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COVID-19 :: City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Clarification of Restaurant Seating Requirements; New Restrict...
11/18/2020
COVID-19 Cases 7-Day Moving Average and Daily Change

COVID-19 :: City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Clarification of Restaurant Seating Requirements; New Restrictions Stress Importance of Masks; Community Testing Events for Uninsured

Clarification of Restaurant Seating Requirements

Per Executive Order 67, dine-in customers must be served at tables (not standing or at bar seating). Each party must be seated so that customers in different parties are at least 6 feet apart. Masks must be worn at all times when not drinking or eating. Parties of more than 25 may not be seated or served in restaurants

New Restrictions Stress Importance of Masks

The new statewide mitigation measures now in effect to slow the spread of COVID-19 underscore the importance of wearing masks at all times when in public indoor and outdoor settings. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the mask requirement now applies to ages 5 years and up in indoor public places. The City’s ordinance requires that ages 10 and up wear masks in outdoor public places when within 6 feet of anyone from a different household. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published studies which show that wearing an unvalved, cloth mask that is at least two layers thick, snugly over the nose and mouth, can help protect the wearer as well as others outside their household from exposure to the coronavirus when in public settings. City webpages answer questions about the mask ordinance and guidance for what to do if observing the violation of an executive order.

Community Testing Events for Uninsured

AHD and the City recently conducted a targeted COVID-19 testing event in partnership with Neighborhood Health, Alexandria's federally qualified health center. More than 280 residents were tested at Casey Health Center yesterday, with assistance from AHD's Medical Reserve Corps volunteers. In addition to testing, each participant received a packet of health and support service information. These free testing events are intended for those who are uninsured or have difficulty accessing healthcare. Insured residents should consult their doctor to be tested, or visit the City’s “ Get Tested” web page for testing location resources. AHD strongly discourages travel during the holidays. If travel is unavoidable, get tested before leaving for a trip and after you return. Although a negative test result does not eliminate the risk of travel, a positive test result will help determine whether isolation or quarantine is needed. AHD will continue to identify future sites and coordinate targeted testing events. Neighborhood Health is a provider of primary care and COVID-19 testing for residents with or without insurance. Make an appointment online or call 703.535.5568.

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.

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.

This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/118983.

View an interactive chart with details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts in Alexandria.

COVID-19 :: As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Alexandria and Northern Virginia, the Alexandria Health Department (AH...
11/18/2020
Alexandria Health Department Urges Quarantine Compliance for Those Exposed to COVID-19

COVID-19 :: As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Alexandria and Northern Virginia, the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) urges everyone to follow quarantine procedures if exposed to COVID-19. If you’ve been within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more in a 24 hour period, remain in quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19. During quarantine, stay home and away from others within your household, and monitor your health. A negative test for COVID-19 during quarantine does not mean you can end quarantine early. To protect against COVID-19, everyone should maintain 6 feet of physical distance from anyone not from their household, wear a mask, and practice frequent and proper hand washing. AHD urges all residents to continue to abide by public health guidance. For more information, follow the link below.

The Alexandria Health Department strongly urges everyone to follow quarantine procedures if within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more in a 24 hour period.

COVID-19 :: The City and the Alexandria Health Department strongly urge those celebrating Thanksgiving to choose lower r...
11/18/2020

COVID-19 :: The City and the Alexandria Health Department strongly urge those celebrating Thanksgiving to choose lower risk activities to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 outbreaks, rather than the traditional indoor gatherings and traveling. Share this post with your friends and loved ones to start planning your celebration. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus

COVID-19 :: City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Impact of Restrictions on Businesses; National Hunger and Home...
11/18/2020
City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Impact of Restrictions on Businesses; National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week; Choose ALX Promise Businesses for the Holidays

COVID-19 :: City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Impact of Restrictions on Businesses; National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week; Choose ALX Promise Businesses for the Holidays

Impact of Restrictions on Restaurants and Businesses

The new statewide mitigation measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 are now in effect and will impact restaurant and fitness center operations, but will have limited impact on other businesses.

In restaurants, on-site sale and consumption of alcohol must end at 10 p.m., and the restaurants must close by midnight. Parties of more than 25 may not be seated or served, and dine-in customers must be served at tables (not standing or at bar seating). Each party must be seated so that customers in different parties are at least 6 feet apart. Masks must be worn at all times when not drinking or eating. Delivery and take-out services may continue to serve alcohol after 10 p.m. as permitted by existing regulations by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority.

Fitness and exercise facilities must reduce their occupancy of indoor and outdoor activity to 75% of the normal occupancy limit, not to exceed 25 persons, including instructors and participants. All other existing guidance in section A, number 5 of Executive Order 67 remains required.

All other businesses must follow the Guidance for All Business Sectors of Executive Order 67.

While the social gathering limit of 25 does not apply to individuals performing functions of their employment, assembled in an educational instructional setting, or participating in religious services, everyone must still observe applicable mask and distancing requirements.

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the national housing crisis, with impacts such as job loss or unexpected health problems putting many at risk of eviction, foreclosure, homelessness and lack of access to food. During National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 15-22), the City encourages residents to be aware of resources to share with those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. The City’s Food Assistance web page contains information about available options for residents who may not have enough food for themselves or their families. ALIVE! offers drive-through grocery distributions. Hunger Free Alexandria has food pantry locations and a calendar that shows when prepared meals are available. Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) offers several food distribution programs, including limited home delivery service, distribution sites and pop-up locations through December, for all Alexandria children aged 2-18 whether or not they are registered with ACPS. Resources are also available for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) and other Virginia Department of Social Services programs, YMCA food distribution, and home delivered frozen meals and groceries to go for seniors living in Alexandria. The City also offers two locations of winter shelters for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness that are now open.

Choose ALX Promise Businesses for the Holidays

There are now more than 400 Alexandria businesses participating in the ALX Promise program. Launched earlier this year by AHD in partnership with Visit Alexandria and local restaurant and business associations, ALX Promise helps businesses operate safely while COVID-19 remains a threat in the community. ALX Promise partners include restaurants that feature take-out and delivery; hotels; retail; attractions and museums; health and wellness; personal care; pet care; education centers; and much more. To become an ALX Promise partner, business owners are trained by an AHD Educational Health Specialist in English or Spanish on the state and local COVID-19 safety requirements for operating businesses. They commit to train employees on safety measures; ensure the safety of employees, staff and customers; and follow all future health guidance. Upon successful completion, businesses receive an ALX Promise Shield to display in their windows and on their websites, showing customers their commitment to maintaining the highest COVID-19 safety standards. When considering where to shop and dine this holiday season, see the complete list of participating businesses on Visit Alexandria’s webpage. For more information or to register a business, visit the ALX Promise webpage.

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.

This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/118950.

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.

11/17/2020
Department of Community & Human Services, City of Alexandria, VA

Department of Community & Human Services, City of Alexandria, VA

This week is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Did you know that instability, like eviction and homelessness, has profound effects on mental and physical health and is particularly damaging to children, impacting their educational development and well-being? Find out what the City is doing and how you can help. Join the movement at alexandriava.gov/118684.

FYI :: All City of Alexandria government offices, libraries and recreation centers will be closed on Thursday, November ...
11/17/2020
City of Alexandria Announces Schedule of Services for Week of 2020 Thanksgiving Holiday

FYI :: All City of Alexandria government offices, libraries and recreation centers will be closed on Thursday, November 26.

Trash and recycling will be collected on a normal schedule, except on Thanksgiving Day, when collection will begin at 6 a.m. (The collection staff prefer to start earlier on Thanksgiving Day to spend Thursday evening and Friday with their families, rather than having all day Thursday off and working on Friday.)

On Friday, November 27, City offices and libraries will be closed, but some recreation centers and historic museums will be open. For a full list of Thanksgiving holiday-related updates and closures, follow the link below.

All City of Alexandria government offices, libraries and recreation centers will be closed on Thursday, November 26.

COVID-19 :: City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Contactless Payments, Hardship Waivers for Taxes Due Today; Im...
11/17/2020
COVID-19 Cases 7-Day Moving Average and Daily Change

COVID-19 :: City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Contactless Payments, Hardship Waivers for Taxes Due Today; Impact of New Restrictions on City Operations; Upcoming Testing Events; Weekly Featured Jobs and Workshops

Contactless Payments; Hardship Waivers Available for Real Estate Taxes Due Today

There are several contactless ways to pay second-half real estate taxes, which are due by midnight tonight. Pay by credit card or eCheck at alexandriava.gov/Payments, by credit card over the phone at 877.273.5708, or by check via the dropbox located on the Royal Street side of City Hall (301 King St.). Payments must be made by midnight tonight to be considered on time. While the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our entire community, the City recognizes that the financial impact on some taxpayers may be particularly substantial. If a taxpayer’s ability to pay the full amount due by November 16 has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, email [email protected] or call 703.746.4800 to discuss the circumstances and learn about payment options. For general information about the real estate tax, refuse fee and stormwater utility fee, real estate assessments, appeals or updating the property owner’s mailing address, visit alexandriava.gov/RealEstateTax. For information about payments, late payment penalty and interest, visit alexandriava.gov/TaxGuide or contact the Treasury Division at 703.746.746.4800 (Spanish also available).

Impact of New Restrictions on City Operations

The new statewide mitigation measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 are now in effect and will not significantly impact City operations. City recreation, nature, art and library facilities, programs and classes already comply with COVID-19 best practices and will not be affected, other than that children ages 5 and up will be required to wear masks. The maximum number of attendees for indoor and outdoor events held by the City or under special event permits has been reduced from 1,000 to 250. All public and private in-person social gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals, down from the prior cap of 250 people, and includes both indoor and outdoor settings. Races and marathons may have up to 250 participants, provided there are staggered starts of groups of no more than 25 per group. Spectators at sporting activities are limited to the lesser of 30% of the occupancy load of the venue (if applicable) or 25 per field.

Upcoming COVID-19 Testing Events

The City and AHD have partnered with Neighborhood Health, with assistance from Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, to conduct weekly 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 materials for next steps following a positive test result are also available in English, Spanish, Amharic and Arabic and can be downloaded.

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) has several workshops to help residents enhance job readiness and improve their job search, including interviewing skills, networking skills, virtual job fair preparation, and transferable skills. All events and workshops take place online, are free, and registration is requested. Follow WDC on Facebook, Twitter 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. Note that the increase in cases from yesterday is higher than usual due to technical difficulties that prevented the Virginia Department of Health from making updates over the weekend. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.

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.

This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/118937.

View an interactive chart with details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts in Alexandria.

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