City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Metrorail, Metrobus Adjust Service Hours Today; Beware of Contact Tracing Scams;
For Immediate Release: June 1, 2020
The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) remind everyone that you are safest at home except for essential trips such as food purchases and medical care. If you must leave your home, wear a cloth face covering around others and keep at least 6 feet apart from others whenever possible. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Metrorail and Metrobus Adjusts Service Hours for Public Safety
Today only, June 1, Metrorail will close one hour early, with last outbound trains departing at 8 p.m. and inbound service ending earlier, and Metrobus service will suspend all service two hours early, at 9 p.m. No alternate transportation will be provided. This decision was made in the interest of public safety based on an announced 7 p.m. curfew in the District of Columbia. Customers are strongly encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts email and text updates for alerts as changes occur.
Beware of Contact Tracing Scams
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning the public that scammers pretending to be contract tracers are using calls and text messages to steal private information. Contact tracing is when public health departments call people who have tested positive for an infectious disease to find out where they have been, so that they can warn others who have been in close contact with them to get tested or isolate. While public health officials may send an informational text message to contacts ahead of a phone call indicating they will get a call from a specific number, the message will not include a link. When legitimate contact tracers call, they will not ask for money or private information, like Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers. If you receive a suspicious call or link, please hang up or delete it.
Links in scam text messages can download malware onto your phone, potentially allowing scammers to steal personal information. To prevent being scammed, the FTC recommends filtering unwanted text messages, turning on two-factor authentication and updating phone software to the latest version. Learn more about contact tracing scams on the FTC Blog.
7 New COVID-19 Cases and 1 New Fatality Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 1,981, including 45 fatalities. Detailed data is available through the links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus. Now that Northern Virginia is in Phase One of the Forward Virginia blueprint, it is important to note that there is still community transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 and everyone is safest at home. This is especially true for persons at higher risk for severe illness, including those over the age of 65 and those with underlying medical conditions. Those who do go out are reminded to remain 6 feet apart from others; wear a cloth face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained outdoors and at all times in indoor public spaces; and wash hands frequently.
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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/115671.