This document is congruent with Alexandria Health Department’s (AHD) Strategic Action Framework and is one of a series of frameworks outlining AHD’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response
Support Alexandria’s senior housing and vulnerable residential buildings in infection control, outbreak prevention, and mitigation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prevent COVID-19 infections in both staff and residents to reduce illness, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Vulnerable Residential Buildings, Defined
Apartment buildings, duplexes, or townhomes that serve populations:
- At high-risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as seniors
- In crowded conditions, such as low-income families
- In neighborhoods with high rates of confirmed COVID-19 infections
This is a living document and changes will be made based on updates in public health’s understanding of COVID-19, updated CDC and VDH guidance, and AHD resources and prioritizations.
1. Share resources and information about best practices to stop the spread
- Send frequent communications (emails) to property managers with guidance and suggested signage to post
- Participate in telephone or virtual townhalls to answer staff and resident questions
- Collaborate with HOAs, civic associations, property managers, Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, and senior ambassadors to disseminate information about COVID-19, medical care options, and how to access basic needs, particularly for those who are low-income.
- Assess whether point prevalence surveys and/or targeted testing would be appropriate to inform further infection control measures.
2. Determine use of infection control measures
- Identify priority buildings based on vulnerability of residents
- Deploy Infection Prevention Coaches to conduct on-site assessments with property managers.
- Consult with cleaning staff to assess cleaning and disinfecting processes.
- Talk with residents to identify commonly used spaces and routines that could spread infection.
3. Work with building staff to utilize best practices
- Develop infection control recommendations based on assessments.
- Support and guide cleaning staff and property managers as they adopt new measures.
4. Support the alteration of building conditions to encourage healthy behaviors
- Research best practices for environmental-building measures that improve infection control
- Coordinate with property managers and the City of Alexandria to implement building improvements for healthier conditions if deemed appropriate.