City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; COVID-19 Care Survey; Job Search Workshop; Resource Recovery Updates; Planning for Phase Two
For Immediate Release: June 3, 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.
Take the COVID-19 Care Survey
Have you tried to access COVID-19 testing? The City and AHD encourage all residents to participate in a COVID-19 Care Survey to identify local challenges to accessing COVID-19 testing and care. Results from the survey will be analyzed by AHD and community partners to determine how different populations in Alexandria seek and receive care. AHD will draft a plan to address major issues and inform future work with local health care providers. The survey will be open through June 19, and is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Amharic and Farsi. (To translate, click on the drop down menu in the upper right hand corner of the survey page.) It takes about five minutes to complete and all answers are anonymous. Please share the survey with family, neighbors, friends and others to ensure that every voice is heard.
Online Workshop to Focus on Job Search in the Digital Age
The City’s Workforce Development Center is partnering with AARP Virginia to offer a job search workshop on Thursday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to noon. The workshop will focus on mastering the online job search; how job search engines help job seekers find jobs; online networking; and resume tips, including how to age-proof resumes. Learn more about the workshop and how to register.
Resource Recovery Reopening Phases Announced
The City has announced reopening phases for resource recovery services:
Online mulch delivery ordering is now open, with deliveries slated to begin the week of June 15.
The Household Hazardous Waste Facility returns to normal hours of operation (Mondays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) beginning Monday, June 8.
Curbside yard waste collection will resume on Friday, June 19. Yard waste materials will be collected on Fridays only, rather than on regular residential trash collection days, until further notice. The final day of operation for the City's temporary drop-off site for yard waste will be June 12.
Collection of refuse and recycling materials placed outside of City-issued carts will resume on Monday, June 15. This includes items typically considered “bulk” (such as furniture), as well as collection of metal and appliances, which must be scheduled through Alex311.
Citywide street sweeping will resume on Monday, June 15. However, enforcement of residential “No Parking” rules related to street sweeping remains suspended. Crews will work around parked cars to the best of their ability; however, residents who are able to move their vehicles to accommodate street sweeping equipment are encouraged to do so.
Farmers’ market food waste drop-off remains suspended until further notice.
Planning Ahead: Phase Two Guidelines for Business
Although Northern Virginia remains in Phase One of the Forward Virginia reopening blueprint until further notice, organizations, businesses and other sectors are encouraged to start planning for the next steps for reopening with the Phase Two guidelines for business sectors. These guidelines continue to ease restrictions on individuals and businesses while maintaining a “Safer at Home” strategy, with continued recommendations for physical distancing, teleworking and the requirement for individuals to wear face coverings in indoor public settings.
A June 2 news release about a June 4 contact tracing job opportunity event contained the wrong link. To learn more and to register, use this link: Meet the Employer Event
16 New COVID-19 Cases and 2 Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 2,016, including 46 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/115710.