The Alexandria Health Department (AHD) has made multiple resources available regarding the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (now called “COVID-19”), and the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) encourages residents to read and share this information, especially in communities where languages other than English are primarily spoken, and with vulnerable residents, including those who may not have access to traditional media.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that infections with the respiratory virus were first detected in Wuhan City, China, in December 2019, and have been reported in a number of countries around the world, including the U.S. As of March 9, Virginia has two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19.
AHD is following guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has provided multiple resources from these agencies so residents can learn how to protect themselves, their families and the public with simple everyday preventive actions from the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19, as well as the flu and common cold:
Residents can also access resources from the World Health Organization, whose web site offers translations in multiple languages.
If you recently traveled to a community where COVID-19 was present and are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, AHD advises seeking healthcare as you would for any other respiratory virus, like the flu. Call the healthcare provider or clinic before you go and advise them of your recent travel and symptoms so that precautions can be undertaken to prevent the spread of germs.
If it is an emergency, call ahead and mention your travel and symptoms before going to the nearest hospital emergency room.