City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Successful Day of Community Testing

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City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Successful Day of Community Testing

­­For Immediate Release: May 25, 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. 

Successful Day of Community Testing

The Alexandria Health Department (AHD) and the City of Alexandria supported two free COVID-19 community testing events today, at which samples were collected from approximately 3,000 drive-through and walk-up participants at sites in the Arlandria and West End areas. Each testing participant will receive results once they are available, and those who test positive for COVID-19 will receive specific guidance from AHD about how to protect themselves and others. Case and test counts will be added to Alexandria’s overall data on the Virginia Department of Health Daily Dashboard as they are reported. A separate summary detailing the May 25 community testing is expected to be available next week.

Although testing was open to anyone over the age of 2, today’s events were held primarily for community members who have not previously been able to access testing. These events were funded by the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, with significant in-kind support from AHD, the City, volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps, and the Virginia Army National Guard.

21 New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria

The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 1,754, including 38 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/115569.

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