City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Statements on Reopening Economy; Virtual City Events
For Immediate Release: April 26, 2020
The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge everyone to follow state orders to STAY HOME except for essential trips such as food purchases and medical care, and keep 6 feet apart from others when in public. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Governor Northam and COG Board Issue Statements on Reopening
On April 22, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors issued a statement thanking the public for staying at home and practicing physical distancing, which have been working to reduce the spread of the virus. The statement acknowledges that while it will take more time before the public can return to daily routines, the localities in the National Capital Region are committed to working together to thoughtfully plan for the reopening of the regional economy. Any strategy to reopen must be cautious and deliberate, and consistent with the sound guidance of public health officials.
On April 24, Governor Northam presented the “Forward Virginia” blueprint, which will help guide the Commonwealth on when to safely begin easing public health restrictions. The blueprint includes a phased approach that is grounded in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and has specific goals to contain the spread of the virus through increased testing, personal protective equipment and supplies, and medical capacity. Key indicators will include a 14-day downward trend in confirmed cases as a percentage of overall tests and in reduced COVID-19 hospitalizations. While hospitalization rates have largely stabilized in the Commonwealth, confirmed cases continue to rise.
Virtual City Events and Activities this Week
Many City meetings, events and activities can now be attended virtually. This week’s activities include live concerts, fitness classes and workshops. The City Calendar has a complete list of virtual opportunities, as well as cancellations.
16 New COVID-19 Cases and 1 Fatality Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 591, including 19 fatalities. Detailed data is available through the links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus. It is critical for all community members, even those who don't have a diagnosed illness, to stay home except for essential trips such as brief visits to the pharmacy, doctor, or grocery store.
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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/114962.