at two distributions points this week:

Thursday, August 13: Food Distribution at Charles Houston Recreation Center Parking Lot (901 Wythe St.). In coordination with the meal distribution of Washington Street United Methodist Church, Royal Restaurant, ARHA, and the City of Alexandria, ALIVE! will distribute bags of shelf-stable groceries, produce, and bread from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Drive-through and walk-up service will be available.

Saturday, August 15: Truck-to-Trunk at Cora Kelly (3600 Commonwealth Ave) and John Adams Elementary (5651 Rayburn Ave.) parking lots. ALIVE! Truck-to-Trunk will distribute food from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., in the parking lots at Cora Kelly and John Adams Elementary Schools. This distribution includes bags of shelf stable groceries, fresh produce, and eggs, while supplies last. People are encouraged to drive through.

Attendees are encouraged to drive through whenever possible for contactless distribution; however, walk-ups are welcome and should maintain 6 feet of physical distance, wear a face mask, and bring carts or reusable bags to carry food home. Food may not be consumed at any site.

Virtual Child Care Open House on Wednesday, August 19, 7-8:30 p.m.
Looking for available child care options? On Wednesday, August 19, the Alexandria Emergency Child Care Collaborative and Smart Beginnings Alexandria are hosting an online event to showcase current child care programs available in the city. The event, scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m., is free, but registration is required. A Zoom link will be provided. For more information, email [email protected] or call 703.746.5927.

Metro to Add More Trains, Buses, Service Hours
Beginning Sunday, August 16, Metro will add more trains and hours of service. This increase will restore most service to pre-COVID-19 levels while still maintaining a strong response to the pandemic. Metrorail opening hours will return to normal and closing times will be extended by two hours in anticipation of potential increases in ridership after Labor Day, and Metro expects to reopen several stations on the Orange and Silver Lines. To support overnight workers, Metro will double Lyft discounts during hours when trains and buses are not available. Eligible workers may apply to receive the discount. Beginning Sunday, August 23, Metrobus will offer more buses, running more frequently, to restore approximately 75% of pre-pandemic service. Most routes will return to operating close to normal weekday service, and will run an hour later, until midnight.

19 New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 3,014, including 60 fatalities. Full release: alexandriava.gov/117198.

Please keep at least 6 feet of distance from others. Everyone is required to wear a mask in most indoor public settings. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.

NEWS :: With vaccination rates down during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) urges residents...
08/12/2020
Alexandria Health Department Urges Residents to Stay Current on Vaccinations

NEWS :: With vaccination rates down during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) urges residents to stay current on lifesaving vaccines. In a recent news article, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) noted that the Virginia Immunization Information System (VIIS) shows a drop of nearly a third in childhood vaccinations compared to last year.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. AHD, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Pediatrics remind you that it is important to call your pediatrician or primary care provider to ensure you and your family are up to date on recommended vaccines during this pandemic. As children head back to school, make sure vaccination is at the top of the checklist. Even if a child is not attending school in person, vaccines are still required to attend school virtually.

For more information, follow the link below.

With vaccination rates down during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alexandria Health Department urges residents to stay current on life-saving vaccines.

INFO :: Registration for fall recreation classes and activities offered by Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities, City...
08/11/2020
City of Alexandria Fall Recreation Program Registration Begins August 26

INFO :: Registration for fall recreation classes and activities offered by Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities, City of Alexandria, VA will begin on August 26 for residents, and August 28 for nonresidents. Registration will be available online or in-person by appointment at the Registration and Reservation Office at the Lee Center (1108 Jefferson St.). For more information, follow the link below.

Registration for fall classes and activities offered by the City of Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA) will begin at 9 a.m. on August 26 for City residents, and August 28 for nonresidents. Fall registration applies to classes, leagues and activities occurri...

COVID-19 :: The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) remind everyone that you are safest at hom...
08/11/2020
City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; COVIDWISE App Webinars; Updated “When You Can Be Around Others” Guide

COVID-19 :: The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) remind everyone that you are safest at home. Older adults, persons with underlying medical conditions and pregnant women are at greater risk for severe disease and are advised to minimize potential exposures as much as possible. Please keep at least 6 feet of distance from others. Everyone is required to wear a mask in most indoor public settings. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.

COVIDWISE Webinar Series

The state Offices of the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the Secretary of Health and Human Resources are hosting a series of webinars on the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on communities of color, and how the state’s recently launched smartphone app, COVIDWISE, can help mitigate that impact. COVIDWISE is an innovative exposure notification app that alerts users if they have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, without compromising privacy for anyone involved. The webinars are scheduled throughout August and September. View the event flyer for dates and times of all upcoming webinars, and share it with any individuals or organizations that might be interested in joining. To download the app, visit vdh.virginia.gov/covidwise.

Updated “When You Can Be Around Others” Guide

The City and AHD have recently updated guidance for people who have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to the virus, or have recovered from the illness. The “When You Can Be Around Others" flyer (also available in Spanish, Amharic and Arabic) provides detailed guidance on how people in these situations may determine the safest time to leave isolation or quarantine. The flyer is included in the COVID-19 Catalog of Resources, a collection of materials developed by AHD and the City to communicate guidelines and information to residents, businesses, facility managers, employees, customers and the general public. Materials in the Catalog of Resources can be downloaded and printed, or you can submit a request for the City to print them.

19 New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria

The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 2,995, including 60 fatalities. COVID-19 is spread by people whether or not they have symptoms, and AHD estimates that nearly 10% of infected Alexandrians have required hospitalization. Everyone must do their part to stop the spread: maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others, wear a mask, and carry and use hand sanitizer. With a recent increase in cases, you are more likely to encounter someone who is infected. Be prepared to answer a call from the Alexandria Health Department in case you are identified as a close contact. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, is available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus. Full release: alexandriava.gov/117187.

Please keep at least 6 feet of distance from others. Everyone is required to wear a mask in most indoor public settings. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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PLANNING COMMISSION. IMO there should NOT b a street named after retired judge Nolan Dawkins who released a murderer who killed his rape victim after being let out of JAIL. NO renaming of any street for the judge. Rather, pay for Ms Gonzalez' funeral and apologize to her family... at least!
Yall should be ashamed of yourselves. Imagine if the young girl was her daughter.
I got a ticket for my vehicle inspection not being up to date, even though the Governor signed an Executive Directive to extend inspections and other credentials through July 31, 2020. Can this be excused, please?
I'll ask again how do you handle water management during storms because its strange that all of my neighbors basement's flooded at the same time then the water recedes at the same time also we know you diverted that water night before last so you are responsible for all the damage down are you going to own up to it I'll wait.
Hey city of alexandria everybody's basement flooded tonight on manning st this has been a problem since the 70s what are toy going to do about it
Hey city of Alexandria thanks for letting us know that its business as usual we got no notifications nothing for parking haven't seen you people since march now this morning my car and 20 other of my neighbors had tickets on our cars and the only explanation you have is WELL WE PUT IT ON OUR WEBSITE like who in the hell goes to your website didn't know you had a page till now and even then why would I surf this page you definitely pulled a crackhead move
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I AM sure you're aware that Alexandria & Arlington were part of George Washington's original 10 mile x 10 mile perfect square design for 'Federal City'/'Columbia'. Because the residents feared that Washington City might try to outlaw slavery, the Virginia portion of the nation's Capitol voted to leave in 1846-7. A year later, freshman Illinois Congressman Abraham Lincoln proposed a bill to outlaw slavery in the District. Of course, it failed and it was part of the reason Lincoln failed to be reelected - he was too liberal. Soon after being sworn-in as President in 1861, Lincoln and the new Republicans in Congress outlawed slavery in Washington City. Just 11 days ago, there was a move to recognize Washington Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st State in the House. Because it's the area is so strongly Democrat (black), Donald Trump 666 and the Republicans would never approve it. However, if Alexandria and Arlington were to vote to go back to being a part of the nations' Capitol contingent on being the 51st State, Republicans would actually prefer statehood seeing that this would take a BIG chunk of Democrats out of the Commonwealth of Virginia! VA currently has two Democrat sentators, a Democrat governor and a Democrat led state legistature. Republicans would love to gerry-mander that! Historically, two territories - of two different parties/idealologies - would gain statehood together, e.g. Alaska (conservative) and Hawaii (liberal). This is kinda what we would have now if Arlington & Alexandria would vote to reenter the renamed Washington/Douglass Commonwealth. There's alot of positive demonstrations and change taking place in Washington DC and the Alexandria, VA Gov could lead the BIGGEST change! I suggest spreading this around and see what kind of reactions you get!