Alexandria Health Department Urges Self-Quarantine for Certain Patrons after Potential COVID-19 Exposure at Murphy’s Irish Pub

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Alexandria Health Department Urges Self-Quarantine for Certain Patrons after Potential COVID-19 Exposure at Murphy’s Irish Pub

­­For Immediate Release: March 25, 2020

On the evening of March 25, 2020, the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) was notified that a non-resident of Alexandria later confirmed to have the COVID-19 coronavirus spent time at Murphy’s Irish Pub (713 King St.). AHD’s investigation has determined that patrons at Murphy’s Irish Pub on the following dates and times may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • March 10, between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.

  • March 14, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • March 15, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The Alexandria Health Department urges anyone who visited Murphy’s Irish Pub on the dates and times above to self-quarantine at home and call the Alexandria COVID-19 Information Line at 703.746.4988, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., for further guidance.

Until those patrons visiting Murphy’s at the above time and dates receive specific guidance from AHD, they should stay at home, avoid visitors, not share items like towels and utensils, stay at least six feet away from other people in the household, and wash hands frequently.

If You Have Symptoms of COVID-19

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are coughing, fever of over 100.4 F, and shortness of breath. Use the CDC's Coronavirus Self-Checker to review your symptoms. If you are concerned you may have COVID-19, call your primary care physician to ask whether you should come for an exam or test before visiting in person. Most people who get COVID-19 recover on their own at home and do not need testing or treatment. Anyone with symptoms of respiratory illness should isolate themselves; avoid contact with other people; wash their hands frequently; and disinfect surfaces regularly. If you have chest pain or shortness of breath, call or text 911.

Protect Yourself and Others, Especially Vulnerable Community Members

Wash Your Hands. Rub hands together with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Use Hand Sanitizer. If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol as you would wash your hands, rubbing them together for 20 seconds. 

Don’t Touch Your Face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Stay Home. Do not go out except for essential trips like food purchases or medical care. It is especially critical to stay home if you are feeling sick. If you are well, avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Use Your Elbow. Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hand. Alternatively, cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands.

Disinfect Surfaces. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Manage Stress. The CDC recommends taking breaks from exposure to the news; take deep breaths or meditate; try to eat healthy; get sleep or rest; make time to do activities you enjoy; and connect with others to share your feelings. 

To receive text message alerts from the City related to COVID-19, text ALEXCOVID19 to 888777. For more information about the COVID-19 coronavirus and how you can help protect yourself and those around you, visit alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus. For questions about COVID-19, call the Alexandria COVID-19 Information Line at 703.746.4988, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Virginia residents can also call the Virginia Department of Health public information line, 877-ASK-VDH3, for questions about the novel coronavirus situation. If you have chest pain or shortness of breath, call or text 911.

For inquiries from the news media only, contact Craig Fifer, Director of Communications and Public Information, at craig.fifer@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.3965.

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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/114406.



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