City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; New Guidance for Community, Faith-Based Organizations; Keep Medical Appointments; #TraumaInformedTuesday
For Immediate Release: May 5, 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. If you must leave your home, keep 6 feet apart from others when in public, and wear a cloth face covering if you cannot maintain physical distance. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Updated Guidance for Community and Faith-Based Organization
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated guidance for community- and faith-based organizations (CFBOs). The guidance is intended for administrators and leaders of congregations and places of worship, voluntary social service agencies and other nonprofit organizations, and community organizations. It answers frequently asked questions for CFBOs; provides updated information on how to plan, prepare and respond to COVID-19; offers a checklist for CFBO leaders, and more.
Keep Medical Appointments, Seek Emergency Care if Needed
The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department urge residents to continue needed medical appointments and treatments they need for non-COVID-19 related conditions, and to seek emergency care if a life-threatening medical condition arises. A new poll from Morning Consult and the American College of Emergency Physicians shows that nearly a third of American adults are delaying or avoiding medical care due to COVID-19 related concerns. Data from the poll also confirm people are avoiding going to the hospital to get emergency medical care. While it is important to stay home and follow physical distancing guidelines, trips for medical appointments are exempt from the Virginia stay-at-home order. It is also critical to know when to go to the emergency room. If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, call or text 911.
Virginia Resilience Week: #TraumaInformedTuesday
During Resilience Week, May 3-9, the City reminds residents that building resilience can help individuals and communities bounce back from difficult experiences, like the COVID-19 crisis. Today’s topic is trauma, experiences that cause intense physical and psychological stress reactions. Trauma can refer to a single event, multiple events or a set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically and emotionally harmful or threatening. Understanding past trauma in ourselves and others helps us build resiliency. Visit the City’s Resilience Week page to learn more.
43 New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 983, including 26 fatalities. Detailed data is available through the links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus. As Virginia starts considering phased relaxation of current restrictions, it is still critical for all community members -- even those who do not have a diagnosed illness and especially those at high risk for severe disease -- 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/115252.